The spiritual master is God's personal representative and most trusted servant.
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What is the role of spiritual master?
First and foremost, you must understand that mastering any talent necessitates the assistance of a skilled tutor. Because he has mastered the issue, his experiences and abilities can assist us in achieving triumph over it.
One who wishes to experiment with a path without the assistance of a master, with the result being unsatisfactory and ineffective.
The other who wishes to proceed along a route by following in the footsteps of his Guru is assured of certain success.
Because I have a Guru in my life, I can confidently declare that my life has been completely revolutionized. I'm talking about my Spiritual Guru over here.
My Guru has given me the key to eternal happinesshappiness that will never fade. He has led me down a path of unending joy and happiness that will never cease. He has showed me a way to put an end to all of my pain.
When driving a car to an unfamiliar location, a GPS is your finest guide and will ensure that you arrive at your destination safely and without getting lost. If you are stubborn and refuse to use a GPS, you will most likely go lost in an unfamiliar area and will take a long time to reach your destination, if you reach it at all.
In the same way, a guru is your GPS on your spiritual trip; he will never let you get lost and will guide you safely and smoothly to your objective, providing sensible directions to follow the road and ensure your success.
But, in order to do so, you must first surrender to him and believe in him, putting your ego and myths aside.
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When you drive a car, you trust the GPS to guide you in the right route. If you can trust a machine to guide you in the right path, why not trust a Guru who is a realized soul? He will undoubtedly guide your soul to its destination.
In the same way, you must trust that your Guru will lead you on your spiritual path.
Remember, a Guru has previously walked the spiritual path, so he knows the secret to getting there and the pitfalls to avoid, therefore he provides us a secret code to follow to go to our destination; now it's up to you to trust him.
You will undoubtedly achieve success if you have faith and follow his route, and you will not have to go through different difficulties and mistakes to do so.
If you want to visit a new nation, wouldn't you ask someone who has already been there? You'll get a better idea, and that person would show you the finest areas to visit and avoid, allowing you to make the most of your trip.
Similarly, a guru who has already walked the path you wish to walk will teach you all the secrets of walking that path successfully, including the tactics to apply and the pitfalls to avoid, right?
So, in order to make your spiritual journey a success, you must follow the example of someone who has already succeeded on that path.
He will give you intuition powers to decide what is good and what is bad for your life, he will give you powers to decide which path to take that will benefit your soul and which path to avoid, he will help you inculcate discipline in your lives, he will help us gain self-control over our minds and will also help us direct our senses in the right direction.
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Because of the presence of a Guru in my life, my life has become amazing. My perspective on things has entirely shifted, and I've gained a lot of control over things I never realized existed. My Guru has guided me in understanding the significance of my human birth as well as the role and nature of my soul. Because of my Guru's presence in my life, I'm experiencing a lot of wonderful powers.
What is the definition of a spiritual master?
A Spiritual Master is a manifestation of love. Unlike most people, who find unconditional love difficult, enlightened people love without conditions. They have a profound respect for all people and the natural world, and they recognize that love is the universal language. Man and nature both understand it.
Who is a true spiritual master?
“The challenge of identifying a true spiritual master is the most difficult of all.” However, as a spiritual teacher, one who has purity of character (rectitude), performs the Yoga of Sound rigorously, and can properly describe Sant Mat (the Path of Saints) can be accepted, trusted, and offered devotion. Regardless of the other qualifications indicated, a person lacking in rectitude or purity of character should not be considered a true master.
“If a student accepts a teacher and then discovers that he or she is untrustworthy, that teacher should be dismissed.” Even if a teacher has exceptional knowledge, association with him or her is undesirable if he or she lacks moral character. Because the moral character of the teacher has such an impact on the aspirant, it is critical to avoid professors who lack moral values. A teacher's key attribute is purity of character, and if purity is lacking, the teacher is no better than an animal. A spiritual teacher who lacks character purity or other key attributes is a fake spiritual teacher. According to Kabir Sahab,
“‘Sacrifice your ego to the master if you want to acquire the sacred knowledge of attaining the Supreme from him. Many people, despite their pride, have become engulfed in the stream of ignorance. Surrender to him who has no worldly ambitions, is devoted to God, and has put his ego aside. If you wait too long to leave the company of a false instructor, you will travel aimlessly and never locate the Entrance to the Divine Sound.'”
“The benefits of surrendering to a true master are immeasurable. True teachers, unfortunately, are few and far between. A wise, pure spiritual master who practices the Yoga of Divine Sound progressively passes on his or her virtues to the learner. Because one is impacted by the power of a higher vibration, the spiritual teacher's good will cannot help but affect the aspirant in a positive way. The traits of the instructor are described in Section 77, as well as how the aspirant benefits from his or her interaction with the teacher.
“The teacher who practices Yoga of Sound but is morally deficient and spiritually ignorant is damaging to the seeker of spiritual understanding.” If one accepts such a master without regard for decency and wisdom, the aspirant will be denied the benefits of affiliation with a true preceptor, as described in the previous paragraph. Furthermore, following an immoral teacher would present the aspirant with the tough job of not falling astray, let alone progressing on the Spiritual Path. This spiritual job, however, can be accomplished by a few determined skilled pupils without the assistance of a true teacher. This endeavor is nearly hard for the majority of people.
“Clearly, one person's vitality, both physical and mental, can boost the same faculties in another. As a result, it's not surprising that a meditation master's spiritual force boosts the aspirant's spiritual energy…
“The student clearly gains from the master's sacred brilliance (personal aura), higher understanding, and spiritual vitality.” Baba Devi Sahab reads words from Tulsi Sahab's Ghat Ramayana, in which Sant Tulsi Sahab stresses the significance of a true master to an aspirant:
“Saints and true teachers are famed for their impartiality; their blessings come down like rain.” The rain, on the other hand, while falling on all, tends to collect in deep pools, much as the saints' grace, while showering on all, flows quickly and collects in the deep pools of the devout aspirants. It is not unexpected that the aspirants attract the master's favour via their dedication. Aspirants who pay close attention to the teacher's methods are deserving of the gift of knowledge. Obviously, it is not the careless one who receives the gift of the teacher's grace, but rather the one who honors the gift and cares for the receiving bowl. The secret of devotion to the master, the manner of acquiring grace as portrayed in the writings of the saints, is to make oneself worthy. K. Narayanswami Aiyar interprets a Sanskrit hymn from the Mandal Bramanopanishad's third Brahmana as:
“‘This is an allusion to the hidden method of conveying deeper Truth (God's Knowledge).'” (p.259) Thirty Minor Upanishads
“It is critical that the spiritual instructor has reached the Realms and shattered the material plane's illusion.” Even a sliver of a small Shabad-Yoga teaching for attaining the Supreme, as learned from a teacher, will be far more valuable than worldly teachings.
“Satguru is the one whose consciousness, when in samadhi (deep trance), overcomes all the concealments of the Non-Conscious Realms and immerses in the Sabdatet Pada throughout this lifetime” (the true spiritual master). A real master's consciousness remains uninvolved and poised in the Essential Divine Sound even when engaged in action.
Maharishi Mehi, The Philosophy of Liberation, Sant Mat Society of North America, translated by Don and Veena Howard
251. “If a person meets a teacher who does not understand the mystery of Shabd at first, but later finds a Sat Guru knowledgeable in Shabd, he should abandon the former and surrender to the latter.” “Do not hesitate to give up a fake (imperfect) guru, otherwise you will not reach the doors of Shabd and will continue to miss the right path over and over again,” a couplet says. (Sar Bachan Prose, Book Two, Soami Ji Maharaj's Sayings)
252. “He who first encounters a guru who knows the secret of Shabd but has not yet gained perfection, but subsequently encounters the Sat Guru who is perfect in Shabd practice, should consider the previous guru to be integrated in the perfect Sat Guru and seek the protection of the latter.” Mrs. S.D. Maheshwari, Agra, published Sar Bachan Prose, Book Two.)
Again, from the Dayal Bagh translation of Sar Bachan Prose, the last portion of the last sentence: “…he should view his prior Guru as present within the Satguru and seek the Satguru's protection.” (Agra, India: Dayalbagh Press)
Why does one need to accept a spiritual master?
The necessity of serving a genuine spiritual master is explained in the following line of Srimad Bhagavatam (1.2. 16). Great service is rendered by servicing those devotees who are fully free of all vices. One develops an aptitude for hearing Vasudeva's messages as a result of such service.
Who is the best spiritual leaders in the world?
- Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath, Badrinath and Dwarka Sharada Peetham, Dwarka. Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati, Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath, Badrinath and Dwarka Sharada Peetham, Dwarka.
- Sringeri Sharada Peetham's Shankaracharya, Swami Bharati Tirtha Mahasannidhanam.
- Mata Amritanandamayi Math Mata Amritanandamayi, Humanitarian and Spiritual Leader (1981present).
- Sri Sri Ravishankar, Spiritual Leader and Humanitarian (1956present) – The Art of Living Foundation
- Jayapataka Swami, Spiritual Leader of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (1970present)
- Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Yogi, Mystic, Visionary (1957present) is the founder of the Isha Foundation.
What are spiritual teachers called?
Shaykhs or Sufi teachers, Gurus (including Hindu Gurus, Sant Mat Gurus, and Sikh Gurus), Buddhist teachers, including Tibetan Lamas (which is really just the Tibetan word for Guru), and Mahasiddhas (who may be claimed by both Buddhist and Hindu traditions) are some of the subcategories of spiritual teachers.
Many Western spiritual teachers exist, some of whom claim a spiritual ancestry from the East and others who do not.
The phrase “spiritual teacher” originates in Western tradition and refers to a broader understanding of spirituality.
Who is Lord Guru?
Brihaspati (Sanskrit:, IAST: Bhaspati) is a Hindu divinity who is also known as Guru. Brihaspati is a deity linked with fire in Hinduism's old Vedic scriptures, and the word also alludes to a rishi (sage) who advises the devas (gods).
Who is Guru Bhagawan?
Bhagawan Nityananda was an Indian guru who lived from November/December 1897 to August 8, 1961. The “Chidakash Gita” is a collection of his teachings. Nityananda was born in the Madras Presidency of British India, in Koyilandy (Pandalayini) (now in Kozhikode district, Kerala).