By Mata Amritanandamayi
Children, the term ‘Guru Purnima’ compares the guru to the full moon. The full moon has an attraction and magnetism that uplifts our mind. Its silvery moonlight gives joy to everyone. A self-realised guru is also like that; he blesses the entire world with auspiciousness.
All knowledge regarding this material world is perishable and dualistic in nature. However, spirituality reveals the truth that shines as the ‘i’ within each of us. The sadguru is the one who guides us to this nondual knowledge of the immanent and eternal Self.
Some people say, “God and guru reside in each and every one of us. What is the need then of an external guru?” Children, if one desires to become a doctor, one must study for years under learned professors. What then of aspiring to realise the Supreme Truth? If we desire spiritual wisdom, we must seek out true spiritual masters who have studied, practised and experienced Truth.
Moreover, even though God and guru dwell within us, currently our mental state is unfit to imbibe that presence. Since we are so extroverted, the inner guru has yet to awaken. Until that happens, a spiritual aspirant needs the guidance of an external guru.
The disciple is identified with the body but desires to realise that he is the True Self. Even though sunlight shines everywhere, to light the kitchen stove one needs a match or a spark. Likewise, for the darkness within a disciple to be removed, his internal lamp needs to be lit. The guru is like the shining flame of an oil lamp that lights the disciple’s inner lamp and, thus, removes his inner darkness of ignorance.
There is a mirror within you – that is the sadguru. At present, your inner mirror is dusty. The sadguru creates the right circumstances for it to be cleaned; he creates situations around the unwitting disciple to turn his attention within.
In our ashram, we have banyan trees – some near the beach and some further inland. Due to the salty sea air, even after many years the growth of the ones planted on the seashore has remained stunted. The ones inland, however, have grown 10-20 times larger during the same period. This same type of difference can be seen between spiritual aspirants who have a sadguru and those who do not. When the climate is favourable, less effort is required and yet the yield is higher. In the same way, the guru creates situations favourable for spiritual growth.
Human birth and having a sadguru are the two greatest fortunes one can ever achieve. If we are blessed with these, we shouldn’t waste our life pursuing material pleasures alone. We should also try to attain the highest goal of life – freedom from all bondage, Self-realisation. It is our effort that finally opens us up to divine grace.
Ved Vyas Jayanti is on July 24
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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