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Ramana Maharshi => The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi => Topic started by: Subramanian.R on April 14, 2009, 04:21:42 PM

Title: The two kinds of Guru - 1
Post by: Subramanian.R on April 14, 2009, 04:21:42 PM
For those who aspire to proceed beyond belief to experience in
religion, it has normally been held necesssary to follow a Guru
or a spiritual director.  It is not correct to really translate the word
'Guru' as 'teacher' because, although he may inicidentally expound
doctrine, his main function is the transmission of an influence which
will fortify the disciple in his inner quest, and his guidance of the
disciple, verbally or in silence, on  the quest.  What then, is the
nature of the guru?

Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi said:  " The Guru is the formless Self
within each one of us.  He may appear as a body to guide us, but
that is only his disguise."  And the author of the article from which
this is quoted goes on to say:  "It appears from this that to be consciously the Self is to be consciously the Guru."  (The Human
Status of the Maharshi, by T.N. Krishnaswami, The Mountain Path,
April 1967).

This statement involves the following doctrinal position. "The Supreme Spirit (Paramatma) is the true self (Atma) of each person (jiva)
and would naturally give the right spiritual understanding and guidance, but in most cases the conscious mind is shut off from
this by the ego-sense (ahankara), that is the belief in one's existence
as separate individual entity.  The impulse arises to return to one's
Source but the mind is too estranged to perceive and follow the path
directly.  Since one mistakes oneself for a separate being, one can
respond to the guidance only through a manifested Guru whom one
mistakes for another human being, although he himself is aware of
his universal nature.

Therefore the Tamil poet saint Tayumanvar compares the Guru to
a deer being used as a decoy to capture another deer.*  The Maharshi
said that the function of the outer Guru is only to awaken the inner
Guru in the Heart.

[* Man kaattti man pidikkum.....]

(Source:  Be Still, It is the Wind that sings.  Arthur Osborne.)

Arunachala Siva.