Who is a guru? Does anybody declare, ‘I am a guru’? If they do, it is their ego which is declaring it. There is no such thing as guru. There is only one thing – proper living.
As disciples we try to live properly. That has to be the effort. As followers and aspirants, we have to try to live properly. That has to be the effort, with right understanding, with right awareness and with the right hero. Everybody has a hero.
In society those heroes are multimillionaires, film actors and actresses, or other achievers in life. Everybody has a hero and everybody tries to emulate some quality of the hero in their behaviour, action or lifestyle. When I look at my life and at Sri Swamiji’s life, who was our hero? Our hero was our Guru.
The hero in Sri Swamiji’s life was his Guru, and he became one. The hero in my life is my Guru and I am making the effort to become one. It is as simple as that. That effort, idea and identity of a disciple, ‘I am an aspirant, I am a traveller, I am making the journey, following the mandates and the guidelines as given by the tradition of the masters’ – is simplicity and staying away from ego.
Without the basic inkling of what spiritual life is, people use the term ‘guru’. In reality guru means the person who is established in the transcendental nature of Satyam, Shivam and Sundaram.
This is the energy the guru radiates. However, even in that state the guru is always a disciple connected with the inspiration, the master and the aradhaya.
This is one quality I have seen in my guru’s life.
Sannyasa Peeth, 4 January 2020
From the book “A 2020 Vision & Guru Bhakti Yoga”, pg. 13-14, Sw. Niranjanananda Saraswati