Divine, Guru and You. ~ Shashi Joshi

Via on Mar 8, 2010

The Living Master

Recently, self professed ‘living master Paramahanasa Nithyananda‘ got busted for having sex with a film actress, and the video was shown on local TV in India. While his videos of speeches on Youtube are clearly full of self-ego, smirks, and holier-than-thou, it should have been clear long ago.

But media makes images, and people are ever so gullible. The new age gurus have not taught anything new. It appears new because very few people actually have acces to or interest in reading the original works of spirituality and religion, wisdom and devotion. And the Gurus claim to be telling only that – from the Puranas, the Upanishads etc.

If one reads the originals, there are so many acid tests of a true guru and/or a mentor that one can follow or even think of following.

To this effect, I have written a short poem:

A real guru is

A conduit that connects to the Divine,

Not a wall that blocks the Shine

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Like a guide that shows you the way

Not a master that keeps you as slave

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Focus on the Divine, not the perishable

They can’t help you, the gurus-comfortable

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It is a shame, they have said nothing new

Old material recycled, readers of original are very few

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Like a priest who weds you, and you forget

So also a guru, with divine, makes you connect

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Divine is the destination, guru just a sign post

He is just a doorman, focus on the host

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This world is a party, and you have been invited

By the very Creator, who can’t be slighted

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Enjoy the party, be a nice guest

Be nice to all, do your best

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Taste the cake, smell the coffee, music is good

Admire the paintings, pay compliments for the food

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It is Divine whose party you should cheer

It is Divine who has brought you here

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Enjoy in limits, but do enjoy, else it is an insult

Focus on HIM and HER, not a guru, swami or cult.

joshi

Shashi Joshi, writing from Bangalore, India, has a passion for photography, maintains a practical sanskrit blog, and believes in the phrase, as seen on his Practical Sanskrit Facebook page, “Come curious, Go wise.”

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10 Responses to “Divine, Guru and You. ~ Shashi Joshi”

  1. Welcome, Shashi. Good to have you here.

    I know I am a popularizer myself, and believe the profound truth of Yoga can and should be explained in plain English.

    However, the very next thing I do, for those who are interested in more, is urge them to read the ancient Yoga texts directly, so they can develop a personal relationship with them, just as you say in your poem. And not just the Yoga Sutra. The Yoga Sutra is quite incomplete without the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. The three together are nothing short of astounding.

    In my experience, the plain English introduction followed by a direct reading of the ancient texts is a potent combination. Once the reader understands the core meaning in plain English, then they can grasp the ancient texts quite readily, less distracted by all the rich metaphors and unfamiliar language. For anyone interested, see the specific versions I recommend at:

    Recommended Reading http://wp.me/PlUox-F

    And please contact me directly at my website if you'd like any help. I'm not an expert, but I'll answer whatever I can.

    Bob Weisenberg
    http://YogaDemystified.com

  2. Welcome, Shashi. Good to have you here.

    I know I am a popularizer myself, and believe the profound truth of Yoga can and should be explained in plain English.

    However, the very next thing I do, for those who are interested in more, is urge them to read the ancient Yoga texts directly, so they can develop a personal relationship with them, just as you say in your poem. And not just the Yoga Sutra. The Yoga Sutra is quite incomplete without the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. The three together are nothing short of astounding.

    In my experience, the plain English introduction followed by a direct reading of the ancient texts is a potent combination. Once the reader understands the core meaning in plain English, then they can grasp the ancient texts quite readily, less distracted by all the rich metaphors and unfamiliar language. For anyone interested, see the specific versions I recommend at:

    Recommended Reading http://wp.me/PlUox-F

    And please contact me directly at my website if you'd like any help. I'm not an expert, but I'll answer whatever I can.

    Bob Weisenberg
    http://YogaDemystified.com

  3. Welcome, Shashi. Good to have you here.

    I know I am a popularizer myself, and believe the profound truth of Yoga can and should be explained in plain English.

    However, the very next thing I do, for those who are interested in more, is urge them to read the ancient Yoga texts directly, so they can develop a personal relationship with them, just as you say in your poem. And not just the Yoga Sutra. The Yoga Sutra is quite incomplete without the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. The three together are nothing short of astounding.

    In my experience, the plain English introduction followed by a direct reading of the ancient texts is a potent combination. Once the reader understands the core meaning in plain English, then they can grasp the ancient texts quite readily, less distracted by all the rich metaphors and unfamiliar language. For anyone interested, see the specific versions I recommend at:

    Recommended Reading http://wp.me/PlUox-F

    And please contact me directly at my website if you'd like any help. I'm not an expert, but I'll answer whatever I can.

    Bob Weisenberg
    http://YogaDemystified.com

  4. Welcome, Shashi. Good to have you here.

    I know I am a popularizer myself, and believe the profound truth of Yoga can and should be explained in plain English.

    However, the very next thing I do, for those who are interested in more, is urge them to read the ancient Yoga texts directly, so they can develop a personal relationship with them, just as you say in your poem. And not just the Yoga Sutra. The Yoga Sutra is quite incomplete without the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. The three together are nothing short of astounding.

    In my experience, the plain English introduction followed by a direct reading of the ancient texts is a potent combination. Once the reader understands the core meaning in plain English, then they can grasp the ancient texts quite readily, less distracted by all the rich metaphors and unfamiliar language. For anyone interested, see the specific versions I recommend at:

    Recommended Reading http://wp.me/PlUox-F

    And please contact me directly at my website if you'd like any help. I'm not an expert, but I'll answer whatever I can.

    Bob Weisenberg
    http://YogaDemystified.com

  5. gope says:

    thanks for wonderful poem & understanding. best wishes

  6. Lakshminarayan TV says:

    Reading definitely helps.But it can never replace the guru or acharya.We have a very simple sloka which we pray daily-"Guru bramha,guru Vishnu,Gurur devo maheshwara,gurur sakshath para bramha,tasmay shri gurave namaha".
    Guru is not a person,its a concept..anything can become guru to a person and make him enlightened.
    The point is not whether a guru is celibate or married,but how authentic is he living the concept of a Guru .

    • shashi says:

      this shloka, and kabir's dohA, both are figures of speech. none of them should be understood as to mean guru is equal or more than divine God itself.
      when we say guru is greater than god, what we mean is without god i may not have found guru. but is the map more important than the place? is the sign/bus/guide more important than the destination?

      that is the gist of this post. there are great people who have shown light and all. but we should always keep things in perspective, that is all.

      reading, listening to, and being in the company of great people always helps. at the end, no matter how big is the river, we can only take water as much as our bucket allows! om!

      • shashi says:

        typo. read
        "when we say guru is greater than god, what we mean is without god i may not have found guru."
        as
        "when we say guru is greater than god, what we mean is without guru i may not have found god."

  7. Lakshminarayana TV says:

    As per my master sri sri Ravishankar guruji- A Master is a Door.
    Here is in his own words. "You are lost on the street. There is rain, thunder, wind and cold;you need shelter. You look around and you find a door. You come to the door because it is more inviting, more charming, more joyful than anything out on the street.When you enter the door of the Master, you come Home. You see the world from a new perspective. From inside you can still hear the thunder and see the rain, but it no longer disturbs you. Inside there is warmth and security. The world looks much more beautiful – not a nasty place, but a place filled with love, cooperation, compassion.
    Your fear drops away. The key is to feel the Presence of the Master. The Master is the Presence, not a relationship. Relationships can be broken, mended, and broken again. There is craving and aversion in every relationship.This is the wheel of sansara, the misery of the world. All relationships go topsy-turvy, whereas the Presence is vast, infinite, stable and centered.Just enter the door of the Master and come Home. Only the Presence of the Master will bring fulfillment to your life – and to all your relationships.".

  8. Yodih says:

    Guru is the boat who ferries us across the river. Surrender to a true guru is not for the guru's sake, but an opportunity to leave illusion at the feet of the master, one who has direct contact with the Divine. But I agree they are hard to find – one clue, they don't ask for money. Also, any required practices are for purifying and strengthening oneself for the inner journey, and you can leave the path at any time, no judgement just love.

    Thank you Shashi

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