Guru and Gurukula

Gurur Brahmaa Gurur Vishnu

Gurur Devo Maheshvarah

My dearest and nearest relative in life are my Guru (Master); next, my mother; then my father. My first reverence is to the Guru (Master). If my father says, ‘Do this’, and my Guru (Master) says, ‘Do not do that’, I will not do it. The Guru (Master) liberates my soul. The father and mother give me this body (deha), but the Guru (Master) gives me rebirth in the soul. – Swami Vivekananda.

Gurukula means the dwelling place of the teacher. Guru means master, and kula means family. So Gurukula means more than just a school. The place where the student comes to be a part of the family of the Guru for some period. They learn the culture and etiquette of the Vedas, as well as the knowledge.

In the Vedic educational system, the focus is always on progressive life, ultimately leading to service and surrender to the Supreme Lord. There will be many Gurus in one’s life, beginning from the mother, then father, then teachers, and finally the spiritual master.

“Gurur Brahmaa Gurur Vishnu Gurur Devo Maheshvarah
Gurur Saakshaat Prarabrahma Tasmai Sree Gurave Namah.”

Guru is the creator Brahma, Guru is the preserver Vishnu, Guru is the destroyer, Shiva. Guru is directly the supreme spirit — I offer my salutations to this Guru – Adi Shankara.

So the system of Gurukula would be profound and significant in the life of an individual. For this reason, there must be a seamless transition between family and school and back again.

If the student feels that the teacher, and the parent, are both to be respected and honoured. If the student feels that the teacher and the parent are, ‘on the same page’, about their education; and they are easily able to understand the importance of accepting a master, and making tangible progress on the path.

GU means Darkness and RU means Light. So Guru is one who can lead us from Ignorance to Knowledge, darkness to enlightened, despair to happiness. According to our ancient scriptures, all problems, worries, etc. in one’s life occur due to lack of knowledge and ignorance.

As it is not an easy task to understand higher values, Almighty takes different forms to incarnate in the form of Masters so that we can relate to them in many ways and understand the true meaning of life and creation.

If we see around, we can observe that there is an infinite power running behind this creation. The whole creation in itself a miracle, to name a few Infinite power of sun and moon (unlimited supply of energy), discipline in nature, cyclic seasons, abundance of oxygen, countless number of plants and animals, the five elements, the interdependency of all livings beings, and the whole mechanism of the human body. No wonder why we claim the human body is a mini-universe (Microcosm).

Inner transformation leads to outer transform.

Change always starts from us, As Lord Dattatreya said – one has something to learn from every creature and everyone on this planet. Each and Everyone has something to contribute to others by way of knowledge, wisdom and personal experience. A wise person learns from other mistakes. Most persons learn from their own mistake except for a minority.

Guru teachings and messages are more critical than Guru physical body as they say – Message is more, important than Messenger.

In the physical world, all products come with a user guide, so that we can use it in the right manner and make the most out of it. Similarly, their teachings and messages can act as a user manual to make, the most of this human life, by realizing the hidden potential, which lies in all of us and also understanding the inner-light within ourselves.

As you walk with the Guru, you walk in the light of existence, away from the darkness of ignorance. You leave behind all the problems of your life and move towards the peak experiences of life.

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