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The Need for a Guru - 2
« on: May 12, 2009, 11:59:51 AM »
Swami Sadasivananda further writes:

The authenticity of spiritua teachers is not a decades old problem,
as was noted by one of the close disciples living with Bhagavan
Ramana.

"The rise of a new political idealogy in the West after the first World War made men intolerant of all authority.  The forces it released and he spirit of rebellion is disseminated everywhere had such a extremely wide repercussions that its influence stamped itself on most of the new world literature.  It invaded, unfortunately, the spiritual sphere and coloured the views of the preachers, who became Messiahs of the New Age.  The truly-seeking minds were thus caught between the spirit of the new age and that of the venerable traditions and scriptures, which had, throughout the centuries produced spiritual giants who led millions from "the unreal to the Real, and from death to Immortality."

It is  small wonder then that bewildered, earnest, truth-hungry men should anxiously visit Bhagavan Ramana and seek His advice on the need or otherwise of a guru.  [S.S. Cohen, Guru Ramana, 2006].

Historically, the guidance of a Master and the disciples of the disciple were to all religions essentially fundamental.  Bhagavan Ramana could not have more clearly emphasized this truth when He was once asked:  "Is it necessary to have a physical Guru?"  The Master replied:  "Is it necessary for a new born child to have a mother?"

Nevertheless, in our modern age our moods and suspicions concerning the authenticity of a guru's teachings automatically come into question. In order to correctly resolve this question, the seeker must possess the valuable quality of discrimination, strengthened by vigilant prayer for guidance. The spiritual market place has been for decades now, overstocked with self made masters who seek worldly benefits for themselves rather than spritual benefits for their followers.  If followers take these persons as their gurus, they are sure to be waylaid.   There is brand power.  New brands, new packaging, new publicity, new names like Neo Advaita, Advaita in
Twenty Days etc., etc.,

Though many take directions from their now so-called inner guru
with faith, hope and reliance, they are simply unaware of a great
danger -- a powerful destructive enemy within.  Krishna warns Arjuna of this great foe to realization of the Self in the beginning chapters of the Bhagavad Gita, (Chapter III).

(Source: As indicated above)

Arunachala Siva.