Homage To The Guru
Today is the auspicious day of Gurupurnima. The full moon dedicated to remind the huge blessing that the Guru is. Traditionally it is believed to be the birthday of Bhagavan Vyasa, the codifier of the Vedasand the author of the magnum opus Mahabharat.
This day is an occasion to express the gratitude to the Guru. The Guru is not a person. The Guru is the Truth itself. A person with such insight, is one with the Self, the Truth beyond all the roles.
Nobody is born branded with a role. A child is born. The moment the child is born, two people become father and mother. To the riddle – who is born first – the child or the father, the right answer is not the father even though the father, the person is born earlier. The ‘person’ is born earlier, but the role of the father is born only ‘after’ the child is born. Similarly, the Truth is ever existent. But the role of a Guru is born, only when there is a disciple. The ‘Guru’ is not a self-proclaimed or self-assumed title. The person who is aware of the self, the Truth sings his song of the Infinite. There can be many listeners of what he speaks. But the listeners are not the ‘shisya’ until they see the Truth, that is revealed.
When a person sees the Truth, is one with the Self, beyond the words, he/ she becomes a shisya and for him/ her, the singer, the reveller in the Truth becomes a Guru! As even visiting a temple or worshipping a deity one does not become a devotee, anybody listening to the teaching, does not become a disciple. Only when one becomes aware of one’s own Self beyond all the roles, the gratitude overwhelms the person. Such a person considers the other as Guru, who was revelling in his own song, (call it teaching if one likes)! The reveller becomes the Guru for the one who becomes aware of the Self.
The reveller is not the ‘Guru’ for everyone. That is why the Guru is not a title to be assumed, a role to be picked up, as even a person cannot assume himself to be a disciple or pick up a role of a disciple.
One revels in the Self, the Truth without becoming a Guru as even a person can be a listener, a follower without sharing the Truth! When the listener becomes aware of himself and goes beyond the roles, that person can claim to be the shisya who invokes the role of Guru, the dispeller of darkness of ignorance, in the other.
The Guru Purnima is the day for such disciples and they are very very few. There are many, many listeners, followers for many different purposes. But that person is a shisya who becomes one with the Self. The Guru is not a person, but a nomad in the Infinite ranges and such people are a part of One inseparable Infinite existence – the Guru Parampara. There, the names and forms are redundant as every Guru is the embodiment of the Absolute.
The Guru Purnima, the occasion invokes the disciple in one, who went beyond all the roles, including that of a shisya, disciple. The human body, the mind, the instruments those were instrumental in thinking and speaking that which is beyond as well as inherent in every thought, speech and form, is worshipped to perpetuate a great tradition of revelry in the form of teaching and redeemed in the form of learning!
A person who simply worships God for every reason except discovering the God in himself, can dismiss that form when frustrated. Such persons do not worship god, but their own needs. One who worships God as an inseparable part of Him, cannot escape worshipping God in and through every moment under all circumstances.
When the worshipping is a mere action for the ignorant, every action is a worship for the awakened!
Similarly, when for a follower or a student, the worshipping of the Guru is conditional, and occasional, for a shisya who is awakened for him every moment, every occasion is the glory that is the Guru, the Self, the Truth!
Our prostrations to our immediate Guru and the lineage of the Gurus who woke us up to our own Absolute nature! Ever abiding there we feel eternally blessed, even while going through the three relative sources of apparent pains and pleasures of life – Adhyatmika (the body and mind), Adhibhautika (the changing people and creation around) and Adhidaivika (the painful and the pleasant surprises from the Unknown).
Om Shantih Shantih Shantih.