गुरु-तत्व – एक चिन्तन
SadGuru Tatva Element
I understood Gurudev …
Then I managed to comprehend myself…
Physically, from the external body, Shree Guru looks just like an ordinary man. However, within Himself, He is the Ultimate Complete embodiment of Perfection.
So, to see Him is similar to viewing the soul. Listening to Him is similar to hearing to the Vedas. Gaining proximity to Him either physically or mentally, is similar to the resonant flow of soul vibrations.
When the physical contact breaks, the disciple has to go within his consciousness. Then he realizes that in reality, Shree Guru is always within his inner soul, who is now guiding him from within.
Guru-Tatva Element – A reflection
A fictional story illustrates fully the state of the soul – There was a poor man. He was blind in his eyes. He was somehow leading his life. He had found a cave in an inaccessible location, about which no-one else knew. So, only he could enter that cave. The cave was full of vast treasures. It contained so many invaluable and rare jewels-pearls, that even a single gemstone was sufficient to completely eliminate penury from his life. Moreover, there was also a big heap of copper coins in a side of the cave. That blind man used to go into the cave in the dark quietness of the night, while others were sleeping. He could not see, so he just used to grope everywhere. Precious stones used to lie scattered around, but he was not aware of them. He used to leave ruby pearls, even after touching them. However, the copper stones used to make a clinging sound when moved. That blind man used to collect those copper stones in his hands, and return back. Now what good were those copper coins? These used to get spent within the day. He used to return back to the cave at the night-fall. This sequence used to continue daily.
The story is an accurate representation of the life of the general public. This deep dark cave is within us – the state of deep sleep – Sukshupti. We daily enter this cave during our sleep and return back with the accumulated wealth. The blind metaphor has been used because during Sukshupti sleep, our consciousness is inactive. We cannot see our state during Sukshupti, how near are we to our soul, we have such a vast treasure-trove of Shakti power and Wisdom-Knowledge pearls and jewels – even a single one can wipe out our poverty. But we cannot pick-up the desired wealth in the absence of consciousness. A tiny-weeny little bit of wisdom-power, like a copper coin, whatever we could grope, we bring it back from the deep cave into our awakened state. These small pickings provide us with a little bit of energy, vigour and knowledge to run our daily lives, but nothing special. If we enter the Sukshupti state in full consciousness, then we will realize the state of Soul, the Turiyawastha, and we will then realize an incomparable wealth of knowledge and power. This experience of the soul is the basis of the spirituality.
SadGuru – Your introduction to yourself
SadGuru provides this experience of the soul. Not to take anything, not to give anything – just introduce yourself to you, just this is the knowledge-wisdom of SadGuru, the process of SadGuru, the energy of SadGuru.
The Shiva Sootra contains a sootra – Cheitanyam Aatma – i.e. the soul is pure consciousness. This is the only fact to comprehend. The human consciousness flowing along with the mind and the senses, gets coloured with the shades of these senses.
If someone queries us “Who are you” then we will reply – I am (this) name, I am small, I am big, I am the owner, I am the servant, I am (my) body, I have (my) beliefs. But all of these details are incomplete and incidental. They change with time and circumstances. For example, we will call ourselves as a grown-up in front of our children, but we will become children in front of our elders. When we used to study, we used to call ourselves as students. Later we started to view ourselves from the prism of our business-job and family. We will call ourselves as something else in our old age. Yes, whatever we call ourselves, we do say – I am (my introduction – my identity). Whatever be our identity, our answer will start from I and will end at am, these two words will always remain.
“I am”, this is pure consciousness – Shuddh Aham Vimarsha. This is the experience of the soul. When consciousness starts to flow into our inner self, then eventually in its purest form it provides an experience that “I am”.
Consciousness is the Soul itself
When we fall asleep, we become delirious within sleep, all our senses get into a trance, all of their process-activities stop. Their reach in the awakened state is also till that stage – where Cheitanya (consciousness) soul takes them to. This self-consciousness is the vision of the eyes, the audibility of the ears, the breath of the nostrils, the taste of the tongue, the touch of the skin. This consciousness is the soul, it is integrally merged within it. The consciousness is driving our senses and our mind, but it is beyond their grasp or control. This is the Nigrah (subjugation).
When this subjugation breaks, then one becomes conscious of the vision of the eye, the audibility of the ear, the the breath of the nostrils, taste of the tongue, the touch of the skin, the sense of the self, and the manifestation of the God. The demolition of this subjugation layer, and the manifestation of the real truth, this is the fifth act of God – the Anugrah (Grace). The Divine vision (or soul-vision) is possible only through this grace. God has handed over the responsibility of grace to Guru.
This is an era of science. The human mind has highly evolved now and is the owner of deep intellect. Everyone is an expert in argument-debate. Most of the people are educated. Information on various subjects and topics is easily available through internet. Therefore it is natural for a suspicion about the necessity of Guru to arise among the literate people. However, our experience teaches us that mere collection of information and learning of these information does not make a person wise. The Shiva Sootra states – Gyaanam BandhaH. The knowledge which is not self-evolved or is not experience-generated, but rather based merely on information or arguments is just a binding bondage.
The information based knowledge collected externally can be a good assistant, however it cannot compete against the experiential, practical and action-based knowledge. Guru is the one who not only imparts knowledge about a particular topic, but also guides and demonstrates a simple way to imbibe and utilize that information practically.
Guru is the Perfect Siddha Personality
Shree Guru is a magnificent personality in the spiritual field, who is an accomplished Siddha. Siddha means perfectly connected with Truth, Siddha is such a perfect personality that one who has continued to perform Sadhana in the eternal disciple tradition, has manifested with accurate truth experience with the grace of Shree Guru. The Siddha Gurus have a unique ability. The mysterious Diksha-initiation of Shaktipaat. They activate the inner truth, by imparting a divine sense through this Shaktipaat.
The literal translation of Shaktipaat is – Incarnation of Shakti power. Shree Guru transfers a part of His perfectly activated spiritual energy into the disciple. A remarkably singular event occurs. The latent spiritual sense of the disciple activates.
The physical body of the disciple is a gift from the parents. But the Shaktipaat Diksha provides him the perception of the multiple hidden divine body-forms operating within the physical body, and the supreme goal of his Sadhana-meditation is to comprehend the spirit-soul driving these divine body-forms. This is the second birth of the disciple. He becomes entitled to be called twice-born.
Guru – The Fragrance of Conscience
The physical body remains same after the Diksha-initiation. However the inner conscious starts flowing from outside to inside. Previously, the conscious was flowing out through ego, intellect, mind and senses. However, now the senses lose their interest in peeping outside. The direction of flow of conscious changes. Both senses and the mind start streaming inside. This is the initiation point of the continuous Sadhana journey which will one day transform the disciple into a Guru, i.e. will impart Guru element into him, and will equip him with real Siddha element.
The Soul itself is the Master
There is a beautiful context in Kathopanishad. The disciple Nachiketa went to Guru Yamraj to learn the art of Perfection. Yamraj explained to Nachiketa while illustrating the human senses with a simple example of a chariot – Aatmaanam Rathinam ViddhiH. Yamraj explained that Hey Nachiketa! This body is like a chariot. The soul is the owner-master. The intellect is the driver-charioteer. The mind is the bridle. The senses are the horses in the chariot. These horses are racing on the highway, which is the path of satiation of the desires-lust. Yamraj explained to Nachiketa with this metaphor that the soul is the only object worth understanding. Whomsoever realized the soul, became the master.
The divine Buddha-tatva element benevolence of Guru towards His disciples is a mysterious knowledge. In the beginning the curious disciple will have more student-like curiosity. He will expect scripture textbook knowledge from the Guru. He will try to evaluate the Guru’s teachings according to the perspective of his own beliefs. Such a student does not gain a lot of knowledge from the Guru. However, the personality of Guru is hypnotic, his attraction is so strong that if a student manages to stay with Guru for few days, he automatically starts to bind with the Guru. A sweet bondage of trust develops between the both. Now that student starts to practically assimilate the Guru’s teachings, instead of intellectual evaluation.
Guru and the disciple – Inner Proximity
This initiates the journey of the discipleship. As the discipleship condenses within the disciple, the disciple’s curiosity in bookish intellectual knowledge decreases. A regularity and intensification starts developing in his practical exercises. His devotion towards Guru enhances. He tries his utmost to remain in close proximity to the Guru, and to imbibe His presence within himself. He observes each action and word of Gurudev very deeply. Gradually a subtle change develops in his curiosity. Now he is not curious to know about the actions of his Gurudev, rather he now wants to comprehend whatever Guru is doing, how is He doing. The disciple deeply evaluates how his Gurudev sits, how does He move, how does He partake food, how does He caress a bouquet if someone gifts to Him, how does He answer the questions which anyone asks, how does He welcome the visitors etc. etc. This exercise of deep observations enhances the inner proximity with Guru. He starts to gain a lot from the Guru.
Guru is my adoring Deity
In the final step, the disciple converts into a devout. Now there is no need to stay within close proximity of the Gurudev. Wherever the Guru is, He has become the adoring deity of the devoted disciple. The mind of the disciple is completely engrossed within Him, he thinks only and only about Him. Only Guru resides within the inner mind of the disciple, and He is the only companion. Whomsoever he meets, he believes that my Shree Guru has come to meet me in the form of this person. He welcomes any circumstance developing in life with the belief that this is a gift from my Shree Guru. Thus the inner self of disciple and the Guru start merging. Now, the disciple is different from the Guru only in his body. His mind has become completely blank. The Guru element continuously perfectly imbibes within this empty mind. This is an unprecedented situation. The differentiation between the Guru and the disciple evaporates. The disciple walks like the Guru, he speaks like Him, he acts like Him. Soon, he transforms into the Guru.
The experience-sensation of Guru mind
In physical view, the Guru looks like an ordinary man. However, from within, He is perfectly expressed in His inner self. The divine aura light emanating from His body is the vibration of the soul. Therefore mere seeing grants vision of the soul. Listening to Him is akin to listening to the holy Vedas. Obtaining a proximity to Him either physically or mentally is similar to developing resonance in the pulse-beats of the souls. All desires of Shree Guru have become completely quiet. His mind is completely liberated. Developing a connection with Him grants us some little glimpses of His inner mind. Therefore a sootra in Patanjali’s Yoga Sootra states – Vitraaga Vishyam Va Chittam.
Meeting with Guru – Wondering of the mind Stops
Meaning, another simple method to become completely thoughtless is to pour all our thoughts in thinking about a great person who is fully detached. It is well known that whatever attributes of others we respect, those attributes start developing in our mind automatically. Shree Guru physically appears like an ordinary person from this world from the outside. However, He is completely detached from inside. Thus thoughts about Him automatically starts waning our attachments. The mind automatically starts moving into deep pure concentration of profound tranquillity instead of wondering about. The fortune will come at the opportune time, and it will be possible to visualize the self. Therefore it is stated – Gurukripa Hi Kevalam – The grace of the Guru is the sole method.
People often fear that surrendering ourselves to the Guru means handing over the reins of your life to someone forever and to lose our own ideological independence. The reality is something else. The significance of SadGuru is that He looks like the one endowed with good look-qualities from the exterior, but within His real self, He is the embodiment of Perfection. This is the intimate mystery of Guru. The disciple needs to merge his inner self with Shree Guru. The body of Shree Guru is a mere medium to enable this process to occur. Shree Guru supports and nurses new disciples in multiple ways. He stays within their easy reach. He also sometimes imparts advice about various topics of the temporal world, apart from providing guidance about Sadhanas. The disciple feels that how much my Shree Guru likes me, He always keeps me near Him. This proximity becomes a useful accessory in the inward journey of the disciple.
Guru makes us Independent
However, the reality is that Shree Guru has no interest in making the disciple dependent. Shree Guru keeps monitoring the progress of Sadhana of His disciple at each moment through His inner self. When He realizes one day that the disciple has attained capability, and that he has developed the ability to directly link with the inner soul independently, then Shree Guru creates the circumstances for the disciple to physically stay away from Him. The disciple will have to enter into the inner self in the absence of any external contact. Then he realizes that the outer Shree Guru is in reality his own conscious self, who is now guiding-directing him from the inside. This inner linked connection also liberates the disciple from the attractive bondages of Guru’s exterior form. Now the major obstacle on the way to self-realization has disappeared. The path to realization of God is now ready for him.
You should become Self-Reliant
We see multiple such examples around us daily. When a child starts learning to walk, first his mother teaches him to walk by holding his hands. Then when she notices that the child can now take a few steps without any support, she lets go of her hands so that the child can now walk independently without any support. When we plant saplings in the garden, then initially we give them a lot of care – add fertilizers and manure, water the plants daily, and build a fence to protect them from animals. Slowly the plants take root, and grow up. They start to pull their own food from the earth. They grow beyond the reach of the animals and then they no longer require our protection. We do not even see them after that. The garden grows and thrives on its own.
A similar event takes place in the Guru-disciple relationship. Shree Guru oblates the self-reliance attribute to the Sad disciple. Within this perspective, Shree Guru is not a personality, rather He is the Guru element, the element of divine offering. The higher the intensity of dedication within the disciple for the Guru element, the faster and smoother will be his journey to realize his own self. Lord Shankar explained this context to Goddess Parvati in Guru Gita as –
MannathaH ShreejagannathaH Mduru Shree JagduruH |
Mamaatmaa Sarvabhutaatmaa Tasmei Shreeguruve NamaH ||
Reverential bow-salute to Guru-element
A reference to discipleship is necessary while discussing about the Guru-element. The literal meaning of the disciple is – one who is willing to learn. A disciple is one who does not have any pride or interst in showing-off of his knowledge. His mind is completely open, and whatever he gets from anywhere, he is ever-ready to evaluate its practicality within the perspective of his own experience. Such a person leads in the Sadhanas and keeps on scaling one summit after the another. Therefore it is necessary to strengthen the discipleship to search for the ultimate Truth. The gifting divine power will Herself be attractively drawn in life within the form of Shree Guru.
Guru is the grace of God, whom the disciple has achieved in this life, continue to develop this power of grace – open the doors of your mind, Guru is ready to venture inside, seat Him on the holy throne of your mind.
|| Shubhasya Sheegram ||