Asato Ma Sadgamaya I
Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya I
Mrtyorma Amrtamgamaya I
That is the real responsibility of a Guru towards his / her disciple. From the darkness of ignorance and delusion, to the highest enlightenment and ultimate salvation i.e. Moksa, is the occupation of a Guru.
There is a confusion galore as far as definition of Guru is concerned. There are so many saffron- / white-robed saints who are adored as Guru-s by their disciples. I venture to clear the cobweb of confusion to the best of my intellectual faculties whatsoever, hereinasunder –
Definition of Guru is profoundly stringent, almost absolute in nature. To be declared as a Guru, he / she must honour three undermentioned conditions –
Guru must be capable of de-materialising, then re-materializing his / her body.
Guru must be capable of revealing your past lives to you just by touching you with his / her finger.
Guru must be capable of revealing infinite splendour of Absolute Consciousness i.e. Param Brahmatma in a fraction of second.
It is true that when a seeker of truth is eligible to receive the Truth, Guru enters into his / her life spontaneously. Disciple need not even search for the Guru. Mere longing for the Guru is enough for him to appear.
Gu means darkness of delusion and Ru means the ‘dispeller’. Hence, the one who dispels your darkness of delusion, is Guru. Guru does not merely impart knowledge or doctrines unto disciples.
He shares his entire being, wisdom, enlightenment and the highest order of Consciousness with them that he has earned by virtue of his ardent pursuits. A teacher may or may not command the same magnitude of reverence that a Guru does. Guru commands love, devotion and dedication too. Guru is an entirely oriental concept so much so that even the word Guru cannot be translated into English with absolute degree of accuracy. Guru does not impart theological doctrines unto his disciples.
When Guru inspires you to be Svastha by virtue of Dharana and Dhyana, it implies you are established within your own Self. Sva means Self while Astha means established. Svastha also means healthy. Indeed, when one is established within his / her own Self, perfect state of health and well-being dawns upon. So, one’s Guru is also his / her harbinger of health and well-being.
Receiving blessings / preceptions of a Guru who is dis-incarnate, is a tremendous fortune. It is rare gift from Isvara.
Every individual has his / her Guru already decided by Param Brahmatma. No might of universe can change that.
Guru-Mantra is the means to ultimate emancipation. Like Guru, Guru-Mantra is also pre-determined. Disciple is ordained to pursue the same Guru-Mantra till Moksa is attained transcending lives after lives, deaths after deaths.
Guru-Mantra may also be the means of Saktipat.
Guru-Mantra is decided by a Guru on the basis of outstanding Samskara-s yet to be worked out i.e. to be dissolved through redemption. To perceive outstanding Samskara-s in a given disciple, Guru has to be a Siddha Yogi. That amply explains why aforesaid three conditions are inescapable for a Seer to qualify to become a Guru.
Blind dedication unto one’s Guru is a cardinal requirement to attain salvation. Justification lies in incapability of the disciple to perceive his / her outstanding Samskara-s that determine the path and Guru-Mantra. Since any discussion / argument with the Guru on the subject shall lead to frittering away precious Adhyatmika strength, disciples are mandated to be blindly devoted to their Guru-s. As a matter of fact, disciples are blind spiritually, have to be stewarded by their respective Guru-s towards blaze of enlightenment.
Thus, Guru enacts a seminal role in the spiritual unfolding of his disciple. Guru is a source of energy and inspiration though he may or may not exist in human form. Upanisad-s say, when a disciple is ready, Guru appears before him / her. The state of being prepared to receive Guru denotes utmost spiritual evolution which constitutes foundation within the disciple to receive Guru’s grace.
My Gurudeva is a dis-incarnate, subtle deity. It is on His precise instructions that I decided to write this article and entire contents belong to Him alone.