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Some people desire to become Guru (Preacher) when they fail in every business. They want to succeed in the spiritual business. Some other people have the itch to become the Guru to get the disciples around them. But, for preaching and to become a real Guru in this world there are three requirements.

1) You should discover a better truth in the scriptures.
2) Due to lack of knowledge of your discovery, people must be suffering already.
3) People should get benefit on knowing your discovery.

If these three points are satisfied preaching is meaningful and such a preacher is useful Guru (Satguru). If you can say, “here is a new method to get rid of the headache without a tablet,” you can be a Satguru and your discovery needs propagation. Such real preachers are Sankara, Ramanuja, Madhva, Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, Mahavir, Vivekananda, Saibaba etc.

The second type of Guru is useless Guru who preaches, “Headache disappears if you take the medicine”. Everyone knows this. He preaches whatever is already present in books. He is wasting his time and energy. He is only a teacher but not a preacher.

The third type of Guru is harmful Guru who preaches, “If you swallow the poison headache will disappear”. He harms the people. He does not know even the bookish knowledge. He spreads his ignorance.

God will punish a harmful Guru. God does not punish a useless Guru, but he is wasting his time and energy just to satisfy his itch to become the Guru. Instead of wasting his lifetime like this, let him join the service to propagate the knowledge of the Lord, who came in human form (Satguru). But, jealousy and egoism hinder him to do so. He wants to become Sankaracharya and get his fame. He does not want to become a disciple of Sankaracharya who is a human being like him. He did not discover any theory like Sankaracharya but he wants to get the fame of Sankaracharya. His egoism does not allow him to become the disciple of Sankaracharya. He is very jealous at the fame of Sankaracharya. He wears the dress of Sankaracharya, and shaves his head similarly. He teaches the same theory of Sankaracharya. Then he is only a disciple of Sankaracharya but not the original Sankaracharya.

No one is greater than Hanuman in any aspect like knowledge, devotion, power, etc.. Such Hanuman participated in the service of the Lord in human form. He did not start his own new work to uplift the world by killing some other demon and did not want to become a hero like Rama. The reason is, he does not have even a trace of jealousy and egoism. So he recognized the Lord in human form and became His servant to participate in His work. Rama became Vishnu. Hanuman became the future Brahma. Vishnu is Brahma as Veda says ‘Brahmacha Narayanah’. This means Hanuman got the same position of Rama. So if you participate in the service of the Satguru you will get the same position of Satguru.

So never be a harmful Guru. Don’t waste time and energy by becoming a useless Guru. Participate in the service of the useful Guru (Satguru) as a disciple and get the same position of that Satguru. Let every Guru and everyone who has the itch to become Guru think about my advice and do self-examination sitting alone with peaceful mind.


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So you do not find any difference in Guru and preacher .
Strange !!!!!!!!!!!!

madan_gautam | Mon, 09/28/2009 - 11:13
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Every spiritual preacher should keep Guru Datta as the guide.

Every spiritual preacher should keep Guru Datta as the guide.

Every spiritual preacher should keep Guru Datta as the guide. People should follow the preacher but should not be the reverse. In this Kali Yuga the system is reversed. The husband follows wife. The father follows the son. The teacher follows the students. The preacher follows the devotees. The aim of the teacher in the present colleges is to please his students so that his job will be safe with better salary. The teacher is evaluated with the extent of happiness of the students. The teacher is not bothered about inducing the knowledge in to students. You must evaluate a teacher by the performance of the students in the final examinations.

Similarly the spiritual preacher should be evaluated by the extent of devotion and sacrifice for the sake of God that is developed in the devotees which alone is going to give the divine fruit. The teacher should be congratulated even if one student passes in the class but that one student gets gold medal from the University. In the present system of spiritual preachers all the students are temporarily happy through out the academic year but all are failing in the final examinations. The preacher is giving mental and physical health so that one can enjoy the world with full vigor.

Gita condemns such life of enjoyment of worldly pleasures which are temporary and have to be left in the death. Even the heaven is temporary (Kamatmanah…., Kshene Punye ….Gita). Such people are atheists and were called as the followers of Purvamimamsa. All the Vedas and rituals are meant only for the temporary heavenly pleasures in this line. Shankara condemned this line by defeating Mandana. He diverted the same line towards the achievement of the grace of God. Similarly the present spiritual preachers should continue their work shops but should extend the same towards devotion to attain the grace of God. The stress relief in the present workshop is only a sedative tablet to sleep and forget the problems. But the devotion to God will solve the problems forever. The former is preliminary anesthesia (sedative) to be given in the beginning and the latter is the actual surgery done to remove the problem of illness permanently.

At Thy Lotus Feet His Holiness Sri Dattaswami

Anil Antony
Universal Spirituality for World Peace

dattaswami2 | Mon, 09/28/2009 - 16:41