Who Is The Guru?

Today, is Guru Purnima. My nation has a glorious tradition of tuition and instructions through the age old system of Gurus. Mythology is full of examples where the Guru was considered higher than the Lord himself.  So, a Guru in India will mean a mentor, precept, guide, friend, philosopher, sakha, adversary and so forth. He imparts knowledge both material, temporal and transcendental. The Sanskrit meaning is the remover of ignorance.

Hindu mythology talks of the trinity of  Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma. However, each is a student of the other two. Amazing, isn’t it? As long as one is in surrender, is ready and has an open mind the guru will arrive.

Close are the lips of wisdom, except to the ears of understanding” – Summon.

Buddha is supposed to have given his first sermon at Sarnath on this day. The famous Saptrishis were imparted their first lesson by Adi Yogi, Shiva on this day. Closer in the time line of history, we have the ten Gurus in the Sikh religion bringing in freshness to this age old tradition of the sacredness of the gurus.

As a mark of respect to all my gurus, today I peddled 35 kms to meet my guru – mother nature. There is so much I owe to her that it will be difficult to count. Whenever, I feel a need, or in grief, joy or sadness, I go and sit in her lap. I just let myself loose and let go. Its the finest moment of my life. Sitting in the company of my Mother and literally feeling her caress and comforting hand over me. I ask her simple questions and she smilingly answers all my ‘stupid’ queries. I watch the flowing stream, the birds and the peacocks and feel the wind rushing in my face. In those moments, a world is lost, however, a cosmos is gained. They say that when the student is ready the Guru arrives.


As we all say thanks to our Gurus both within and without, I am reminded of this beautiful prayer of St Francis of Assisi.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

1 Comment

  • Suyash says:

    Excellent. The first guru is of course the mother closely followed by the father. We have learnt from each other , our siblings, friends, superiors, subordinates and last but definitely not the least from our children.

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