The Art of Forging a Special Bond With Friends and Family

Published: 02nd October 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd October 2014 06:00 AM   |  A+A-


BANGALORE: Lord Shiva says, “Just as your external eyes are very sensitive, likewise even the eyes of knowledge, the third eye or Trikuti is also very subtle and sensitive. God is your third eye. This has to be opened with your dedicated sadhana. There are a lot of hidden treasures in you. Become a missile to move forward in the direction given by your guru. Remove ignorance, selfishness and adharma from the earth. With knowledge based on ahimsa - non-injury you have to blast away your own ignorance. Then, give others the illuminating energy too.”

Just as our Guru shows us our inner sacred space and says-- ‘This is your Atma or soul, focus here’, we must eventually help others also to focus on their soul instead of focusing on their ignorance. Just as kajal enhances the beauty of the eyes, the Guru holds our hand and lifts us to see the Beautiful Light and thereby makes us beautiful. The kajal will also warn us to stay away from the feeling of fear and undetermined mind, as both are ignorance. The Guru will instill awareness that we have to keep on crossing over from ignorance to knowledge every moment. This is a continuous process. This is sadhana. We have to pull ourselves from ignorance and move towards knowledge.

The Guru helps us realise that we are born Satyam-Shivam-Sundaram. Knowledge is essential and adds to beauty and luster-- Kanti. Only when we realise this truth our birth is justified and complete.

Tvam pita tvam ca me mata Tvam bandhustvam ca devata Samsara pratibodhartham Tasmai srigurave namah

Revered Shri Guru, salutations to thee. In order to receive the true understanding of the world, I consider thou to be my father, my mother, my brethren and my God.

Shiva is telling us what we discussed previously once again. He has dedicated a shloka for this because he wants us to instill the fact in us that the Guru can take up any role and every role and shower his unconditional love upon us. He nurtures us and nourishes us. He teaches us and guides us. He is playful with us at the same time seriously navigates us towards our life’s mission and vision. Despite of taking up each and every role in our life, the Guru is not entangled in samsara like all of us have today because samsara is bondage or bandhana and illusion maya.

We often mistake samsara to mean married life. As long as we are bound to desires and the senses, we are in the bondage of samsara. Although the Guru does everything for us in each and every capacity of our relationships, he is not bound by desires or senses. In fact, He brings us out of bondage.

The Guru is the mother, father, friend and relative. We say the mantra matru devo bhava Pitru devo bhava, acharya devo bhava, bandhu devo bhava and finally deva devo bhava.... all of them are the Guru.

To some people the Guru is the mother, to others he is the father, guest or acharya. So we tell the Guru - you are the mother, father, friend and relative. In short, the Guru makes all human and divine agencies work towards our own growth, welfare and development.

The Guru is everything yet he cannot be concluded as one thing with our logic because his spectrum of operating is as wide as the cosmos itself. Different people have different feelings towards the Guru. Some people speak easily without any inhibitions with the Guru and others speak with great reverence.

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