Finding the guru

The path is always there, we just don’t see it sometimes. It’s dark and murky, and when we don’t see clearly we get off and start forging other paths, taking us on detours and wasting a lot of energy carving a new path when there is one already laid out for us. We turn to religions, philosophies, governments, schools, media, blogs, blogs for Pete’s sake! looking for those answers. We want something or someone to tell us what to do with ourselves and our lives. We turn to Jesus, we search for a guru, we ask our parents. (Actually most of us don’t ask our parents, they just tell us anyway. Somehow most of sticks, even though we hate it).

But who can give us those answers? It is the guru and the guru alone, but who is the guru? “Guru” means dispeller of darkness – that which clears our confusion and makes the way clear. We have come to believe that the guru is some amazing human being who can cure the sick and heal the blind with her touch, raise the dead with his voice, or raise our kundalini by giving a mudra in our direction. Somehow if we meet this person then we will be saved! Right?

I beg to differ. Everything happens to us according to what we need. God is the real guru, the “sadguru” as He’s called. That means He may come as some godlike individual, but for the near 100% majority of us, especially in generation Y, it is not like that. So how do we find this guru? I was told today by an old hippie that all that really matters is that you believe in the idea of guru, and it will come however it needs to for you. That’s like saying you believe God will guide you.

It was some Quaker, I believe Blaise Pascal, who said that all of man’s problems stem from his inability to sit quietly in a room. I believe that is correct, for when we sit quietly and listen, we find that the guru is already with us, and everything that needs to be known in that moment, we know.

Amen.

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My goal has always been and continues to be the liberation of minds, my own and what influence I may have on others, to perceive the extraordinary beauty all around us. To this end, I write, play music, and design websites. Don't hesitate to contact me for more information about any of these activities. :)
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One Response to Finding the guru

  1. mutantboy0 says:

    Amen Brother.

    We want desperately for some external force to save us, to show us the way, to “fix” us; the last thing we ever want to hear is the Truth: that we are already perfect. The guru lives within us all, deep inside our Being, silently watching and calmly waiting for us to acknowledge its presence. No matter how many books we read, workshops we attend, teachers we follow, as long as we are searching “out there” for the answers our quest will be endless. The moment we realize that there is nothing that can save us except ourselves we are free. It is like the beloved grandmother looking for the glasses that were on her head the whole time.

    Understanding exactly what this means can be tricky, however. Some can take this to mean that we are free to do whatever we want, that we can live a reckless life without concern for others, that whatever we do is right. What we have to remember, though, is that we are only free to do as we please until the moment that it affects another Being. Acting on our every whim because we believe we can do no wrong is a perversion of the idea that we can be our own guru, that the teacher resides within us all; it is arrogance and nothing more. When realizing that God lives and breathes within each of us in every moment inspires humility and the drive to better ourselves, to purify ourselves, then we know we are living in the Heart and walking on the path.

    Like you said the other night during one of our “meetings,” the age of the Great Man is over. The time has passed for us to seek out individuals to lead and guide us, we must now search within and be the living example for all humanity to aspire to. One by one we are waking up to our own hidden divinity, waking up from this dream of reality into Reality itself.

    Thank you for sharing Brother, you are truly an inspiration.

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