You might have read or told that it is necessary to have a Guru, in order to get real knowledge. The word Guru, in Sanskrit, is a term which generally means “teacher”. On further investigation, I found more explanations for this term, as a combined word for two sounds Gu and Ru – which means darkness (ignorance) and light (knowledge) respectively. In other words Guru is a remover of ignorance, or the one that takes you from darkness to bright light – shows you the right way.
However it raises more questions in one’s mind. Is Guru a person, channel, medium, a combination of these or all of these? More you read, investigate and experience you find more explanations. Some say only we should have only one Guru, as many will confuse you – so keep it simple. Others will say, one Guru might not have answer for everything. It might also be risky to just have one Guru, just in case it happens to be a wrong one.
There are many examples of excellent Gurus who have given so much to people, at the same time there are examples of rogues disguised as Guru to cheat and fraud. If you have a learning attitude, you can learn from people, animals, plants, nature – almost from everything around you.
My thoughts on this topic are as following.
- Guru is a source of knowledge.
- It is necessary to have a Guru.
- It is even better to have many Gurus, many sources of knowledge, that you can manage.
- You have to make final decision for what is best for you, for everything and in every case. So self-education, investigation and evaluation is absolutely essential.
- You are your own guru, and the best one (along with other sources).
I am sorry; there is no escape form this responsibility. But the rewards will be many and progress will be continuous. Happiness for ever!
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