5. Guru Purnima : 6.

Do you realise now the sacred significance and the supreme importance of the Guru’s role in the evolution of man?

It was not without reason that the India of the past carefully tended and kept alive the lamp of Guru-Tattva.

It is therefore not without reason that India, year after year, age after age, commemorates anew this ancient concept of the Guru, adores it and pays homage to it again and again, and thereby re-affirms its belief and allegiance to it.

For, the true Indian knows that the Guru is the only guarantee for the individual to transcend the bondage of sorrow and death, and experience the Consciousness of the Reality.

Give up the delusive notion that to submit to the preceptor, to obey him and to carry out his instructions, is slavish mentality.

Only the ignorant man thinks that it is beneath his dignity and against his freedom to submit to another man’s command.

This is a grave blunder.

If you reflect carefully, you will see that your individual freedom is in reality an absolute abject slavery to your own ego and vanity.

It is the vagary of the sensual mind.

He who attains victory over the mind and the ego is the truly free man.

He is the hero.

It is to attain this victory that a man submits to the higher, spiritualised personality of the Guru.

By this submission he vanquishes his lower ego and realises the bliss and freedom of the infinite Consciousness.

Swami Sivananda
 To be continued  ....

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