Guru: Who is a Master?
- Dear Oneness-World,
I'm inspired to post Sri Ramana Maharshi's answers to questions on
the above subject.
Q: The Guru is not in the village where I live. What can I do?
A: The Guru is within you. Surrender to him there.
Q: Some people reported you to have said that there is no need for a
Guru. Others gave the opposite report. What does Maharshi say?
A: I have never said that there is no need for a Guru. All depends on
what you call Guru. He need not be in a human form. Dattatreya had
twenty four Gurus: the five elements, earth, water, etc. Which means
that every object in this world was his Guru. Guru is absolutely
necessary. The Upanishads say that none but a Guru can take a man out
of the jungle of intellect and sence-perceptions. So there must be a
Q: Who is a Master?
A: The Master is one who has flung his whole personality into the sea
of God and forgotten it. He simply becomes the instrument of God.
When his mouth opens it speaks God's words without effort or
forethought. Again, when he raises his hand God flows through that to
work a miracle.