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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    From: http://www.swamij.com/swami-rama-guru-grace.htm RELATIONSHIP WITH GURU Swami Rama Guru is not a person, but guru can be represented in a person. One who
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      RELATIONSHIP WITH GURU
      Swami Rama

      Guru is not a person, but guru can be represented in a person. One
      who has developed his or her own spiritual awareness to a very high
      level can guide others, and is considered to be guru. Only one who is
      finely attuned to the inner guide can inspire the awakening of the
      inner guide in another. Guru is not a physical being. If a guru
      begins thinking this power is her or his own, then they are no longer
      a guide. The guru is a tradition, a stream of knowledge.

      In India guru is a sacred word that is used with reverence and is
      always associated with the highest wisdom. The guru is unique in a
      person's life. The relationship between disciple and guru is like no
      other relationship. It is said that guru is not mother, father, son,
      or daughter. The guru is not a friend in any conventional sense. It
      also is sometimes said that the guru is father, mother, son,
      daughter, and friend all in one; the guru is sun and moon, sky and
      earth to the disciple.

      The truth is that the relationship of guru to disciple is
      indescribable. The relationship extends to the realm beyond the
      world, transcends death, and stretches far beyond the limited karmic
      bonds associated with family and friends. A mother and father help
      sustain the body of their child, and nurture and guide the child
      through the formative years of life to adulthood. Guru sustains,
      nurtures, and guides a soul through lifetimes to ultimate liberation.

      The relationship with the guru is based on the purest form of
      unconditional love. There is complete openness with the guru. The
      disciple should hold nothing back from the guru. This is why in the
      tradition, a student goes to the guru and offers a bundle of sticks
      to burn. The bundle symbolizes that everything the disciple has is
      offered unconditionally to the guru. Everything is offered to the
      guru so the guru can do the work of shaping the student spiritually.
      The disciple comes with full faith and entrusts his whole life to the
      guru. The guru takes that life and chops it and burns what is not
      necessary, and then carefully carves what remains into something
      sacred.

      In this chopping and burning, the guru is merciless. The guru's job
      is not to hold hands with the disciple and wipe away tears, but to
      cut into pieces the disciple's ego and all that stands between the
      disciple and freedom. The guru does not allow dependence. If the
      disciple becomes too dependent on the guru, the guru pushes the
      disciple away, insisting on independence. It is a remarkable
      expression of the deepest love.

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