Akhanda mandala karang, vyaptam jeno characharam.
Tatpadang darshitang jeno, tasmai shri Guruvei namaha.
Agyana timiranandhasya gyana-gyanshalakaya
Chakhuunmilitang jeno, tasmai shri Guruvei namaha!
“I keep hearing about a spiritual awakening, but I feel what we need instead, is a human one. It would be wonderful and empowering to become free from the disillusionment and nonsense being sold to us from gurus for centuries.”
― Steve Maraboli
Now read the above sentence again, it’s exactly this kind of materialistic men who know not, understand not the esoteric Gurutattwa, and make such statements that agitate me.
I keep seeing quotes on the internet on how a Guru is not needed, blah, blah, blah, mostly from men and women who have not the tradition or culture to speak of such issues; they must refrain from this nonsensical-babble as innocent seekers may be side-tracked from their spiritual journey.
Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru none can cross over to the other shore.
Anyway,I shall discuss in small detail the importance of a guru, with small scriptural references to uphold my point.
Shri Shri Paramhamsa Vishuddhananda used to say to his disciples, “You all have not really understood what a Guru is and most of you never will.”
It is true, a materialistic, consumerist society like ours will never understand what or who a Guru truly is.
It’s one of those age old mysteries which will delude MOST of us forever.
The Jeeva is born for bhoga and then finally moksha. Through numerous births, there comes a dissatisfaction for all things worldly and the Jeeva craves for something more permanent in this impermanent reality. This aching and a strong iccha is what propels him to look for Sadguru.
The feet of Sadguru can only be achieved through Ishwara’s kripa, or divine grace!
Without the guidance of Sadguru, one cannot hope to traverse this mire of samsara. Desires, be it good or bad, just bind the Jeeva to many more incarnations, the karmic process continues, only by guru-given kriya can all such worldly ties be eradicated.
The sahajiya sect of Tantrics say that if the wind be stopped, the Sun and Moon be erased, only the Bodhichita remains and it must be considered a lamp to dispel darkness, only then can a jeeva know true peace and bless. None other than sadguru can show the way.
Sadguru is the symbol of true shastra, only he can lead us to completeness.
We all feel incomplete in this world, and are always on the lookout for something or someone to complete us.
This completeness according to the Agamas is PARAMUKTI.
The kaivalya of Samkhya philosophy is not true completion according to the Agamas, and nor is the Vedantic Mukti.
This is agreed by both Dvaita and Advaita Agamas.
In Tantraloktika, Jayrath comments, the Vedantic mukti is complete loss of consciousness, like the Pralaya, there is no Science of Consciousness at play here.
So the tantric path paves way for Paramukti.
When a sadhak desires nothing but self awareness, or what we call SWAROOPLABH, then the divine inspiration makes him call out for Sadguru and this emanation of Shuddhya-Vidya can be termed SATATARKA.
In the text called Kiranagama, it is said that SATATARKA may arise from diksha by sadguru or may be inspired by the Shastras or scriptures. Of course there are certain very uttam or supreme sadhaks who need neither but this satatarka emanates from within.
A case in point will be MAA ANANDAMAYI, who had no Guru in the conventional sense, Jaganmatrika initiated her.
“If you have a guru, leave him; if you don’t have, get one. In other words, keep changing your gurus! Ocean’s wisdom comes from knowing many ships and many fishes, many storms and many waves!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan
Another man misguiding and misleading the masses, with statements like this that are perceived as instant wisdom, kind of like fast food.
Only is people will less knowledge stopped this pretentious charade of being all knowing and all wise! At least open up and read a chapter of the tantric texts before you comment!!!
Understand the culture which gave rise to the concept of the Guru.
In the text YOGVASHISHT, its clearly written, “Shishya pragyaivya bodhasya karanam Guruvakyatah.”
It means that the pragya or wisdom which is generated within a disciple is the result of the words flowing from her Guru’s mouth. There are four stages of speech, vaikhari, madhyama, pasyanti, para.
Sadguru may decide to impart wisdom through any of the stages of speech which are easily available to him.
Abhishek is the kriya through which a disciple reaches a swatantra or independent state.
Gurostho maunyang vakhyanang shishyastah chinnya sangsaya.
The word Guru here refers to antarguru or antaryami.
In the study of tantra, there is not one text book which is the be all and end all of it, it is known by the wise. This gyan is called the AGAMAS.
This gyan-rupi Agama transcends into this world as words; only PARAVAK is the akhanda or indivisible Agama. This innate wisdom manifests in the pasyanti realm, the divine makes itself known, not yet by mere words, it expresses itself. There is no divisibility here; no scope of knowledge obtained or taught.
When this wisdom has made its way to madyama, it becomes words- AUM! These words are introspective, contemplative, full of ideas and forms for creation, salvation. Only in the madhyama bhumi, does the concept of guru and shishya originate. Now knowledge begins to travel from one end to the other, conjoining consciousness.
Only in Vaikhari, is it interpreted.
The real secret is that the paramatman is the bakta or the speaker who is the Guru and then again, it is also the listener or the shishya. As said before it happens in madhyama bhumi.
In this realm all scriptures are explicitly understood by all, they are not occult.
To make things plain, it is our higher self who takes shape as our guru, he or she is inextricably interwoven into our consciousness for eons.
Baba Vishuddhananda would not give deeksha is the samskaras of the aspirant were not pure and virtuous in the last three births. He also gave mantras and kriyas according to the ishta sadhana which was conducted in those last lives by the aspirant. With the help of the beej, the mantra and the kriya, numerous troubled souls found peace, glimpsed into another dimension, visualized other realities and what of the really developed seekers like GOPINATH KOBIRAJ?
He became so very advanced in his kriya that eventually he was allowed to give deeksha to other seekers by the fathers of Gyanganj.
So do not lose hope, seek for Sadguru, invite him into your life, and all the mysteries will ultimately unfold right before your eyes.