- Religion and Philosophy»
Eliminate Ignorance And Understand The Supreme Truths of Life With A Guru In Your Life!
Hindu mythology has proof for being one of the oldest civilizations across the globe. This well proven fact is backed with a tremendous amount of cultural diversity and high ethical values. Of all the factors which revolve around the construction of a complete human being, evident emphasis is made on the importance of a Guru in one’s life. By stating Guru it does not necessarily mean the practice of living in an ashram or following strict disciple life. One can experience the pious bond which lasts between a student and a teacher in today’s modern scenario as well.
The Vital “Guru-Shishya” Bond : A Channel of Supreme Energy!
According to Hindu mythology and beliefs, the four pillars of anybody’s life are Mata (mother), Pita (father), Guru (teacher), and Deivam (God). In short, right from olden days there was a lot of importance which was casted on the character of a Guru. The path that leads to forming a guru was not an easy route to opt for. This journey into self-discovery required a deep insight into one’s human values. It is a true test of character in order to develop this dedication towards a goal. The entity of a Guru is a portal for transfer of energy and information to the universe.
One of the prime qualities that define any Guru is Vairagya or Detachment. It also gives scope for understanding the supreme truths of life. Upon seeking guidance from a guru, the student can experience supreme channels of energy from his teacher. A Guru educates oneself about life and its prime objective. The learning comprises of spiritual elevation in order to mould any student into a complete individual. One more important fact which needs to be highlighted is the purpose of a Guru in one’s life.
Before understanding this peripheral it is mandatory to know that it’s a disciple who seeks the services of a Guru and not vice versa. In return, the Guru does not intend to make false promises but serve to be a mirror which would showcase the self-enlightenment of any student. This pathway of energy works on a two-way parallel lane, in which a student can rise above only if he processes the desire, will and dedication to do so.
Teacher, Guru and Professor: If you think they are Synonyms, Then You’re Mistaken!
Mankind over the period of years has evolved in such a way that every task that we perform is by default done with the most easiest and simplest of approach. On a similar note lies terms of difference which separate the modern day Teacher from the yesteryear Guru. A few lines of separation which can be explainable would be
- To start off from a layman’s perspective it is not wrong to quote that “All gurus are teachers but not all teachers are Gurus”
- Teacher strives to take responsibility of the personal growth of a student, whereas it’s the Guru who makes the student take total responsibility.
- Role of a teacher is to equip students with their needs and requirements, A guru does the task of eliminating all the things which a student doesn’t need or require.
- When a student is in search of an answer it’s the teacher who comes to rescue, but Guru is a person who questions the answering genius that lies within a student in order to shape his learning better.
- All teachers focus on discipline but the primary focus of a Guru is trust and humility.
- Teachers provide the armour which helps their students to succeed, wherein it’s the Guru who prepares the student for the inner journey of mind, body and soul.
- Upon receiving knowledge from a teacher, the student renders his supreme thankfulness. The students trained by a Guru have sown in them the seeds of gratitude and gratefulness.
A Tradition Comprising Of Rich Cultural, Moral And Ethical Values!
This practice gained prominence right from the advent of Hinduism into this world. In every scripture there have been a lot of instances which are based on the bond that is shared between a Guru and Shishya. We all consider the Almighty to be the supreme force which drives this earth.
According to scriptures, a Guru is the Almighty in human form and this fact is also supported with the social hierarchy which places Guru next to God. Unlike today, wherein full marks or good grades can please a teacher, in the olden days the disciples had to toil in difficult conditions and perform really hard in order to please their Gurus. This is the ultimate purpose of any Shishya to make the Guru proud.
In olden days, there was this practice of Gurus educating their disciples from an ashram. To put this across in a more technical manner the outsourcing of information used to happen in Gurukulas. Generally, the master resides in these Gurukulas with family and students learn lessons of life amidst this vicinity. Nowadays, we are blessed with surplus technology and instruments which simplify learning, but in olden days the knowledge was taught orally and in order to preserve it there was a repetitive method of recitation which was followed.
It wasn’t easy for anybody to step into the shoes of Guru; it required immense skill and practice in order to do so. People would look up to Gurus as if they were the most commanding source of knowledge and spirituality. Apart from being able to teach, the Gurus required to be people of the highest order of moral, mental and spiritual standards.
Guru Purnima : Remembering the knowledgeable Genius and Cultural Idol
Today we seem to be running behind a lot of events which have been imposed to us from the spreading western culture. In a way, these practices do not mean any harm for they signify mother’s day, father’s day, Valentine’s Day and so on. In lieu of remembering these dates we seem to have forgotten about that one day which is meant for the Guru. There is no denial about the already existing emphasis which lies for Guru Purnima but coming from a rich cultural backdrop which dealt with Guru’s being the most vital source of energy and knowledge, the emphasis is sadly very little.
The Hindu Janajagruti Samithi (HJS) has taken the task of spreading this beautiful message of importance of Guru Traditions across the country. On this day, various famous Guru-Shishya relationships over the past mythology like Arjun and his teacher Dronacharya would be cherished and celebrated. Everybody is welcome to be a part of this tradition on this day and be a part of the Guru-Disciple practice.