The word Guru means “remover of darkness.” Anyone or anything that helps you remove the layers of ignorance covering your true essence is a type of Guru. By dwelling in the tenth gate he applies profound meditation . By the touch of the philosopher’s stone he obtains the highest step . For the sake of the happiness. The glory of the guru is unfathomable. Even to compare him to the philosophers’ stone is not enough. The philosophers’ stone has the power to turn base metals into gold. Yet it cannot turn it into a philosophers’ stone. A true guru, however, can turn a disciple into a guru like himself.” This is the supermost qualification of a real master, the Guru.
THE GURU IS USUALLY THE FIRST DOOR A SEEKER opens as he sets out on his spiritual journey because relating to, and being guided by, a master is often the easiest way to embark on the spiritual path. Lord Shiva says in the Shiva Sutras’, the guru is the means. The guru, in simple terms, is a teacher, but he is unlike other teachers. Ordinary teachers impart to us knowledge about different subjects in the material world; a guru is a spiritual teacher who lights up the path within. The skills and knowledge that he bestows upon us belong to the inner world. Like the mythical philosopher’s stone, which converts base metal into gold, a guru’s teachings transform the limited and conditioned self into unlimited and unconditioned awareness. The guru has the ability to bring about complete inner transformation, taking the disciple from the darkness of ignorance to the light of wisdom, from suffering to joy.
The spiritual journey is a dynamic one. Though the goal remains constant, the nature of the journey is always changing. Spiritual evolution is neither a linear nor a step-by-step process; nor does it develop on the lines of an existing formula. Instead, it is a road full of ups and downs, twists and turns, advances and retreats, unexpected blockages and equally unpredictable breakthroughs.
It is, in short, full of surprises, and not all of them are pleasant. The needs of seekers differ depending on where they have reached in their quest for inner freedom. When a person starts her journey with a guru, she needs to be able to relate to a human being. This is the stage of dependence that is necessary for most of us to start with because we exist in a dualistic consciousness. It is only much later, when the seeker has advanced along the spiritual path, does she realize that the guru is actually within.
So, whether the guru is experienced within or without depends on the level of the disciple’s consciousness. The external guru is a manifestation of the inner guru, the principle of limitless joy and freedom within us. The biggest hurdle in spiritual practice is the ego.
The surrender to a physical guru gradually results in the dissolution of the ego. Here, I hasten to point out the vital difference between a genuine guru and a charlatan. A true master is connected to the Divine and only seeks the disciple’s growth. True gurus are endowed with great spiritual energy, and are able to transfer this energy to the disciple. The greater the spiritual energy the guru shares with the disciple, the closer they get.
Then, there is a stage in the disciple’s spiritual evolution where the dependence is transformed into a union with the guru who, by then, has been internalized in the being of the disciple. This is when a true disciple and guru merge into each other. And when the drop merges with the ocean, the ocean also merges with the drop. When the guru becomes part of us, he is not a person anymore but a principle. When the guru ceases to be an individual, so does the disciple.
Though the guru’s energy is very powerful, it works even better when the disciple’s heart is open to the guru in unconditional surrender.
A true guru always leads us beyond the I-and-you stage. When he takes us to the highest stage of intuitive knowledge, there is neither T nor ‘you’ but only ‘It’: the light and joy within and without. The ultimate purpose of the guru—disciple relationship is unconditional freedom and the end of all kinds of dependence, including the dependence on the guru.
There are some exceptional disciples who are already extremely evolved, and their spiritual nature just needs to be awakened. A guru can do this with energy transmission through touch or a mere glance.
Just as light can be glimpsed only in the light of light, the guru can be found with the light of the Cosmic Guru. All physical or human gurus are, finally, only stepping stones on the path that leads to the Cosmic Guru. The Cosmic Guru – the guru principle of the universe, is at one with Cosmic Consciousness.
What your Guru has given to you is the Guru’s Grace itself. And this is priceless!” The mantra which the Guru gives is priceless! The Grace that the Guru bestows upon the disciple is priceless! The one who recites the Guru Gita automatically becomes holy and wise, and the source of salvation of others, because they carry with them this ‘philosopher’s stone. And whoever touches that ‘philosopher’s stone” is also imprinted with that same Grace.
The more dedicated they are to the Master, the more the Light of the Master shines through them. The blessing of a Master is not just, “Oh the Master has lifted his hand and put it on the head and finished!” No. There is an infusion of the energy on the disciple, on the bhakta, on the devotees, and this means that the Guru always places Himself in front of the disciple. So when the disciples bless, in reality it’s not them who are blessing, it’s the Master who is blessing. That’s what Christ did for His disciples before He sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God to the people.
He blessed the disciples saying that those blessed by them, would be blessed. To those people who rejected the blessing, the blessing would be taken away. Christ also blessed His disciples saying that He would be among those who would remember Him, and do the service in His Name. Two thousand years ago He gave this blessing! He said, “Eat this bread! This is my body. Drink this wine! This is my blood. And whoever eats and drinks of that shall not perish!” He blessed the disciples to carry on with that lineage from that moment on.
This means that through the blessing the Master always places Himself in front of his disciples, and in the disciples, until there is no difference between the disciples and the Master.
However, it’s not easy to reach that level of oneness with the Guru because it takes complete surrender. Sometimes even to those who are blessed with the Divine vision, if they don’t realise the Grace that the blessing of the Master carries, they don’t fully reach the Ultimate. Even if the Supreme Himself has given them the vision, this doesn’t mean that they will attain Him. Out of mercy the Lord can give a vision to someone due to past life experiences but that doesn’t mean anything! Without the blessing of the Master all this is in vain. With the blessing of the Master one becomes similar to the Master.
Referring to the yogis’ practice of observing fasts and performing other rituals, Guru Ji says: “(0′ yogi), death does not agonize that person who makes truthfulness the fast and religious vow and burns his or her wrath through the true Guru’s word. (Such a person) fixes his or her attention in the tenth gate, (the subconscious mind). This way by coming in contact with the philosopher’s stone (Guru) that person obtains sublime status.”
First of all Guru cites the example of the philosopher’s stone, about which it is believed that if any iron piece comes in its contact it turns into gold. So comparing the Guru to such a stone, he prays: “0′ God, bring me in touch with the philosopher’s stone (Guru). Like the meritless rusted iron, we are (persons of) extremely insipid (character. Please show mercy and) make us (virtuous like) philosopher’s stone by uniting us with the true Guru.”
Touching the philosopher’s stone, they become the philosopher’s stone, which transforms lead into gold; 0 Lord, they become pleasing to your mind. They attain the immortal status and eradicate their self-conceit; how rare is that person, who contemplates spiritual wisdom.
Everyone is full of ego. It cannot be eliminated without guru’s teachings. Peace attains serving the guru. Realization comes through guru’s teachings.
Meeting with guru Philosopher’s stone; transforms to gold and blends with pure soul of the infinite Lord. No one can be dyed without the guru. Guru dyes with his colour. Those truly dyed by guru’s colour, merge with truth by praising.
“The glory of the guru is unfathomable. Even to compare him to the philosophers’ stone is not enough. The philosophers’ stone has the power to turn base metals into gold. Yet it cannot turn it into a philosophers’ stone. A true guru, however, can turn a disciple into a guru like himself.” This is the supermost qualification of a real master, the Guru.
He assists us to develop love for God gradually and reveals that God is always in exist-ence within ourselves. The mystery of the Real guru is apart from imaginations and illustrations. By keep-ing his company, we can realize God’s omnipresence directly. After having the grace and guidance of a guru, we can see God wherever we look, inside and outside, we can realize the omnipresence and omni-potence of God Himself and we can have a special effect of sight to experience verily God’s overall presence and the divine glory of its mode of actions.
The Guru gives us the Divine light , The human life then becomes beautiful and godly.
The Guru is verily a link between the individual and the Immortal. He is a being who has raised himself from this into That, and thus has a free and unhampered access to both the realms. He stands, as it were, upon the threshold of immortality; and bending down, he raises the struggling individuals with his one hand, and with the other lifts them up into the empyrean of everlasting joy and infinite Truth-Consciousness.
The Guru is the Divine God. He is an ocean of bliss, knowledge and mercy. He is the captain of your soul. He is the fountain of joy. He removes all your troubles, sorrows and obstacles. He shows you the right divine path. He tears your veil of ignorance. He makes you immortal and divine. He transmutes your lower, diabolical nature. He gives you the rope of knowledge and saves you when you are drowning in this ocean of Samsara. Do not consider him to be only a man. If you take him as a man, you are a beast. Worship your Guru and bow to him with reverence.
Guru is God. A word from him is a word from God. He need not teach anything. Even his presence or company is elevating, inspiring and stirring. The very company itself is self-illumination. Living in his company is spiritual education.
The Need for a Guru
For a beginner in the spiritual path, a Guru is necessary. To light a candle, you need a burning candled Even so, an illumined soul alone can enlighten another soul.
The aspirant who is under the guidance of a Master or Guru is safe from being led astray. Satsanga or association with the Guru is an armour and fortress to guard you against all temptations and unfavourable forces of the material world.
All great ones had their teachers. All the sages, saints, prophets, world teachers, incarnations, great men have had their own Gurus.
No doubt, Guru’s blessings can do everything. How can one have his blessings? By pleasing the Guru. A Guru can be pleased with his disciple only if the latter carries out his spiritual instructions implicitly. Carefully follow, therefore, the instructions of the Guru. Act up to his instructions. Then only will you deserve his blessings, and then alone his blessings can do everything.
A true, God-illumined guru is one who, in his attainment of self-mastery, has realized his identity with the omnipresent Spirit. Such a one is uniquely qualified to lead the seeker on his or her inward journey toward perfection.
“Only a master, one who knows God, may rightly teach others about Him. To regain one’s divinity one must have such a master or guru. He who faithfully follows a true guru becomes like him, for the guru helps to elevate the disciple to his own level of realization.”
God doesn’t teach through mystery, but through illumined souls. God is invisible, but He becomes visible through the intelligence and spiritual perception of one who is in constant communion with Him. T
The guru is the awakened God, awakening the sleeping God in the disciple. Through sympathy and deep vision, a true guru sees the Lord suffering in the physically, mentally, and spiritually poor, and that is why he feels it his joyous duty to assist them. He tries to feed the hungry God in the destitute, to stir the sleeping God in the ignorant, to love the unconscious God in the enemy, and to waken the half asleep God in the yearning devotee. And by a gentle touch of love, he instantaneously arouses the almost fully awakened God in the advanced seeker. The guru is, among all men, the best of givers. Like the Lord Himself, his generosity knows no boundaries.
Guru is not the body, Guru is light, Guru is wisdom, and light and wisdom are essential in human life. When one’s life and wisdom are inseparable, then you call them Sadhguru or Guru.
It is said once you have a Guru, then the job is done! Freedom is achieved.
The guru’s primary role is to give the disciple complete liberation — freedom from rebirths, karma, any and every form of misery. God in the form of the guru brings the yearning truth seekerback to Himself.
The goal of Yoga which is union with God is an inner goal and a part of us that we already possess but are not aware of or in touch with, therefore it can greatly expedite our progress to accept the help of someone who has already achieved this union and has a free access to the God consciousness that lies within all of us.
A Guru is not only working on earth for his direct disciples but for many other individuals who are crying for peace and happiness in the inner worlds and may never even meet the Guru, but are able to receive from the Gurus meditative offerings. A God-Realised Master’s presence on earth has a profound effect on the collective earth consciousness. Even if a God-realised Yogi does not accept disciples, the power of their meditation is able to elevate the global consciousness and perhaps even prevent the destruction of humanity. Because of their expanded consciousness and tremendous oneness with humanity, the great Masters are very connected inwardly with the events of the world and feel the ripple effects that they create as part of their own reality.
“The spiritual path is beset with many obstacles. The Guru will guide the aspirants safely and remove all sorts of difficulties they have to face. He will inspire the students and give them spiritual powers through his blessings. Guru, Isvara, Truth and Mantra are one. There is no other way of overcoming the vicious worldly Samskaras of the passionate nature of raw, worldly-minded persons than personal contact with and service to the Guru.
A personal Guru is necessary in the beginning. He alone can show you the path to attain God, who is the Guru of Gurus, and obviate the snares and pitfalls on your path. Guru’s Grace is needed by the disciple. This does not mean that the disciple should sit idle and expect a miracle from the Guru to push him directly into Samadhi. The Guru cannot do Sadhana for the student. It is foolish to expect spiritual attainments from a drop of Kamandalu water from the Guru. The Guru can guide the student, clear his doubts, pave the way, remove the snares, pitfalls and obstacles and throw light on the path. But it is the disciple himself who has to walk every step in the spiritual path.”
Although the grace of the guru is seen as the supreme means by which kundalini is awakened and realized.
The Guru with his own kundalini awakened, energises that of the disciple. He flows his shakti dormant at his nave, through his eyes. The Kundalini of the Shishya also becomes energised.
If anything, anywhere, is abstract, the Supreme Spirit can only be described as the ulti-mate abstraction. The devotee, forever unable to visu-alize that state of being as it really is, should visualize it in its concrete expressions, as Jesus Christ or some other master—or, if he is blessed to have one, his own guru—and pray mentally, “Make me aware of your con-sciousness within and around me. I offer myself up to you for transformation, for you alone see my divine potential. May my thoughts become your divine inspi-rations; my consciousness, your infinite bliss. Intro-duce me to God!” In India, it is customary for the disciple to touch his guru’s feet on meeting and on taking leave of him. This gesture is deeply symbolic. The feet represent that part of the body which is farthest removed from the person’s state of consciousness. The guru represents one’s physical link with the Divine. He may be com-pared to an inverted pyramid, of which the body is the tip. The pyramid extends upward and outward from that tip to infinity. To touch the guru’s feet is a way of saying, “Every part of you is holy to me, for what I see before me is my gateway to Christ consciousness.”
Release your light, finally, from its earthly confines. See it streaming outward in bliss to embrace the solar system,
Meditate daily on this expansion of pure light and love, until you find your consciousness soaring on wings of inspiration to God. As the Bible says, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8,9) May His consciousness of bliss, light, and love become at last the realization of your own Self!