Nowadays, when people hear that someone they know has a person in their lives who they call or represent as their guru or spiritual master, they at the very least flinch or get slightly scared. The reason behind such a reaction is usually fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of something new or different.
Fear of ignorance is extremely hindering and limiting for the growth and development of every being and their inner potential. That potential lives inside us and waits to be unlocked. The unlocked potential will materialize in the form of a perception of achievement in life, an immense amount of creative energy and unconditional love, as well as the feeling of compassion for other beings and everything in our environment. Ignorance is conquered by getting educated, through research and work.
It is to be understood that guru tattva (Gu-ru: the one who dispels the darkness; Tattva: principle) exists, therefore, that it is a part of all of us, human beings (whether we believe in it or not). Guru is a principle. It is our inner guidance, our ultimate truth and knowledge. The primal knowledge from which faith is born. It exists in all of us as part of a human being, along with other aspects such as the mind, intellect, ego, inclination, physiological and biological functions, energy. That is the aspect in us that we can call the divine spark. We are all part of God, creator, creation, the universe (different terms for one and the same occurrence – the Source of our existence). “At the same time we are a drop and we are the ocean,” one great master said. Each of us is a divine creation and carries within the same divine spark. Therefore we are all equal. We all have the very same essence. If we understand that we are always connected with the Creator by nature, that we have the inner guidance that directs us and keeps our flow of life under control, it is up to us “only” to stay available to that same creator, to stay connected with the divine spark within. This is gained by unconditional faith and surending unconditionally. In that process, it is also important to dismiss and reject, primarily to have awareness of the imposed social norms and concepts based on which our intelligent system has formed the beliefs and patterns according to which it functions. To live in harmony with our distinctive nature means to be spontaneous and free, and the result is a deep inner peace and having faith in the flow of life.
So, our soul is our guru, our guidance, our light, always connected with the universal light of creation. However, there are people who are by no means special, who managed, within their incarnation and all that they are, to completely detach from everything that is not just light and the essence. When such a detachment occurs, only pure consciousness remains. The body also remains. But, certain aspects of personality, such as mind and ego, remain under control of supreme consciousness. When this condition becomes permanent, then we can say that this person is a living Guru. This means that his connection with the Source is constant and continual, and that he is in fact merely an instrument in the form of a human body, which channels the ultimate divine truth. Does any human being have the ability to become that? I does. Each of us has limitless potential to become a divine human being.
If a human being operates from absolute consciousness, they are connected with all other masters and saints, because there is only one absolute consciousness and there is no detachment at consciousness level. You will not hear any statements about any division or negative comments from other masters, gurus, saints. True masters definitely have certain powers, which would be a source of contentment for most of our minds that urge for sensations, but a true master will never use them to manipulate or abuse. A true guru above all respects the free will of every human being. If anyone first connects, and then leaves him, he will never get angry, worried, be sad, or revengeful, because these are actions caused by emotion, and a guru does not operate on that level.
It is difficult to follow such a person, because their presence and words will do everything to release the grip of our ego and blockages. And that is painful activity. The guru will do anything for us to get rid of our emotional and energetic karmic luggage we carry on our weak shoulders through lifetimes. And that is extremely painful. On one occasion, my master said “A living master is the greatest blessing and the biggest challenge one can get. He is testing you. He will completely strip you because he will remove your ego.” The purpose of a guru’s presence in our life is to guide us to the complete liberation. He is our milestone towards a destination that resides within ourselves. To bring us back to ourselves. To the very essence and the universal truth. An instrument, always available, that keeps us on the right path, the path of light, unconditional love and compassion. We are only human beings who get stronger and tougher if they connect with someone through the dimension of materiality. That’s why a living, available masters are precious. Yet, that is not essential. Some people are deeply connected with Christ, the Mother of God, Saint Basil of Ostrog, Sai Baba, etc. although they have never had any physical encounter with them in this life. Such people have become aware of their inner guru principle, opened themselves up and surrendered to faith and guidance. Then the light found its way to reach them. It is only important to distinguish the mind-level connection from connection by the heart. People often have experiences such as dreams or visions while praying or meditating, the experiences in which various beings of light “visit” them and bring certain messages to them. How will we know if this is actually a communication with the Creator or a product of our mind? If, after such an encounter, a true change occurs within, the change that guides us to a higher level of consciousness and understanding of ourselves and the world, then that is definitely not a product of our mind.
We are all one, the consciousness is one, there are no divisions or boundaries between us and the master. The physical body is the only thing that obstructs the awareness that exists between us. If we are deeply and truly connected with the master, the guru, we remain receptive to all the blessings and answers that will occur along that path and that will make us scared or worried. When we stay open and honest in our relationship with Masters, and that relationship must stem from faith, unconditional love and the lack of expectations, then the guru will find a way within us to express himself or to send us an answer to a question that blocks and worries us, through any shape or form. Through a person, the nature, animals, dreams. The guru will find a way to express himself. We must be open to receive the message.
Therefore, if you have had a chance in this lifetime to meet a living master, a guru, wilfully embrace them as your spiritual teacher, because that is what your soul has certainly deserved in past lifetimes owing to your various good deeds and refinement, through the connection with God. Be grateful, be aware of the moment when your two souls met again, and remain immensely grateful for this true blessing.
Author: Dejana Vojnović – graduated from the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade she has been working as a foreign language teacher for ten years. She completed her psychology training in transactional analysis and at the same time became interested in a more in-depth spiritual search, which continues today. Using her own acquired knowledge and what she has experienced, she has been working as a consultant for several years.
The relationship of a Guru and the disciple is even more difficult to understand than the relationship between the mother and the child. A Guru always ensures that he has the view of his disciple if not physically otherwise. It is proved more than once in every Guru Shishya relationship this is the secret that none could decode till this date in the world.
The Guru not only has his eye on the disciple but also ensures he / she gets all the wishes fulfilled whether it is materialistic / spiritual or of any means as it is always said that a satisfied soul can easily attain the Oneness. While the Guru to ensure this at times takes the sufferings of the sad disciple too, which is beyond anybody’s understanding. Ultimately the Guru ensures the disciple is in Bliss.
I had a similar experience today.
Today morning I woke up to a person’s call which is known voice, when I woke up to see it was early in the morning well before the Sunrise. When I opened the door it was Veerji who was telling me that Guruji has come and unknowingly I ran towards the car where Guruji was sitting and I heard the nectar voice stating that he has come to Dhamnod to perform a Havan for the sake of one his disciple who is supposed to be undergoing a complex surgery. When I heard this, I had no words and got freezed as I know to reach my place from Dhar one has to get up by 3 am at-least to start the spiritual offerings before sunset, even before I realized the nectar voice called me to join them.
I did not miss the opportunity to be with a Sadhguru on the banks of Maa Narmada on a Friday, to witness a rare of the rarest ritual a Sadhguru performing to save the life of his disciple where the medical fraternity was not much confident on the success of surgery that is being performed.
I knew many a times that the spiritual power or the Universal Power or Energy (as most of the science students call it as who do not believe in GOD ) has the capability to do any miracle if one believes in that ENERGY.
Had not bothered about the cold which was spearcing through my body though was covered with a woolen sweater, while the Guru was as usual with his lion cloth on his body and nothing else. For a moment, I thought how the freezing cold affect him as he is the living personification of LORD or the universal being always having the FIRE in him to destroy any evil which attack his disciples.
In 10 minutes we were at the bank of Maa Narmada, Guruji without winking his eyes, got into the bed of Maa Narmada and started preparing for the havan and in the meantime post having a cup of tea, Me, Girish, Trilokji, Her holiness Mai, Golu bhai also reached at the bank of the river. Mai was preparing for a havan on Banks of River Narmada, Guruji in the freezing cold took 12 dips into the river and started performing the Agora Yogini Havan and he instructed us to do Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra.
Once the havan was offered to the Maa Narmada, Guruji came onto the bank of the river Narmada and started to perform similar havan again and with curiosity had enquired if Aghora Yogini mantra means it belongs to the Agora cult.
Guruji with his mysterious smile explained like this: “Agora is a form of Shiva only, Gupta Yogini is one of those 64 yoginis which means it is one of the forms of Shakti, which means it is a havan of Shiv Shakti which has the power to save ones life.”
While stating the above, he continued, “Aghor, that is Shiv as samay swarup, meaning kaal swarup, which is Shakti’s samay swaroop, Samaya ekh niyantran shakti hai, jo kaal kabhi niyaman karthi hai!“
Shiv kaal swaroop hai, aur, kall kabhi vrudh nahi hota hai, vaha ayu bandhan se mokth hai, atha Shiva sadaiv sham hai, sthir hai, ekh se hai!!“
This way Guruji has cleared our curiosity of knowing the meaning of the aghora yogini and he blessed us by showing the Shiva Shakti swaroop in the havan which was fortunate enough to capture in my mobile. If one observes, the Agni has taken the shapes of Lord Shiva and Amma.
After this explanation to us, Guruji completed the havan and archana simultaneously. Once the puja was completed, he dropped me back at home and proceeded further to dhar, meanwhile the operation of the disciple had started and we all were waiting for the good news of this disciple coming out of danger.
The surgery went on for 9 long hours and was involved with all complexities and complications and finally we did received a call from our Guru bhais that the surgery was successful and the disciple too had come into consciousness. The medical fraternity could not understand the quick recovery of their patient as such things are beyond science.
This is all as of now, once again proving that Guru is capable of doing anything including controlling the TIME.
Havan: fire worship
Dhamnod: a place in North india
Dhar: a place in North india
Golu bhai: a persons name
Agora Yogini Havan: fire worship
Gupta Yogini: a Sanskrit term related Pooja
kaal swarup: a terms ref. Time
samay swaroop : a term ref time
Samaya ekh niyantran shakti hai, jo kaal kabhi niyaman karthi hai ! “ Shiv kaal swaroop hai, aur, kall kabhi vrudh nahi hota hai, vaha ayu bandhan se mokth hai, atha Shiva sadaiv sham hai, sthir hai, ekh se hai. !! “( time can be controlled, it moves on, shiva represents time, time is truth, shiva is free from life and death, shiva eternal, permanent, everlasting, it is oneness)
archana: Pooja which means worship
Written by Piysh Sharma
A very common source of unhappiness for devotees is that they cannot seem to find their Guru, or when they do find a guru they become disappointed.
The truth is: Very few in this world will have the direct personal guidance of a True Guru (Perfect Master).
So the approach of looking for a Master is flawed. The True Masters may publish their teachings but they do not advertise for disciples.
Most in this world are just not ripe enough to benefit from the direct guidance of a Perfect Master, but they can gain great benefit in a Masters teachings. The Masters teaching are charged with their Shakti, and the devotee will progress spiritually by following their teachings, so in a true sense the love (Guru’s Shakti) and written teachings of the Guru is their Guru.
Lahiri Mahasaya did not go out into the world to try and find his Guru, his Guru Babaji picked the right moment to appear in person to him to provide personal guidance and blessings. Paramahansa Yogananda went in search for his Guru in the Himalayas and he came back home disappointed, but then by God and Guru’s grace his Guru Shri Yukteswar who was already living close to his home, appeared to him.
The truth is: If it is your destiny in this life to have the direct guidance of a True Guru it will happen.
Source: Yogivah Giri facebook profile
The Teacher has no judgmental faculty. He is beyond the pairs of the creation and is therefore equally compassionate to all beings in the creation. He is Teacher to the divine, to the human and to the diabolic as well. This is a dimension, which cannot be understood by people who live by bifurcating the creation into good and bad. One needs to anchor in the energy of synthesis to realize that the pairs have their source in the same principle. Light cannot exist without its shade. Day cannot exist without the night. Full moon is counteracted by the new moon. Likewise, goodwill shines on the background of evil.
Imagine a parent that has three sons. One is good, the other is bad and the third is average (semi good and semi bad). From the standpoint of the parent, all the three are his children, he is equally affectionate to all. In fact, his concern for the second son is much more than his concern for the first son. The second son needs to be helped more than the others. The life of Jesus the Christ, in recent times, clearly gives this message as he allowed himself to be in the company of the downtrodden and the fallen ones. He strongly advocated that they needed him more than the others.
The teacher cannot reject some and prefer some others, he has no preferences. His love and his enlightenment emanate from him with equanimity, like the sunray or the magnetic currents. The receptive ones receive differently according to their fitness and ability.
Dattatreya is therefore as much a Teacher to the divine as he is to the diabolic, besides the human. It is also for this reason that he is depicted as holding the 3 heads. There are beautiful stories in Srimad Bhagavata about the Teacher being present in all the 3 worlds and guiding them as per their objectives. Sri Guru Datta was found to be doing so by the King Celestial Indra. Indra was surprised to see that Sri Guru Datta was sharing knowledge and giving guidance to the diabolics also. He got disturbed because his Teacher is also a Teacher to his opponents!
It is common that aspirants, who style themselves as disciples, don’t feel happy when their co-aspirants, whom they do not like, are also entertained by their teacher. The teacher is beyond all partial attitudes, as he stands for synthesis and in synthesis. The petty quarrels and the jealousies are with the ignorant ones who always try to show one-upmanship.
Sri Guru Datta is known to be Trisira, three- headed. He is called Brihaspati (Celestial Jupiter) in the divine kingdom, Kapila in the infernal kingdom, and Sri Guru Datta in the human kingdom. He permeates the whole creation as a teaching principle and is the backbone of the Hierarchies of various planetary and solar systems.
Excerpt from “Sri Dattatreya. The Symbol & the Significance”
by Dr. K. Parvathi Kumar
The Guru who does not reveal the Path to Truth is not a Sat Guru. He may be a guru relating to a concept of wisdom, a branch of wisdom. There can be gurus who promote concepts and thereby gradually control and possess people. The false gurus exist as much as the Sat Gurus. The existence of false gurus is clear proof of the existence of Sat Gurus. How can there be a counterfeit unless there is the original?
According to the sincerity of purpose and the degree of purity, one is attracted to a Sat Guru or a false guru. “Birds of a feather flock together” is a popular saying. Beings of the same quality group, gather, under a big manifestation of that quality. If one is looking for Truth sincerely and has a fairly pure life, it is likely that the intensity of sincerity would lead him to a Sat Guru.
Prahlada (the foremost of the world disciples mentioned in Srimad Bhagavata) says as under:
Those who are not Sat Gurus conceive and contrive ways and means to enslave the followers and fulfil their individual agenda. They do not pave the way for the followers towards the Law, the Truth, and the bliss of self-realisation. They are to be discarded at once. The Sat Guru leads his followers towards the Truth, the “all permeating consciousness” who presides over the creation, having created it. He would lead his chelas towards immortality and eternity. He would lift them up from the wheel of birth and death.
Men with common sense, introspect, before they plunge into any action. It should be so even in relation to the Path to the subtle/supermundane world. Sat Guru creates the taste towards the Truth. Through his teachings, he inspires the pupils to follow the Law. He also encourages self-study, self-analysis, self-introspection and inaugurates the will for self- transformation. He gives the contemplative and meditational techniques to enable the pupil to dip into the super-conscious layers of him from the superficial layers of his mind. He does not encourage people to gather around him all the time. He would also not encourage them to publicise him and proclaim him as the great one. He remains simple and teaches simplicity to the followers, for Truth is simple. Aggrandisement of ones personality is foreign to the quality of the Sat Guru.
A guru that aggrandises himself gathers around him people of similar quality who aggrandise themselves in association with him. Just as the guru tries to accomplish his individual agenda, so the followers too, try to accomplish and fulfil their individual objectives. Thus, the community around the one who is not a Sat Guru would be like a social club, people fulfilling their individual tasks through social contacts and related influence. Such false teachers cast a shadow on the true teachers, which is not seen as a sin by a Sat Guru, but as a protection. The light feels secure when hidden from the profane. The Sat Guru knows that all that popular activity around him is like the foam around the water, which does not last long. He therefore does not allow excessive foam and fog to gather around him. In the Age of Kali there are many who proclaim themselves as gurus and distort the most sacred tradition of Teacher-student. A Sat Guru is known by the path he emphasises, by the simplicity he demonstrates and the transformation that happens to the people around him.
Excerpt from “Sri Dattatreya. The Symbol & the Significance”
by Dr. K. Parvathi Kumar