On Monday the 22 July 2013 is Gurupurnima: the day the Guru is honored. In the village of Shirdi it was Shirdi Sai Baba himself who gave rise to the celebration of this feast:
The first celebration of Gurpurnima in Shirdi
Baba called Dada Kelkar and told him,: ' Today is Gurupurnima. Hold the gurupuja." None of those present knew this ritual to honor the guru. Kelkar asked Baba what gurupuja meant and response Baba asked him: "Who do you think is a guru? It is not the superiors of monasteries that gurus are, even monks are no gurus, God alone is the guru.
‘Gurur Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Gurur Devo Maheshwara!’
He is the supreme bliss, the giver of divine bliss, the embodiment of the highest knowledge of unit, one that transcends all dualities. He is the supreme divine preceptor. By guru is Brahma, He is Vishnu, He is Maheshwara and the highest absolute. Betoon this divine teacher's highest honor. The true guru is one who the three forms of the trinity within itself, the three divine aspects of creation, maintenance and dissolution. Hence, only God is the true guru. "
When hearing this Kelkar, he asked: "Would I Brahma, Vishnu or Shiva to worship?"Immediately said Baba made angry tone: 'He shaitan! Here I am! Worship Me!"With this, he said that he Brahma, Vishnu en Shiva was. Later he said,: "Honor the creation as mine and mine alone." Because all creation originated from God, it is made of and imbued with divine energy and consciousness. Sai Baba devotees are consequently contributed to the whole of creation as divine consciousness experienced by Lord Sai seen in all. Everyone present knew that Baba was an incarnation of God himself. As Baba Dada Kelkar had made a start with the worship of the guru in Shirdi.
Shirdi Sai Baba on his own guru
Shirdi Sai Baba, there is no difference between the Guru and God. The Guru is God-with-form, it's that simple. Occasionally he told about his own relationship to his Guru, he his murshad named:
'Ik had een guru, he was a great saint, vol mededogen. For twelve years I served him, but he never wanted me whisper a mantra. I had a deep desire to always be with him and to serve him; My heart's desire was that I would get an initiation from him at least. But he did not. He let shave my head and asked for two anna as a gift. You might wonder: as my guru was perfect, why would he ask for money, and how could you call him without desires? My answer is that he has never given money. What he had thus? Those two cents had a deeper meaning. Was the first penny for a firm belief and the second for patience and perseverance. I immediately offered to him these two.
For twelve years I gave myself to my guru. He educated me and there was no lack of food and clothing. He was full of love, No, he was the love itself. How can I describe? He loved most of my. A guru if he is rare. I looked at him, He seemed lost in meditation, and then we were both immersed in happiness. Day and night I stared at him, without a single thought of hunger and thirst. If he was not there, I felt restless. Apart from him there was nothing which I meditated and there was nothing else that caught my attention early, just my guru. He was my only refuge, My mind was always fixed on him. Without even being touched by something, I served my guru always with courage and perseverance, and that was all he wanted from me. He never neglected me, but protected me every moment. I lived with him and although I sometimes stayed elsewhere, I never felt the absence of his love. My guru granted me his gaze full of grace and took care of me, just as the turtle her boy on the other side feeds her look. By his grace I have become what I am today. Furthermore, he has never given me a dedication. How can I give you a? Wish no initiation, no one. If you are so fortunate, it will surely be given.’
Meditate on the form of the guru
"Concentrate your mind and meditate in the form of the chosen deity or the shape that you see before you. If you do, I will keep my eyes focused on you and protect you, wherever you may be. In this mosque, I never speak untruth.
There is no spiritual exercise or skill needed; besides believe you need perseverance and dedicated zeal. Then you will surely reach the Paramatma, the spiritual purpose of life. Be confident that your guru everything for you. Why would not repeat his name, why would you want another name of God questions? If the guru is God, if you carry out his orders and walks the path he has shown you, is as effective as repeating the name of God. Then you can achieve anything. "
The care of the guru
Another time he told:
"My guru took me to a source and hung me upside down there on the branch of a banyan tree, three feet above the water, then he left and came back hours later. Then he took me out of the tree and asked how I was doing. I replied: "I was in an unspeakable, highest state of happiness. How can words describe the experience of bliss?"When he heard my answer, was my guru delighted, He pulled me close to her and kept me with him.
My guru made with so much love for me, I can not describe it. Immersed in nectar, I even forgot my parents. I could not second off him. I was thrilled when I looked at him and it always sorry when I had to close my eyes. I could not find anything in this world that was bigger than my guru, He seemed to be everything to me. How lucky I was that I had found such a guru! ‘
"Anyone can be a follower, but that is not the case with a student. An apprentice is someone who commands the guru unconditionally performs. The characteristic of the student's total devotion to the teacher. Only the one who says' I have no one in the world except the guru is a student. To what extent do you have my orders respected? That you have earned that you can call yourself my apprentice? Only the one who follows me like a shadow, can say that he is my disciple. The disciple is one who prays to the Lord, where he is also. That's the big difference between a student and a follower. The student and the guru are like two bodies with one mind. The student should have no sense of separateness from the guru. He should feel "you and I are one." Such students do not exist in this world. There are millions of followers, but not students. "
Seva as a way to enlightenment
Shirdi Sai Baba shows clearly that the Guru in all makes for the student, as a mother. But the relationship is certainly not one-sided: He emphasized time and again that the student teacher should. The Guru resides at such a level of consciousness that he is not a second cares about the welfare of his body, to eat, bezit of comfort. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain this temple of wisdom, just like a dedicated temple keeps clean where he performs his devotional duties. It is this Seva for the student to highway lighting.
Then he gave Nana Chandorkar once explanation of a portion of the Bhagavad Gita (Chapter IV, to 34), Baba zei:
‘Pariprashna does not ask the right questions. It involves many more aspects, as your intent and purpose of your question. You do not want to provoke the guru in the fall, try to catch errors in the reply or approaching from idle curiosity. Ask the Guru, the embodiment of wisdom, with real hunger to know in order to destroy the doubt that is in the gut, with the aim of obtaining liberation or spiritual progress. Question of interest, dedication, humility and willingness to learn. That is why the sage Vyasa equal as a preposition used in prashna.
Baba: 'In its, what kind its (service) is meant?’
Nana: "Just, service, what we always do for you. "
Baba: "Is it enough just to provide such services?’
Nana: "I do not know what else is meant by the word 'seva'. '
Baba: ‘Nana, that is not servitude! Something to do if you want and leave if you do not want is selfish. True seva do not you with the feeling that you are free to provide the service or to refuse. You should feel that you are the master of your body are not, but it exists because of the guru only, to serve him without even a trace of selfishness. You would have to surrender yourself to the guru, and completely at any time, with the feeling that this body is not yours. True service is that you have no individual existence, that is the best kind of servitude. Instead of simple servants you would be the best servants. Do you understand?’
Nana bleef style one knikte.
Swami Gopala Krishna
My own guru, SWami Gopala Krishna Father, Stay in Bangalore, in India. It has too long before I realized that the inner band that I so often clearly visible, is not restricted to his attention, love and care for me. It is also my job to make my seva to Swami. Even though there is a large physical distance, I can still focus on my well-being and welfare. Through this seva the mutual bond is strengthened, and I vote me better to him.
‘Bliss is my food’
‘Bliss is my food’: Sathya Sai Baba used to sing it, and I never understood it so well. Perhaps still does not. But in 2004 kwam Swami Gopala Krishna naar Nederland. At one point I found him alone and told him: ‘Swami, We are all so glad you're here.’ He looked at me and said, 'Your Bliss is my food’ (You feeling of supreme happiness is my food). Apparently something happens very important in the energy exchange between student and guru when both are fully aligned. The energy is not unidirectional, but a circular movement that encourages both. Of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa I understand that the Master also needs pupils. While it is clear that the pupil of the master needs.
Maybe there are people who can not understand and appreciate this as morbid dependency. I understand, of course,. It is important here to realize that a true enlightened master the ego has long since transcended. Even though he does occasionally for human, with all the bad habits, ailments and behavior almost like a normal person, every once in a while he lets the observant viewer notice that this is absolutely not the case. A self-realized master is one with the Divine Consciousness. There is no difference between the drop and the ocean from which he emerged, no difference between individual consciousness and Comprehensive Cosmic Consciousness.
The beginning of this story joint is formed by a period of intensive testing of the pupil by the Guru, Guru and the disciple. If you want to read more about it, There is a whole chapter devoted to it in the book ‘Zeven dagen Shirdi Sai‘.
The guru of Shirdi Sai Baba was called Venkusa. If you want to read more about him, download here the book ‘Sri Sai GurucharitraEnglish‘ in pdf of epub (English). In the book ‘Zeven dagen Shirdi Sai‘ is also the story of Shirdi Sai Baba’s birth, youth and time at his Guru.