"The very first step in understanding what this is all about is giving up the concept of an active, volitional 'I' as a separate entity and accepting the passive role of perceiving and functioning as a process." - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

True Devotion to the Guru

Sri Siddharameshwar  Maharaj

In order to attain "godliness", to attain the conscious awareness of being the Self, you should never do anything for worldly gain that would jeopardize your aspiration for Self-Realization. That act may be desirable from a worldly point of view but anything that undermines the state of Brahman is completely undesirable. This is possible only for one who practices diligently. What will be the accomplishment of one who does not study hard? To develop the sense of being the Self is itself a merit. To lose that state is what is called sin. What do you think devotion to the Guru means? By devotion to the Guru, you become the ruler of all the gods. You are regaining yourself, you are realizing your True Nature, your Real Being, your Real Power. This is devotion to the Guru. Devotion to the Guru, and devotion to God, means to realize your own Self, your own "Completeness". Even if we practice but a little devotion the Guru, we attain Self-Realization. What has happened to those who have had devotion to their Guru? They have become Brahman, they have achieved Reality. 

Devotion to the Guru must be very one-pointed. Only then is the Brahman realized. Some say, "I do service to my Guru. I do devotion to my Guru." To such a man I ask, "What do you do in this devotion? Do you realize your True Nature? Do you gain what is your own 'True Possession'?" You yourself become the Self, God (Atamaram). This is the true devotion to the sadguru. The guru is so powerful that all of the lesser deities are afraid of him. Remain as your own Self. Do not lose your dignity, "I Am Brahman" is your dignity. Never forget That. 

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