Author : Vijay Batra Karmalogist
The word Guru conjures hope and positivity. It is said that a man who enjoys his Guru’s grace has no need to fear. Guru’s grace gives you a sense of being under constant protection from problems. All his work gets done without any hindrance and all the sins he commits knowingly or unknowingly get pardoned by his Guru. A man’s faith in his guru is stronger than his faith in gods and goddesses because he believes that his guru will do what gods and goddesses cannot do. One reason for this unwavering faith is the fact that a guru is a living entity unlike gods and goddesses. A person can talk and confide into his guru and seek solutions for his problems. A guru’s place in a person’s life is determined by the level of faith and devotion he has towards his guru. When a person’s faith and devotion and his guru’s level are on equal level, the hardest of things in the world can be done with incredible ease.
Every person in this world is both a guru and a student because we all directly or indirectly teach something to one another. But everyone is looking for a guru who will impart worldly and spiritual knowledge. But today finding a genuine guru seems impossible because of so many beliefs and superstitions. But it is not that there are no genuine gurus in the world. But today the human mind is confused and there is a lack of proper knowledge. We do not find any similarity between the guru described in ancient texts and the present gurus. The attributes are opposite of what is mentioned in the texts. We find false gurus in every nook and corner. These so called gurus mould themselves to fit the description given in books. It is because of such fake gurus that religion has been heavily diluted by superstition so much so that the ordinary person fears being religious or spiritual. Everyone is aware of the exploitation of the ordinary people in the name of faith and devotion.
Today people are more intelligent compared to ancient times. People have information on their fingertips thanks to internet and books. We have easy access to information and answers. But an ordinary person never finds the selfless and merciful guru that he envisages. So the common man is scared and confused. He ends up thinking that he is a sinner. He fears that his actions might become sinful and he might be banished to hell. The greed of heaven and the fear of hell are present in every religious person. But people violate religion for their personal gain. Everybody needs a true and selfless guru so that they don’t falter from the right path.
We all are told that we are born in human form after being born in 84 million forms. And these 84 million lives are on the basis of the sins that a human being has committed. Only a true guru will tell you that if you have suffered for your sins in 84 million lives then it is foolish and coward to consider yourself as a sinner in your actions in your past lives. You should live fearlessly and not in fear.
A guru also makes you understand that religion is good for worldly life. If a person follows a religious path, he will not indulge in deceit and this will help him avoid problems that come with results of such undesirable actions. But religion should not be taken as a medium to understand the formless (nirakar). We can know the formless only when we transcend worldly objects, relationships, habits, feelings and actions and enter a state of void (shunya). The formless has nothing to do with religion. Religion was made by man so that people would continue to follow certain rules for their body and soul. Religion is related to everything that is visible in this world. Spirituality is being connected to the formless without being dependent on any action, person, object or rules. Religion gives importance to place, time, rules, people etc whereas in spirituality these things do not mean anything. Understanding the void and being void is spirituality. The only difference between religion and spirituality is that the former thrives on fear while the latter is free from fear. Whether a person wants to become religious or spiritual depends on his own wish and the guru who imparts knowledge to him. It is only while we are at the guru’s feet that we realise that it is impossible to understand void with the help of the crutches of religion because spirituality comes only after you give up religion.
Only a genuine guru can give you the knowledge that only the soul becomes an asset of your actions. The body only experiences the results of the action. The body could belong to a human being or an animal. The body only experiences. But it is often said that whatever a person does through his body, he has to experience its results. There is no use going to a religious place when your soul (thoughts, attention) is at home. Performing actions without the soul is giving pain to your body. When you have experienced the fruits of your sins (which you committed earlier as a human being) in 84 million lives what are you scared about? Today, everyone wants to be liberated from fear and confusion. This is possible only if there is a guru who can give you the right knowledge and free you from superstitions and baseless notions.
Religion is for the world. Man created religion for his convenience. There are personal, familial and social religions. A guru must tell you how to abide by these religions. Spirituality is for the soul. It is the Guru’s job to tell you how you get the results of actions performed by the soul. The guru must be able to tell you how to save yourself from the results of your actions. Man’s mind is perturbed by religion and spirituality. He is not able to decide between right and wrong. That is why his mind is flooded with questions like why is there a need for a guru. What is the role of the guru? How should a guru be? How and where will I find the guru? What is the identity of guru? Why is the grace of the guru greater than that of gods and goddesses? Why isn’t there any pace without a guru etc?
Everyone is plagued by day to day problems. Everybody is looking for guidance and solution to their problems. They need the right answers. People know the right answers but they are scared and confused. So they need someone who has god’s grace and who can change actions and their fruits. Somebody who has worldly and spiritual knowledge and is selfless. Someone who possesses worldly and spiritual knowledge and can peep into the past and the future. Someone who teaches you the technique to overcome problems and triumph over circumstances. A true and complete guru is the one who teaches such a technique to his student, a technique that will be useful while living and even after death.
Identity of Guru
A guru can be found anywhere. It is not necessary that a guru should look different or dress differently from ordinary people. A real guru will not be interested in outer appearance. He will neither be interested in being appreciated or being praised. All saints wearing yellow robes are not saintly. Some of them can be selfish too. There is a scientific reason behind wearing yellow robes but most saints are not aware about the reason. The colour of the sun is yellow. When the sun rises in the morning, family members start moving away from each other. The husband and wife leave the house to earn a livelihood while the children leave for school, college. The family gets back together again after sunset. This makes it evident that sun deprives you of family pleasures. A saint wearing yellow robes means that he has given up family and he will stay away from people and worldly objects. Usually people indulge saints more than required in the hope of getting their blessings. Even a true saint may falter when he experiences worldly comforts and pleasures. Their sinful actions accumulate because when saints experience luxuries and comfort, they stray from their path and drift away from the formless.
The first indication of a true guru is that he is not controlled by a particular way of dressing or hypocrisy. He has radiance akin to the sun on his face. His sixth sense is fully developed because of which he can see the past, present and future. A true guru is happy to share his knowledge. He does not hide or suppress it. Everybody knows that we need money for survival. Asking for more money than required and without any reason is the sign of a greedy and selfish guru. A guru has no right to be selfish. Selfishness is for worldly aspirations. In spirituality, it is pertinent to sacrifice greed. And only a true guru can give you this knowledge.
For anyone to become a guru, it is necessary for him to have meritorious acts to his credit. If he has this, there is no need to run after worldly objects. In fact all the necessary things find a way to reach him. When a person is replete with a store house of noble deeds, he becomes humble and content. When a person is considered to be a guru, he has the responsibility to give proper guidance to his disciples and ordinary people. If a guru uses his knowledge to earn wealth and for personal gain then there is no pardon for him. He has to face punishment many times over as compared to an ordinary person because a guru has knowledge about sin and merit. An ordinary person can be forgiven and there are alternatives for him. But a guru is supposed to have knowledge and discern the good from the bad and he has more knowledge than an ordinary person.
A guru tells his disciple about both religion (worldly rules) and spirituality (formless). He gives an easy way to differentiate between the two and understand the formless. Most people consider themselves to be both religious and spiritual. But it is not like that. Religion is rule which helps to have a sense of organised set up in the world. Religion is for the world. There are different religious duties (rules) like duty towards parents, teachers, state, friends, kith and kin, etc. These duties or rules keep changing with time and requirement. Spirituality on the other hand is a state in which a person is free from all relationships, rules and he has knowledge of the formless. Spirituality has its relationship with the soul. That is why there are no rules in spirituality. And there is no inconvenience that compels it to change.
A guru is only meant to give. The words and actions of a guru help in the welfare of an individual/ he who takes for himself is not a true guru. A true guru does not discriminate on caste, sect or religion. He is only concerned with raising the spiritual level of people and guiding them. A guru does not take credit for his disciple’s success or fame. A guru makes his disciples do only those things which are in the interest of his disciple. A guru’s greatness is more than that of gods and goddesses because the latter have only limited powers. A person can worship a specific god or goddess depending on his need and desire whereas a guru is connected to the formless. Even an ordinary person can become a guru with good actions and selflessness. But if a disciple wants to become a guru then he will never become a complete guru. A true guru is one who can do everything selflessly.
A guru’s powers develop with the grace of god and good actions. His spiritual level also rises. The first power that a guru acquires is the power of words. Whatever he says starts coming true. So much so that a person starts getting things which otherwise is not in his destiny. Unimaginable things start happening. The power of touch develops after the power of words. One reason why we bow our heads to gurus is that the guru helps us to get rid of negative energies when he touches our forehead. The positive energies from the guru’s body enter the body of the person. This creates an invisible shield against ill effects of planets, accidents, enemies, evil eye, evil spirits etc.
The power of words and touch is for fulfilment of worldly desires. The guru keeps working for the welfare of the people which develops his cosmic energy. This power is not for the world. It is a supernatural power which helps to connect with the formless. The ability to see the formless even with naked eyes without the help of statue, idol, picture, place, ritual etc is called cosmic energy which is sometimes used synonymously with kundalini. The effect of this power can be felt in the guru’s place even after his death. We can experience bliss and peace of mind when we feel the place or spot (where the guru used to sit or live) of a true guru even after his death. All the wishes we utter in such places come true.
When a guru possesses power of words, touch and cosmic energy, it makes him powerful and whatever he thinks or says comes true. These three powers are not vested in gods and goddesses because they do not have a human form to use the power of words and touch. They have limited powers. For instance, goddess Lakshmi is for wealth, Saraswati for knowledge etc. Things that are impossible to accomplish by worshipping gods can be accomplished with one sentence of the guru. That is why it is said that the guru has the master key which can unlock any lock. Even gods cannot refuse a guru because of his selflessness. Our intentional and unintentional actions can make gods, ancestors and spirits angry. Only the blessings and vision of the guru can put an end to the effects of their anger.
A guru has the right to give or take the accumulation of actions depending on his desire, need and the situation. A guru can bestow objects (which otherwise is not destined) if he is happy with a person’s devotion and love. Someone may be blessed with a child or someone may be cured of a chronic disease. If a person misuses his good actions then the guru has the right to transfer his good actions to somebody else. All worldly and spiritual desires can be fulfilled with the grace and blessings of a guru. A person needs a guru from time to time as guru is the only person who can teach things that cannot be found in books.
The modern age (kaliyug) is replete with gurus but there is a dearth of gurus who can show the right path. This makes it very difficult for the ordinary person to choose a guru. A true guru will never impart the technique of developing power and knowledge to his disciple easily fearing the disciple might misuse it. A guru imparts knowledge only when he is fully convinced that his disciple will not misuse his knowledge and the disciple knows how, when and where to use his knowledge. A guru will pass on his knowledge to his disciple only after putting him through several tests. A guru might even be rude with his disciple in the process. He might make the disciple undertake difficult work. If a disciple can prove his mettle then the guru will bless his disciple with knowledge. A guru gives knowledge that cannot be found in books and stories. But a guru gives knowledge only to the disciple who has interest, dedication and capability. A guru does not waste his time on those disciples who do not have capability. Capability is on the basis of actions. If a disciple has the capability then the guru will leave no stone unturned to ensure progress for his disciple. But not all disciples walk on the path shown by the guru as most people perform their actions according to their needs, ease and situation. Whoever works on the path of the guru do not face any pain or suffering in this world or hereafter.
A guru can assess his spiritual level and his level of engagement with the formless through the knowledge he gives to his disciple. A true guru will not give half baked knowledge to his disciple. He gives him complete knowledge. A guru teaches his disciple control of mind and heart so that the disciple does not feel threatened or confused when faced with a certain situation. A disciple should have patience and humility. It should be a part of his nature and not a result of situation. He should not crave for praise. A disciple should focus on his actions instead of depending on his fate. And the accumulation of his good actions should automatically attract everything he needs. A disciple though living in this world should not be so attached to a person or an object that it makes his salvation difficult. Everybody possesses worldly knowledge but only a guru develops spirituality in his disciple for which the disciple must remain ever indebted to his guru. The disciple must repay his guru to be free from this indebtedness. The knowledge received from a guru is priceless. A disciple makes an offering to the guru as per his ability. Sometimes the disciple even dedicates his entire life to his guru and feels blessed. But in today’s world there is a dearth of such gurus and disciples.
Knowledge can only make you knowledgeable. But a guru has spiritual knowledge. He also enjoys the grace of gods, goddesses and the formless. There is a big difference between worldly knowledge and spiritual knowledge. It is not necessary for a knowledgeable person to have spiritual knowledge. And it is not necessary for the guru either to have worldly knowledge. It is necessary to have worldly knowledge for worldly progress. Similarly, it is necessary to have spiritual knowledge for spiritual progress. But sometimes knowledgeable people are confined only to their knowledge because they do not enjoy the grace of understanding the formless. Excessive knowledge can lead to confusion. Only the guru has the master key called grace which can unlock worldly and spiritual locks. The guru if he desires can tell the disciple the way to acquire that key. The problem arises when the person tries to find the key or make the key on his own. The rule of the formless is that the key of grace can be acquired only through a guru. Half baked knowledge is akin to darkness. Grace and blessings work as light. No matter how much knowledge the guru gives, we must never be content because the guru has inexhaustible knowledge by grace of god. We should never think that the guru has given us complete knowledge and grace.
Another secret knowledge given by the guru is that the same grace of the formless will not be equal on two different people. Everything in the world is unique – rivers, mountains, trees, animals etc. It is not the nature of the formless to imitate. Anything that is created once will not be created again. Man is the only animal that gets attracted seeing others and compels himself to imitate.
The relationship between a guru and disciple lasts forever. Once the relationship is established, it carries no for many lives. A guru himself goes to a disciple whose actions are strong and the results come on their own while an ordinary disciple has to search for a guru. Disciples are of many kinds. Some are devoted disciples who have tremendous devotion towards their guru. They abide by the words of their guru and serve their guru as the guru means everything to them. They experience an out of the world bliss when they are near to their guru. This kind of disciples has a soulful love for their guru.
Some disciples are cunning. They remember their guru only when they are in some difficulty. They prefer to stay away from their guru once their job is done. Such disciples live only for worldly pleasures. They have no interest in salvation or the formless. They presume that they will benefit by serving the guru a bit as the guru is born for them and not for his personal interest. The guru tells such disciples about ways to achieve worldly objects.
Some disciples are knowledgeable though their number is very low. These disciples understand the worth of their guru. They know that the guru’s anger and wrath is also beneficial for them. When a guru rebukes such disciples, the disciples know that the guru is helping them exhaust the effects of their bad karmas and the guru is preparing them for more spiritual development. A guru works very hard for the spiritual development of such disciples.
It is necessary for a person to have knowledge of the formless in order to attain salvation. And it is necessary for a person to be spiritual to have knowledge of the formless. It is essential to have the blessings and grace of a guru to be spiritual.
- Knowledge of salvation is possible only when the soul has knowledge of birth.
- Worldly knowledge – knowledge from life to death. Knowledge of the formless- knowledge from death to life.
- Don’t search for the truth. Try to search for falsehood. Once you have knowledge about the false, the knowledge of the formless will come on its own.
- If you want change in your life, focus more on what you should not do rather than on what you should do.
- The biggest superstition in the world is that the formless will be found in some form.
- The most difficult thing in the world is to know your mind/ yourself.
- Make your mind so busy in searching and learning so that it has no time or opportunity to commit sins.
- Make your mind so stable that your focus is on the formless even while your eyes are open.
- To mislead someone’s mind is a sin which has no atonement.
- There is no need to run after what is in your destiny. There is no use running after what is not in your destiny.
- The accumulation of your merits should be so much that there is a possibility of getting everything without asking but a need never arises to ask for anything.
- Do not pay attention to others actions if you want to be free from envy.
- Hearing your own praises is an invitation for ego/ arrogance.
- It takes many lives to become spiritual from being religious. Adopting is religion, giving up is spirituality.
- There is a big difference in having knowledge and having grace.
- Do not run after things that you can do without.
- A true guru is one who teaches the essence. A true disciple is one who does not aspire to be the guru.
- A person’s spiritual knowledge is an indication of his guru’s level.
- Guru has the master key which even gods and goddesses do not have.
- To know how to make conversation and to have knowledge of the formless are two different things.
- Only knowledge can release you from fear and confusion.
- There is no greater merit than showing the right path.
- No action is right or wrong. It is only the result that is right or wrong.
- God! Make me void (zero) whoever I am with, let him grow ten times over.
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Vijay Batra Karmalogist
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