What I want to share from my experiences is that love conquers everything.It is my hope that it will inspire the readers to open their hearts to the Divine. If we can try to understand that we all are equally part of the Divine and are here to achieve this greater Truth and to realise our Self - if we make this our goal and do everything with Love…then everything will be lovely and you will always be happy.


Sri Swami Vishwananda

Monday, October 31, 2011

That´s what the word Guru means....

When one comes into the guidance of a Spiritual Master and surrenders to what He says, of course, one will be pulled out of this illusion, but as long as one doesn’t want to come into the shadow or guidance of a Master, one will always be in the ignorance. You will see this is the same in all religions. Take Christianity, take Hinduism, take Islam, take any religion, Buddhism, or any other, and you will see that there is always a hierarchy. Even you don’t need to go that far. Let’s take the hierarchy in the angel’s level, you know. You will see that there is this obedience. They all obey God, of course, but there is this obedience within the hierarchy of the angels itself. The normal angels are bound to listen and to serve the archangels. Because this is very important: if one just thinks that one knows something, it’s pure ignorance. That’s what the word guru, which is in two parts, means: gu, which means dispeller, and ru is darkness, so it’s dispeller of darkness, dispeller of ignorance. So, when one comes into the spiritual guidance of a Master, the Master takes on the responsibility of getting the ignorance out of the disciple. The ignorance means all the negative things. Also, in the word Guru, gu means the ultimate fulfilment, ‘r’ is remover of sin, remover of ignorance and ‘u’ is Narayana, Maha Vishnu. And He has these three together in Him; He has all three. The Guru is the one who gives spiritual knowledge which illuminates the mind of the disciple. And He is the Ultimate One, because He has already Realised the Oneness with God. So, when the disciple comes into contact with the Master, the disciple has to be loyal! One must have loyalty – loyalty not only to the Master, but loyalty also towards oneself! Only when you are loyal towards yourself will you be able to be loyal towards the Master and towards the outside. Secondly, the disciple must have obedience. Obedience doesn’t mean slavery. Often people think that to be obedient is just to become the slave of the Master. No, it’s the opposite, actually.

Like I said before, it’s not you who is the slave of the Master, but the Master who is the slave of you. But as in the mind you have ignorance, you have the pride, the ego, all these things, you have to listen to the one who has already overcome it.

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