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The Need for a Guru - 4
« on: May 12, 2009, 01:12:49 PM »
Krishna has said:

"O Son of Kunti, wisdom is clouded by desire. This constant enemy
of the wise is as insatiable as fire. (Ch. 3, v 39.)

Admittedly there is an entire school of religious thoughts that refute
this position a sbeing of the less mature path of bhakti.  They have
voluminous advaitic scriptures of the jnana marga, that can be interpreted to support their claims.  Regardless of this, there is
universal agreement amongst all sects that due to adharma, and
the spiritual blindness ensuing from it, an embodiment of divine state
of perfection, appears amongst humankind from time to time, to
establish dharma in the world.

In our times, Bhagavan Ramana came forth as an embodiment of that Perfection.  His teaching is recognized and accepted as the Maha Yoga, great path to union with godhead, though primarily the jnana
marga.  Although, He did say that to be true jnani one would simultaneously become a true bhakta and vice versa.

To know the truth regarding the need for a guru, to lead one through the perils of engagement with an enemy that roams freel in a world
ablaze with its desires of unappeasable fire, let us listen to the voice
of the Maharshi, and the comments of one who lived by His side.  Bhagavan Ramana 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......the function of the outer guru is to awaken the inner guru in the heart."  [Arthur
Osborne, Be Still, It is the Wind that sings.  p.80.]  The guru realizes the ultimate truth that: "There is no being of the unreal and no not-being of the Real."..."And yet, paradoxically, it is also an impediment to assert that no effort need be made, on the pretext that, as 'there is no being of the unreal and no not-being of the Real', one is that now and has therefore no need to arrive to become That.  It sounds plausible, but it is an impediment because, it is the pseudo-self, the illusory unreal, that is saying it.  The Master can say that there is nothing to achieve because one is That already.  The disciple cannot...... Bhagavan expected the devotee to make effort, even while appreciating the paradox that there is no effort to make.  In the same way, He would say that for the Realized Man there is no guru-disciple relationship but added that for the disciple the relationship is a reality, and is of impoortance."  [ULLadu Narpadu, Anubandham].
[Also Arthur Osborne. op.cit. p.76]
(Source:  As indicated earlier.)

Arunachala Siva.