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
Like a guide that shows you the way
Not a master that keeps you as slave
Focus on the Divine, not the perishable
They can’t help you, the gurus-comfortable
It is a shame, they have said nothing new
Old material recycled, readers of original are very few
Like a priest who weds you, and you forget
So also a guru, with divine, makes you connect
Divine is the destination, guru just a sign post
He is just a doorman, focus on the host
This world is a party, and you have been invited
By the very Creator, who can’t be slighted
Enjoy the party, be a nice guest
Be nice to all, do your best
Taste the cake, smell the coffee, music is good
Admire the paintings, pay compliments for the food
It is Divine whose party you should cheer
It is Divine who has brought you here
Enjoy in limits, but do enjoy, else it is an insult
Focus on HIM and HER, not a guru, swami or cult.
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.”
hot on elephant
A letter to the Anger that refuses to Leave Me. 120 shares The Most Powerful Moon of the Year: New Moon & Solar Eclipse in Pisces. 77,398 shares A Relationship will only be as Good as the Sex. 10,940 shares Welcome to Pisces Season: A Love there is no Coming Back From. 14,868 shares How Women ruin Good Men. 4,693 shares If You Love an Intuitive, Old-Soul Pisces, Read This. 12,698 shares We can’t Break Up with a Soulmate. 2,909 shares If You have to “Think About It,” then I’m Not the One for You. 5,284 shares This Venus Retrograde could bring you a Fated Love. 1,020 share What Rumi had to Say about Unhappy Love. 271 shares