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A Special ‘Sacred’ Relationship

H H Maa Purnananda
Founder Chairperson
Sree Guru Swami Chinmayananda Sewa Nidhi ®

There are wonderful things in our world. “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”. Yet, man hardly gives time to the positive and praiseworthy things happening with him and around him. The reason for this is best known to those pessimists!

On the contrary, the Seers, with their divine vision, enlighten seekers on the brilliant path of Absolute Truth, to be trodden with spiritually charged thoughts, words and deeds; where there is no darkness, no sorrow and is beyond death.

The Upanishad says – “Asato Ma Sadgamaya; Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya; Mrityorma Amritam Gamaya.” - “May I be lead from untruth to Absolute Truth; from darkness to Light; from death to Immortality.”

These profound words of wisdom are more than positively encouraging for all those who are equipoised, cultured and selfless; they can greatly benefit by reading and imbibing from the sacred works of the seers who have realised the Essential Self, says Sadchidaanand Swaroop.

Sree Vyas Purnima, popularly known as Guru Purnima, is one such auspicious day, most valued by seekers, when they offer their whole-hearted gratitude to the revered Guru Parampara – the whole generation of seers and saints.

Bhagawan Sree Ved Vyas was one of the greatest Gurus in this tradition. He compiled the four Vedas, the epic Mahabharat, and authored the 18 Mahapuranas as well. All these put together make for the unmatched gracious wealth of spiritual learning.

For him, it is said – “Achaturvadano Brahma Dwibaahuraparo Harih Aphaalalochano Shambhuh Bhagawan Baadaraayanah.” – “Bhagawan Sree Ved Vyas, here addressed as Sree Baadaraayan, is revered as Lord Brahma, though without the apparent four heads, as Lord Vishnu though apparently having two hands and as Lord Shiva though without the apparent third eye on the forehead.”

The aforesaid fulfils the renowned stotra, “Gururbrahma Gururvishnuh Gururdevo Maheshwarah; Guru Sakshaat Parabrahma Tasmai Sree Gurave Namah.” meaning, “Prostrations to the revered Guru, who is Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva; who himself is the physical embodiment of the Supreme Brahman.”

Truly so, because, it is by the grace of the spiritual Guru that the seeker of the Supreme Self is able to hold on to that unseen, inexplicable, abstract reality, while living in the material world.

The Guru’s grace flows on to the seeker, who surrenders to him with faith; and soon, the Guru blesses the seeker with a higher vision, supported by a perception that can behold the beauty of Lord Brahma’s creation; the ability to sustain the beneficial alone, with the pure energy of Lord Vishnu, and the strength to destroy the undesirable with the unfailing power of Lord Shiva. At that, the blessed seeker exclaims – “Gururbrahma…Sree Gurave Namah.

Though we respect and regard all our teachers who have taught us right from our childhood the various kinds of knowledge; yet, the place of the spiritual Guru remains deepest in our hearts. The Guru not only gives value-based sermons, but also ‘lives’ those values himself. The Guru not only explains the intricacies of the secular and sacred, but also holds our hands to pull us out of crises.

The Guru not only guides us on the path as a father would, but also takes care on the way as a mother would. Prostrations at the holy feet of the Sadgurus on Sree Guru Purnima for this sacredly special relationship.