Saturday, July 25, 2015

Thus spoke our Gurudev

Worship of the Guru

Let me make my heart the seat for the Guru and let me place upon my Guru's feet. Let all my senses sing the chorus of unity and throw upon the feet of the Guru a hand full of flowers of praise. Let me apply to the feet of Guru a finger full of sandal ointment, made pure by the consideration of identity. Let me put upon his feet the ornaments of spiritual gold....Let me place upon them the eight - petalled flower of joy. Let me burn the essence of egoism, wave the lights of self- annihilation and cling to the feet of the Guru with feeling of absorption.

Spiritual Teacher

The miracle-monger is called a Guru ,but he alone is a real Guru who leads to liberation.....He who instills in to our mind the light of the self and dispels the darkness of ignorance, he who brings in to unison the individual and the universal selves --he alone is entitled to be called a Guru. He alone ,who relieves people of the sufferings and takes them out of the meshes of illusion, is entitled to be called a Guru....He possesses immseulate self knowledge, and the satisfaction of a determinate life in the self. To add to these ,he must have extreme dispassion, and his actions should be censure. With him spiritual discussion must be a constant pastime; for him the distinguishment between the falls and the true must always take place. He uplifts the world and becomes and exemplar for the various kinds of Bhakti. Inwardly, there must be self-illumination; outwardly, there must be devoted Bhajana, whereby alone he leads his disciples to spiritual happiness.

God Protects His Devotees

Occasionally, God takes pleasure in throwing His devotees in the midst of difficulties....But, ultimately, He does ward off all evil from His saints. He comes to their rescue all of a sudden. He seems to be nowhere ,and yet comes all at once. He reserves happiness for His devotees, and takes for Himself their lot of sorrow. His devotees need not, therefore, entertain any fear or anxiety.....They should only maintain courage, bear courageously the buffets of fortune, and God will show Himself near them.....because, in fact, He fills the whole world. When death is before and behind, one should not run, for one's efforts will be of no avail. One should only invoke God, and god will come and take His devotee on His shoulders. For, who shall kill whom God saves? Such a one may wander bare-footed in the whole Forrest, and yet not a single thorn may pierce his feet. He cannot be drowned in water. He cannot be killed by poison. He can never fall into the clutches of death. When bullets and missiles are hurled at him, God will protect him. And God will attend upon His devotee with all happiness. It is the duty of His devotee to remember Him at every step, and then God will follow him with all happiness. He will hold His beautiful cloth as a cover to protect him from the sun.....when His devotees have sat in caverns, He has been their attendant. He has warded off their hunger and thirst, when they have become indifferent to their body.....who else can be their friend who have no friend except God?.....When God sends down His grace , even poison may become nectar.

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