In the Indian tradition GURU (Spiritual master) has great significance as he is the one who makes the spiritual aspirant realize his true SELF and realize GOD. Guru is regarded even higher than God as without him no one can realize the true state of God and the truth surrounding the universe.
Even Kabirdasji said:
Guru Gobind dono khade, kake lagon paay Balihari Guru aapno, Govind diyo bataay
When Guru and God are standing together one should first bow down to the Guru as only
because of him God has descended before the aspirant.
Guru has several meanings in Sanskrit.
(1) 'Gu' means 'Darkness' and 'Ru' means 'Remover'. Guru means one who removes the darkness of ignorance and lights the light of knowledge.
(2) 'Gu' also means 'Gunatheeta' (beyond attributes) and 'Ru' means 'Rupavarjita' (beyond form). One who is himself beyond attributes (one who does not attribute any action to himself) and has established beyond the limitations of form is Guru.
(3) 'Gu' means 'Maya' (Illusion) and 'Ru' means 'Supreme Divine Knowledge'. One who is capable of removing the illusions of this world through pure divine knowledge is Guru.
It is Guru and Guru alone who can help an aspirant to cross over the worldly ocean and help break the cycle of birth, death and rebirth by enlightening the aspirant through pure divine knowledge and Self Realization. Without a proper and enlightened Guru it is almost next to impossible to transcend the illusory effects in the world and liberate.
On the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima, the spiritual aspirant offers his gratitude to his Guru for accepting him as his disciple and helping him evolve spiritually. He also offers himself completely surrendered at the feet of Guru and prays that he may be directed towards the realization of his ultimate life goal i.e. Enlightenment and Liberation.
- Guru Sri. Sadguru Rameshji Ji
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