A tale of four Gurus
Guru’s often beseech their disciples to have immense patience on the path of self realization. Faith in Guru and patience in practice eventually lead the to glorious dawn which every seeker strives towards.
It is ironical, however, that the same disciples test the patience of their masters in intended and unintended ways!
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The great saint Rajjab rung eloquent when he saw his disciple, who once resolved to be a celibate his entire life, sitting on a mare and about to proceed to meet her bride to be. The saint, quite exasperated, almost rushed to his disciple’s place and addressed him thus!
रज्जब तूने किया गज्जब बांधा सिर पर मोर|
आया था हरि भजन को किया नरक में ठौर||
It is said that the disciple immediately realised his destiny at these words of his master, flung himself down from the horse and fell on the lotus feet of his master, to remain in his communion forever. But the saint had already had a dramatic day!
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Think of the immense consternation which Kabir would have faced when he left his mortal body. Kabir preached the unity of religions his entire life, only to find the Hindu and Muslim disciples squabbling over whether to bury or cremate his body! Legends say when the body was uncovered, there were just a few flowers, which needed neither burial nor cremation.
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Sri Yukteshwar, the Guru of Yogananda Paramhansa would often tell him – “…you will be much kinder to your disciples… A teacher could not spread India’s message in the West without an ample fund of accommodative patience and forbearance”. Yogananda had his patience tested by his disciples in the West, when he slowly and patiently tried to bring his disciples, steeped in materialism, on the path of spirituality. He recalls, “I refuse to state the amount of truth I later came to find in Master’s words!”
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The last tale is the untold story of my Gurus, Ma Shakti Devpriya and Acharya Agyaatdarshan! In this age, deeply steeped in materialism, they patiently guide their disciples from ruin to glory. I have seen AD’s words becoming more strident for his disciples. From “do whatever little you can” to his latest exhortation of “Udyamo Bhairavah – put forth all your enterprise to become Shiva” during his interpretation of Shiv Sutras, the paradigm he shifted for his disciples! Patiently waiting for their disciples to understand the wisdom in their words, they have stood by their disciples through the ordeals with the material and the spirit.
While I can only surmise how I might have tested their patience over the years, I bow to them in reverence and beseech them to be more direct, open and critical towards this wavering disciple of theirs!