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On the Pious Occasion of Guru Purnima Star, I am posting two articles, which came recently in the TOI, about the various concepts regarding a Guru.


(I have used Underline and Bold to highlight the parts which I really liked. Smile  )




Role Of Guru In Your Life

By: Yogi Ashwini 



Guru is not a physical form. Guru is energy, the medium through which jnana or knowledge  flows to the sishya or disciple. If you take the sishya to be an ice-cold stone and jnana to be boiling hot water, then the guru pours this hot water onto the cold stone gradually, drop-by-drop, lest the stone cracks with the heat. Guru takes full  responsibility of the sishya, monitors him every second. Guru literally carries the sishya on the journey of evolution. He is not someone who does sweet talk or makes arbitrary promises to gain your support… A guru needs nothing from you; it is you who needs him. He is a mirror that will show you your true self and helps you elevate yourself, provided you want to rise.


 
The first sign of a guru is vairagya or detachment. As soon as you come in the proximity of your guru, you experience the same vairagya within -- an indication that you are in the right place. Rudryamala, describing the qualities of a guru, mentions that he has no drawbacks, is free of vices, with impeccable character, following dharma and spiritual practices and devoted to his guru.


 
A guru is still in the yamas and niyamas of Sage Patanjali. Anyone who follows the yamas of satya, asteya and aparigraha will never charge fees to teach yoga. Anyone who follows the yama of brahmacharya would exude the glow that comes with the vrat. A guru exudes what he talks. He possesses phenomenal energy, radiance and attraction associated with yoga. A sishya experiences this glow and attraction in the guru's company and feels good. Just like a surya sadhak exudes the brilliance of sun, similarly a sishya radiates the glow and attraction of his guru.  As you focus on the guru, gradually you start acquiring his qualities and after some time your form starts resembling that of your guru. So you need to be sure of what you follow, because you eventually become what you follow.


 
Rudryamala says, for anyone to be a guru, he must be of noble character, preferably born in a respectable family, of auspicious appearance, endowed with intellect, calmness of mind, and all good qualities, have a good and moral conduct, be pious and chaste and have control over the senses, be proficient in mantras and ever-engaged in japa and devoted to the worship of ishta devta. A mother is considered as the best guru for a son or daughter since there exists a pre-established connection between the two. Initiation by mother of a child is said to give eightfold results than what is ordinary.


 
The topic of Sanatan Kriya deals with the concept of guru and maintains that when a being finds a guru, there are certain indications for it. The first is that there occur certain changes in your body; it starts looking the way you always desired. Secondly, any imbalance or disease in the body disappears. You cease to fall ill. The third indicator is that you start experiencing energies that run  Creation.




One must not rush into making a guru; you have to be absolutely sure. Because once you call somebody your guru, you must walk the path shown by him with full faith and devotion. Anything less, any doubt or change of path thereafter amounts to disrespect of the energy of guru. The journey, which begins when you meet your guru, requires continuous and dedicated practice which when followed as niyama culminates into yoga.



(Source: http://www.speakingtree.in/spiritual-articles/god-and-i/role-of-guru-in-your-life )

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The First Guru is Born

By: Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev 



On days when the moon is full, its vibration, its feel, is very different than on other days. For a spiritual seeker, this day is like a boon from nature. Earlier, Guru Pournami was among the most important festive occasions in the country. Over time, it got relegated to the background due to ignorance and so fewer people were aware of its great significance. However, it is now coming back slowly into prominence with more seekers looking for spiritual guidance.


 Guru Pournami is the day the first guru was born. Once upon a time, Shiva attained and went into intense ecstatic dance on the Himalayas. When we say Shiva, in the yogic culture, we do not refer to him as a god. He is seen as the Adiyogi, or the first yogi. When his ecstasy became beyond movement, he became still. When it allowed him some movement, he danced wildly. People saw that he was experiencing something that they were unable to fathom. They came, waited and left because Shiva was oblivious of other people's presence.


 Seven people hung on. These seven people were insistent that they must learn from him. Shiva ignored them. They pleaded, "We want to know what you know." Shiva dismissed them, "The way you are, you are not going to know, ever. You need to prepare. Tremendous amount of preparation is needed for this. This is not entertainment." 


 So they started preparing -- for days, weeks, months and years… Shiva chose to ignore them. One full moon day, after 84 years of sadhana, when the sun was shifting from the northern to southern run – which in this tradition is known as Dakshinayana – Adiyogi looked at these seven people. They had become shining receptacles of knowing. They were absolutely ripe to receive. 


 Shiva could no longer ignore them. They grabbed his attention. He watched them closely for the next 28 days. When the next full moon arose, he decided to become a guru. Adiyogi transformed himself into Adi Guru. He turned south to shed his grace upon their race and the transmission of yogic science started. Because he turned south, when Shiva or the Adiyogi sits as a teacher, we call him Dakshinamurthy. The first guru was born on that day. That day is referred to as Guru Pournami.


 
Guru Pournami specifically is a day where there is a possibility to be receptive to the particular dimension which we refer to as the Guru -- not that it is not available on other days; the guru's grace always is.



You don't seek a guru first of all. You create a deep longing to know – a guru will happen to you. You don't seek, going about choosing who is a better guru. You just create a deep longing. What you call as guru will happen to you because guru is not a person. A guru is a certain space, a certain energy. It can only happen to you. It is not somebody you meet. It is not somebody that you shake hands with. It is not somebody that you bow down to. It is not somebody to whom you go and beg for this or that. That space, that energy which you refer to as guru will happen to you. It will overwhelm you. It will destroy you the way you are so that you will become unbound – the way the Creator intended you to be.


(Source: http://www.speakingtree.in/spiritual-articles/god-and-i/the-first-guru-is-born )



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Link of last year's Thread on 'Guru Purnima', which also has some articles on the topic Smile :-

 http://www.india-forums.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=1731146

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Thank you so much for sharing this di! I read it and felt very peaceful!

And I'm very intrigued by the story of Adi Guru/Dakshinamurthy form of Lord Shiva. They showed this in Devon Ke Dev Mahadev, but they took the story, changed it in a million ways, and presented it in such a horribly different way that there is barely any resemblance. They made it look like the rishis were having a debate with Shivji and, at one point, even insulting him! They said that they wouldn't take the south facing seat because it was demeaning to them, and so Lord Shiv had to take it. I am so glad that you posted this! Thank you!

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@Aishu, 

Love you Dear!!! Hug

So glad to know that they included it in DkDM!! Smile  

I really liked the story, so thought to share it with all Smile.


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Wow, it's really nice seeing a post by you after so long Debipriya, I really miss our chats a lot.Hug How have you been?
 
The articles you provided are truly wonderful, I enjoyed reading about them and learning more about Guru pournima.Day Dreaming How does your family celebrate it? We just chanted the Vishnu sahasranama and went to someone's house for a satyanarayana vrat.
 
Thank you so much for this beautiful post, dear!

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