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Who is Guru?

A Guru is not a person at all, they are the positive, eternal force behind everything; it is the reason for one’s very existence, an Omnipresent Energy. For a disciple, Guru is the incarnation of God. Guru is a Sanskrit word, which means "that which expels darkness". However, in meditation, one can come up with a hundred thousand meanings for this beautiful word, for Sanskrit is a divine language whose every letter vibrates with the different chakras of the human body. In gross terms, light dispels darkness; at a subtle level, the Guru is the inner self-knowledge that dispels ignorance. That energy which re-establishes contact with yourself is your Guru.

Those embarking on a spiritual journey usually connect with a Guru. A Guru is one who helps you on your inner journey and provokes growth, letting go, un-learning and awakening to truth.  The Guru shows the way, not just as a signboard, but also by travelling with you along your journey and taking you to the very entrance of the temple of the soul, but you have to enter the temple yourself.

The Guru’s being derives power from a disciple

Just as Ramakrishna Paramahamsa found fulfilment in a disciple like Vivekananda, a Guru is always seeking the meaning for his existence through the perfect disciple. The Guru’s work is to remove ego, and destroy falsity from the very existence of the disciple. For this, the disciple has to have a womb-like receptivity to the Guru, they should become part of the Guru, breathe along with the Guru and grow in the Guru’s womb of knowledge. It is not easy to become a disciple, a lot of preparation is needed to surrender to a Guru.

A real Guru says "come to me to learn, not to study". One who comes to study comes with his mind, one who comes to learn comes with his whole being and experiences through the heart. Wisdom flowers only in innocence, not in knowledge. So, a Guru welcomes ignorant persons, as long as they have innocence. Everyone has intelligence, but the Guru invokes the wisdom in you, just as Lord Krishna did in Arjuna. In today’s society, many teachers, leaders, and bosses have no gurutwa (guru-ness) left in them. Most operate from a space of ignorance, competition and arrogance; all deeds are reactionary in nature. There is no devotion in action, passion in action; there is only activity for the sake of activity. This is not dharma at all.

We need to come back to the Guru-Shishya Parampara (guru-disciple tradition) to bring back the passion and devotion in action.