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.”