My cousin asked me the other day
“Why do you need a Guru?
Why do you need a ‘stepping-stone’?
Why do you need someone ‘to lean on’?
I kept quiet at that time, for, I knew
That she was not in a frame of mind to listen
And to understand what I would have to say about it!
That night, I pondered on her question, and hence, follow these ruminations!
A Guru is a friend, guide, and philosopher!
Someone who is there always, for you, to turn to!
For succour, for guidance, for advice, for peace!
He is someone who loves you unconditionally, the way you are!
The Guru is one in whose vicinity, and, under whose guidance
The ‘individual’ in you blossoms to its full extent
A Guru shows you in the ‘mirror’ of His Mind
What all you are not, and what you really are!
A Guru is not a ‘stepping-stone’, he is not a ‘need’!
He is not a convenience, he is not a commodity received in a barter with God!
He is not someone to ‘lean on’
For, he doesn’t make a ‘parasite’ of you; he makes you stand alone, mighty , powerful, hardy!
A Guru is not someone you turn to for selfish acquisition of worldly assets!
He is not someone you can use as a ‘scapegoat’!
To master the support of the gullible man!
The Guru is not one who provides a ‘magic robe’ to cover knavery and treachery with!
He is not one who holds your hand in politics and diplomacy
To come to the limelight, himself!
Or to ‘auction’ his mission, his message
For power and influence – the easy way out!
The Guru is one who is the form manifest of the stone idols or deities you worship!
The Guru is one who receives whoever comes to His Abode!
Be it a layman, be it a politician, be it a criminal in the eyes of the world!
He is the one who is like the well – the ‘thirsty’ go to the ‘well’ and quench their thirst!
The Guru is the ‘Sulphur Spring’ that you can take a bath in
And are absolved of all illnesses of body and mind!
He is the Ganges in which ‘ablutions’ are done!
And the one who does so, slowly, but surely will be relieved of the burden of carrying ‘corpses on his shoulders!
Yes, the corpses of past karmas, which bend him down
The karmas, which are synonymous to corpses, are washed away!
And those ‘that are to be burnt are burnt at the altar
A ‘burning for a cause – ‘burning’ to be cleansed’!
The Guru is the ferryman, who takes you across!
He is the ferryman, so also is he the ferry!
He is the river; he is the river-bank
He holds your hand while you are ferried across!
And gives you dauntless courage and faith in turbulent waters’
When you are terrified ,and , howl like an infant
He takes you in His Invisible Arms
He sings a lullaby and puts you to sleep!
He is always there, sometimes ahead, sometimes behind!
Sometimes as a friend, sometimes as an enemy!
For, enemies can make you improve yourself if you let them do so!
Friends will always see your strengths only; enemies will always see your weaknesses
So friend or enemy, see the Guru in Him!
The Guru is there as your successes, as your failures!
For, successes, if taken well, can help you to grow further ,and make others grow
Failures, if taken well, become stepping-stones to successes!
So, failure or success, see the Guru in them!
The Guru is there in your joys and sorrows!
Your joys, if you don’t react to them, can’t move you from your ‘Centre’
Sorrows, if you take them in your stride, will take you into yourself; back to the Source – where you’re Love and Peace!
So, joys or sorrows, even if you react – may it be for a while – see the Guru in them, and,you can take them with equanimity!
The Guru is there in the good and the bad, alike!
Good and bad are concepts, if not applied and lived, in the “Inner Light of Knowledge”!
Ravana was evil; Rama was Dharma Incarnate!
Both enabled man to discriminate between good and bad and their outcome!
Same was the story of Kamsa and Krishna’ The Pandavas and the Kauravas!
Good gets recognized only because of bad and vice versa!
This awareness, when it dawns, and when applied in life
Real-life situations, can help ‘the fortunate’!
To make a difference
To their thoughts, words and actions
And to their lives
And those of others, as well!
So, the Guru is the one who brings the devotee to such a state of realization!
And life becomes a sport, played with commitment!
One is not feverish about one’s success or failure!
Life for its own sake, as an expression of love and gratitude!
After the Guru comes in your life-scene
You are more secure – secure in His Infinite Love
You are ready to come to terms with the world more than you had ever been!
I mean, acceptance in the mind, and conscious action, to make it a better place to live in!
After the Guru emerges in your mind’s horizon
A change happens in the way you think!
In the words you speak! In the actions you do!
Awareness brings a ‘shift’ – in the very same things that you’d been doing!
Anger , when it wells up, is conscious anger most of the time
Anger that has a positive effect
On the one who gets angry ( His BP doesn’t shoot up!)
And on the one who one is angry with!
The results are miraculous!
Any time anger doesn’t work, it means your ego has intervened!
So you surrender your ego to your Guru and all is taken care of!
A few jolts, a few ‘Om Shakes’ and
You are back again on the ‘rail’ of awareness!
Your criticism, when you are aware
Is criticism from the throat, and not from the heart!
The heart does its job! Neither you nor the one criticized is affected adversely!
Whenever criticism brings negative results
Just be aware that it is your ego that has again ‘ put a spoke in the wheel’!
Observe your ego, you can’t surrender it, anyway, every time!
Just observe it, and the surrender will happen!
The Guru is the one who takes care of you!
He sees the pitfalls, warns you, or, when you ‘fall
He lets you be afraid and regret for a while, then saves you!
The Guru is one who will not judge you any time!
I mean, he won’t brand a criminal a criminal!
For, He knows that crimes are many!
Some by Law, some emotional crimes, that have not been recognized as such!
The Guru is the Ocean!
The Ocean is the source of sustenance for many!
For the fish, to live in; for the skin-diver, to experiment on its hidden treasures
The flora and fauna for existence as per Nature’s plan, and so on!
Whatever is asked for, at the Guru’s Durbar
Be it expressed, be it unexpressed
Is granted to the seeker; be he a politician, be he a businessman!
So, if you want to ask for something, why ask for wealth, power and success by wordly standards?
Why don’t you ask for the greatest of boons?
To grant you the gift of Divine Love for the Inner Blossoming!
So that you make this world, a paradise not only for yourself but for all around as well!
So that you become the chosen one to know, experience and live the purpose of this human birth!
Come one, come all, to the Durbar of my Guru!
Where joy, peace and celebration happen every moment!
Where multitudes of seekers find the purpose of life!
Where knowledge and wisdom are a means to an end – to give peace, joy; to find the true purpose of life!
My Master is such an Enlightened Soul!
Who heals through his spiritual techniques like ‘the Sudarshan Kriya’!
And enables you to see yourself, what or who you truly are!
A part of the ‘Whole’ – You’re Love; You’re Peace! You’re the Divine! You’re Nothing, yet, Everything!