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Spiritual Living:Finding a Guru
2007-06-26
Name: Editor Do you think that a guru can be useful on the spiritual path? Do you have any gurus? How does one recognise a true guru?
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2007-06-27
#1
Name: nachiket
Subject:  you are your own guru
The search always takes you inward. Perhaps you are your own Guru. Why go looking for one outside? Remember, ' aham brahmasmi' ? The divinity is within myself.
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2007-06-27
#2
Name: cool_nirvana
Subject:  Nachiket
Hi Nachiket, you are theoretically correct - the teacher is within oneself. The paradox is: if you knew the teacher within, you wouldn´ t be on the lookout for a teacher.

For one who knows to look, yes, the teacher IS within. All of existence emanates from within the ´ I´ and dissolves into it.

However, till one is entirely caught up in the external world (Buddhists call it Samsara), one needs a teacher in flesh and blood to guide one towards the inner guru.
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2007-06-27
#3
Name: Devrat
Subject:  Wah!
That´ s a great comment. Aham brahmasmi, which means " I am Brahman" Brahman is the eternal self, not the false ego. Brahman is the true guru. After all only a spiritually advanced person can know his self, and thus become a Guru. This is the meaning of the phrase Guru is God. Truly, there is no external guru, as Ramana said. It is only when there is duality, when things seem separate from oneself, when you think that you are Mr. XYZ from ABC, then an external guru is needed. But when you realize that XYZ is not real, it´ s only your true self that is real, then you realize your inner Guru!

BTW, the article should have mentioned that the Guru of all Gurus is Dattatreya. The man who was the Guru of Lord Shiva himself. There is a lot of beautiful meaning in his stories...
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2007-06-27
#4
Name: sunil
Subject:  the key
I think the key to finding a guru is not to go looking for one. It' s a matter of encounter, skepticism and trial through error and experience.
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2007-06-27
#5
Name: Lekha
Subject:  Dinkar
Yes, it all depends on your intention. Why blame the Guru? It is your own lack of clarity that is to blame.
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2007-06-27
#6
Name: Dinkar
Subject:  Gurutatva
I agree with Sunilbhai. Gurus are difficult to find. The question is whether our search is genuine. You should first introspect and ask what do you want? Do you want miracles? Then go to those numerous godmen who churn out lingams from their stomachs or walk on water. Do you want material success? Go to a tantrik? But if you want enlightenment, then you need to really look into yourself, and just wait. The true guru will come on his own, when you´ re prepared.
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2007-06-27
#7
Name: Akshay Tripathi
Subject:  Gurus
Hi, I' m in search of a guru who can teach me vedanta. I heard there is this person in Bombay called Ramesh Balshekhar. Does anyone have any information on him? I have gone to so many gurus and have been dissatisfied with all of them. Some of them are total frauds, including the famous ones...
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2007-07-17
#8
Name: Akshay Tripathi
Subject:  Thanks Anand
Thanks Anand for the reply. I will try to meet Mr. Balshekhar.
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2007-06-29
#9
Name: anand
Subject:  Balsekar
Hi Akshay, Ramesh Balsekar is a disciple of Nisargadatta Maharaj, whose talks with his disciples, available as a book called " I am That" is a spiritual classic. Balsekar holds talks at his residence somewhere in South Mumbai.
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2007-06-27
#10
Name: Sheetal
Subject:  Gone
Gone are the days when people extinguished themselves in search for God...now the whole place is infested with saffron robed money minting sadhus.
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2007-06-27
#11
Name: Literati
Subject:  frauds
Yes, that is a huge problem. I like the idea of a Guru but the problem is there aren´ t any real ones. How do you identify whether a person is truly spiritually advanced or not? for that you will yourself have to be spiritually developed and for that, you need a Guru. so it´ s a vicious cycle.
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