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The two kinds of Guru - 2
« on: April 14, 2009, 05:17:35 PM »
The above refers only to the ideal or perfect Guru who is in a
state of constant, unwavering consciousness of his universal-
nature (and it will be observed that in writing it I have spelled
the 'Guru' with a capital letter).  But this is a very rare thing.
Usually a guru or a spiritual director is a member of a sprititual
hierarchy who has been vested with the authority and function
of directing others without having himself broken free from the
existential (as distinct from a theoretical) illusion of his individual
state.  With regard to the guru in this sense, I will limit myself
to five observations.

1.  The power that is conveyed is gto be regarded as valid within
its limits, just as is the power to perform sacrements that is conveyed
to a priest by his ordination.

2. Nevertheless, too great expectations are not to be placed in such
direction, since a guide cannot normally lead others farther than he
has gone himself.

3.  A guru who has not transcended the individual state is liable to
individual failings.  Being revered as a guru may particularly, for instance, give rise to faults of arrogance and hypocrisy.  Such faults
are infectious and liable to be caught by the disciples.  The guru may
be compared to a pipeline bringing the waters of life to thirsty mass. If the pipe has not been well cleaned inside, the waters that quench
their thirst may also carry germs of typhoid or cholera.

4. This is an age when traditional forms are losing their rigidity.
All the Hindu spiritual masters since Sri Ramakrishna have recognized
this, including Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.  It s a time when
"the spirit bloweth where it listeth" as many cases of spontaneous awakening to Truth without the mediation of a guru are reported.
These, of course, need further effort and discipline to establish them
firmly, but so also does the initiation given by a guru.

5.  The Maharshi indicated before shedding the body that he would
still be the Guru.  Ample evidence has accrued (if anywhere needed)
that this is so.

Perhaps this last point needs to be amplified, as it is not usual for a Guru to continue to function as such after physical death, though
there have been cases.

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

Arunachala Siva.