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The theory of a human guru
« on: June 04, 2009, 04:44:58 PM »
This is from Cohen's diary entry dated, 30th October 1945.

Dilip Kumar Roy of Aurobindo Ashram this morning sang
in the presence of he Maharshi in the Hall and in the evening
asked the following questions:

Dilip Kumar:  Some people reported you to have said that
there was no need for a Guru.  Others gave the opposite
report:  Where does the Maharshi say?

Bhagavan:  I have NEVER SAID THAT A THERE IS NO NEED
FOR A GURU.

Bhagavan:  All depends on what you call Guru.  He need
not be in a human form.  Dattatreya had twenty four Gurus,
the five elements -- earth, water, etc., which means that
every object to this world, was his Guru.  Guru is absolutely
necessary.  The Upanishads say that none but a Guru can
take a man out of the jungle of intellect and sense-perceptions.
So there must be a Guru.

Dilip Kumar:  I mean a human Guru -- the Maharshi did not
have one.

Bhagavan:  I might have had time at one time or other.
But did I not sing hymns to Arunachala?  What is a Guru?
Guru is God or the Self.  First a man prays to God to fulfil
his desires.  A time comes when he will no more pray for
the fulfilment of material desires but for God Himself.
God then appears to him in some form or other, human
or non-human, to guide him to Himself in answer to his
prayer and according to his needs.

(Source: As indicated above.)

Arunachala Siva.