The brilliant sun may possess untold measure of light but if our eyes do not work well we shall visualize only darkness everywhere. Whether day or night, this darkness shall never end. The same holds true for a disciple. A Guru could actually be very powerful and capable but if the inner being of a person lacks true discipleship the Guru’s divine prowess cannot benefit him at all. A great God Realized Guru sows seeds, makes arrangements for fertilizers, water etc but if the soil in the field lacks basic fertility then even if hordes of high class seeds are sown in it with watering and fertilizers added to it, nothing shall sprout because that land is arid and barren.
Revered Gurudeva Yuga Rishi Shriram Sharma Acharya whom we all have attained as our Sadguru has illumined us with his Jnana or Divine Wisdom and imbued us with Prana Energy via his long term Tapas or spiritual austerities. We are nourished and nurtured by his life force. Let us hence ask him a bit to as to in what form does he wishes to see us? In one spiritual discourse given by him he had detailed this important question arising in the minds of so many:
I am a disciple who has surrendered his all to his Revered Gurudeva (HH Sarveshwaranandji in his astral divine bodies dwelling in the lofty Himalaya Mountains). I am an instrument and a puppet doll in his divine hands. Whenever my Revered Gurudeva made me do something it got executed. I lived exactly as he wished me to do so. I never ever harbored a thought that I too have any desire of my own. My life is like a hollow flute in which my Revered Gurudeva plays divine musical notes and tunes.
Attaining a great Sadguru is an extraordinary boon and blessing. It is an imperishable great fortune. But this is in the lot of only those who mold themselves into great true disciples. They must immerse their lowliness into the super greatness of the Guru. Hundreds and thousands of people run here and there in search of a great Guru but even those people are no less in number who despite dwelling in the neighborhood of greats like Swami Ramakrishna Paramhans rebuked and ignored him saying he was an insane Brahmin. Despite residing in close proximity to Swami Dayanandaji there were people who gave him poison in return for a few cents only. Those who were greedy for a bit of material wealth hanged Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. World history is full of such examples of great saints being harassed and killed too.
Many lay people had attained the close proximity and blessings of great God Realized Gurus. If they so wished they could have advanced their soul to peaks of glory and render themselves self fulfilled. But this did not happen. And say, how could it have happened? For recognizing and establishing a close bond with the Sadguru a special subtle vision is required. And such a penetrating vision rests only with true great disciples.
An incident took place in the life of a Sufi Saint (Fakir) called Sheikh Farid. In those days he was a young man. While roaming around, he came across a tree where an ascetic was seated under it in deep meditation. Farid shook this ascetic and asked:
Say Revered Sir! Will you help me meet Almighty God?
The ascetic answered:
It is a Guru who helps us to meet Almighty God.
Then who is my Guru?
I shall give you his qualities and it is you who must find him.
Alright! Do describe his great qualities.
Your Guru shall be seated under a tree. His face shall bloom with a divine aura around it. His eyes shall shine brilliantly. His body shall emit divine fragrance.
On hearing this much Sheikh Farid set off in search of his Guru. The more days passed by his aspiration to meet his Revered Guru intensified. 20 years passed by after the above episode. In sheer defeat Sheikh Farid returned to that place. There he saw an ascetic seated under a tree. All around this sage was a brilliant divine halo. He smelled divine fragrance and thus all the above qualities were seen in this ascetic. In sheer ecstatic joy Sheikh Farid fell in obeisance at the feet of the ascetic. The latter lovingly patted the back of Farid. He got up and kept gazing at the face of the sage. Amazing! This is that very ascetic who had given qualities 20 years previously of his Guru.
Sheikh Farid asked:
Revered Saint! Why did you allow me to stray away from you for 20 long years?
The ascetic replied:
The first time it was a superficially curious youth called Farid who had come to me. Today after passing through tough Tapas or spiritual austerities for 20 long years Sheikh Farid full of radiance has come in a self surrendering attitude to me. Son! A great Guru is met only by a true disciple. The moment you became a true disciple you ‘met’ me.
If attaining a great God Realized is so difficult how did our Revered Gurudeva Yuga Rishi Shriram Sharma Acharya come in contact with such a powerful Sidha or God Realized Saint as his Guru? And that too he had never had to travel anywhere but that in his home itself he met him thus? While solving this riddle Revered Gurudeva Yuga Rishi Shriram Sharma Acharya writes:
For attaining a Guru so easily unasked for many previous lifetimes I had to imbibe a great inner pious personality and character (Paatrata). This Paatrata had to be imbibed with sheer patience and unswerving steadfastness. Not a bit of haste was harbored in this Sadhana or spiritual practices. Never did I cunningly try to lure my Guru into sweet talk and slyly walk away with his riches. Instead such patience was imbibed akin to a drop of water of a river merging its individual existence into the gigantic form of the mighty ocean. Never should we assiduously carry out such Sadhana or spiritual practices merely for some fleeting material gain. Instead again and again we must cogitate within that this wealth of human life must be totally put into the humble service of Almighty God and thus attain self fulfilling glory.
These words of deep faith emerging with sacred sensitive sentiments or Bhavasamvedana magnetically pulled towards him unasked his Revered Gurudeva (HH Sarveshwaranandji in his astral divine bodies dwelling in the lofty Himalaya Mountains). Although from the age standpoint our Revered Gurudeva Yuga Rishi Shriram Sharma Acharya at that time was only 15 years old but the mental soil had been readied for a long time span with a powerful steadfast resolve. By imbibing Sankalpa Shakti (powerful mental resolve), patience and profound faith the mental plane is molded in such a way that divinity of spirituality can be imbibed with ease and in untold measure. It is this Paatrata or proper inner personality credentials that connoted true discipleship. A long time frame is required to build such a great Paatrata and not in finding a true Sadguru. For the tribal youth Eklavya an image of clay of Guru Dronacharya proved much more beneficial for him than the Guru in flesh and blood. Since Kabir was of a low caste Guru Ramanandaji refused to give him spiritual initiation-Deeksha. Hence Kabir designed a ‘ploy’. He knew that Guru Ramanandaji daily went to the Kashi Ghat for bathing early in the morning in its river waters. Hence Kabir reached there well beforehand when it was dark and slept flat on the steps that led to the river water. When Guru Ramanandaji climbed the steps downwards to reach the river his feet fell on the chest of Kabir. In this manner Kabir’s Paatrata got tested well. Hence Guru Ramanandaji joyfully accepted Kabir as his disciple.
Without passing the fiery test of true Paatrata it is not possible to find and recognize a true Sadguru. Even if you do contact one because of lack of inner credentials you return perforce empty handed. It is but natural that a true Guru who has amassed untold divine energy after long term tough Tapas or spiritual austerities and Sadhana or spiritual practices shall not give it to anyone and everyone in order that they waste it in sense titillation, egoistic desires, misuse etc. The one who transmits divine energy into others definitely has proper sense to check whether the taker has a good glorious Paatrata within or not. Further the disciple is tested as to after being given divine powers will he use it for great tasks benefitting others in society or not? Those who pass this test shall never misuse divine powers or waste it away to naught wherein not only he faces a downfall but drags others too with him.
These tests are very strange, extraordinary and extremely difficult to pass. Ospenski has written regarding his Guru named Gurjeff that whenever any new disciple came to him Gurjeff would behave very tough and harshly with him. Lest this new entrant endured his tough bitter behavior calmly and joyfully he would be instructed regarding carrying high stature secret Sadhana or spiritual practices. Once a very senior disciple asked his Guru Gurjeff:
Your real personality is so loving towards all yet you many a times behave so harshly with many.
His Guru Gurjeff replied:
I am not harsh at all because amongst stones I am searching for real priceless diamonds. After find a rough diamond I rub it and throw away useless stones.
Once, Swami Ramakrishna Paramhans placed before his disciple Swami Vivekananda an idea regarding transmitting Ridhi-Sidhis or Divine Powers into the latter. At that time it must be noted that Swami Vivekananda’s family was passing many days in poverty and hunger pangs. But despite such harsh situations in his life Swami Vivekananda firmly said:
I yearn for the divine love of Almighty God and not fleeting Ridhi-Sidhis or Divine Powers.
Once, Vijaykrishna Goswami told a person yearning to become his disciple thus:
For 12 years you must circumambulate the Govardhan Mountain and only after that in the 13th year you can approach me.
When another person asked Vijaykrishna Goswami the reason for such a command given by him the latter said:
If a person lacks patience to wait for spiritual initiation even for 12 years, he lacks the capacity of becoming my true disciple.
In the life of our Revered Gurudeva Yuga Rishi Shriram Sharma Acharya so many such incidences occurred wherein he had to face the toughest and harshest situations in life. While talking about these fiery tests he has written at one place:
People look upon a great Guru and Almighty God as a means of fulfilling their desires. They wish that God and Guru, dances to their whimsical tunes. But in a true life of Sadhana or spiritual practices and Tapas or spiritual austerities such hypocrisy has no place at all. In fact true spirituality commences only after the disciple surrenders all his desires at the sacrosanct feet of a great God Realized Guru. My own Revered Gurudeva (HH Sarveshwaranandji in his astral divine bodies dwelling in the lofty Himalaya Mountains) like a laundry man washed me clean akin to banging a thick stick with force on dirty clothes for removing all dirt sticking to it. Like iron smith banging a hammer on hot iron to mold it into proper shape my Revered Gurudeva ‘hit’ my mind to mold it into a pious, powerful and focused one.
Revered Gurudeva Yuga Rishi Shriram Sharma Acharya’s entire life was filled with facing such fiery tests yet from his very being only one sound got emitted:
My Guru is my Guru. His divine commands are a must to be executed. Discipline must be adhered to totally. Self surrender must be total and complete. If I have truly trusted my Gurudeva, if I have handed over my all to him why harbor arguments and doubts when he ‘beats’ me (mind), ‘bang’ me (mind) etc?
At another place Revered Gurudeva Yuga Rishi Shriram Sharma Acharya says:
I have sold my all to my Revered Guru that includes my body, mind, brain, wealth, existence, ego etc. He has ‘bought’ not only my body but my inner psyche and soul too. I have no personal desire of my own. All onrushes of my sacred sensitive sentiments or Bhavasamvedana have been handed over in the control of that unknown divine power.
Surrendering one’s very being and existence as detailed above appears quite fearful. If ‘I’ do not exist ‘my and mine’ also do not exist. Then what should one live life for? If you wish to know the personal experience of Revered Gurudeva Yuga Rishi Shriram Sharma Acharya regarding this ‘business’ of seeming loss and nothing but loss at the gross mundane level this is what he has to say:
This business instead of reaping losses reaps untold profits. When we ‘sell’ our mind and body to that divine personality (Revered Guru), in return the Guru hands himself over to us. When we surrender our lowliness at the Guru’s hallowed feet in return he hands over to us his infinite greatness. A small piece of bamboo on rendering itself fully hollow in the form of a flute touched the divine lips of his beloved Almighty God. Hence from this flute (true disciple), manifests nectarine soulful divine musc.
At that time the very existence of the disciple’s desires dies a supine death. Thus when the Guru’s wish becomes our wish becomes super blissful akin to Brahmanand (divine ecstasy) manifesting when the living soul merges into the cosmic divine soul synonymous with Almighty God. This then is true Advaita state or non duality. With a true honest mind without expecting anything in return at all we surrender ourselves profoundly at the feet of a great Guru, the Guru too never harbors ‘miserliness’ as far his generosity and greatness in divinely blessing us is concerned. Whatever we possess in a visible direct manner, in comparison to it a million fold more lies hidden in an unseen unknown manner. All this is not our own creation. From its pristine purity standpoint it is the divine boon of that Divine Guru Existence of mine with whom my soul has got ‘married’ eternally. As a result of handing myself over to him I have attained all divine grandeur with natural ease. In this manner this self surrender not only is devoid of any loss but that it has proved to be a deal reaping only profit and more profit ceaselessly.
It was this self surrender on my part that became those fiery tests wherein after each test I emerged purer and a true inwardly sanctified disciple. If self surrender can be termed synonymous with true discipleship it certainly is no overstatement at all.
Over and above the demand of complete self surrender passing fiery tough tests one after another at first shot appear as though none can be more nasty and hard hearted as a God Realized Guru. But the bare reality is bang opposite to this. In the entire infinite cosmos one can never find a great lover as a God Realized Guru. Why is total self surrender mandatory? The answer is that when a disciple does so he hands over his very soul existence to the ‘surgeon’ called Guru so that he carries out surgery on our inner mind, psyche and soul properly. Further fiery tests and difficulties faced at such times are nothing but ‘harshness’ on the part of the Guru to destroy vile Sanskaras or psychic imprints gathered from innumerable past lifetimes by the disciple.
The relationship between a Guru and disciple is that of loving magnetic attraction. Love is the highest ideal of any relationship. In worldly mundane types of relationships only 2 are closest viz. that between the mother and her child and that between a husband and his wife. But the sentiments of such mundane bonds get limited only to the body and mind. As against this the loving bond between a Guru and disciple dwells at the soul level and hence is a cosmic one beyond all forms of limitations. It keeps flowering, blooming and spreading its wings wider and wider. While accepting this fact our Revered Gurudeva Yuga Rishi Shriram Sharma Acharya says:
My Divine Guide (Gurudeva) loves me a lot.
Then how much does Revered Gurudeva Yuga Rishi Shriram Sharma Acharya love his own Guru? Let us hear his experiences:
Lest my love based Sadhana or spiritual practices towards my Revered Guru is compared to worldly mundane relationships, it can only be compared to a wife that loves her husband unswervingly. If my Guru is pleased I am pleased. His wish becomes my wish and a command of his to carry out to the last letter. Never have I wished or desired even in wild imagination for my own self. I would only think thus that whatever I possess, whatever wealth, skills etc I have must be surrendered to my beloved Gurudeva as worship of his hallowed feet. I yearn to use every iota of my body, mind and soul for executing his wishes. Whenever many such opportunities manifested the measure of my satisfaction and zest increased in tandem with it. As time went by my Sadhana or spiritual practices of love superimposed on my Revered Guru returned to me as miraculous boons and divine blessings from him.
Every divine command of my Revered Guru and every directive of his were executed by me reverentially since I looked upon it as a divine utterance of Almighty God himself. The principle of true love is: I must ask for nothing and give away everything that I have. Both observed this imperishable principle limitlessly. What was done at the other end? This discussion is totally beyond my power. From my end I can only say that every directive and divine command of my Revered Guru was reverentially carried out by me since I looked upon him even greater than Almighty God himself. Even if an incident appeared that seemed undesirable and tough to face yet I would cent percent accept it without hesitation or dilly dallying. This then is the way of true selfless love. From my end I tried my all to leave no stone unturned in rendering myself a true lover of my Revered Guru. As a result his nectarine grace poured on me ceaselessly and in manifold measure. The Sadhana or spiritual practices of augmenting true love commenced from devotion at the sacrosanct feet of my Revered Guru and reached ultimately to devotion to Almighty God. In such incidences I oozed with such bliss and zest that in comparison to it the biggest worldly material joy pales miserably. My increasing love based Sadhana or spiritual practices to my Revered Guru advanced as self love and love for the entire cosmos. Those who witnessed all this saw the reflection of my inner personality in the form of a divine life led by me.
Let us all test ourselves a wee bit as to whether in the light of the love of our Revered Gurudeva Yuga Rishi Shriram Sharma Acharya towards his great Himalayan Revered Guru how mature is our discipleship? We must keep in mind that when man loves someone truly he shall execute the biggest self sacrifice for that person’s uplifting and joy in life. Lest the holy light of love of our Guru is lit in our psyche we shall aspire to selflessly give away a major portion of our body, mind, psyche and material means for welfare of society and selffless service for reinstating true culture the world over. In fact such a one shall give his all even though faced with toughest obstacles in his way. When for such a beloved icon and for high stature ideals we surrender our all our psyche overflows with divine ecstatic bliss known only to people who have imbibed the deep import of Yoga of Devotion to Almighty God (Bhakti Yoga).
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