Seek­ing A Good Guru

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In­dian tra­di­tion sees God in the guru, as some­one who can lead us from spir­i­tual dark­ness to divine light. Can we ac­quire spir­i­tual knowl­edge merely by reading scrip­tures or lis­ten­ing to dis­courses, with­out ac­cept­ing any one learned per­son as one’s guru? This ques­tion is of­ten posed by youth to­day, who feel that by re­strict­ing our­selves to one guru, we would only get com­part­men­talised. To them I would say, please try to un­der­stand the deep sig­nif­i­cance of a gen­uine guru-shishya re­la­tion­ship.

What ex­actly does a guru do? A guru is dis­tinctly dif­fer­ent from a teacher. While a teacher makes us learn, a guru helps us to trans­form and be­come. He ini­ti­ates the dis­ci­ple to the ex­act path in view of his ex­ist­ing spir­i­tual po­si­tion. He helps the dis­ci­ple re­alise the di­vin­ity al­ready there within him. He keeps con­stant watch over his progress. A guru, there­fore, should be a re­alised master or at least some­one who is gifted with the bless­ings of a re­alised master through lin­eage or tra­di­tion. The ques­tion is, how does one set about find­ing a good guru? There is an in­fal­li­ble spir­i­tual law that when the dis­ci­ple is ready, the guru is bound to come to him. It has hap­pened in the life of in­nu­mer­able saints and sages. As­pi­ra­tion of the dis­ci­ple and his in­ward re­cep­tiv­ity at­tracts the right sort of guru to him.

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