Guru / Spiritual Guide / Master / Spiritual Teacher

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Guru / Spiritual Guide / Master / Spiritual Teacher

Guru defined: 1. Hinduism. a preceptor giving personal religious instruction. 2. an intellectual or spiritual guide or leader. 3. any person who counsels or advises; mentor

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[1] “God alone is the one Guru. If you pray inwardly, God will respond to your
prayer and grant it.”
[2] “The Guru’s words are mantras. According to the Guru’s instructions practice “sadhana” with deep religious feeling and god will have to respond.”
Anandamayee Ma

Gur Dhobi Sikh Kapda, Saboo Sirjan Har
Surti Sila Pur Dhoiye, Nikse Jyoti Apaar

“Guru is the washer man, disciple is the cloth
The name of God liken to the soap
Wash the mind on foundation firm
To realize the glow of Truth ” – Sant Kabir

“The man who is a seeker after Truth shall find his own true Self within himself through his Guru’s instructions. In the mantra bestowed by the Guru, the Guru Himself is indeed present. You may see His body die, but the Guru never leaves you.” – Anandamayee Ma

[1]
“The Guru actually emerges from within. When genuine search takes effect, his genuine manifestation is bound to occur; it can not possibly be otherwise. The One, assuming Himself the shape of the
Guru, of His own accord brings about His manifestation or becomes
manifested. ”
[2]
“The Guru’s power is vested in the disciple who prays for the Guru’s grace. All this is the manifestation, the Self-revelation of Him who shines resplendent within. The Guru’s grace should be solicited without ceasing.” Anandamayee Ma

There are Gurus who are householders and, at the same time, they are realised souls. Whose house are they inhabiting? It is God’s House. And who are their children and family? They are the children that God has chosen for them. The Guru is like a tree, and a tree without branches is nothing. Source:Excerpt from The Spiritual Journey: Oneness In Diversity

Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath.
Every moment is the guru. ~ Joko Beck

Disciple: How is the Guru found? Master: God, who is immanent, in His grace takes pity on the loving devotee and manifests Himself according to the devotee’s development. The devotee thinks that He is a man and expects a relationship as between two physical bodies. But the Guru, who is God or the Self incarnate, works from within, helps the man to see the error of his ways and guides him in the right path until he realises the Self within. Sri Raman Maharshi

Guru is the God, say the scriptures. Indeed, the ‘guru’ in Vedic tradition is looked upon as one no less than a God. ‘Guru’ is a honorific designation of a preceptor as defined and explained variously in the scriptures and ancient literary works including epics. The English word ‘guru’ has its etymological origin in the Sanskrit term. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English defines it as “Hindu spiritual teacher or head of religious sect; influential teacher; revered mentor” Source

Isvara (God) is guru of gurus. He removes the veil of ignorance and blesses the ignorant jiva (soul). The aspirant should regard his immediate guru – in the physical form – as an incarnation of that Guru of all gurus. He should have equal devotion to him. Guru in physical form is the main source and embodiment of all good and happiness that accrues to the disciple. – by: Swami Sivananda The Guru-sishya Relationship Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

True spiritual instruction forges an inseparable bond between the disciple and the Teacher, consisting of gratefulness and loyalty in the disciple
and grace and fond concern in the Teacher. In fact, Guru-sishya
relationship forms the backbone of true spiritual life and saadhana. For
all the doubts and deficiencies of the mind, qualms and queries of the
intelligence and fondness and feelings of the heart, the Teacher is the
last refuge. Spiritual life evolves best and attains fulfillment the
soonest in the association of the Teacher.

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The purpose of the interaction (of the Sishya with the Guru) should be to open
oneself up completely without reservation and to imbibe whatever is
given without any resistance and grow towards fulfillment. In the mind
level the association will generate nobler emotions, more and more peace and sublimity. In the intelligence level it will generate and arouse more and more knowledge and enlightenment. And in the sensory level it will bring about moderation, more of purity and sublimation. An integrated growth of the personality should take place.  A close interaction, imbibing, expressing, sharing and further imbibing and thereby transforming oneself – is the process. This is the benefit of going to a Sadguru. A Sadguru alone can bring about these transformations. (c) Narayanashrama Tapovanam, 2010 .brahmavi dya.org

“The guru is God himself manifesting in a personal form to guide the aspirant. Grace of God takes the form of the guru. To see the guru is to see God. The guru is united with God. He inspires devotion in others and his presence purifies all.”- Sri Swami Sivananda

“The Master who’s full of sweetness

Is so drunk with love, he’s oblivious.
“Will you give me
some of your sweetness?”
“I have none,” he says,
unaware of his richness.”
Rumi

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