External Guru manifests, when one gets lost in spiritual progress.
D. How is the Guru found?
M. God, who is immanent, in His grace takes pity on the loving devotee
and manifests Himself according to the devotee’s development. The
devotee thinks that He is a man and expects a relationship as between
two physical bodies. But the Guru, who is God or the Self incarnate,
works from within, helps the man to see the error of his ways and
guides him in the right path until he realizes the Self within.
D. What is guru’s grace? How does it lead to Self-realization?
M. Guru is the Self…. Sometimes in his life a man becomes dissatisfied
with it, and, not content with what he has, he seeks the satisfaction
of his desires, through prayer to God etc. His mind is gradually
purified until he longs to know God, more to obtain His grace than to
satisfy his worldly desires. Then, God’s grace begins to manifest. God
takes the form of a guru and appears to the devotee, teaches him the
Truth and, moreover, purifies his mind by association. The devotee’s
mind gains strength and is then able to turn inward. By meditation it
is further purified and it remains still without the least ripple.
That calm expanse is the Self.
The Guru is both ‘external’ and ‘internal’. From the ‘exterior’ he
gives a push to the mind to turn inward; from the ‘interior’ He pulls
the mind towards the Self and helps in the quieting of the mind. That
is guru’s grace. There is no difference between God, Guru and the
You think that the world can be conquered by your own efforts. When
you are frustrated externally and are driven inwards, you feel ‘Oh!
There is a Power higher than man!’
The ego is like a very powerful elephant which cannot be brought under
control by any less powerful than a lion, which, in this instance, is
no other than the Guru, Whose very look makes the elephant-like ego
tremble and die.
One does not become truth after finding a Guru, he was already Sat Chida Ananda Brahman, but only clouded by ego.
राहुग्रस्तदिवाकरेन्दुसदृशो मायासमाच्छादनात् सन्मात्रः करणोपसंहरणतो
योऽभूत्सुषुप्तः पुमान् ।
विश्वं पश्यति कार्यकारणतया स्वस्वामिसम्बन्धतः शिष्याचार्यतया तथैव
पितृपुत्राद्यात्मना भेदतः ।
6.1: Just Like the Sun and the Moon are Eclipsed by Rahu, the Pure Consciousness is Eclipsed by Maya (for a spiritually ignorant person),
6.2: A Spiritually Elevated Soul can enter that state of Unborn Deep Sleep (i.e. Pure Consciousness) by Withdrawing His Sense Organs to
such an extent that Only the Real Essence remains,
8.1: The Differentiations that we See in the World as Cause and Effect, as Possessor-Possession Relations,
8.2: as the Disciple-Teacher, and Also as Father-Son Relations etc, are all Differentiations within the One Atman,
You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can
make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.
The goal of mankind is knowledge. . . . Now this knowledge is inherent
in man. No knowledge comes from outside: it is all inside. What we say
a man "knows," should, in strict psychological language, be what he
"discovers" or "unveils"; what man "learns" is really what he
discovers by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of