Guru and the Light Within
by Swami Rama
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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.