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INCORRECT CONCEPTION--ECONOMIC TIMES 25.01.2014
Many seekers of Living Gurus crave for closeness with their Masters for transcendental attainments. The presumption that spiritual progression requires physical proximity has little relevance because spirituality cannot be “taught” but “caught” through meditative concentration as preached, rather than any external affiliation. Otherwise spirituality gets reduced to religious ritualism of visiting or living near holy places.
Mystics lead an inner life of Divinity, incorrigible to disciples in outer life. The so called nearness has inherent hazard of being misled by an aspirant’s own human perceptivity and relativity, thereby, doubting the Divinity of the Master, reducing Him to a common man, culminating into lack of faith in Him and straying from the noble path.
Mystics too allude to allegorical forewarnings—Is a teacher not pleased with the hard work for educational excellence of his students than having them around? The warmth of a fire can be captured from a distance but proceeding forward for physical proximity may inflate seekers ego, akin to entering into flames of self- destruction and blocking own progression. Another comment -- If attainment of “radiant light within/ or inner awakening is the goal, then searching with a lamp on one’s hand in daylight is self- induced delusion.
A Guru was asked-- that sometimes disciples approach Him with manipulative intentions, hiding facts and the truth. But He compassionately assists them. The Guru clarified that He responds the way facts are presented to Him, but any craftiness of the seeker will have its own karmic retribution. That individual shall surely meet his nemesis.
The operation of karmic law is in no way diminished because of personal proximity with any Master, neither any spiritual benefit accrues.