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Worship of Guru in Hinduism

:Shree Hari:
Ashwin Shukla Asthami, Shri Durgashtami, Vikram Samvat 2064, Shukravar

Questions Regarding Guru Worship in Hinduism Answered

Question: To what extent is it appropriate to worship one’s Guru, to meditate on the Guru, to eat the left-overs off the Guru’s plate, to take the dust of his feet, or to drink the nectar-filled water after washing his feet ?

Answer: All of this should be done only to God; just like one should worship the form of God alone, one must meditate on God alone, one must make an offering of food to God alone and then take that in as God’s offering (prasad).

One must only pay homage and save the soil of that land where God entered into His divine play. One must drink the nectar from Shaligram stone. One must pay homage and revere Gangaji herself, that touched the feet of the Lord. The point being made here is, that God himself it the greatest and the purest.

There is no one like God, has never been, will never be, and can never be. Therefore taking refuge in God, one must worship God alone, meditate and do all else for God alone.

God’s body is eternal and consciousness itself, but the bodies of great souls are made of the five elements and therefore inert and perishable.

God is present everywhere as He pervades this entire Universe; i.e. He is in the photograph, as well. But the all pervasiveness of the great Souls (being separate from the body) is within God’s all pervasiveness. Within God are all the great Souls, therefore by worshipping God, all the great Souls will be automatically worshipped.

If instead one worships the picture of a Great Soul, and worships the body of a Great Soul made of flesh and bones, then this will become an obstacle in worship of God, which is totally against the principles of great Souls. This is because great Souls come in to this world, to bring human beings close to God, not to get people attracted to and involved in themselves instead.

One who attracts others towards himself (to worship him, to meditate on him etc) is a deceitful imposter.

In reality if one examines this further, then this body is nothing but a machine producing excretion and sewage. Even when given the best of best foods, it converts it into excretion and the best of best sweet juices and nectar, comes out in the form of sewage ! As long as there is life force, the body is a machine to manufacture excretion and sewage. And once the life force leaves it, it is nothing but a corpse.

In reality, this body is dying at every moment, it is becoming a corpse. One cannot take a picture of that which is the essence within (the consciousness) . A picture can only be taken of that body which is changing every moment, and continuosly perishing. Rather even immediately after taking a picture, the body does not remain like the same as when the picture was taken a few minutes back.

Therefore worshipping a picture is worshipping only the perishable. There is no life force in the picture of a body, therefore picture of a body is like the
corpse of a corpse !

Question: To what extent is it appropriate to worship one’s Guru, to meditate on the Guru, to eat the left-overs off the Guru’s plate, to take the dust of his feet, or to drink the nectar-filled water from washing his feet ?

Answer: (cont’d) The one we consider a great soul (Mahatma), that one is a great soul only when he has completely detached himself from the body. His greatness is not from association with that body. A great soul is never restricted to the body. Therefore faith should only be in the eternal principles and vows of the great Soul (Mahatma), and not the perishable body or name. There is attachment associated with the perishable body and the name. It is not faith !

Therefore worshipping the perishable, ever changing body, meditating on inert, and forsaking the worship of the eternal, imperishable, divine, transcendental form of God, not only results in a waste of our lives, but also causes a major deceit and delusion in us.

In this day and age, in worshipping the Guru, in meditating on Guru etc., one must be extra careful; because there is a great possibility of being cheated.

As far as possible one must stay far away from and escape safely away from one who gets others to worship him, meditate on his body, recite his name, eating his leftover morsels, taking dust of his feet, drinking the water after washing his feet etc., because in this there is a great likelihood of being cheated – just like Pratapbhanu was cheated by Kapatmuni, just like Sita was abducted by Ravana dressed in the clothes of an ascetic and just like Hanumanji was cheated by Kaalnemi !

A spiritual aspirant on the spiritual path, should never have anyone do their worship, because by doing this some of the latent powers and strength dissipates and an obstacle arises in spiritual progress. Therefore a spiritual aspirant must stay away from such practices.

From “Saccha Guru Kaun Hai” in Hindi pg 30 by Swami Ramsukhdasji

Ram Ram

Worship of Guru in Hinduism was published in Yahoo Sadhaka Group.

Maintaining Natural Health Unnaturally

Today health is a major concern in personal well-being. Whether we are student, professional, sportsman or any other human being, we are somewhere concerned about our health and state of our body.

More or less this health phobia is a part of a marketing gimmick. There are a number of products that we use in our everyday life that play with your health, and then there are some other products in market to restore this health swing. We are so much influenced by these marketing strategies that today we have actually forgot what health and healthy body stands for.

Health is no more a state of mind or body instead it is now look and feel of our body more to others than to our self. They tell us if our hair looks like this we should use this. If we feel tired after work take this. Although all of us know that it is natural to feel tired after hard work. But our suspicion that may be others don’t feel this tiredness the way we are feeling makes us a soft target.

Today we see a whole plethora of products to help our move against the nature. We haven’t left anything to nature, even so called natural food products get there natural look and feel using some artificial or man made method. That is today nature and natural aren’t beyond the shadow of doubt. Man has actually interfered in almost every path of nature’s natural process of doing things.

Natural health and fitness too arent’ beyond this shadow of doubt. If we look healthy and fit then this can be easily attributed to a number of artificial products and methods. An unhealthy state of body and mind is therefore a consequence of not using these so called useful products. Every problem today whether its related to health or great looks has a very simple solution available in market. So, don’t raise a question because may be you aren’t financially sound to take the answer.

All these health related problems and there solutions are man made. Actually we are no more interested in natural health or natural food and even if we are then our current situation or environment don’t permit us to do so.

Maintaining natural health and fitness isn’t a major issue and can be achieved by most of us if we take care of a few things right from the childhood like-

1. Eating meals at specified time.

2. Sticking strictly to three meals a day.

3. Waking up early.

4. Eating only when we are hungry.

5. Exercising regularly.

6. Viewing television in limit.

7. Using computers only for work and for fun to a certain limit.

8. Enjoying life with what we have.

If we’ll help nature in its natural process it will definitely help us to lead a more happy and peaceful life because Every Action Has An Equal & Opposite Reaction.

Health and fitness are actually an attribute of happy and peaceful life, if we are enjoying this happiness naturally then there is no need to ruin this peace with some clutter. There are also some natural food products like Ganoderma Lucidum which are know to induce health since long time. We should use any of these products only when we really need them or our current situation or nature of job doesn’t permit us to lead a natural life style.

Philosophy of Health

Our body is itself a fully functional automatic machine, it is more powerful then anything designed by a human being, still we don’t want to realize it. Most of the modern health problems, disease and illness that are visible everywhere around us are not an indication of a problem with our body system or its malfunctioning, it is only an indication of our own negligence and inability to feed our body and mind with what it naturally asks for.

Today we are more interested in looking for products which have scientifically proven nutritive elements, is processed in a healthy, state of the art conditions, is much more better then what nature can produce. It seems as if man knows more then nature, it can do better then nature. We have developed our own philosophy of health, we are overconfident with our little achievements.

One must understand nature is infinite, its resources are infinite, it doesn’t works on a short term goal (for whatever reason), it has nothing to do with name and fame. In spite of all the scientific discoveries man still need air, water and food to live, till date we cannot transfer a life which exists physically to a chip.

Although our endeavor in the world of robotics where humanoids are a reality today, we are slowly moving towards the age where we’ll slowly start to realize that our body is actually not required any more and it is better to invent something which can help us to move this life to a chip or something which doesn’t have to worry about physical wear and tears. (maybe someday I’ll post this in further details, to spill more of what I think of it and is in my mind).

Root of Selfishness, Sorrow and Suffering

: Shree Hari :

Bhadrapad Krishna Trayodashi, Vikram Samvat 2063, Somvar

Sense of “Mine”, leads to desires, makes one selfish, narrow and finite, and in turn unable to serve. One who renounces the sense of “mine”, can easily renounce desires, the root of all sorrows and suffering. All desires can never be satisfied, resulting in pain of unfulfilled desires and dependency on desired objects. Thus, one can become happy forever. One must never lose heart in achieving this aim.

Sense of Mine – The Root of Selfishness, Sorrow and Suffering

Some people doubt as to how their body will function and how they will be able to serve their family or society without a sense of “Mine” (possession) . But the fact is that a sense of mine causes an obstacle in serving the body, family or society. The body of a man, who is free from the sense of Mine, is very well maintained and real service is rendered to the family and society by such a man.

He who has a sense of possession over his body, cannot serve the family. He who has a sense of mine for the family, cannot serve the society. He who has a sense of mine for the society, cannot serve the country. He who has a sense of mine for the Country, cannot serve the World. It means that because of the sense of mine, he becomes narrow and finite. Having a disinclination for serving others, he becomes selfish.

Therefore for a spiritual aspirant, it is very essential to renounce the sense of mine. When a spiritual aspirant has a burning desire to renounce the sense of mine, it becomes very easy from him to renounce it. The reason is that when a spiritual aspirant has a disinclination for the world, and wants to have an inclination for God from the core of his heart, then the entire world and God, Himself are ready to help him. Therefore, a spiritual aspirant should never lose heart in achieving his aim. He can attain his aim with minimum effort and within a very short span of time. This is because God has bestowed upon him this human body by His immense grace, so that he may attain the aim of human life –

“Kabahunk kari karunaa nar dehi. Dait is binu hetu sanehi.” (Manasa, Uttara, 44:3)

It is because of the sense of “Mine” that desires are born. If we have the sense of mine with this body, the need of the body will become our need i.e. we will have desire to get food, water, clothes, house etc. As soon as a spiritual aspirant renounces the sense of “mine”, he becomes capable of renouncing desires. This is because the body and the world are made of the same material. This body cannot be separated from the world. Therefore once the sense of “Mine” with the body is annihilated, the worldly desires automatically come to an end.

The sense of “Mine” in the things which are acquired and lost, gives birth to desires. All desires of even a single person have never been satisfied till today, nor will they be fulfilled, nor can they be satisfied.

The desires which have been fulfilled, their consequences are also painful. The reason is that if a desire is fulfilled, it gives birth to several other new desires and thus the pain of the new unfulfilled desires persists the same.

A man holds that on fulfilling a desire he has become independent, but in reality he has become dependent on the things which he desired. It is because of heedlessness, he feels happy in dependence. To free him from this dependence, God by His blissful providence causes sorrows for him. But he being sad, slights that blissful providence. If he, instead of being sad from the sorrow, tries to discover the reason for his sorrow and gets rid of his desire, the root of sorrow and sufferings, he will become happy forever.

Ram Ram

From “Sahaja Sadhana” in English by Swami Ramsukhdasji

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