Ode to a true guru

Published Jul 10, 2014, 6:00 am IST
Updated Mar 31, 2019, 8:15 pm IST
Guru Purnima, on July 12, is a festival dedicated to thanking our gurus for always guiding us
Picture for representational purpose (Photo: DC archives)
 Picture for representational purpose (Photo: DC archives)

Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnu, Gurur Devo Maheshwara
Gurur Sakshat Parabrahma, Tasmey Shri Guruve Namah

(Prayer invokes the Guru as Brahma, as Vishnu and as Shiva. The holy trinity of Gods say that the Guru’s being is limitless. He is not just the creator (Brahma), the preserver (Vishnu), the ruler of beings (Maheshwara) or an absolute God (Sakshat Parabrahma); he is all creation himself.)

The word guru is derived from two words, “gu” and “ru”. The Sanskrit root “gu” means darkness or ignorance. “Ru” denotes the remover of darkness. Therefore, one who removes darkness is a guru. Guru is the journey from darkness to light, from ignorance to self-illumination
Wahe Guru, a term mostly used in Sikhism, refers to God or the supreme being, the creator of all.
It signifies the most wonderful and precious teacher of life.

How do you find a true guru?
The saying goes, when the disciple is ready, the guru appears. Once you seek the spiritual path, the guru appears to show you the way. Guru and disciples attract each other like magnets. A true guru will reside within you, he will try to guide and awaken you. Listen carefully to your heart and intuition, the guru takes the path of heart and guides you. Guru will help you understand your own power. Your own light under a guru’s guidance will shine.  Gurus are positive and bring the attitude of positivity and surrender within you.

Why we need a guru
We all are lucky to be born, to be living, to be breathing, to have a soul within us. This soul needs nurturing, it knows no gender, race, religion or caste, but one’s ego does. Guru helps us to nurture this soul, to bring us closer to the Divine. Guru helps us put our ego aside and bring forth our soul to the world.
A guru gives us the faith to face our circumstances because they are meant for the soul to learn. A guru is filled with compassion, patience, love and wisdom and guides you with the same.

Guru is the soul teacher
Guru Purnima is the festival dedicated to thank our gurus, it falls on the day of full moon — Purnima. It is believed that on this day the guru-disciple relationship becomes stronger manifolds. People even dedicate this day to their teachers or parents for always guiding them in the right path of life.  On the day of Guru Purnima, offer unconditional love and gratitude to your gurus, thank them with all your love for what you are today. Just sit for a few minutes in peace today, close your eyes and selflessly think about your guru and thank him/her, and send some white light of gratitude to your guru. Just for today, don’t ask for anything just show gratitude and be thankful for whatever you have — your parents, vehicle, fan in the room, roof over your head, the work you do, food you eat... Dedicate each and every moment of today to God.
Think about your guru and donate some medicines to people who need medical help but can’t afford it, donate foodgrains to the poor, buy new clothes and gift it to the child on the street, give a sheet to a beggar to protect him from rain... There are numerous things one can do today — these deeds will bring a smile on someone’s face and satisfaction to the God or the Guru.

The writer is a coffee cup reader, numerologist and rudraksha therapist
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