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Making of a Guru

Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Disciple:

Is it inherited?

Master:

Yes, in a way it is. My Guru, ‘SRI GURU MAHADEV’ made me a Guru. Just as a professor prepares his students to become professors, so a Guru prepares his disciples to become Gurus.

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Position of a Guru

Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Disciple:

How did you attain the position of Guru?

Master:

In our tradition, Spiritual Masters select disciples and make them into Gurus.

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Disciple:

Do you need a teacher to awaken this spontaneous meditation?

Master:

Yes that is very important. A Guru who can activate spontaneous meditation in you is a very high being; you can’t be cheated by such a Guru. Such beings are very rare, and if you can find one, it is a great blessing. Spontaneous meditation does not cause any harm. In fact, this form of meditation leads you to the state of perfection. It is the best kind of meditation. The kind of meditation that you do through techniques, through your own efforts, is very ordinary. Besides, spontaneous meditation includes all different forms of meditation and yoga, and one does not have to run around thinking that he needs to try every new course and technique.

Meditation is the very last stage of prayer. Where prayer ends, meditation begins. When the mind becomes fixed in the art of praying to God, when your mind becomes totally still, that is the state of meditation. Meditation is an essential part of every religious tradition.

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The Guru’s grace

Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Disciple:

How does the Guru’s grace occur?

Master:

By a disciple’s love for the Guru.

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

When we affirm our faith in the Guru as a Divinity:

“O! Raghugana, one does not attain this Brahma Gnana by practising asceticism, rituals, religious duties, study of Vedas or through worship of the God’s presiding over water, fire and the sun, but only by DRENCHING ONE’S BODY WITH THE DUST CLINGING TO THE FEET OF EXALTED SOULS!

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3 kinds of physicians and teachers:

Om Sathguru Shri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

There are 3 classes of physicians and Gurus:

The physicians of the first kind, feel the patient’s pulse and leave, merely prescribing medicine. As they leave, they simply ask the patient to take the medicine. They are the poorest class of physicians.

Likewise, there are teachers who merely impart instructions, but do not stop to see whether their teachings have produced any effect. They do not think about the disciple at all.

There are physicians of a second kind, who prescribe medicine and ask the patient to take it. If the patient is unwilling to follow their directions, they reason with him. They are the mediocre ones.

Similarly, there are mediocre teachers. They impart instructions to the student and, further, try to persuade him in various ways to follow the instructions.

Lastly, there are physicians of the highest class. If the patient does not respond to their gentle persuasion, they even exert pressure and force it upon him. If necessary, they pin down their patients and force the medication down his throat! Likewise, there are teachers of the highest class, who even exert force to direct the mind of the pupil toward God.

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Om Sathguru Shri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Better offer your service to the guru who is living flesh and blood, than to the stone icon or a framed picture of some deity.”

The Chandogyopanishad lays down that a spiritual aspirant must approach a self-realized guru in a proper manner.

There are people, even today, who have the genuine experience of divine vision and self-realization. But they do not travel here and there in the world, building up a crowd of disciples. They stay very quietly away from public view and do sadhana. If you were to find such a one and ask for guidance, he would not be interested in you.

It is not the Guru that makes himself your Guru.

It is you, who must regard him as your Guru,

Place faith in him and meditate on him!

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Om Sathguru Shri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

When the Guru in his infinite love rushes to help the devotee, (the helpless human being) the devotee in his turn must trust the Guru completely. He must have the ‘Shraddha’ or faith (Viswas) and abandon himself to the Guru. To put it simply, he must catch hold of the rope if he wants to save himself. How true even at the physical level!

What is Faith?

FAITH, “is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen.”

-The Old Testament.

When we serve in a Gurukula, we are able to realize this truth.

That is why, faith is called, the substance of things for and evidence of things not seen; and therefore it is hailed as the greatest miracle.

The Guru is to the Chela (disciple), the manifestation of God Himself. The devotion to the Guru is for him the best help beyond all external and murthi (idol) worship, in his pilgrimage towards Brahman in the transcendence of his non-manifestation.

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Who is a Guru?

Om Sathguru Shri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Suppose you are proceeding along a straight road beside a river. Suddenly you find yourself in front of a steep cliff. There is no exit. The way is blocked right and left. The only way out is to climb up the cliff is so steep that you are unable to do so. You try and try but each time you fall back. Then, as a helpless child would cry out for his mother, – you cry out loud, and shout for help! That is Bhakthi, – the way of devotion, calling to the Lord who is capable of everything. Now, while you are crying out for help you become suddenly aware that something brushed past you. You look up. It is a rope that has been let down to you from the top of the cliff. Someone is up there; someone has already arrived. He is holding an end of the rope. He shouts down to you, “catch hold of it and hold tight.” – HE IS THE GURU.”

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Shiva declares: “There is none higher than the Guru, none is better than the Guru!”

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To a man with merit, the Guru appears as Shiva Himself! To the sinner, He appears to be merely a man,” says the Guru Gita. One can’t enjoy the grace of the Guru fully if one considers him only as a man!”

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Om Sathguru Shri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Guru is the awakened. Guru is a spiritual guide.

Just as you require a teacher to teach you arts and sciences relating to the world of nature around you, you need a guide on the spiritual path.

Just as a professor should be qualified in the subject he teaches, so should the spiritual guide, qualified enough, to guide you. He must be perfect in the science of spirituality; which means, that he must have attained the realization of God. When you have such a guide, you can safely entrust yourself to his hands and you are sure to progress on the path without any hindrance, provided your aspiration is intense and you follow his guidance.

The meaning of the word Guru is “dispeller of darkness.” The role of the Guru therefore, is to awaken God-Consciousness in you and lead you to Him.

The Guru is Akhanda, undivided;
The Guru is Advaitha, nondual.

When one conceives of him as the Divine, one’s true self, one receives not only material benefits but also the divine grace and true knowledge.

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