Guru - a Path of Complete Accomplishment -

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Having a teacher to guide us in any field is invaluable. This is true in Spirituality as well. As Spirituality is subtle or intangible in nature, it is difficult to identify with certainty, who a spiritually evolved guide or Guru is. A Guru is very different to a teacher or a preacher. He is a beacon of spiritual light in our world and teaches us the universal spiritual principles that underlie all religions and cultures.


What if children were told to educate themselves in modern sciences without any teacher or any access to prior knowledge gained over centuries? In the same way, a guide is very much required in our spiritual journey. It stands to reason that a guide in any field needs to be an authority in that particular field. According to Spiritual science a person who is an authority in the field of Spirituality is known as a Guru.

Definition of a Guru or an evolved spiritual guide

There are various aspects to the Supreme God Principle. These various aspects of God perform specific functions in the Universe. This is pretty much akin to the government of any country which has various departments to facilitate the smooth governing and functioning of the country as a whole.

The aspect of God that looks after spiritual teaching and spiritual growth in the Universe is known as the Guru. This is known as the unseen or unmanifest Guru or the Teaching Principle of God. The unmanifest Guru pervades the entire Universe and is with us at all times during our life and even after we die. The salient and highlighting feature is that the unmanifest Guru stands by us throughout our life and slowly lifts us from our worldly life into a spiritual way of life. The Guru guides us according to our spiritual level, i.e. our capacity to imbibe knowledge.

Out of the entire population of the world, few take up spiritual practice that is universal and beyond the confines of formal, organised religion. Among these, very few people through their spiritual practice (regardless of religion of birth) attain a spiritual level of over 70% (on a scale where 0% is the spiritual level of inanimate objects and 100% of God Realised Soul). The unmanifest Guru then works completely through some of these evolved individuals who are then known as the manifest Guru or the Guru in the human form. In other words, a person has to be at least of the 70% spiritual level, to qualify as a spiritual guide or a Guru. The Guru in human form acts as a beacon of spiritual knowledge for humanity and is in total alignment with the Universal Mind and Intellect of God

What is the importance of the Guru in the human form?

Each one of us seeks guidance from teachers, doctors, lawyers etc. in their respective fields. If a guide is needed even in these comparatively simple fields, then imagine the importance of the Guru, who releases one from the bondage of life and death and takes one closer to the Source, i.e. God Principle.

How do we recognize and acquire an evolved spiritual guide?

The Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF) recommends that one should not go searching for a Guru. In almost all cases, one will not have the spiritual maturity to be able to discern as to who to choose as a spiritual guide.

When one achieves a spiritual level of around 55%, a Guru in the human form comes into one’s life. (The mode spiritual level of present day people is 20%).

In summary

The following are the key takeaway points from this article.

• A Guru is a spiritual guide beyond the 70% spiritual level.

• Do not go searching for a Guru, as in all likelihood you will not be able to discern for sure if the person one is looking up to is a Guru.

• Instead do spiritual practice and ensure that it is aligned with the six basic laws of spiritual practice.

• One cannot reach Sainthood i.e. a spiritual level of 70% without the grace of the Guru.

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Elijah_NatureBoy's picture

Spiritual Teacher!

It has been my experiences that almost everyone is a spiritual teacher to anyone who is a conscious student of life. In my case, I was made a conscious student of life somewhere between 6 and 9-months-old. My mother left me asleep in a baby bed with the rails up, when I awaken I made a sound for someone to come and get me out but none came. I got louder and louder and finally began to cry at the top of my lungs. Still no one came. After what may have only been minutes but appeared as long time to me, I heard a voice say "you might as well be content, no one is coming to get you" and I sat down and played by myself. Finally my mother came and praised me for awakening without crying. From then on I became an observer, questioner and reasoner with all things.

Some examples of everyone being a guru are:

Around 10-years-old my mother helped me wash dishes one Sunday night. While working together she made the statement, "Elijah, a rolling stone gathers no moss". I inquired what did she mean and got only, "you'll see". She has never remembered saying any of that until the day she died, but she told me what lay in store for my life.

In the tenth grade of high school I did something my teacher saw. He asked me why had I done it and I replied, "I don't know, I just did it". He told me, "Elijah, for everything there is a cause and effect, I see the effect now you give me the cause". He was instructing me to look for the causes behind all effects, what my life have come to today.

In 1984, on the Saturday morning before Marvin Gaye died, a drunk boy came up to me and another on the Height Ashberry area of San Fransisco. He told us how Marvin had died that morning. We searched for a newspaper only to find him in error. But the next morning the very thing he had told us had happened before daybreak Sunday morning.

Neither of those people were over the 20% level of man in mass, if my determination is correct, and yet they all taught me something spiritual.

Elijah "NatureBoy"
If I have caused you to question your beliefs I have accomplished my mission. Now, reason the differences in our concepts and reason that until you have reasoned all pros and cons concerning your new revelation.

Elijah_NatureBoy | Mon, 07/07/2008 - 17:01
Ravi's picture

The reason for the unique individual spiritual experiences

Agreed, as long as we live, we learn, whole life is learning, our lives, its participants are the teachers in this collective spiritual journey of the Universe, as the great master Nisargadatta Maharaj said “We are the creators and creatures of each other, causing and bearing each other's burden”
Yes many of us have different spiritual experiences and are in a certain environment and situation with certain Individuals, to understand this phenomenon we have to understand the Give and Take Account Principle or the Law of Karma as we call it in the East. Here is a nice Tutorial that can help in understanding this principle

“Fate, Karma, destiny-call it what you may- there is a law of justice which somehow but not by chance determines our race, our physical structure and some of our mental and emotional traits. The important thing to realize is that while we may not escape our own basic pattern we can work in conformity with it. That is where free will comes in. we are free to choose and discriminate to the limits of our understanding, and as we rightly exercise our power of choice, our understanding grows. Then, once having chosen, a man has to accept the consequences of his choice and go on from there.” Does it not sound very similar to Newton’s third law of motion: “To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction” - Saint Paramhansha Yogananda. I am quoting from his famous book ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’.

The theory of Karma recognizes 3 kinds of Karma in our life. They are as follows:
a) “Sanchit Karma”- The good and bad Karma that we inherit from our past lives in this life.
b) “Praravdha Karma”- The net balance of good and bad Karma which we inherit from past lives in this life which we must experience in this life
c) “Kriyaman Karma”- The good and bad karma that we have earned from action in this life itself at any given point of time.
Out of these 3 Karmas, the (a) and (c) Karma types and their effects can be neutralized by present good and bad karmas in this life itself. But the net effect of Praravdha Karmas whether it is good or bad have to be experienced in this life itself. This theory of Karma does not accept that our life is totally predestined, our free will and the choices that we make at critical junctures in our life also play an equally important part. Hence it is not correct to say that whatever is supposed to happen is going to happen in our life and we are just hapless puppets dancing under the strings of our fate or destiny. A person can then shape his own destiny between his fixed destiny and probable destiny by exercising his free will.So what we experience is based on our "Give and Take account " principle or as per our Karmas.

I shall end this by again quoting the immortal words of Paramhansha Yogananda from his Autobiography of a Yogi, which clearly brings into perspective the role of and Karma in our life, “A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual Karma, his horoscope is a challenging portrait, revealing his unalterable past and its probable future results. But the natal chart can be rightly interpreted only by men of intuitive wisdom; these are few.”

Ravi | Fri, 07/11/2008 - 09:27