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The Guru is Ever Compassionate

Published: 04th November 2014 06:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th November 2014 06:03 AM   |  A+A-

The Guru will never curse us. It is our own actions, attitude that weighs heavy on us and impacts our life. The Guru is ever compassionate. All our problems are solved if we pray in front of the Guru Peetha.

pray.jpgOur Guru bestows peace, contentment, bliss and abundance upon us if we perform Guru vandana and sip the nectar of his wisdom.

Therefore we must only invoke his blessings so that we are imparted with the Holy verse of the Guru (Guru Vaakya Veda Vaakya) rather than provoking him, which is a heinous action that invites a curse upon us as per the law of karma.

Once upon a time, in a place called Kishkinda in the state of Karnataka, South India, there lived sages who were followers of Shiva tatva (principles of Lord Shiva). They used to perform abhishekam (bathing ritual to Shiva linga) and perform other austerities everyday.

Whenever they used to go to the river to take a dip, 2 mischievous and ignorant monkeys Nala and Nila used to pick up the Shiva linga kept on the bank of the river and throw it into the river water. They kept troubling the sages until the sages got fed- up of it.

Now, the monkeys through their own actions had invited a curse upon them. One among the sages pronounced, “O Nala and Nila, you are causing so much trouble. From now on, if you put anything in water, it will never sink.”

Not realising the intensity of the fruits of their actions, the monkeys ignorantly continued to throw the Shiva linga into the water just like we too repeatedly commit the same mistake over and over again despite of receiving several warnings from our elders as well as our Guru.

But, the linga did not sink. Instead it started floating in the water and it was easy for the sages to pick it up and bring it back to its place of worship. This curse proved to be a great boon.

Once, when lord Rama wanted to cross over the ocean to go to Lanka, he took the assistance of the monkeys – Nala and Nila.

When they had to build a bridge to cross the ocean, Nala and Nila threw huge rocks into the ocean, which started floating. In no time the bridge was built and Rama could easily cross over to the other side.

So, in actuality, even though the Guru doesn’t curse, it is the wrong action of the devotee or disciple, which invokes negative karma onto him.

However, due to his ego, a disciple will not distinguish it properly. His ego magnifies it and distorts his view and he starts questioning logically, how can the sages curse?How can the guru curse? Is he not compassionate? And so on. We understand that with the Guru’s grace even a curse turns to out be a blessing in disguise.

Excerpt from The Force of Nirvana by Shri Shri Nimishananda



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