Part 5: Who is the Spiritual Master – Recognizing whether the Guru is enlightened
Is the guru enlightened?
This is a crucial question: the reality is, the inner state of someone cannot really be recognised from judging their outside situation. To have the full realisation of God means you are totally free. The Guru is a Karma Yogi- one who acts in the world but is free from the consequences of those actions. He lives entirely for the welfare of humanity, for the welfare of His disciples. He is not bound by the mind and the body.
He is beyond dualities of good and bad, joy and sorrow. He has no desire and more importantly he has no ego. How can the limited mind really know that state? How can one bound by his ego and the world determine whether another person is really realised or not?
Krishna states in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 7, Verse 25:
“I do not reveal Myself to everybody, but I cover Myself with My yogomaya. This deluded world does not recognise Me as unborn and infallible.”
A true Master is the same.
We may judge him to be compassionate, or instead take him to be selfish, we may look at him as humble or extremely prideful, we may assess him as being full of philosophical knowledge or think all his ideas are useless, to us he may seem very pious and holy conforming to all scriptural
Whatever it is, the true realisation of the Master cannot be gauged by external analysis. Our judgements are simply that –judgements. They cannot pin down the reality of a true Master.
One cannot bring a check list of ideas and demand that the Guru neatly satisfy each one. Divinity does not become shackled by our expectations or the etiquette of society. So is there any way of determining a true Guru? The answer lies with the intensity of our seeking for Truth.
If in our hearts we are searching for principles and knowledge that will give us some purpose- then we will be attracted to a Guru who is intellectual and presents innovative ideas. If we are searching for emotional support, then we will be drawn to a Guru who is sympathetic and charismatic. If however, we have in our hearts the yearning to know the Truth above everything else, then we will be compelled to follow a Guru who can address this profound desire. The kind of Guru we follow will be representative of what we are seeking from life.
In other words the true legitimacy of a Master can only be determined by what we directly experience inside. What changes are happening within? Are we becoming more free from our limited nature? Are we entering new dimensions of life? These are the questions that determine if we have found the right personality.
If we find that we are not moving on our path, then either the Guru is not authentic, or the Guru is just not meant for us or indeed we ourselves have not been sincere in our discipleship. Either way something needs to change.
Meet the Master Online
Paramahamsa Vishwananda is giving the personal blessings online now, via His new online darshans. This event used to take place around the world in person but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is not possible. Therefore, Paramahamsa Vishwananda is entering the homes of 1000’s of people across the world by His online Darshans taking place via Zoom. Darshan means ‘divine sight’, the experience of seeing and being seen by the Divine. Receiving darshan from a fully realised Spiritual Master who lives in constant union with the Divine is rare, and a special treasure not to be missed. Despite the restrictions, Paramahamsa Vishwananda’s darshans are unique, in that He gives personal eye to eye blessings.
If you would like to attend on online darshan with Paramahamsa Vishwananda, either exclusively with only participants from the UK, Canada, USA and Ireland on 01 July 2020, 5:00pm.