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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Guru Purnima

Guru is present like space in life.
You just sang this song, ‘Ajo Ananthaya‘. Ajo means Never Born, Ananthanya is InfinityNitya Shudha is Forever Pure, and Sat-chid-ananda is Pure Bliss.
Guru principle is like the space, and you cannot avoid space. Whether you recognize that there is space or not, is another question. You cannot escape from air. Whether you recognize there is air or not is another question. And today is the time for you to recognize that there is air; there is space.

 

It is a privilege, a good fortune to have access to knowledge. Today is an occasion to remember, and to celebrate life with knowledge, life in knowledge, and life for knowledge. You know, air is there everywhere but when you sit near the fan, you feel it. In the same way, in the world, in the universe, the Guru principle is there. When you recognize it, you feel so great, and you feel bliss.
Recognition of the existence of the Guru Principle, and the role it has played in life, is Guru Poornima. In our body, the throat chakra is for gratefulness. Above the throat chakra is the Ajna (Agya) Chakra that is the seat of Guru. So gratefulness is a way to reach to the Guru Tattva. And then where does the Guru lead you to? Bliss (pointing to the top of the head), i.e, the Sahasrara Chakra. So, Guru is sandwiched between gratefulness and bliss.

 

This Guru Principle is that which removes darkness, it is that which removes all suffering.
We chant, ‘Bhishaje bhava roginam‘, which means, it is like the medicine for those who are stuck in small little worldly things; the disease of small mindedness. It is called a disease because the mind wants to get out of the suffering. Guru Tattva brings that absolute comfort.

You know, there are some people who live without light; they don’t even know of electricity. Animals live without electricity, without light; they don’t need it. But human beings need light when it is dark. So human beings need the Guru Tattva, they need the knowledge. People living without knowledge are equivalent to animals.
One without wisdom lives an animalistic life, it is not a human life. So, it is fashionable to be civilized and to have a Guru in life. If there is no Guru in life, it means life is uncivilized; like one who does not know anything of technology. It is a privilege, a good fortune to have access to knowledge. And this ancient tradition, from millenniums has preserved this beautiful knowledge, and today we feel very grateful! It is an occasion to remember and to celebrate life with knowledge, life in knowledge, and life for knowledge. It is wisdom that can eliminate misery in the world.

 

If wisdom cannot bring happiness, nothing can bring happiness. So we have this privilege to spread happiness, wisdom, and knowledge. The Guru Principle is that which removes darkness, and which removes suffering. It is like a medicine for those who are stuck in the small little worldly things; the disease of small mindedness.

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