Monday, March 3, 2008

Guru's Grace

About four years ago, when words like meditation or master or spirituality were just beginning to make sense to me, my cousin gave me this book called Play of Consciousness by Swami Muktananda, and said that it is worth reading it. Apparently he was very inspired by it. When I read the following message in the third chapter on 'The Greatness of the Guru', I just closed the book with a deep sense of helplessness and thought to myself 'This is not fair!!'.

The passage read: "Realization of God is possible only through a Guru...We should acquire the sublime grace of a Guru, for until the Kundalini Shakti is awakened by the Guru's grace, our inner light does not shine, our state of bondage cannot be lifted. Just as there can be no life without prana, so without the Guru there can be no knowledge, no unfolding and growth, no destruction of darkness, no opening of third eye. The Guru is more necessary than a friend, a son, a husband or a wife. He gives a new birth to man, he gives him the experience of knowledge..."

I felt, a person who has experienced the Guru's grace can easily express his gratitude and glorify the Guru. I felt these words did not make any sense to a person like me, who was so helpless, in the dark, all alone. 'Where do I now go in search of a Guru?' I thought. I was left with sadness, with nobody to share these emotions with. I just thought I should move on.

A few days after this incident happened, I was delighted when I read in 'The Autobiography of a Yogi' that when the disciple is ready, the Guru arrives at your doorstep. Somehow, I was consoled, but even those words didn't really sink deep. I was deeply touched seeing the beautiful guru-disciple relationship that Paramahamsa Yogananda shared with his master Sri Yukteshwar. Similarly, when I first read about the relationship that Swami Vivekananda shared with his Guru Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, I thought to myself 'how lucky Swami Vivekananda is, to have the fortune of being a disciple of Ramakrishna'.

Now, as I sit back and recall the incidents that led me to me meeting my Guru, Paramahamsa Nithyananda, nothing remains except tears of joy and gratitude that flood my eyes. I can now understand what each of them meant by the grace of the Guru. The sheer compassion of the master for no reason, who showers his grace on anyone who seeks refuge in Him is hard to comprehend. The deep transformation, healing and experiences of higher consciousness would never ever have been possible but for the grace of my Guru, Swamiji. In eternal gratitude to Him...

2 comments:

bindu said...

In a recent discourse given by the Master on Shiva Sutras, He fervently explained on the relationship between a Guru and his Disciple. He said that He was at a loss for words to explain this truly sublime relationship. He explained the various dimensions of the relationship and also told us that no one should try to frame Him in a single frame. He had said that a Guru can be perceived under various rasas as it helps in strengthening the bond between that of a Guru and his disciple. He told us that the perception is possible under vathsalya rasa, madhur rasa etc. Vathsalaya rasa has various relationships involved –like that between child and mother, between mother and child, between father and child, between child and father etc if you leave out the relationship between siblings. When Master was delivering the speech, He had stressed on the relationship between child-mother but completely left out on the father-child relationship. That left me wondering why He had ignored that. I had been told by our Acharyas who had conducted the NSP Classes that His Brahmacharis/Sanyasis have been taught to perceive him as a Father, a father who can be doting and strict at times to an erring child. This lapse is a true loss since the recording was being done live for posterity.

seeker101 said...

In this post, you have said:

"The deep transformation, healing and experiences of higher consciousness would never ever have been possible but for the grace of my Guru, Swamiji."

I am currently reading The Autobiography of a Yogi and am getting the impression that it takes years of effort to experience states of higher consciousness. And so am curious to know more about your personal experience of higher consciousness. If you don't mind, could you share with us a few words about your experience?

Thk you.