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Guru - The path away from darkness

Human life and wisdom are inseparable. Guru is the light towards wisdom. Guru is not a physical body, it is a Tattva, an aspect of reality. They take us towards light (gyan) from darkness (ignorance). Traditionally Guru refers to a spiritual Guru, who not only has deep knowledge, but also has direct experience of divine grace.

Forms of Gurus:

Suchak Guru - Teaches us different subjects, like in school and educational institutions.

Vachak Guru - Orates and guides us on who is God (like most Gurus who conduct Satsangs and teach Sadvichar).

Baudhak Guru – Guides us about spiritualism and its relevant methods by tuning your Buddhi towards the right path.

Nishidh Guru - Teaches tantras (dark energy) to harm others and benefits ourselves. It is a path that is not recommended.

Vihit Guru - Guides his disciples about how to initiate the journey of spiritualism. They are away from their Swahith.

Karnakhya Guru - Encourages you to become ascetic, leaving the rest. Tries to give you Deeksha.

Parama Guru - Wards of your fears with Shakti path and frees you from the binds of life and death and help you to attain Moksh. any paramaguru attend this form for birth due to the merits of past birth. Traditionally students lived with their Gurus at the Gurukulas for some portion of their lives, with the Guru taking on the role of a parent. Amidst teaching students (shishya) general subjects required at that time, Guru also guides the spiritual progress of their shishyas. Through the Guru’s spiritual, psychological, and practical insight, instructions are tailored according to what they see in student and what is required for the student to learn and advance in their own path.

Apart from education and lessons, one learns a lot more from the Shiksha Guru:

Vidya - Knowledge

Vinaya – Politeness (Refinement)

Naipunya – Skill, Expertise in the subject

Guna - Good virtues and discretion to differentiate between modes of good, passion and ignorance.

Sheela - Etiquette

The many types of Deeksha that we get from Deeksha Guru are:

Shabda - Empowerment from their words

Sparsha - Initiatives with their touch

Rupa - Guru moulds us into better human beings

Swaroopa – They tap into our inner form and help us to understand our true self

Gandh – They fill us with the fragrance of knowledge

Bhiksha that we get from Guru:

Ashru – Tears. A guru's remembrance fills a Shishya’s eyes with tears.

Ashraya – Guru provides support and refuge. Through all the tests of life we can always have our Guru to turn to.

Anubhava - Guru gives us new experiences through teachings and their own experiences

Aman - Guru helps us find peace and extinguish all causes of anguish

Amal (Nirmal) - Guru frees us from contamination using various techniques, thus, helping us convert teaching into practice.

The sound “Gu” represents darkness the sound “Ru” represents removal. Hence we attribute the name “Guru” to someone that removes darkness.

What one seeks in life and how one is with oneself will decide whether one needs a Guru or not. Anyone who destroys the darkness of ignorance and reads as towards the bright light of immense knowledge is one’s Guru. The bright presence of a moon in the vast darkness of the sky is the symbolic representation of the Guru. On Guru Poornima, the moon is radiant and powerful and affects your mind (manas) in a significant way. It is said to help attain greater knowledge and blessings and add more positive energy in your life.

The relationship between Guru Shishya is pure and with unconditional love. It should be beyond all the selfish considerations and it is a pure connection backed up by reverence, faith and loyalty in the path to reach destiny. In this relationship Guru showers unconditional love to the disciple who pledges his life to the Guru. Shishya is like a traveler walking in the dark forest filled with many distractions and Guru becomes the light to take them out of the darkness.

An earnest relationship between the Guru and shishya results in the Guru showering the shishya with constant love and protects them throughout. We touch the feet of the Guru for blessings because the vital points connected to every part of the body are at the feet, and the totality of the Guru is symbolically in their feet. When you touch the feet of their physical being, it shows respect to the totality of the person. If Shishyas are humble in front of their Guru and credit the Guru while sharing their teachings, they attain their divine blessing and are sent on the path to growth and knowledge.

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