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The Need for a Guru - 6
« on: May 12, 2009, 04:17:24 PM »
We can believe that the sages when they say: Our fate is simply a
bundle of habits.  If you want to change your fate, --- change your

We now understand that a guru is necessary.  But for many sincere
people longing for spiritual attainment, the dilemma of 'Where is my
guru, amongst so many who are not?'  still remains looming before
them.  Bhagavan Ramana spoke precisely to them by declaring that
one should first understand:

"What is a guru?  Guru is God or the Self.  First man prays to God
to fulfill his desires.  A time comes when he will not more pray for
the fulfillment of material desires but for God Himself.  God then
appears to him in some form or another, human or non-human to
guide him to Himself in answer to his prayer and according to his
needs."  [ S.S. Cohen, Guru Ramana].

A devotee inquired of Bhagavan Ramana.  "Is there any way to meet the appointed guru for each?"

Bhagavan:  "Intense meditation brings it about."  [Talks 135].

Therefore, the search for a guru is only to the search for God.  We
need not search in vain for the place to knock, for it is within.
Krishna said: "My glory is within."  Jesus also assures us of the
direction to find the guru as the 'pearl of great price' by saying, "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God of Heaven and all else shall be added
unto you."

This kingdom is within our very Heart, and Bhagavan Ramana offers two ways of approach, and then clearly instructs us how to unite
with it.

"There are two ways.  'Ask yourself --- Who am I?' or 'Submit and
I will strike down the ego.'  [Arthur Osborne].

Seeking your true nature in your Heart, discovering it and rejoicing in it by bathing in the bliss of my jnana swarupa -- this is within."

"Only bhakti sadhana performed continuously with love facilitate easily, in a gradual way,  this union."

"Enter with love the temple that is in your own Heart and experience the bliss of being absorbed in my swarupa, becoming one with it."  "I myself will command and control a mind that has died by the sacrifice of the ego."    [Padamalai, Muruganar. Tr. David Godman ].

(Source: Swami Sadasivananda's article in MP 2008-2009)

Arunachala Siva.