Tuesday, 19 July 2016
How do we even describe the greatness of a Guru? It's not really possible. But many have tried. It is the way of devotees to honour those from whom wisdom flows, to thank them for all the great changes that come from alignment with the Guru. And humans being humans, especially in India, the feeling of gratitude can become very excitable — and before you know it the whole Guru is covered with flowers and their feet sore from being touched by thousands.
So what's going on — and what is the best way to honour a Guru? Indeed, should one honour a Guru at all?
Students of the serious sadhana course will be familiar with the this whole concept because we examine it in detail over the course. There are of course gurus and Gurus. there are gurus obsessed with money and status and control over others, way to the other side of the spectrum, the great free beings or Avadhuts who need no one or nothing, self contained in bliss, but who faithfully follow the instructions of God and become hubs for the transmission of dharma.
It is always, fundamentally, the same dharma. Truth is truth, it is just clothed a little differently along the ages. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi had a good analogy of Gurus of this kind being like engineers who come along and repair and clear the road of dharma, which needs repairing after a while as conditions change on this earth plane. It is still extraordinary how many great souls became active in India just about the time that nuclear power became a reality and how we were all threatened by nuclear annihilation in the battle between two superpowers.
The real worship of the Guru is worship of dharma, of the path of light, justice and morality and nobility, embodied in the ideal form of the great god-king Lord Rama. Studying Rama's noble actions is a way to see dharma in action. Everything is there - the courage, the wisdom, the goodness and you can study the Ramayana to see what happens when goodness meets its opposite.
The Guru's job is to follow God's instructions. My own Guru, Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi was initiated into tapas by Lord Shiva himself as a teenager... and there after only did or said what Lord Shiva told him to do. Lord Shiva told him to teach meditation, so that's what he did.
So worshipping a Guru is worshipping an open window, a portal, through which the divine light pours. Many of you may have had the lucky experience of being in the actual physical presence of a Guru who is opened in this way. and it is like being next to ... what? a galactic event. It shakes you, fills you, and normally the most worldly of humans will then nod off to sleep because they cannot stand this form of radiation.
The real worship is therefore worship of the Paramatman. And this same Paramatman shines in you... so you don't need to look elsewhere. Gurus tell us this time and time again, but few ever listen or take this on board.
God is within you. God -however you conceive of God - lives in the cave within your heart. This is not just words. Meditate intensely, regularly, boldly, single-mindedly without deviating and you will see this brilliant truth.You need to get your scheming mind out of the way and the best way is meditation.
God, too, will send you a Guru when and if it is necessary. Be content with that. Many people want a Guru to be a sort of tame adviser, like a phone-in line, as equally interested in our little lives as we are and willing to stay up night and day to pamper our egos and make sure we are lucky and win all the time. Wrong idea! Gurus are there to bust all this rubbish. And it can be painful to have your little expectations shattered - and then comes the backlash!
Do everyone a favour this Guru Purnimah and if nothing else: a prayer of thanks to God that dharma is still accessible in this Kali Yuga. Stay grounded, simple, humble.. and blessings will flow.