It was an honor to be interviewed on the SMYLE Podcast on the topic of “Walking The Spiritual Path” with Sadhvi Kadambari Maa, live from Hariwar India.
“Without the perfect Guru, the aspirant cannot attain perfection.” ~ Kabir
“Learn the Truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him (her) with reverence and render service unto him (her). Such an enlightened Saint can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the Truth.“ ~ The Bhagavad Gita 4.34
In this current age of modernity, consumer driven spiritual exploitation and mass deceptions, it is difficult to find a legitimate spiritual pathway and a honest, authentic guru. A plethora of illegitimate, half baked modern schools of spirituality lead seekers unknowingly deeper into confusion. The Katha Upanishad (2.5) artfully describes this unfruitful spiritual labyrinth; “Ignorant of their ignorance, yet wise in their own esteem, those deluded men proud of their vain learning go round and round like the blind leading the blind. ” The Katha Upanishad goes on to describe how very few people understand the process of Self-realization. Even fewer dedicate their lives to this pursuit and still fewer are blessed to encounter a truly enlightened guru to teach an authentic ancient lineage. A true guru is a Self realized spiritual Master who can impart spiritual knowledge. A real guru teaches seekers how to raise one’s consciousness beyond material physical boundaries. Such a guru teaches how to attain real peace of mind, true Self knowledge, liberation from karmas and a deep devoted yoking with God.
“According to the Indian Shastra, the word Guru is taken from two Sanskrit words GU, and RU (which means ignorance and darkness in a person). So taken together it means someone who removes that darkness from the person. Guru is Power, Guru is Truth, Guru is Knowledge. ” ~ Sri Guru Adishakti Maa
“The Guru is the gateway to the transcendental Truth-Consciousness. But it is the aspirant who has to enter through it. The Guru is a help, but the actual task of practical Sadhana (spiritual practice) fall on the aspirant.” ~ Swami Sivananda
“The jewel of Naam I have found: My Master gave me this precious wealth and by his grace, I accepted this gift. My original treasure I have thus regained, letting go of useless material things. This treasure can neither be stolen nor squandered, and it keeps increasing from day to day. On the boat of Truth, the true Master is at the helm. With ease I am ferried across the ocean of the world. In joy and happiness, I sing the glory of my Lord.” ~ Mirabai