May 25, 2021

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Thus spoke a devotee, on the occasion Guru Day

Reverent Guru ji

I bow my head on your holy lotus feet

As you know the life of Indians, these days, have gone much uncertain because of the deadly dance of the death caused by the second phase of COVID 19. Everyone is living in apprehension of impending annihilation of life, own or of near and dears. His fear of shortening of life or sudden evaporation of a living kin has compelled us to continue our journey on an endless path of unknown gloomy destiny. When the darkness deepens and shore becomes invisible your poor disciple is compelled to sore to take shelter in the kind and compassionate sky of the Guru’s wisdom which is his comfortable hose ensuring ease in life and soothingly protects him from all sorts of mishaps, mental and physical. Here lies the importance of the Guru in my own life.

Here lies the importance of the Guru in my own life.

Life is a dichotomy. It is not simple but complicated as it is made of opposites such as such as pleasure and pain, happiness and suffering, greed and generosity, passion and dispassion. When the complications in life become too much, the poor mind is unable to handle it, and it just crumbles down.

Secondly, life is full of opposite values, and they pull you in different directions. When the complications in life become too much, the poor mind is unable to handle it, and it just crumbles down. This is the time when one needs support and for that the Guru is available o extend his helping hand.. But it is very difficult to define a Guru in normal business of life. It is more difficult to find him. Let us see how we can define him. Etymologically Guru is the combination of opposites i.e. light and darkness. The term Guru is composed of two terms Gu+ Ru. Gu means darkness and Ru stands for destroyer of it. Taken together the term Guru stands for the person who takes one out from the condensed darkness of the life and leads to the light where the path becomes visible. He is believed to be someone who removes all darkness from or lives   In India we say Tam so ma jyotirgamaya, It means take me from darkness to light, from Ignorance to insight of knowledge. For crossing the mist of ignorance in the journey of unknown one needs a guide and guardian, by holding his finger one can continue ones movement in the right direction as Guru has already gone through the way comfortable. The Buddha has used word Sugat   for him; it means who has gone well. So he is the path finder. This is the reason we celebrate Guru Day every year to commemorate the goodness of the spiritual Guru. This is the day of feeling grateful for this source of wisdom that keeps us balanced amidst the troubles of existence and allows us to walk with confidence and with a vision. Here there is another riddle. Who is the Guru? The person or the knowledge, the man or the wisdom light as both are essential in human life. In fact, Guru is not only the body, Guru is not only the light, rather Guru is wisdom, and light both combined in human life. When one’s life and wisdom becomes inseparable, then we call him Guru.

When one’s life and wisdom becomes inseparable, then we call him Guru.

Importance of the Guru

In order to master any skill we require a teacher who is proficient in that skill. Since he has gained mastery over the subject, his experience and skill can help us to achieve victory over that subject. In the present world we find that everyone seeks guidance from teachers, doctors, lawyers etc. for simple aspects and problems of life. If this be so, it is really beyond our imagination to understand the importance of the Guru, the one who releases us from the cycle of birth and death. In order to master any skill we require a teacher who is proficient in that skill. Since he has gained mastery over the subject, his experience and skill can help us to achieve victory over that subject. The reason is simple, since a Guru has already walked on the path of spirituality, he knows the secret to reach at the shore of life through a proper path, and often he is a path finder too. He knows of the fare and folly of it, so often he provides his disciples the secret code to reach the destination i.e. the final goal of life or emancipation, and for that he bestows his grace upon his disciple through his eyes, words or touch continuously.

Importance of the Guru

Guru and Tantra Sutradaka

Let me explain the Guru’s importance in worldly way because it is the Guru alone who takes the devotee out of worldly activities which is the cause of our repeated birth and resultant sufferings of life. There are two types of persons, he one who wants to try out a path of his own without any external help. His success is uncertain. But the second type of person is he who walks on the path by following the steps of his Guru and he achieves his summum  bonum as Guru is the guarantee of his definite success. I would like to cite an example from my personal life.

Tantra Sutradaka

In the year 2014 I had been to London to participate in a Peace conference. I was staying in a hotel, about 80 Km. away from the conference place. Once the driver of my cab forgot he way, he plugged a GPS in the cab and we reached or destination smoothly without getting lost. In the same way for our holy but unknown journeys of emancipation the Guru’s compassion and guidance is needed for arriving at our spiritual destination. So our holy Guru is our GPS, he will never allow us to get lost. He will help us reach the destination safely and smoothly with his wise instructions to follow the path and it is guaranteed success. It can be said in a definitive way that one acquires the ability to face mild destiny with moderate spiritual practice, moderate destiny with intense spiritual practice and severe destiny only with the Guru’s grace, because he takes care of our mundane happiness as well as final liberation (both Sansaar and Nirvana).

So our holy Guru is our GPS, he will never allow us to get lost

I feel elevated in saying that our holy Guru helps us not only in the spiritual journey but also guides us in our household life. Often he gives us the power to decide what is good and what is bad for our life. He gives the power to decide what path to take which benefit our soul and he guides us which path o avoid. He helps us inculcate discipline in our lives, he also helps us gain self- control over our mind and direct our senses in right direction. He prevents us to fall into any troubles by helping us control our lives by providing wisdom.

Guru prevents us to fall into any troubles by helping us control our lives by providing wisdom.

My life has become magical now because of the presence of our Guru in my life. My way of viewing things have completely changed now and I have gained a lot of mastery over things, I never knew. My Guru has helped me know the importance of human birth as well as the role and nature of my soul. On the eve of the Guru Day I, from the core of my heart, express deep sense of gratitude to our Guru, the infinite source of wisdom who keeps us, balanced amidst the troubles of existence and allows us to walk with confidence and with a vision.

My Guru has helped me know the importance of human birth as well as the role and nature of my soul.

Om Mani Padme Hum

I bow before the lotus fee of our benevolent Guru

May all the sentient beings attain the Buddha nature

May this pandemic, COVID19 evaporate from this planate earth

Long live our Guru.

Tantra Sura Daaka

Avinahs Kumar Srivastava

  1. Tantraupatissa says:

    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article. Also many thanks to our dharma brother Tantra Sutradaka for explaining us the importance of having Guru in our lives.
    Without Guru our lives would be empty and very uncertain. We are lucky to find Guru in our lives. Most of the people are surrounded by storm of samsara with no one to guide them or show them the path of light. Hope all beings find their Guru’s and walk in a proper guided path leading them to liberation.

    May Guru live long to uphold Dharma.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    May pandemic of Covid 19 come to an end.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  2. paul yawney says:

    Dear holy Guru thank you for this article by Tantra Sutradaka. It helps tp reinforce my own appreciation Of Guru`s teachings and his presence in my thoughts. when I feel troubled or mixed up I go back to the lessons and what I have already learned. It makes me tranquil It has helped much during these times I stay in the moment calm and at Peace. Thank you I know I have much more to learn. OM MANI PADME HUM.
    Tantra Himataru

  3. Tantra Yashami says:

    Respected Guruji Namaskar
    I bow my head on the lotus feet of Guruji.
    Today i have known the importance of Guru Day.
    It is our respected Guruji who holds our hand in the darkness and bring us to Light.The Guruji is our Guide.He tells us the path to enlightenment.It is our respected Guruji who pulls us out from this ocean of evils.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  4. Tantra Tanshami says:

    I love this so much. Thank you

  5. tantra mahavita says:

    Dear Holy Guru : I bow my head to the head to the Lotus Feet of our respected Guru . Deep appreciation and gratitude this teachings…Our respected Guru takes our hand leads us from darkness to light …Inmensurable Gratitude … There is much to learn …May the Guru live long to defend the Dharma . May all beings free themselves from sufferings and become enlightened …May the pandemic end soon …OM MANI PADME HUM

  6. Admin
    Nguyên Thành says:

    Dear Tantra Sutradaka,
    I was deeply touched reading your sharing. Even though India has been suffering tremendously from the pandemic, I am so proud that you have represented a great example of a true Buddhist, who has strong faith in the Three Jewels which cannot be swayed by the eight winds in any circumstance. Like you said, in times of darkness a disciple need Guru’s instruction even more. I strongly believe that you have managed to follow the light very well, and it will help you to overcome any challenges and difficulties in your life. I am impressed by the profound association between Guru’s guidance and the image of GPS in the cab. As the Buddha once taught us “be your own guiding light by following the right view”, what I have been doing is to provide my students and disciples the sources of light from the Buddha’s teachings, and make it easier for them to learn, to practice with flexible methods. I will always do my best as GPS to lead you and all my disciples to the destination safely and smoothly.
    Thank you very much for sharing your sincere thoughts, which definitely motivated me of what I have been doing for most of my life. May all you and your family have good health, and all your legitimate wishes come true with the blessing of Avalokiteshvara through Guru’s delivery. May India overcome the current pandemic soon with the help from all over the world.
    Om mani padme hum.

  7. Tantra Mashita says:

    Dear holy guru,

    Thank you so much for sharing this article with us, I really admired it and I enjoyed reading it as such a peaceful article, my mind was totally at ease while I was reading it

    Dear honorable guru,

    I totally agree with the disciple who wrote this article, now the situation in India is hard and the cases increase rapidly, also the number of deaths is high and that’s really sad, unfortunately we don’t own / have anything in our hands but the prayers, also I totally agree with him that we’re lucky because we have a guru like you and we’re your disciples, you’re our gift, and the one who takes and move us from darkness, ignorance, and sadness to the light, wisdom and joy,

    Dear compassionate guru,

    In fact the feelings of the disciple who wrote these words didn’t surprised me at all because I have the same feelings towards you and maybe more much more than this, and I’m happy because the other disciples have and share the same feelings which I have, no words can describe you dear honorable guru, all the alphabets of all the languages worldwide are helpless to describe, thank you so much for being a part of our life, and thank you so much for your endless noble efforts.

    I bow my head down for you
    I devote myself to you
    I express my gratitude to you

    May you have a good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings
    May all the sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature
    May the pandemic caused by corona virus soon end
    Om Mani padame hum

  8. Cao Diệu Mật Từ says:

    Dear Guru,
    I am delighted to read the letter from India by Dharma brother Tantra Sutradaka. I am impressed by the association between the role of Guru in the disciples’ lives with the function of GPS. Even in times of confusion in an absolutely new place, one can still reach the final destination with GPS help. Likewise, by receiving the “GPS” signal from Guru through his teachings, all inherited from the Buddha’s teachings, we are always confident and determined on our path. Therefore, though we may encounter bumps and detours, we are not hindered by fear and confusion. Dharma brother Tantra Sutradaka is a great example of that, though he has been living in the peak time of difficulty in India, which is currently called “pandemic hell”, he has still maintained a positive outlook and stay calm thanks to following Guru’s teachings. So that he could write a sincere and profound sharing about Guru devotion in the right track of Dharma. I really admire his humbleness and the pure devotion to Guru. Though he has high social and educational status as Prof. Dr in Buddhism, he has achieved a lot in the field and gained a lot of experience throughout his life; he has always shown a humble attitude, a sincere and pure devotion to Guru. There is a saying that said, “Guru’s qualifications can be seen through his disciples”. Looking at Dharma brother Tantra Sutradaka, Tantra DharmaBodhisita, and many other disciples worldwide of all ages who pay the highest respect to Guru with sincere sharing, we have the most vivid answer about Guru. On the contrary, an opposite example can be seen in A di da temple in Australia where the abbot has become invisible in his disciples’ eyes, and they could do anything they wanted without asking or being taught. They could even freely use offensive language on their website without any care. That is totally speechless.
    I am so grateful that we are taught and approached the quintessence of Dharma after nearly 30 years of doing research and practicing Dharma from Guru. I happily praised Guru’s virtue, wisdom, and bodhicitta. I sincerely pray for Guru’s health and longevity for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of the Buddha’s nature.
    May Covid19 pandemic end soon.
    Om mani padme hum.

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