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The two kinds of Guru - 3
« on: April 15, 2009, 11:45:51 AM »
According to the ancient traditional teachings reiterated by the
Maharshi, a man does not become one with the Self by attaining
Liberation or Realization.  He simply realizes his innate, pre-
existing Oneness.  Also he does not merge in the Absolute at
death (thus becoming, as some must have supposed, incapable
of performing an individual function) since he already was one
with the Absolute.  The Maharshi stated explicitly that there is no
difference between the Jivanmukta (liberated while embodied) and
the Videha Mukta (liberated after death).  Once when asked whether
a Liberated Man (He always used the word Sanskrit term 'Jnani'
meaning "Man of Knowledge" for this) still continued to perform
a function after death, He answered curtly 'Some may'.  This assertion is also to be found in Brahma Sutras, one of the three basic Hindu
scriptures.  When some of His followers asked Him shortly before His
own death, what they could do for guidance after He left them, He
made the curt reply:  "You attach too much importance to the body."
The implication obviously was that only the body was leaving them.
He was not.

In saying that there is ample evidence that this is so, I put in the
parenthesis "if any were needed" so as not to seem to be suggesting that the Maharshi's words need any corroboration.  They do not.
The sort of evidence I have in mind is testimony of those many who have found guidance and support from the Maharshi either in dream
or vision or formlessly since His death.  Two examples that could be quoted are the verse, " A Beacon Still" by S.P. Mukerjee in the Jan
1964 issue of Mountain Path and the article "How the Maharshi came to me",  by G.N. Daley in that of January 1967.

Finally, reverting to the two types of guru it should be said that the distinction is important because it sometimes happens that the theoretical explanation of the first type, the Sad-Guru or Divine Guru
is used to justify one who is in fact of the second type, the appointed
functionary.  This can cause theoretical confusion and actual danger!

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

Arunachala Siva.