Mother is the one who brings us into this world and gives us life. She nurtures us first for nine months in the womb, helping us to grow and form a perfect human body needed to survive as well as thrive in the world. After the birth, she again nurtures us with her milk, care and all the outer environmental needs which are required for growing further. But, then comes a time when we need a guru to further enhance our characteristics and lead a more fulfilling life. The word guru if split into two words means – “gu” means darkness and “ru” means dispeller – dispelling darkness. Of course, darkness is nothing but an absence of light. And a guru is that ray of light who helps in dispelling this darkness within us.
A guru is not someone who imparts knowledge alone, but a true guru is the one of makes you “an awakened intelligent being.” The following points will throw light on the importance of Guru in our lives:
A source of real inspiration: A true Guru will always inspire you to push your limitations and move ahead in life. No matter, what situations you’re facing in life, a guru will show you the real essence of the situation and how to derive inspiration from it. We all go through ups and downs, but then sometimes we are bogged down with these low phases. This is where a guru steps in and shows the light which is lighting at the end of the tunnel and pushes us to walk till the end of tunnel into light.
Demonstrates simplicity: Living in a world which is making us into becoming mere show pieces of artificial materialistic possessions, a guru will pull you back towards simplicity and demonstrate how simplicity can make your life more beautiful and easy at the same time. Thanks to the technological innovations like social media, we are busy running in a race which is filled with unreal possessions which are just worldly, disconnecting us even more from ourselves. A guru will bring back that simplicity which helps in re-connecting with our inner flame.
Encourages one to be independent in his/her choices: At any given point of time, we have multiple choices and we are responsible for every choice we make. Hence, we are developing a habit of involving others to make choices for us in order to feel more safe and secure. But the reality is, we need to make our own choices to become empowered and feel likewise. A guru will always boost this quality and strive towards making you more independent in making your own choices in life.
Helps bring in clarity of thoughts: One is constantly striving to have clarity of thoughts, so that appropriate actions can be taken. A guru will always make you independent as discussed above, will ask to evaluate your choices to understand clarity in your thoughts and actions. He/she will always ask you to have a clear mind, clear the clutter of unnecessary fears and surrender the ego to see what does real clarity of mind feels like. This in turn will help you to make more informed choices.
Shows you the path of freedom and liberation: From within, we all crave for liberation from the rigidity present inside us in the form of limiting thought patters, fears, egoistic behavior as well as anger, hatred and jealousy like emotions which are ruling our lives. A guru goes step by step to show us the path of liberation from all of this. Of course, it may time to let go of all this as it is a conditioning right from the time we are born. But with the virtue of patience present in a Guru, one can definitely let go off all these irrelevant things and feel the liberation from within.
After reading these points, I am sure you must be already visualizing quite a few faces who have helped you consciously or unconsciously on this path of freedom. My suggestion will be to allow these people who are playing the role of a Guru in your life to allow show you the light of awakened intelligence and divine light present within you.