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Conduct of a disciple
« on: January 07, 2009, 10:45:46 AM »
Under Chapter 70 of Guru Vachaka Kovai, Murugnar describes the
salient features of conduct of a disciple.

Verse 798:  The Guru who has ascended to the summit of the hill
of virtues such as Jnana, desirelessness and renunciation, and
who remains there, has accepted responsibility for his disciples.
However, it is the obligation of the disciple to remain, even in his
dreams, steadfastly established on the true path that the Guru
teaches him from his own deathless experience.

In Who am I? Bhagavan wrote:

Just as the prey that has fallen into the jaws of a tiger cannot
escape, so those who have come under the glance of the Guru's
Grace will surely be saved and never be forsaken.  Yet one should
follow without fail the path shown by the Guru.

Muruganar summarised the first sentence in Guru Vachaka Kovai,
Verse 284.  Versse 798 seems to be a rendering of the second part
of this Who am I? extract. It seems probable that the verses were
written as a pair and that they subsequently became separated when
the rest of Guru Vachaka Kovai was edited for publication.

Verse 284 reads:

Like a deer caught in the jaws of a tiger, those who are trapped
by the Sadguru's jnana-bestowing glance of grace will never be
abandoned. Rather, they are destined to lose their indiviudality,
their restricted nature, and attain liberation.

Verse 799: Even if those great ones who have firmly embraced the
means to redeem themselves from the miseries of samsara happen
to deviate from conduct enjoined by the Vedas, either due to forget-
fulness or any other reason, they should on no account transgress
the command of the Guru who has told them about the ulimtate truth.

Murugnar: Those who deviate from Vedic conduct, there is (a possibility of) atonement, but for those who transgress the command of the
Guru, there can be no atonement.  It has therefore, been said,
"Though one may transgress the Vedas' commands, one should
never transgress the Guru's command."

(Source: Guru Vachaka Kovai, Muruganar. Tr. and Commentary
by David Godman, Avadhuta Foundation, Boulder, Colarado, USA)

Arunachala Siva.