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The word guru literally means one who brings light amidst darkness: Gu meaning darkness and Ru meaning light. The guru quest is orchestrated through the guidance of the gurus. A guru is not an ordinary teacher or a prophet or even just a saintly poet. He is a spiritual torch endued with the jyothi (light) that illuminates the path to God; the path of liberation. The guru is the one who takes one from darkness into light. The guru is thus one who reveals the light in the the darkness . He is the person who takes away darkness and ignorance the and fills it with light. wisdom.

The role of the guru in the quest for salvation is worth mentioning at this stage.

Meaning The word ‘guru’ comes from “

gu”, meaning darkness, and “ru” meaning light. So a guru dispels spiritual darkness and gives light to the disciple. Another meaning links the name guru with a word meaning ‘heavy’. In other words, the guru removes the burden of doubt and ignorance from the disciple, leading from the unreal to the real.
The four qualities of the guru The guru must:

• be knowledgeable in scriptures
• have achieved the spiritual goal
• be free from desire
• be pure and without cunning.

The work of the guru

The guru:

• guides the seeker in: — which action to take — which food to eat
• advises from his knowledge of mantras and techniques of meditation.

The guru acts as a helmsman to steer the disciple across the ocean of birth, life, death and rebirth.

The guru takes us from darkness to light (“gu” meaning darkness; “ru” meaning light).

The word guru literally means one who brings light amidst darkness: Gu meaning darkness and Ru meaning light. The guru quest is orchestrated through the guidance of the gurus. A guru is not an ordinary teacher or a prophet or even just a saintly poet. He is a spiritual torch endued with the jyothi (light) that illuminates the path to God; the path of liberation.

The guru is the one who takes one from darkness into light.

The guru is thus one who reveals the light in the the darkness . He is the person who takes away darkness and ignorance the and fills it with light. wisdom.

The day this light pierces the darkness of the heart and glows with its unique inner radiance, you will receive answers to your many questions. Once you have its vision, you will know your true identity. You will know the reason why you are here. You will know the purpose of your life. You will clearly see the goal and the path you must walk to attain it.

`Man is ever in search of inner peace. It is only when man turns within that he begins to find peace. Enter the cave, the dark deep cave of your heart, and behold! The bright point of light, magical, eternal, and overwhelming, fills you with its radiance.

The vision of this inner light is God realization.

‘True, the light of the Divinity shines within each one of us; but, alas, we live in the outer darkness, unaware of the Light within

What do we know of the Light within us? ‘Let me repeat, the Light inextinguishable dwells within each one of us, but we cannot see it, for it is hidden behind veils of ignorance, veils of mind and matter. The great wall of the ego stands between us and the Divine, and we cannot see the Light Divine.

It is the Guru who can destroy the great wall of the ego and lead us from darkness to light.

‘The Guru reaches out to us and, with His grace, annihilates the ego; He tears away the veils of ignorance, which shield us from self-realization. He reveals our true identity to us.

That thou art! It is His grace that liberates us from bondage to the circle of life and death. This gift of grace has devolved on the Guru from God Himself, for God knows that the world is in dire need of grace. His presence is of course universal; He gives us the Guru, for our individual benefit, for our personal liberation. ‘This is why our ancient scriptures enjoin us to venerate the Guru as God. This is the greatest blessing that the Guru can bestow on us.

He leads us out of the darkness of moha and maya into the light of detachment and peace. After this realization, we enter the Realm of Light; we will reach our eternal home illuminated by the radiance of that Light.

The Guru has lit the brilliant light of spiritual wisdom, and the darkness of ignorance has been dispelled.

The arrow of the guru ‘ s instruction shatters ignorance , and light is revealed ; the illusion created by the darkness of māyā disappears … When the mind is absorbed in God the sense of duality ( dubidha ) runs away .

“Self-help” is a multibillion-dollar industry. Human beings will pay through the nose to discover “enlightenment” or “knowledge” for life. All true knowledge, however, is of God. “In him lie hidden all the trea-sures of wisdom and knowledge,” Paul writes in Colossians 2:3. Daniel declares the same: “He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars,” revealing “deep and mysterious things.” Only God, Daniel adds, “knows what lies hidden in darkness” (Daniel 2:21-22). Thus, God may direct us to other outlets for knowledge—books and retreats, colleges and universities, travels and experiences. But seeking Him lights this path. “You will grow as you learn to know God better and better” (Colossians 1:10). Tired of ignorance? Of stumbling in darkness? Of trying unreliable sources? Cry to Him who is Knowledge, Understanding, and Light. If we but ask, He enlightens. How? He is the Source of all. fie/

The end of all learning is to know God.

We ask God to give you complete knowledge. Colossians 1:9

Know thyself. Since ancient times, philosophers have urged our inner knowl-edge. But the Bible encourages us to approach it differently. “Commune with your own heart upon your bed,” says Psalm 4:4 (KJv). Take some good time, that is, to know how God wired you. Then marvel at how He made you and use His unique creation to glorify and bless Him. Complete knowledge of ourselves, yes, glorifies Him. A lot of work, in fact—this knowing ourselves. But when it comes to looking inward completely, what exactly should we know? First, know your gifts. Your strengths. That special anointing placed in each of us by God’s Spirit. “Each person has a special gift from God” (1 Corinthians 7:7). What’s yours? Can’t figure it out? Ask God to show you. Then as you seek God for this self-awareness and discover it, you’ll see how to best give back to God’s Kingdom. Even if it looks unusual. In fact, the more unusual it looks, the more correct it probably is.

Most important, know who you are in Christ. Victorious. Triumphant. A new creature in Him. Able to do all things through Christ who strengthens you beyond any weakness because He shines brighter. And that’s not just a slogan. That’s the blessing of complete knowledge of Him.

The term Guru ( teacher ) is meant by “ remover of the ignorance ” . The syllable “ Gu ” refers to ignorance and the syllable “ Ru ” refers to the remover . Thus , one who removes ignorance and fills in prudence is is called “ Guru ”

The satguru , the giver of truth, or the Perfect Master , removes this ignorance forever.

We are ignorant; ignorance fills our minds.

The Guru generates the sword of wisdom within them and has them sever the head of their own ignorance.

It is therefore an absolute necessity to have a Guide , a Guru to help us pierce the veil that separates us from God.

The human soul is of the same character as the universal Spirit , that is Brahman , but the influence of maya does not allow the individual to pierce the veil and realise this identity . He goes on mistaking the world as real in itself.

Realistically , only higher – order consciousness has the capacity to pierce the veil .

The pursuit of this path enables one to pierce through the veil of matter and behold the self – effulgent spirit by whose light all things get illuminated and by whose presence everything lives and moves . It ensures a life of pure consciousness.

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