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Ganesha Chaturthi
Guru dhyanam : With folded hand chant :
   Guru brahma guru vishnu gurudevo maheshwaraha.
   Guru saakshaat param brahma
Om gurubhyo namaha
Religion
* http://www.skandagurunatha.org/
People-2018-07-31
People / [Guru]
* [Guruji] Sri Muralidhara Swamigal
* [Gurudeva] Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
Senthilkumar Gurumurthy
[People] > Senthilkumar Gurumurthy
Osho
[Guru] > Osho Talks
Swami Sivananda
[A Day In The Life Of Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj|http://www.thedivinelifesociety.org/download/reminiscences.htm]
Hindu Temples in Germany
* Hamm - Sri Sithivinayagar Tempel Hamm e.V., Ferdinand Poggel Str. 25, 59065(/7 ?) Hamm. Phone: 02381-162686 - Open 9am-8pm - Archanai : 10-12am, 6-8pm - Poojai: 10am, 6pm - Uthsavam: 13 June 2002 - On June 10-12, 1994, sixteen Sri Lankan Sivacharyas performed the elaborate kumbhabishekam rituals to install Lord Ganesha in the recently completed Siddhi Vinayaga temple in Hamm, Germany. Devotees attending reported a powerful presence of Ganesha, saying that it was as if they were at the Kumbalavalai temple in Jaffna, A gift from Kauai Aadheenam was a three-foot tall, 1,100-pound Siddhi Vinayaga murthi-so far the largest Ganesha murthi in Europe-exquisitly carved in Mahabalipuram, South India. It arrived in Hamburg Harbor on March 1st and was ceremoniously paraded to Hamm. In appreciation, the devotees brought their Satguru, Subramuniyaswami, from Hawaii to attend the temple consecration as the guest of honor. - The temple is within an old metal-working warehouse of 2,500 sq. feet. It was designed as a small replica of the famed Nallur temple, near Jaffna. Also housed in the temple are shrines to Lord Muruga, Durga, Siva-Parvati, Bhairava and the navagraha. This temple is the newest of ten Hindu temples in Germany.
Mumuksutva
The mind moves towards the source of its own accord, because it has lost its hold now on external objects. It has no resting place in this objective universe. Purification of the mind and mental discipline form the rock-bottom foundation of yoga. When this is effected, the longing for liberation dawns by itself. Mumuksutva must be of a burning type. If burning mumuksutva is coupled with burning vairagya, self-realisation will come within the twinkling of an eye. Generally the vast majority of people have got a dull type of vairagya and mumuksutva. So they do not succeed in their attempts. If one finds that he has not got burning mumuksutva, he must practise the other three sadhanas (practices) vigorously till he acquires intense longing for attaining salvation or immortality. That aspirant who is endowed with these four qualifications should hear the srutis (scriptures) from a Brahma Nista guru (preceptor who is established in Brahman), and then reflect and meditate on the inner self. He will soon get self­realisation.
Practice of Meditation
Arjuna: "O Revered Guru! I see nothing but the bird to be aimed at."
Bhaja Govindam
gurucharaNaambuja nirbhara bhakataH
Oh devotee of the lotus feet of the Guru ! May thou be soon free from Samsara. Through disciplined senses and controlled mind, thou shalt come to experience the Indwelling Lord of your heart !
Gurudeva
[People] > Gurudeva Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
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http://www.gurudeva.org/gurudeva/
1. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, World Hindu Leader, Passes Away at 74,
Source: http://www.gurudeva.dynip.com/~htoday/press_releases/
KAUAI, HAWAII, USA, November 13, 2001: Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, one
just a few months to live. The popular Satguru went into seclusion and after
whom Subramuniyaswami, the successor of Lanka's great guru Yogaswami, is
they called "Gurudeva," the affectionate title he was most known by. They
ashram's Siva Nataraja temple. His designated successor, Satguru Bodhinatha
Veylanswami, 59, was installed immediately as guru of the ashram, formally
When notified of the Satguru's passing, Sita Ram Goel, one of India's most
said, "By his life and by his teaching, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami has
the Arya Samaj wrote, "Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, our Gurudev, is a
Realization at just 21 years old, he met his satguru, Sage Yogaswami, in
Jaffna, Sri Lanka. This was the single most respected Saivite Hindu guru for
Gurudeva introduced the nation to the circular saw, worked with leading
Gurudeva returned to America in 1950 where he went into a reclusive phase of
religions to make inroads and converts. During that Innersearch, Gurudeva
Siddhantin, A. P. C. Veerabhagu, lead Gurudeva and his 50-plus devotees from
building raining tons of flowers on the great guru below who had given
Also in the 1980s Gurudeva founded a branch monastery in Mauritius, whose
world's first functional publishing network, amazingly created by Gurudeva's
guru's instruction to bring Saivism to the Western world by teaching others
senior-most swami and designated successor, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami,
through penance, pilgrimage and daily worship. Natha gurus refuse to
Hindu brotherhood are verily indebted to Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami for
famed guru. The store would turn into a temporary temple as devotees and
readers piled flowers at Gurudeva's feet. His helpers quickly learned that
Hundreds of such sessions are archived there (see http://www.gurudeva.org/)
and beautiful international magazine. Gurudeva has energized, inspired and
Balagangadharanathaswami, the two foremost spiritual gurus of Karnataka
State, who so loved Gurudeva's vision of a temple carved in India and
desert lands, Gurudeva founded an entire village for the project. Homes were
devotees of Gurudeva, Jiva Rajasankara, with his wife and sons, were brought
time of Gurudeva's passing, they had just completed the floor of the inner
him and counted him a friend and ally. There has never been a guru so
beloved by other gurus, nor one so fond of a brother swami. Over the years
No group of Hindus counted Gurudeva their champion more than the noble
Hindus are just 10% of the population. Gurudeva's dedicated members in this
Gurudeva's swamis are from Malaysia.
village to village with one of his swamis. Then Gurudeva sent a
the only way to completely eradicate violence from our society. Gurudeva
http://www.gurudeva.dynip.com/~htoday/press_releases/
Guruji
[People] > Guruji Sri Muralidhara Swamigal
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2001 09 09 : I had registered www.guruji.com and pointed to http://www.carnatic.com/guruji/
What Makes a House a Home?
[Gurudeva] :
Panchakshara
by [Gurudeva]
and an assignment from my guru to perform japa regularly." As the japa
My satguru, Siva Yogaswami, placed great emphasis on japa, repeating
Saraswathi Poojai
Shri sadguru prasaada-siddhyartham cha
Gurur brahma, Guru Vishnu, Gurur devoh maheshwaraha,
Guruh saakshaath param brahma, tasmai shri guravey namaha
Om shri Gurubhyo namaha
Interests
[Meditation], [Charity], [Guru]
Weblog2001November
[Unified Modeling Language] , [Three Amigos|http://www.jguru.com/faq/view.jsp?EID=929]
Our Beloved Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami ([Gurudeva])
Who am i?
20. Is it not possible for God and the Guru to effect the release of a soul?
God and the Guru will only show the way to release; they will not by themselves take the soul to the state of release. In truth, God and the Guru are not different. Just as the prey which has fallen into the jaws of a tiger has no escape, so those who have come within the ambit of the Guru's gracious look will be saved by the Guru and will not get lost; yet, each one should by his own effort pursue the path shown by God or Guru and gain release. One can know oneself only with one's own eye of knowledge, and not with somebody else's. Does he who is Rama require the help of a mirror to know that he is Rama?
Weblog2001December
[John Patrick] is IBM's Internet Guru and his new book is [Net Attitude]
Pongal
In Maharashtra and in North India, spiritual aspirants attach much importance to Makara Shankranti. It is the season chosen by the Guru for bestowing his Grace on the disciple. In the South, too, it should be noted that it was about this time that Mahadeva favoured several of the Rishis by blessing them with His beatific vision.
Varkala
http://www.narayanaguru.org/ - "One Caste One Religion One God For Mankind"
Balanced Living
[Guruji] used to tell us the parable for shaping our perspective of
Sivananda Saraswathi Sevashram
http://www.sivanandagurukul.org/
Words
[Anthony de Mello] in [Awareness] : ...A guru was
on us." The guru said, "Sit down, you son of a bitch." The man went livid
with rage and said, "You call yourself an enlightened person, a guru, a
master, but you ought to be ashamed of yourself." The guru then said,
lapse; I'm sorry." The man finally calmed down. Then the guru said, "It
Upanishads
So, "Upanishad" means, "be seated at the feet of the Guru to receive the teaching."
CRM
[Top 10 CRM Predictions for 2002|http://www.crmguru.com/features/2002a/0110bt.html]
The Hand That Rocks The Cradle Rules the World
An Inspired Talk delivered by [Gurudeva] Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami on his 54th Jayanti, on January 5, 1980, at the Kadavul Hindu Temple in Hawaii, enjoining the modern Hindu woman to not forsake her dharma but protect the home and nurture the family as her gift of love to the next generation. Hmmm! It seems not to have gone out of date much.
Of course, she also holds the opposite power, expressed through neglect, to allow her children to grow up on their own, on the streets where they will learn a base life. Such children will as surely change society and human history, but negatively. They will be the common men and women, or fall into mental and emotional abysses, there to express man's instinctive nature and become the exemplars of violence and lust, of dependence and crime. The very direction of humankind is right there in the early years, to be turned toward a great potential through love and attentiveness or allowed to decay through neglect. The mother is the child's first guru, and she alone can shape the mind in those impressionable years. So, you can all see the truth in the old saying: "The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world."
anger
[Gurudeva] : .....Anger, I have observed, is the most difficult fault for people
We Live By choice, Not by Chance.
management guru from Mumbai is renowned for conducting The Power of Self
Oh, Poor India!
Poor India: The British made sure they fashioned a class of Indians who were brown in skin, but white in their thoughts. They were made up to dress British, eat British, think British and even dream British in their sleep. Today their descendants, the journalists of the English press, are thy worse enemies. They dress Western, eat Western, think Western and even dream Western in their sleep. What matters to them is not what might utter Indiaâs sages, avatars, gurus, wise men and yogis, who dress Indian, eat Indian, think Indian and even dream Indian, but what the western media, or Amnesty International will think about India. They are not interested at all by what the Bhagavad Gita, probably the worldâs most revelatory, most comprehensive, most relevant sacred book has to say, or how Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Indiaâs 21st century avatar, could help. No, they would rather turn to Gustave Thoreau, Marx or Jean-Paul Sartre, people who have even lost relevance in he West, for a solution to thy immense problems.
Yoga
[Eight Lectures On Yoga|http://www.deoxy.org/annex/8yoga0.htm] by Mahatma Guru-Sri Paramahansa Shivaji-Aleister Crowley
Willpower
[Gurudeva] : Awakening Willpower
Karma Yogi
A karma yogi should bear insult, disrespect, dishonour, censure, infamy, disgrace, harsh words, heat and cold and the pains of disease. He should have great power of endurance. He should have absolute faith in himself, in God, in the scriptures and In the words of his guru. Such a man is a good karma yogi and reaches the goal quickly.
Goal
[Gurudeva] : [What is your goal in this life?]
Life
http://timharford.com/2018/05/statistics-fast-and-slow/ - A new book by the late Hans Rosling and his family, Factfulness (UK) (US), advocates the merits of understanding the world both through the data and through personal experience — not of news stories or tourist traps, but of the everyday lives being lived all over the world. “Numbers will never tell the full story of what life on Earth is all about,” wrote Rosling, despite being the world’s most famous statistical guru. But the story they do tell matters. In statistics, as elsewhere, hard logic and personal impressions work best when they reinforce and correct each other.
Shiv Khera
http://www.nriworld.com/achievers/20010106/success/suc0106.htm : .....Success", he says, "is the ability to bounce back when one falls down." Dismissive of management gurus, he says everything they have to say is already there in our scriptures and dohas.....
Ginger
[Gurudeva] : ...I might add that
Food
[Gurudeva] : ...It is wise to have a free mind, a clear, serene and relaxed attitude toward life before partaking of food. That is why people on the inner path traditionally meditate for a moment, chant a mantra or say a prayer before a meal. A simple practice is to intone "Aum." This harmonizes the inner bodies with the external bodies and frees awareness from entangled areas. If you find yourself in a situation where you cannot chant Aum aloud, then chant it mentally. Take several seconds before
Altar
A cyberspace devotee asks where she in the home should she place the altar. Gurudeva says to place the altar in the top floor of the home and face east and the purpose of having a home shrine is to attract the guardian devas so that we can have happiness, light and love
Upasarga
by [Gurudeva]
Self Realization
[Gurudeva] : 5 steps : attention, concentration, meditation, contemplation, samadhi
Consultant
A consultant is someone who borrows your watch to tell you what time it is. If you do not know how to tell time, the consultant is very helpful indeed. But ultimately your best interest is to learn to tell time yourself. A good guru, psychologist, personal coach, psychic, astrologer, or healer helps you get in touch with your own wisdom. A guru sits beside a river selling bottled river water. If you do not know how to access the river yourself, the guru serves. And if the guru shows you to way to the river, he or she serves in the highest way. When you find the river yourself and plumb its life-giving waters, you have established your own relationship with Source. A guru is an extension of your own true self, showing up in an external form as a temporary teaching device, assisting you to become acquainted with the guru within. Ultimately the only guru is truth, which lives within you and everyone all the time.
Now
https://twitter.com/SadhguruJV - 2.2M Followers
https://www.youtube.com/user/sadhguru - 3,318,594 subscribers
What is your goal in this life?
by [Gurudeva] (from LESSON 114 from Living with Siva)
to know all those things about you. Somebody once said, "Well, Gurudeva
Giving
[Gurudeva] : LESSON 126 from Merging with Siva
Mohana Ruben
[Guru] > Mohana Ruben. S
Guru
Guru - [Sanskrit] word
the word "guru" consisting of the aksharas "gu" and "ru" stands for a teacher - one who dispels darkness (ignorance) of the the mind (person). "gu" means darkness and "ru" means the act of removal.
[Kularnava Tantra] : At the root of dhyana is the form of the guru. At the root of puja are the feet of the guru. At the root of mantra is the word of the guru, and at the root of all liberation is the grace of the guru.
[Gurudeva] : The satguru is like the sun. He is just there, radiating this very pure energy like the sun evaporates water.... It is hte seeker who opens himself to the great accumulated power of [darshan] which the guru inherited from his guru and his guru's guru, as well as the natural darshan he unfolded from within himself through his evolution and practices of [sadhana] and [tapas].
[The Tantrik Guru|http://www.shivashakti.com/guru.htm] : ...Because the guru gives mantra to a disciple and because she or he embodies the spirit and life of that mantra in an unbroken lineage to the Rishi who first perceived it, she or he is held in the utmost regard in the tantrik tradition.....This tradition of the "crazy" guru is embedded deep in the lore of the tantriks and the Nathas and has its value in shaking the conditioning of someone who aspires to be a Kaula, the tradition avers. For similar reasons, some elements of the tantrik tradition in India, such as worship in cremation grounds, the consumption of pig flesh and some sexual practices, were intended to rattle orthodox tendencies in tantrik pupils. (For a full exploration of this topic, see Holy Madness by Georg Feuerstein, Arkana 1992)...
Tibetan Proverb : A guru is like a fire. If you get too close, you get burned. If you stay too far away, you don't get enough heat. A sensible moderation is recommended.
Question: In my view, the guru is one who awakens me to truth, to reality. What is wrong in my taking to such a guru? [Jiddu Krishnamurti]'s [Answer|http://www.katinkahesselink.net/kr/k_psy3.html#guru]
Michael Murphy in a 'New Age' interview : We do need teachers, and there is such a thing as true authority - a person who really knows something. But the trouble is what they used to call in psychology "the halo-effect": a person's authority is overextended, and you get people going to, say, Einstein for political opinions - or to a guru on every matter. Independent judgement is a fairly rare quality among human beings. Part of being alive and growing and the whole art of living is to refine that independent judgement - to learn a kind of courage to stand up for one's inner voice and to be able to say when the emperor has no clothes.
[About Gurus and their Teaching|http://www.theorderoftime.com/spiritual/index.html]
[Chinmaya Answers - The Guru|http://www.chyk.net/onlinemagazine/july2003/chinmaya_guru.htm] : ...The relationship between the teacher and the taught is exactly like the relationship of the gardener and the flowers on the bush. The gardener does not create the flowers from the soil and the manure; the flowers must themselves come from the bush. The gardener can only tend its roots, water it, protect it, see that it has the correct amount of sunlight and shade -- all these externals he can provide. But no mere gardener can guarantee the blossom; it can come only from the bush itself...
[Guruji] Sri Muralidhara Swamigal
[HH Shri Gurudev Mahendranath|http://www.carnatic.com/karmasaya/index.php?Dadaji] ([Dadaji]) : In [The Magick Path of Tantra] ...A disciple asked, "Dadaji, is it better to be reborn as a woman or as a man?" Dadaji answered, "It is better not to be reborn at all."...
Bhagawan Nityananda - http://www.siddhayoga.org/guru-siddha-yoga.html
* Gurumayi Chidvilasananda
Param Poojya (His Holiness) Swami Chetanananda Saraswati - He hails from the Siddha lineage of Avadhoot Nityananda and Paramhansa Muktananda of Vajreshwari - http://www.siddha-loka.org : ...DIVINE LIGHT, the indweller of all beings, illuminates the universe. Realizing this truth through the grace of the Sadguru is the goal of human life. The secret of a successful life lies in meditation on the SELF. [Meditation] occurs spontaneously through Shaktipat [Deeksha]. Only a Siddha Guru is capable of giving Shaktipat Deeksha by HIS divine word, touch, glance and thought...
ParamPujya Pratahsamaraniya Gurudev Dr. Narayan Dutt Shrimaliji - http://www.siddhashram.org/
Gurunathar - http://www.agathiar.org/
Ram Dass
LSD, met his guru in the 1960's in the Himalayan foothills. His guru, Shri
spending two years with his guru, Ram Dass returned home to America to
his ascended guru, he has written a new book called "Still Here," a "how-to
guru for me. When I hear that, I feel they just haven't seen a real one."
Reincarnation
...In an interview Ram Dass says, "Reincarnation applies to all people everywhere, whether they accept if or not. There are people who want to use the name guru for me. When I hear that, I feel they just haven't seen a real one."...
20021108
Guru [KagaPujandar]
Sadhu Sundar Singh
[Edward T. Babinski: The Uniqueness of the Christian Experience (1999)|http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/ed_babinski/experience.html] : .....Sadhu ("Sadhu" is Hindu for "holy man") Sundar Singh was raised a Sikh (Hindu for "disciple"). Sikhism is a sect within Hinduism that was founded about 1500 A.D. that teaches belief in one God and rejects the caste system and idolatry. Therefore, Sundar from a young age shared some of the same basic religious beliefs of Jews, Christians and Moslems. Moreover, Sikhism emphasizes the divinity of the holy teacher or "guru" - which made it easy for Sundar to later accept the Christian doctrine of "Jesus" as the "divine incarnation of God.".....
Guru Nanak
[People] > Guru Nanak
Someone asked Guru Nanak, "O saint, why have you not
shaved your head? You are a sanyasin." Guru Nanak replied: "My dear
from [The World Needs Sannyasins|http://www.dlsmd.org/sdr/11-sdr%20nov/1128.htm] : ...True renunciation is the renunciation of all passions, desires and egoism. If you have a stainless mind, a mind free from attachment, egoism and passion, you are a sanyasin - no matter whether you live in a forest or in the bustle of a city, whether you wear white cloth or an orange coloured robe, whether you shave your head or keep a long tuft of hair...Shave the mind. Someone asked Guru Nanak, "O saint, why have you not shaved your head? You are a sanyasin." Guru Nanak replied: "My dear friend, I have shaved my mind." In fact, the mind should be cleanly shaved. Shaving the mind consists of getting rid of all attachments, egoism, infatuation, lust, greed and anger. That is real shaving. External shaving of the head has no meaning so long as there is internal craving...
Respect All Adore One
Competent disciples are never in want of a competent [guru]. Realised
and temperament. His true guru will meet him along that path.
if you have many gurus, you will be bewildered and be at a loss to
know what to do. One guru will tell you: "Do this." Another
will tell you: "Do that." A third guru will tell you: "Do
the other." You will be quite puzzled. Stick to one guru and
The guru and the scriptures can show you the path and remove your
doubt, the guru's blessing can do everything. But how can one
have his blessings? By pleasing the guru. A guru can be pleased with
guru carefully. Only then will you deserve his blessings which can do
Inertia
the gateways to hell. And in his Universal Prayer, Gurudev prays
Our spiritual teachers, gurus, and the scriptures are calling us to
gurus are calling us to. That has always been their central message.
Disciple
[Words] > Disciple / [Guru]
Saint
principle within, though it is impossible for the guru to point to
without the help of a guru and spiritual book. Should all three
Index200301
[Theosophy], [Marriage], [Guru], [Music], [Mantras], [Scriptures]
Adi Sankara
[Guru] > Adi Sankara
Deeksha
[Interests] > Deeksha is made up of two syllables: 'Dee' stands for 'Granting closeness to Shiva' and 'Ksha' implies 'Destruction of all past sins'. Thus, the initiation or Deeksha by the Siddha Guru is the gateway to experiencing the Ultimate. Thereafter one need not look for God outside, one shall experience Him within one's own Self. This is Self Realization. [Siddha Yoga Teachings|http://www.siddha-loka.org/teachings.htm]
Dattatreya
[Swami Sivananda] : [Dattatreya Jayanthi|http://www.divyajivan.org/articles/siva/Dattatreya_siva.htm] : ...Dattatreya said, "The Self alone is my Guru. Yet, I have learnt wisdom from twenty-four other individuals and objects. So they, too, are also my Gurus.".....Dattatreya was absolutely free from intolerance or prejudice of any kind. He learnt wisdom from whatever source it came. All seekers after wisdom should follow the example of Dattatreya...
Dadaji
[People]/[Guru] > Dadaji
"Born in 1911, Shri Mahendranath was the last Guru of both the Adi-Nath and Uttara Kaula Tantrik lineages. Though both these ancient lineages came to an end with Shri Mahendranath's passing in 1991, he left as a legacy a new Nath Order tailored for the West. Now a householder rather than a sannyasin order, the International Nath Order is currently headed by Dadaji's successor, Shri Kapilnath."
Change
the gateways to hell. And in his Universal Prayer, Gurudev prays
Our spiritual teachers, gurus, and the scriptures are calling us to
gurus are calling us to. That has always been their central message.
Dadashri
[People] / [Guru] > Dadashri
Swami Muktananda
[People]/[Guru] > Swami Muktananda
http://www.siddhayoga.org/guru-muktananda-baba.html
Takshaka
[Guruji Sri Muralidhara Swamigal's Bhagavatam discourse|http://www.madhuramurali.org/swamigal/essay/ji_lecbhagavatam.html] : .....King Parikshit throws a dead snake on a Rishi by name Shamika, in an attempt to test his 'Samadhi' stage and thus earns the curse of the Rishikumar (son of the Rishi). The Rishikumar curses the King would die of Snake Takshaka's bite. The Rishi who knows King Parikshit to be virtuous sends his son to divulge the curse to the King. The great King does not punish the bold Rishi kumar who comes to reveal the curse, instead asks him how many days are left for him to live.....
20050114
Monastery, home of HPI. He and Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami were
and the ashram's founder, Sri Jagadguru Sri Sivarathnapuri
have joined other ashrams. Prominent among these are Jagadguru Sri Sri
twenties, he traveled to Nepal and was initiated as Jagadguru Sri
Sri Tiruchi Mahaswamigal was ordained by his guru, Shivapuri Baba, to
Rutger Kortenhorst
He took a year off and stayed in 'Aksharam', Veda Vijnana Gurukulam, Aurobindo Ashram etc. to learn Samskritam, Vedanta etc.
I have seen myself and others growing in such qualities, because of our contact with Sanskrit. I have just spent a year in India. Though it felt a bit like camping in a tent for a year, it was well worth it. For many years, we taught Sanskrit like zealots i.e. with high levels of enthusiasm and low levels of understanding, to both adults in the School of Philosophy and children in John Scottus School. We did not perhaps inspire a lot of our students and may have put a number of them off the study of Sanskrit. It felt to me like we needed to go to the source. Sanskrit teachers worth their salt need to live with people whose daily means of communication is in Sanskrit. I had already spent three summers near Bangalore doing just that and becoming less of an amateur, but it really needed a more thorough study. So I moved into a traditional gurukulam for the year. This meant living on campus, eating lots of rice and putting up with a few power-cuts and water shortages, but by December 2009, I made up my mind that I would step down as vice-principal of the Senior School and dedicate myself to Sanskrit for the rest of my teaching life. It felt like a promotion to me as quite a few could be vice-principal but right now which other teacher could forge ahead in Sanskrit in Ireland? [Hopefully this will change before I pop off to the next world.] With Sanskrit I’m expecting my mind to improve with age even if my body slows down a little. Sanskrit is often compared to the full-time teacher, who is there for you 24/7 whereas the other languages are more like part-timers. The effects of studying Sanskrit on me have been first and foremost a realistic confidence. Secondly, it meant I had to become more precise and speak weighing my words more carefully. It also taught me to express myself with less waffle and therefore speak more briefly. My power of attention and retention has undoubtedly increased.
For learning grammar and the wisdom of the East, I was well-placed in a traditional gurukulam, but for spoken Sanskrit I felt a modern approach was missing.
Sadhguru
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Seated upon the sacred thrones of great and holy gurus of yore, men that are masters only of vice will expound dharma to the gullible populace.
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[Gurudeva] : Living in the Eternal Now
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[Gurudeva] : Living in the Eternal Now
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Gurus won’t make you calm.
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* Second-hand knowledge of the self gathered from books or gurus can never emancipate a man until its truth is rightly investigated and applied; only direct realisation will do that. Realise yourself, turning the mind inward. - Tripura Rahasya, 18: 89
Corruption
In every profession, there are corrupt people. There are corrupt journalists, corrupt policemen, corrupt doctors, corrupt lawyers, corrupt politicians.. so there are corrupt gurus too. If a policeman is corrupt, you think it is okay because you are not facing them on a daily basis. But suppose a doctor is corrupt, you think it is not okay because you have to put your life into his hands. If your guru becomes corrupt, you think it is really, really not okay because you go in there with a certain trust, placing your life in his hands. You expect certain aspects of life to be clean at least, but that is not so in the world: in every profession, in every activity, in every sphere of life, there are corrupt people. But that doesn't mean it is all corruption.

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