Importance of True Guru

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Spoken on the disappearance day of
Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj
26 July 2014, Nabadwip


We can easily understand who will be the Guru. In this age of Kali there are so many gurus—kaulik guru, laulik guru, paramarthik guru, karmi guru, jnani guru, yogi guru, etc. But who can actually rescue you from the death (mrtyu rupa samsar)? Who can overcome it? In this age of Kali there are so many vitta harankari gurusvitta means gurus who think about the disciple's money, gurus who give initiation out of affection and some kind of material desire. Both such guru and disciple go to hell.

Who in this world thinks that Guru is non-different from Krishna, that Krishna Himself came as a Guru? Nityananda Prabhu (Nityananda-tattva) is non-different from Guru-tattva,

সংসারের পার হই’ ভক্তির সাগরে ।
যে ডুবিবে, সে ভজুক নিতাইচাঁদেরে ॥

samsare para hai' bhaktira sagare
ye dubibe, se bhajuka nitaichandere

May those who desire to cross over samsara and dive in the ocean of devotion serve Sri Nitaichand.

(Sri Chaitanya-bhagavat, Adi-khanda, 1.77)

Those who want to cross this material world of birth and death, will accept the asraya vigraha, Gurudev. The visaya vigraha is the Lord. So, here Nityananda is asraya vigraha and Mahaprabhu is visaya vigraha. Without asraya vigraha, without the shelter of the Guru you cannot take shelter of the Lord.

Srila Sridhar Maharaj wrote one thing in his book Sri Guru and His Grace (if you read this book, you will see it there). Suppose a lotus is blooming in a pond. The sun is giving too much heat, but the lotus only becomes bright—the heat of the sun cannot destroy it. But once you take that lotus out of the soil and water, the lotus will become dry. So, Srila Sridhar Maharaj says that here the soil and water means Guru, the lotus is the disciple, and the sun is Krishna—as long as we have the shelter of Gurudev, Krishna cannot destroy us, but if you remove that shelter, that mercy, then you will be immediately destroyed. That is why Guru-tattva, Guru-mahatmya is very important.

In Kali-yuga, gurus always think about the disciples' money, it is rare to get a guru who thinks about the disciple's santap, tri-tap-jvala, about so much austerity that the disciple is suffering from (adhibhautik, adhidaivik, adhyatmik, আধিভৌতিক, আধিদৈবিক, আধ্যাত্মিক: miseries caused by one's body, by the nature, and other souls). A santap-harankari guru (a guru who can remove suffering) is rare in this age of Kali.

We must understand the importance of the Guru.


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