What Is a Guru?

by | May 26, 2010 | Food for Thought | 2 comments


From Darkness to Light


Since the 1960’s and 1970’s, when spiritual masters from India began coming to the US in greater numbers and Americans began seeking spiritual enlightenment in greater numbers, the term “guru” has often been misunderstood.  So here are my thoughts about it.

“Guru” is a Sanscrit word.  Each syllable has specific meaning.  And in Sanscrit, each syllable vibrates at the same frequency as the meaning.

GU = darkness

RU = light

GURU = one who takes you from darkness to Light

Throughout history, there have been “true” gurus and “false” gurus.”

TRUE GURU = one who shows you that YOU ARE the LIGHT.

Once you know in every cell of your being and in every aspect of your Consciousness that Divine Light lives within you as YOU, you NO LONGER need an external GURU.

Therefore, anyone who says, “follow me” may be leading you astray.  

Anyone who creates dependence on them is DEFINITELY leading you astray.

Anyone who says, “go within” is sending you on the journey to find your true essence.

The choice, of course, is yours.


p.s.  A great teacher I know shared this message from his teacher.

“This is a fact my guru taught me.  He said one day in the courtyard of my temple,

My dream, Hari Das, is all my students will go beyond me and my teachings. I have no fear of this. I empower you go forth and be. This is my instruction. A good teacher empowers people to go beyond. Please do. Makes me happy. Love, Baba”

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  1. Nell

    Dear Nedda,

    Thank you for this timely and welcome message. It answers questions that surfaced recently in terms of mentoring someone, who is also going to many people around her for advice. I clearly see that this dear one is really looking for internal guidance, and even though I had moments where I would have liked to tell her to just stick with me and avoid confusion, I am so happy a listened to my inner voice telling me to be patient, leave it alone and let her find out for herself. So much more valuable. Also a misplaced fear of becoming “competition” to my “Guru” has now lifted.

    With much Love and appreciation,
    Nell ;-D

  2. M

    My understanding of ‘GURU’ is ……
    Gee= G
    You= U
    Are= R
    You= U
    One who brings/leads/encourages you to see and express that which is your own truth


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