Do I Need a Guru?

Intially i did not believe in Guru, then i read somewhere that there are infinite paths to Self-realization. Anything is possible. However, there are slower and faster paths. Most of us need help.

Consider how hard it is to change one little habit, changing your favorite morning beverage.

Now consider this. Why are you doing spiritual practice? Maybe you have some conceptual ideas such as “freedom” or “peace.”

A man was walking on the beach when he came upon an old fashioned lamp. As the lamp was dusty, the man rubbed it with a cloth. Suddenly a genie appeared and said, “Master, I am your servant. What do you wish me to do?” The man was feeling hungry, so he said, “Bring me food.” In a flash there appeared many delicacies laid out on a banquet table.

The man was just about to eat when the genie said, “Master! What should I do now?” The man said, “Build me a mansion on the seashore.” No sooner had he spoken these words that he saw the most beautiful mansion he had ever laid eyes upon. The genie asked, “Master! Tell me what to do.” The man said, “Wait! Let me take a good look at my mansion and eat some of this delicious food.” The genie said, “No Master! You must keep me busy all the time; otherwise I will eat you up.”

When the man heard these words, he took to his heels and ran as fast as he could. He went to the outskirts of the town where a wise man lived. He quickly told the wise man about his predicament and asked for advice. The wise man whispered in the man’s ears.

The genie had been chasing the man all the while, and asked, “Master! Tell me what to do.” The man said, “Plant a bamboo pole in the backyard of my mansion, and keep going up and down the pole until I tell you what to do.” The genie said, “Yes, Master!” The man heaved a sigh of relief.

Our mind is exactly like the genie. It needs something to do every moment. We must keep it occupied with useful and productive thoughts. Otherwise, it will present great perils and prove to be very dangerous.

Finally, cultivate your longing for a teacher. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed about this longing. It is the great river that will lead you to realization. Pray and ask from your heart to meet a teacher. Sit with great teachers when you have the opportunity. Don’t give up until life brings you a teacher who is right for you. And when that person becomes known to you, go running.

As initially i have mentioned i was not beiliving in a Guru or a teacher but Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj (addressed as Shri Maharaj Ji) At the young age of 34, He was awarded the title of Jagadguru by Kashi Vidvat Parishat, the distinguished and exclusive organization of 500 Vedic scholars, in the holy city of Benaras, on 14th January 1957. The title of Jagadguru has been granted only four times before. The first Jagadguru is Adi Shankaracharya; the second one is Jagadguru Ramanujacharya, followed in history by Jagadguru Nimbarkacharya and Jagadguru Madhvacharya. The title of Jagadguru (Guru of the world) is awarded only to a divine personality who possesses complete theoretical knowledge of all scriptures as well as a practical experience of God, and who brings about a spiritual revolution in the world.

Read more about Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj at


Posted on January 18, 2012, in Attachment, Desire, Destraction, Detachment, Discourse, God, Guru, Happiness, Teacher and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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