Guru - Shishya

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Sai Satcharitra decribes Guru Shishya relation as follows in various chapters:

Chapter II
There are many ways leading to the real Paramatma, but the guide (Guru) will take you straight to your destination, avoiding all pitfalls, which is the result of the teachings of the Guru. (Page 10)

Chapter XVIII & XIX
Do not try to get mantras or upadesh from anybody. Make Me the sole object of your thoughts and actions (i.e., the Guru) and you will no doubt attain Paramatma. Look at Me whole-heartedly and I in turn will look at you. Sitting in this Masjid, I speak the truth. No sadhana or proficiency in the six shastras is necessary. Have faith and confidence in your Guru (Sai Baba). Blessed is he, who knows the greatness of his Guru and thinks Him to be Hari, Hara and Brahma (Trimurti). (Page 98)

Chapter XXXIX & XL
It is not enough to merely prostrate before the Gnyani’s.
We must make “Sarvasva Sharanagati” (complete surrender) to the Sadguru. Questions must be made to the Guru not with a view to trap the Guru and catch mistakes in his answer. Questions must be earnest with a view to achieve spiritual progress or liberation. When doing seva to the Guru, one must feel that he is not the master of the body and that the body is the Guru’s and exists merely to render service to Him. If this is done, the Sadguru will show you “Gynan Upadesh” (imparting of realistion). (Page 208)

Chapter XXXIX & L
The Sadguru is Nirgun, Sat-Chit-Anand. He has taken the human form to elevate mankind. But his Nirgun nature is not destroyed thereby, even a bit. His existence, divine power and wisdom remain undiminished. (Page 209)

The shishya also is in fact the same swarupa as the Guru. But it is overlaid by the effects of his samskaras of ignorance, which veils his view that he is "Shuddha Chaitanya". He therefore gets the impression: "I am Jiva, a creature meek and poor". The Guru has to root out these offshoots of ignorance and give upadesh or instructions. To the shishya held spell-bound for endless generations by the ideas of his being a Jiva, the Guru imparts the teaching "You are God, you are mighty and opulent". Then he realizes he is God really. (Page 209)

Source: Sai Satcharitra by Hemad Pant