Why do you need a Guru?

The following is the talk given by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar yesterday on the Guru Poornima day.

A city without streets, a king without treasure, a merchant without business, a life wihout wisdom, a life without Guru, are all considered the same.

There are two aspects:
1. To have a Guru
2. To play the Guru

Why there is so much emphasis on Guru, especially in east? What is the role of a Guru? Why do you need a Guru? Life is not simple. Its complicated. Opposites make life. There is pleasure and pain, happiness and suffering, generosity and greed, passion and dispassion. Life is full of opposite values. Mind is unable to handle these complications. It just breaks down. It needs support, a breather. So wisdom, light, Guru is available.

When life and wisdom is inseparable it is called Satguru (true Guru). When is this possible? You know when somebody is in trouble you give them great advices but same advices do not come to your mind when you yourself are in trouble. This is because wisdom dawns when you are out of the mess. If there is wisdom there cannot be mess. Guru is one who is out of the mess. He watches the chaos. Sometimes creates the chaos. Have you heard of circuit-breakers? They are used in equipments. It stops excessive flow of electricity and thus safe-guarding the equipment from damage. Guru is a circuit-breaker. When you cannot handle life Guru comes and saves you. Whatever you cannot handle in life, give it to Guru. If there is some compelling desire that bugs you it will become botheration.

Guru is someone who has unconditional love towards you. You offer your desires and pains to him. So having a Guru is to be able to SMILE 🙂 all the time, walking with confidence, being fearless and to have a vision. And, that is wisdom. You cannot say I’ve a Guru and still I’m worried/unhappy. That means you are not utilising Guru. Its foolish to say I’m in the drivers seat and I don’t know how to steer or paddle the accelerator. Having a Guru means, job is done.

The other aspect is, to be a Guru. To be a Guru, is to be uninvolved and yet being full of love and compassion. Guru is uninvolved and yet full of caring and compassion. Can’t you play Guru to one another person in the world? Can’t you love one another person unconditionally without expecting anything in return? If not, your life is incomplete. Play Guru to as many people. Anyways you give advice, now be wise. Wisdom is being centred, being I’m not the body, I’m the spirit, light and love. Don’t wait for sometime in future for this to happen. Just start. Start playing the role.

Life needs both these aspects. Having a Guru and doing service. Whenever criticism comes your way, it becomes botheration. And, when adolations come it becomes a pain. Many people breakdown due to praises and adolations. It becomes so difficult. Praises or criticisms can make you go crazy. And, Guru is the way, the skill, to unload your burdens, and keep mind sane.

Mother is your first Guru, then at different stages and field different Gurus come. Even your football coach is your Guru, then there is spirituality and the Guru who teaches you spirituality is Satguru.

Gurupurnima is to review your growth. How much I’ve grown in the last 1 year. How much stronger and wiser have I become. This review will give you encouragement. If you think you haven’t grown enough in last 1 year then review last 2 years…. 3 years. If you still feel otherwise then you have not utilised the knowledge. You have definitely grown and moved on! If you feel you are stuck somewhere, even that is growth.

Gurupurnima is to check your ego. People who follow righteousness get angry on other people and make themselves wrong. Their anger shows how unwise they are. From pride to anger to jealousy to greed, grow out of them.

On Gurupurnima, review yourselves, how much knowledge have you imbibed. How much more to imbibe. Its a day of self-reflection.

If there is some shortage, Guru is there to fill the shortages.
This confidence brings fullness. Its a full-moon day. Heart is full. Life is full. Today, make a wish. But only 1 wish and a specific wish, before you go to bed. Better is not to have any wish. Leaving everything to the divine. But when mind wants to make a wish, you can ask. You need to ask and ego cannot ask. Even to ask divine, ego comes in the way. When you make a wish, you feel you are nobody, nothing is in your hand, your inner state is like a flower. It feels free. It doesn’t feel inhibited. its delicate like feather.

(Couldn’t capture the below in its entirety)
In Patanjali, a father answers his son. Son can you see that house. What was there before the house? The son says, “Space”. And what will be there if the house is not there, asks father. Son says “Space”. Similarly you are not the body you are the space. Its not the body in which the space is. Its the body in space.

Courtsey: Bishan from AOL-BLR list!


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