Presence of the Master: Smt Bhanumathi Narasimhan

Posted on: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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Na guror adhikam Na guror adhikam Na guror adhikam Na guror adhikam
Shiva shasanatah Shiva shasanatah Shiva shasanatah Shiva shasanatah
Shiva has declared that there is nobody beyond the Guru. The concept of the master is time immemorial. It is an eternal principle. The master, the self, the mantra and the ishta (family deity) are the same energy. The more you come close to the master, the more evident this becomes for you.
What does it mean to come closer? The Guru is not just the body. You can feel the presence of the master from miles away and you still get the feeling of being uplifted.
However, fortunate are those who can bask in his physical presence. Guru Poornima is a wonderful opportunity to be in the presence of your master and to take his blessings on this auspicious day.

Every year, during Guru Poornima, you are reminded of your devotion, your fullness and how you can be useful to the people around you. Difficulties are the grounding factor in life. Some of the seemingly difficult situations can be the time to introspect. You are in a situation to really re-think. It is the time to polish, refuel and again you can take off. Renewing your bond with the wisdom is Guru Poornima. Having a master in your life, you are grounded and confident.
The master is always glorified because he is such a source of psychological strength and security in one’s life. The master is the absolute comfort in our life.

The Guru always makes your life full. There is a sense of fulfillment and contentment. Guru Poornima is celebrated recognising that our life is full like the moon in the presence of the Master. It is enriched, total and pleasant. You feel so cared for in the master’s presence. The heart blossoms and the head stops worrying.
Meditation in the master’s presence is very uplifting. When you are in his physical presence, sattva (purity) is predominant. As a result of this we get deep experiences in meditation. We tend to rejoice naturally. The heart is filled with joy and gratitude and you experience the magic of divine love and bliss.
Perfection is the ability to experience the divine love within you. Everything is not material. There are some things you can only experience, you cannot explain. The sense of belonging, connectedness, a quality of consciousness with access to higher dimensions -- the physical presence of the Master gives you these mystical experiences.

The expanded consciousness cannot be understood by the limited realm of the intellect. It is mystical — beyond the grasp of the intellect, you can feel it, but you can't explain it. Guru Poornima is like recharging your energy. So many devotees gather together with gratefulness creating a mystical atmosphere. It feels like this is the experience of a lifetime!

To live such a life feels worthy. I have experienced this so many times and each time I feel, this is it, and I am waiting for the next one as well! Life is a joy — magical and mystical in the presence of the master.
— The writer is the Chairperson of the International Women's Conference (IWC), slated to be held on Feb 4-6, 2014. She is also the sister of Art of Living founder, Sri Sri Ravishankar.

Source: Sakal times

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