GURU / DIVINE MASTER
18 Jun 2020 HYN Himalayan Yoga Academy
By Erika Bam
GU- Darkness and RU- Destroyer or Lightness ( Guru )
Destroyer of darkness is termed as “GURU” derived from Sanskrit words. It is termed as expert, Teacher or Master of certain skills, but in eastern traditions guru is more than a teacher i.e in Sanskrit. IT means one who dispels the darkness and takes towards the light; the spiritual guide who can help to understand the and discover the potentialities.He or she is a realized one who can guide on to his/her spiritual destiny as mastery over the life.
The concept of guru is found in the earliest vedic text of Hinduism. Guru and Gurukul , were established traditions in the east during 1stmillennium BCE, and these helped compose and transmit the various Vedas, The Upinishads, text of various schools of Hindu Philosophy, and post Vedic shastras ranging from spiritual knowledge and various arts. These led broad ranges of studies including Hindu Scriptures, Buddhists texts, grannar, philosophy ,martial arts, music, painting and spiritual knowledge. Above all, the guru’s significance to once life is spiritual awakening; only by the guru’s grace one can realize the divine.
Furthermore, It is not limited to a persona. It exists within “inner guru” and outside in any form; the source of knowledge . The outer guru, the divine source of knowledge can open one’s inner guru that can lead to awakening of inner self; true self. That true self can then only realize the divine within and in the whole.
The verses below are reflective of above explanation of divine “GURU” :
Pooja-Moolam Guru-Padam |
Mokshya-Muulam Gurur-Kripaa ||
The Root of Meditation is the Form of the Guru,
The Root of Worship is the Lotus feet of the Guru
The Rootof Mantrais the Word of the Guru,
The Root of Liberation is the Grace of the Guru.
One can meditate on gurus physical form or subtle form, guru is the core guidance to meditation.
One who bows down to guru, one who sees divine in guru identifies guru realizes divine, one in whose this word is glorified becomes the mantra;the power of word,speech,thought can be achieved and only by the grace of guru one can liberate.
Divine or God is our ultimate master and to realize the ultimate one needs the physical form of awakened master who can open up our inner master/divine master with which we can be one with divine.
Mantra below is reflective of above words:
GururBrahma GururVishnu GururDevo Maheshwaraha
Guru Saakshaat ParaBrahma Tasmai Shri Gurave Namaha
which menas ;
Guru is the Creator (Brahma), Guru is the Preserver(Vishnu), GuruDeva is Destroyer(Maheshwara)
Guru is the absolute (singular) Lord himself, Salutations to that Sri Guru
Guru: Dispeller of Darkness ( ;Gu=Darkness,Ru=Remover )
Brahma: Creator; Personification of Creating Quality of God
Vishnu: Preserver; Personification of Preserving quality of God
Maheshwara: Destroyer; Personificationof Destroying Quality of God
Saakshaat: Self/ Himself
ParaBrahma: He who is the highest Lord; Consciousness
Tasmai: To him/ To such
Sri: Holy, splendorous
OM SHREE GURUDEV NAMAH!/I BOW DOWN TO GURU
“I bow down to my gurus and guru within”
May gurus grace is upon all of us.