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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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