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Jul092013

Concept of the Guru and the Phases of Time  

From the beginning of human existence the cycles of celestial bodies have always played a large role.  Early man was necessarily attuned to the seasons as well as to the changes of day and night with its recurring phases of light and dark.  Over time the cycles of sun and moon were used to determine time, eventually creating calendars that calculated the cycles of sun or moon thereby providing a concept of time.  In some cultures the calendar was based on the moon phases, later others focused on the cycles of the sun.

The Indian calendar for instance is calculated by the moon phases – 28 days of one cycle are divided into 2 parts – 14 days are called ‘paksh’ one waxing and one waning phase of the moon.

The full moon has a very prominent place in India; each full moon has some spiritual significance and is always considered a positive force, unlike the traditional meaning in the Western world where werewolves and Dracula legends have given the full moon a highly negative connotation of prevailing dark forces.

The full moon of July/August is Guru Purnima. This is the day dedicated to the Guru, the teacher, and preceptor. The term guru literally means “dispeller or remover of darkness”, the one who brings light into your life, removing confusion and ignorance and bringing clarity and knowledge.  You need to learn to recognize the Sat Guru.  However one should avoid negative influences that cause conflict.

The concept of the Guru in India goes back to the beginning of time, to the time of creation.* It is a unique concept, given to the world by India. The relationship between guru and disciple is strictly spiritual and divine, not worldly, not material, quite unlike the relationship to your family and friends.

There are few things in this world which are as distinctive in the human civilization; these are aspects that should be preserved, kept closely guarded and maintained. That is the model of guru. Humans can have a collective guru as well as an individual Guru, preceptor, guide, or teacher. It is a beautiful tradition and it is said that without a Guru  you are like a tree without fruit, a river without water, a field without crops and a garden without flowers - in other words: barren.  That is the purpose and the importance of having a Guru in your life. You are in this body to learn and grow! Your mother is considered your first guru; when you have evolved enough to be ready for the final guru: the Sat Guru, he guides you across the vast ocean of eternity; He is the One to take you to your ultimate destination.  Yet before you are ready for this step, you must go through various “gurus’” training.

Anyone can have an ordinary Guru but to find the Sat Guru is very difficult indeed.  The Sat Guru will only appear when you are qualified and ready for the final steps.  Otherwise you will neither recognize, nor value or benefit from him.  Of course you can also “graduate” from the school of an ordinary guru and join the “University” of the Sat Guru.  There is an Indian proverb: that says: “Drink water only after filtering out any impurities”....  

you can read further on the website: http://innerwisdom-outerpeace.com

 

 

 

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