In this video, Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha ji, beautifully defines the Guru-Shishya relationship.
We normally worship an invisible and infinite God. We don’t know whether He hears us or whether He has anything to say to us. It is a unilateral approach. But it is different with the Guru. You interact with Him, you put forward your queries to him and you are slowly and surely guided towards the spiritual goal of Self Realization.
Swamiji stresses on the importance of the relationship with the Guru for a seeker of Truth. “The love and adoration you have for the teacher will only intensify the seeking,” says Swamiji.
Vivekachoodamani—Shloka 34, Shloka 35
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Narayanashrama Tapovanam, an Ashram located in Thrissur, Kerala, embodies the unique tradition of Guru-shishya Parampara, disseminating Brahmavidya (Science of Self-knowledge) through regular classes, satsangs, and above all, through learning in the association of a realized spiritual master.
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Those days, there were many rats staying in various pockets of the tiled roof. My room had a very low ceiling and I could even touch the roof tiles. At night, I would see big, big rats running around just near me.
I got back to my daily chores, but the scene remained in my mind – the old man’s wrinkled face, his gleaming eyes, the contentment he enjoyed, his refusal to accept more than ‘his minimum needs’! How many of us can take such a stand?
Bhakti is not so much in the worship with flowers, garlands, lamps or incense sticks. Neither it is in chanting His names and praises. It is verily in living and acting according to the wish of the Lord, pleasing Him, imbibing qualities and attitudes that He wants us to imbibe.