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Guru and the Light Within

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    From the book: Samadhi - The Highest State of Wisdom By Swami Rama http://www.swamij.com/swami-rama-guru.htm GURU AND THE LIGHT WITHIN If you prepare yourself
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 3, 2006
      From the book:
      Samadhi - The Highest State of Wisdom
      By Swami Rama


      If you prepare yourself to know the higher knowledge, then you will
      deserve. To deserve means to increase your capacity. You want to put
      the entire ocean in a bucket. The ocean is there. You can have it,
      but you do not have the capacity. When you deserve, you will have the
      capacity. The Lord, the Reality, the Truth, is always within you. You
      simply have to become aware. You can make sincere efforts to work
      with yourself.

      Don't be disappointed with failures. When you start to make sincere
      efforts and start to practice, you will find light on the path. The
      light itself will guide you. The light of consciousness is within
      you. If you ignore that light, the guide outside you, the external
      teacher, will be of no use to you. He will make you a slave. Every
      individual has certain notions. He also lives with his notions. He
      creates a following and millions of people are swayed and misguided.

      Do you know what a guide means? The word guru has been vulgarized.
      Such a pious word is being misused. I call it guide. Do not depend
      much on guides. It is better for you to prepare yourself and remain
      awake. The scriptures say to wake up from the deep sleep of
      ignorance. Remain fully awake, remain conscious, and go on learning.
      Never close the door of learning. The day you close the door of
      learning you become ego, ego, ego.

      In the Himalayas the teacher examines the student and the student
      examines the teacher. When my master sent me to various teachers he
      told me, "The teacher who can sit still for a long time is a good
      teacher because he has practiced something. Listen to him. If the
      teacher changes his posture many times in five minutes, do not waste
      your time there." There are certain signs and symptoms that have been
      explained by the great scriptures. The scriptures help the student to
      know who is a good teacher so he does not waste much time. Otherwise,
      what are we teachers doing?

      Suppose you want to go to New York. You come to Swami Rama for
      directions and Swami Rama says to go this way. You meet a different
      Rama on the way and he says, "Oh, come on! He does not know anything.
      Go this way." And the student is very sincere. Then another teacher
      says, "Both Ramas are fools. Better go this way." By that time the
      poor fellow has wasted twelve years and he is nowhere.

      The word teacher means "knowledge." The knowledge should be followed,
      not the individual personality of the teacher. The subject should be
      given prime importance, not the individual. Teachers have complicated
      things. Yoga science has suffered because of this. One teacher
      says, "This is my method." Another teacher says, "This is my method."
      The poor student is confused. After some time he finds that his mind,
      his individuality, and his pocket have been robbed.

      When you become aware of the light within, and that light reveals the
      Truth to you, there are no chances of being misguided. Teachers come
      and go. From your external teacher just pick up that which is useful
      for you and leave that which is not useful. No doubt you need a
      teacher, a guide. I will never tell you that you should not seek and
      you should not learn from other people, or that you should not study
      books. Teachers only inspire you and make you aware of that Self-
      existence that you have forgotten. Their role is to make you aware of
      the Reality.

      You do not need any new form. Christians should not become Hindu,
      Hindus should not become Buddhist, and Buddhists should not become
      anything else. They should remain as they are and not create any
      serious new problems for themselves. A known devil is better than an
      unknown devil. Remember this. Try to make your life happy wherever
      you are.

      Yoga science tells you to go to the inner levels of your being and be
      guided by the light that is already within you, that leads you in the
      darkness. If you understand the light within, when you are introduced
      to that light, you will not crave for any outer guidance. Learn to
      make your abode in darkness so that you can see the light, but not
      the superficial light. Superficial light creates problems for you and
      does not allow you to see the light within.

      When you start treading the path you will never find any difficulty,
      for the light is already within you. The light within you is coming
      out. When I look at your faces I find that they are different because
      of the light that has the power of discrimination. That light can
      correctly judge and understand and know. That light is higher than
      any other light of the sun, the moon, and the stars. That is why
      human beings are superior to all these lights that you see outside

      In the light of the sun, in the light of the moon, and in the light
      of the stars there is no discrimination. The light within you has the
      power of discrimination. You can use that light to see the darkest
      corners of your inner chamber. For that you do not need outer
      guidance. The purpose of a guide, guru, or teacher is to introduce
      you to that light.

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