Is a Guru Absolutely
In spite of much prevalence of the
concept of a spiritual Guru, there is still a good deal of confusion,
misunderstanding, and skepticism in the public mind on this vital matter.
Is a Guru absolutely necessary? Who is a
Satguru? How far can he help his Chela (disciple)? What are the duties of a
disciple? What is the meaning of Initiation (diksha)?
Want of clear-cut and definite answers to these and related questions often
impedes the spiritual progress of earnest aspirants.
We explore the answers
to some of these questions here.
NEED FOR A GURU
For a beginner in the spiritual path, a
Guru is necessary.To light a candle, you
need a burning candle. Even so, an illumined soul alone can enlighten another
soul. Some do meditation for some years independently. Later on,
they actually feel the necessity for a Guru. They come across some obstacles in
the way. They do not know how to obviate these impediments or stumbling blocks.
Then they begin to search for a Master.
Only the man who has already been to
Badrinath will be able to tell you the road leading to it. In the case of the
spiritual path, it is still more difficult to find your way. The mind will
mislead you very often. The Guru will be able to remove pitfalls and obstacles,
and lead you along the right path. He will tell you: “This road leads you to
Moksha; this one leads to bondage.” Without this guidance, you might want to go
to Badrinath, but find yourself in Delhi !
Is there anyone greater than
Lord Rama & Krishna ?
Even they took refuge in the
The Lord of the three worlds,
Admits subjugation to the Guru.
The Lord in his incarnations as Sri Rama
& Sri Krishna took refuge in the holy feet
of Self Realized Saints like Guru Vishwamitra, Sage Vasishtha & Sage Sandipani,
thus exemplifying the divine message of the Supreme Glory of the Guru, to whole
Sant Kabirji has nicely explained the
need for a Guru in his own words:
Translation: Even if you need to perform the ordinary chores of the world, you
need someone to guide you in the form of a Guru. O Mind! Then ponder, how can
one attain the Supreme Almighty Lord without a Guru?
Guru Nanak Dev ji says:
Translation: The one who seeks shelter under a saint crosses over the ocean of samsara. One who slanders the
Saints, O Nanak, shall be
reincarnated over and over again.
Swami Vivekananda used to say:
“I have darshan of the Lord
in my Gurudev, Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa.”
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.
Cases of those who had attained
perfection without study under any Guru should not be cited as authoritative
against the necessity for a Guru; for, such great men are the anomalies of
spiritual life, and not the common normality. They come into existence as
spiritual masters as a result of the intense service, study and meditation
practised in previous births. They had already studied under the Guru. The
present birth is only its continuative spiritual effect. Hence, theimportance of the Guru
is not lessened thereby.
To summarize, quoting the famous Adi
शरीरं सुरूपं तथा वा कलत्रं
यशश्चारु चित्रं धनं मेरुतुल्यं |
मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरंघ्रिपद्मे
ततः किं, ततः किं, ततः किं, ततः किं ||
a person possesses a handsome, disease-free body, beautiful wife, obedient son,
& fame spread all over the world, but has not surrendered himself at the
holy feet of a Guru, then he has achieved nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing."
Thanks & Regards,
B.Arch, Dip.ID, Dip.CAD, Dip.PM, AIIA, IIID, ARIAI
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