Gurus come from all cultures and from every religion.
Back in the 1970s and 1980s, I was spending time around people that were known as so-called, “gurus". Here are some of the things I learned:
1. A "guru" is a wise one, a pundit, a master.
2. A guru is one who dispels the darkness by bringing in the light.
3. Gurus come from all cultures and from every religion. They are poets, saints, painters, dancers, businessmen and women, housewives, and sometimes children.
4. Gurus don’t need to wear saffron robes.
5. Sometimes they’re hard to spot.
6. Gurus have authority and divine knowledge.
7. They stimulate, clarify and explain.
8. They teach, reveal, and illumine.
The inner guru is the most fundamental one. He or she is the primary guru — the first, the last, and the most ancient. This is the guru that is you.
In the end, you know you cannot depend upon anything or anyone outside of yourself. It only weakens your situation, your very nature. If you really think about it, you can only learn from your own experiences, your own mistakes. Surely you can have guides — a teacher who can lead the way. But you must also be your own guide, your own guru.
Sit down, be silent, and invite your feelings in. Know that the teacher is always inside you. By accepting your inner knowing, you will change. Slow down, go into it, and be in your heart, not in your mind. Your heart is your strength. It is the guru’s heart. If you dare to stay in the chaos of your feelings, thoughts, or pain, a deep feeling of peace will emerge.
Peace comes from accepting yourself — and this is also power. It is wisdom and self-knowledge. Dive deep inside your self and you will come out renewed.
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(Photo: Lois Greenfield)