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Lesson 57 -
The Guru is in Me? (Audio)
AYP Plus Additions:
57.1 - Spiritual Desire (Bhakti) Flowing in Stillness (Audio)
57.2 - Those
Grouchy Gurus (Audio)
The Traditional Indian Guru System and AYP (Audio)
Improving the Guru-Disciple Connection
Date: Sun Dec 28, 2003 1:13am
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Q: You end every message with the phrase, "The guru is in you." Does this
mean I am my own guru and don't need any outer guru or teachers?
A: No, it doesn't mean that. We all need outer knowledge to open ourselves
to inner experience. The phrase is intended as a constant reminder that your
enlightenment depends on you more than anyone, because it is only through
your desire and action that divine experience can rise in you. It is only
through your nervous system that pure bliss consciousness and divine ecstasy
can be known. You cannot delegate it. It is only by you making a daily
effort to purify your nervous system that anything can happen. It is you who
are making the journey.
Maybe your journey means surrendering at the feet of an outer guru for your
whole life. Or maybe it means purifying yourself by following a number of
teachers over your lifetime. Whatever the outer relationships turn out to
be, it is the divine expression coming from inside through your heart's
longing that will lead you to them. What happens outside is a reflection of
what is happening inside, not the other way around. This is the meaning of,
"The guru is in you." If we long deeply inside, we will attract the
teachings we need. Then it is up to us to take advantage of the blessings we
have attracted, and act. If we do, then there will be an expansion inside --
an expansion of pure bliss consciousness and awakened divine ecstasy within
us. We will find whoever or whatever ideal we have chosen expanding within
us also. So, the guru is inside, even as we may be interacting with him or
her in form (or forms) on the outside. Outer teachers and gurus are
storehouses of spiritual knowledge and energy we attract and are drawn to on
our journey to the infinite. Ultimately, our interaction with them is
inside. Inside is where the rubber meets the road.
The guru is a flow of consciousness that begins in us, travels outward on
our desire, connects outer knowledge, and then expands inside us as the
knowledge is applied.
There is the old saying, "When the student is ready, the teacher will
A question we should ask ourselves every day is, "What have I done lately to
The guru is in you.
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