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The Spiritual Master


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The Spiritual Master

  1. 1. The Spiritual Master The Real SAT GURU BAP Vrinda-Vedic Light Presentation IMLITALA
  2. 2. When we realize that we are in need for help… <ul><li>We learn how to pray and cry out for help. </li></ul><ul><li>We start looking for a master of the situation. </li></ul><ul><li>We look for the answer to find the root of our problem. </li></ul><ul><li>We are ready to accept some discipline to prepare us to understand the solution. </li></ul><ul><li>We become ready to accept to be a student. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Countless evidents life gives us to proove that fact. <ul><li>In all materials fields of knowledge masters appear who know the inside of their subject. </li></ul><ul><li>We learn practically everything in life from some kind of master. </li></ul><ul><li>Even those who try to rely on their own capacity cannot avoid to use the instuments they received from previous masters in the language, home, school and life etc. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What happened before we were born or after we die ? <ul><li>Why are we here and what shall we do? </li></ul><ul><li>What is real freedom and happiness? </li></ul><ul><li>What gives life to this body made of chemicals? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the true relationship between our creator and us? </li></ul><ul><li>What are our duties here? What is good and bad? </li></ul><ul><li>How to control our mundane mind? </li></ul><ul><li>How to get out of the world of sufferings? </li></ul><ul><li>How to find the right way at all moments. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Countless questions of this nature come towards all of us almost every day. <ul><li>But where is the answer? </li></ul><ul><li>Schools and Universities and even science simply denie to talk about it or give some wild speculation as an answer. </li></ul><ul><li>Military and other powers consider those questions subversive and dangerous. </li></ul><ul><li>Being insecure, those without any answer create thouthands of pretexts to justify their ignorance towards this inquirry. </li></ul>
  6. 6. It is Your own duty to find the answers! <ul><li>Athato Brahma Jijnasa- the human form of life is meant to inquirre about the truth and realize the truth. </li></ul><ul><li>You cannot do that duty for others nor can they do it for you. </li></ul><ul><li>Selfrealization is an absolutly personal issue. </li></ul><ul><li>Ignorance does not protect us from the reactions of our mistaken behaviour. </li></ul>
  7. 7. That is the reason why we need a spiritual Master. <ul><li>Someone who knows the truth. </li></ul><ul><li>Someone who is firm in the truth and compasioned with all. </li></ul><ul><li>Someone who will not let you ever down or cheat you in any way. </li></ul><ul><li>Someone who is self realized. </li></ul><ul><li>Someone who known and loves God. </li></ul><ul><li>Someone who has himself a spiritual master and is his bone fide representative. </li></ul>
  8. 8. It is a fashion today to accept experts as “Gurus” <ul><li>Marketing Guru, Fashion Guru, Health Guru, Exercise Guru- </li></ul><ul><li>Guru means heavy – heavy in transcendental knowledge and realisation </li></ul><ul><li>Another meaning is Gu- darkness and ru- to pull you out. </li></ul><ul><li>While fabricated “Gurus” only increase your illusion a real Guru will save you from illusion-Maya-, that which is not real. </li></ul>
  9. 9. There is one truth but many Gurus! <ul><li>One creator , one current but many outlets. </li></ul><ul><li>The form is always depending on the substance. Any “Guru” who deviates from that truth is exposed as a fake. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the Guru who resides in your heart. </li></ul><ul><li>Consult with the holy scriptures. </li></ul><ul><li>Councel with real Sadhus and Yogis whose life is examplary. </li></ul><ul><li>Consult the teachings of the masters in the iniciation school. </li></ul><ul><li>(Parampara) </li></ul>
  10. 10. The original spiritual master Sri Nityananda Prabhu
  11. 11. According to the Vedas there are different Spiritual masters Samasti Guru = The Guru Principle Vyasti Guru = The personal Guru Who represents the divine principle Siksa Guru = The instructing Spiritual master Diksa Guru = The iniciating Spiritual master The Chaitya Guru = He is the supreme Lord in our heart
  12. 12. In addition to them there are many other persons and functions considered duties of a Guru. Hari Nama Guru= Name of 1. Initiator Mantra Guru= Name of 2.Initiator Parama Guru= Guru of my Guru Paramatma- the Guru in everyones heart will protect us and help us to find a real Guru if that is our desire. Astra Guru = The teacher of weapons and Ksatria codes. Acarya = One who teaches by example Sannyas Guru= Who initiates Sanyasys It is the duty of a real disciple to become the next Guru. Those who are cheaters will be cheated when they search for a Guru. Mahanta Guru= In charge of a Mission Vatmana Pradaksaka Guru= The person who connected me with my other Guru. Who speaks the truth and is full of goodness can help others to understand this truth. Pati Guru =Husband as Guru Pita Guru =Father as Guru Mata Guru=Mother as Guru The principle is that every protector should qualefy so that his protegees will be saved from repeated birth and death.
  13. 13. The Universal Teacher and Yuga Avatar told his disciple Kurma <ul><li>Make your life perfect by teaching others the science of Krishna in accordance of the Bhagavat Gita and Srimat Bhagavatam. </li></ul><ul><li>In this way become a spirtiual master and save the others around you. </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Guru teaches his students according to their level of understanding. <ul><li>Sambandha Jnana = </li></ul><ul><li>The knowledge of the relationship between the soul and the supreme Lord. </li></ul><ul><li>Abhideya Jnana = </li></ul><ul><li>The knowledge of the means to practise to reach the devotional goal. </li></ul><ul><li>Prayojana Jnana = </li></ul><ul><li>The Knowledge of the supreme destiny </li></ul>
  15. 15. So called Gurus only serve the lower goals of conditioned souls. <ul><li>To go to heavenly planets. </li></ul><ul><li>To get mystic powers. </li></ul><ul><li>To improove your health. </li></ul><ul><li>To have the prestige of having a Guru. </li></ul><ul><li>How to enjoy the senses in the name of yoga. </li></ul><ul><li>To make money by teaching others Yoga. </li></ul><ul><li>Even if a student has all these desires still it is recomanded that he should practise Bhakti Yoga and thus all desires who obstruct his path will be removed. </li></ul>
  16. 16. The Guru teaches the final conclusion of Vedic knowledge <ul><li>There are many branches of Yoga and Vedic knowledge. All of them point to the final goal, but the chanting of the holy names of Krishna includes all benefits. </li></ul><ul><li>Hatha Yoga – Exercises and breathing to control the body. </li></ul><ul><li>Karma Yoga – How to direct our activities in the direction of spiritual progress. </li></ul><ul><li>Jnana Yoga – How to control the mind and distinguish between matter and spirit </li></ul><ul><li>Bhakti Yoga – How to learn to love God and to surrender to his sweet will. </li></ul>
  17. 17. The Guru teaches his disciple <ul><li>How to meditate from the core of his heart. </li></ul><ul><li>How to serve God and his devotees. </li></ul><ul><li>How to understand Vedanta the conclusion of Vedic knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>How to become humble and harmonious. </li></ul><ul><li>How to do Bhajan in all activities by surrendering his heart to the sweet will of the Supreme Lord. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Real Gurus are specific agents of divinity to guide us to our home. Home Our real Vrindavan Goloka Expands as Rasa Guru Srila Raghunath das Goswami Sri Radhe Gopinath Prayojana Jnana Expands as Siksa Guru Srila Rupa Goswami Sri Radha Govindaji Abhidaya Jnana Expands as Diksa Guru Srila Sanatan Goswami Sri Radha Madan Mohan Sambandha Jnana Guru Aspect Acarya Protector Deity Protector Aspect
  19. 19. Krishna himself is the original Guru and protects the real preceptor <ul><li>Evam parampara- praptam imam rajarsayo viduh Sa kaleneha mahata yogo nastah parantapa </li></ul><ul><li>In this way saintly kings learned this path of knowledge through the divine succession. Presently after a long time, this teaching has almost be lost completely. Now I shall deliver that eternal teaching to you. </li></ul><ul><li>Bhagavat Gita 4.2 </li></ul>Srila A.C. B. Prabhupada
  20. 20. Our Guru is our father, mother, friend and wellwisher. <ul><li>A disciple should see his Guru as Gods representative. </li></ul><ul><li>We can reveal our mind to him. </li></ul><ul><li>We are accountable to him. He will give us our service to God. </li></ul><ul><li>Through him we belong to a spiritual family. </li></ul><ul><li>Through the mantra we become his child and are considered twice born. </li></ul>Accepting a Guru is a personal choice of our heart and should not be done as a social function or influenced by eclesiastic tradition.
  21. 21. A real disciple is blessed by causeless knowledge and detachment. <ul><li>He stricly follows the vows of initiation. </li></ul><ul><li>He is vegetarian, celibat or chaste in his marriage, free of intoxication and free of gambling. </li></ul><ul><li>He does not collect money for egotistic sake and councels with his guardian any important decision. </li></ul><ul><li>Krishna will make him an instrument of his love. </li></ul>Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur
  22. 22. Krishna himself confirms the importance of a spiritual master. Bhagavat Gita 4-34 Tat vidhi pranipatena pariprasnena sevaya upadeksyanti te jnanam jnaninas tattva darsinah If you want to know the truth you have to search for a spiritual master. Offer obeisances to him, make relevant inquirreries and offer him sincere service. The selfrealized soul can teach you because he has seen the truth. Imlitala
  23. 23. Impersonalist Gurus and others who teach partial or distorted truth. <ul><li>There are three levels of spiritual achievement. </li></ul><ul><li>Brahman- Then impersonal effulgence of the spiritual world and the Supreme Lord </li></ul><ul><li>Paramatma- the Aspect of God in every persons heart also known as the universal Supersoul. </li></ul><ul><li>Bhagavan- The highest realm of Krishna where he lives eternally with his pure devotees. </li></ul><ul><li>Whoever does not teach these three aspects of Vedic knowledge teaches only partial truth. </li></ul><ul><li>Whoever denies any one of these three aspects distorts the truth. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Sastra Gurus guide us always <ul><li>Many special spiritual masters gave their blessings to the world by revealing different Sastras-Holy Yoga scriptures- to the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Veda Vyas, Krishna das Kaviraj, The six Goswamis, Narottama das Thakur, Narahari Chakravarty, Visvanath Chakravarty, Bhaktivinode Thakur, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, Bhaktivedanta Swami, B.R.Sridhar, B.P. Puri and many others </li></ul>
  25. 25. There is only one condition to become a spiritual Master. <ul><li>You have to know and practise the science of Krishna. </li></ul><ul><li>Kiba vipra Kibe nyasi sudra kena naya </li></ul><ul><li>Sei Krishna tattva veta sei Guru haya </li></ul><ul><li>Even if you are born in a family of outcasts if you know the science of Krishna you can become s spiritual master, wheras an erudite Brahmana who is not a surrendered soul to Krishna cannot become a spiritual master. </li></ul>
  26. 26. The deeper the vision of a devotee the more he can see. <ul><li>Initially he sees the Guru as good as God. </li></ul><ul><li>Sri Nityananda as the original Guru and the Paramatma Chaitya Guru as the inner guide. </li></ul><ul><li>Later he sees that his Guru is an intemate servant of God. </li></ul><ul><li>Later he sees that the Guru is eternal servant of Srimati Radharani and representative of her. Ashraya Vigraha. </li></ul><ul><li>Then he can understand the… </li></ul>Imlitala
  27. 27. Gurus who guide us to discover our spiritual bodies. <ul><li>Srila Rupa Goswami is a confidential servant of the Lord and all the Vaisnavas. </li></ul><ul><li>He is our connection to the higher realm and by his grace eternal service to the divine couple is bestowed. </li></ul>Rupa Manjari
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  29. 29. Let me finish this presentation offering my prostrated dandavats at the Lotusfeet of my spiritual master Srila Prabhupada. He and my other Siksa Gurus have kindly helped me to survive all these years in the beautiful company of Vaisnavas. They are entitled to do with me what they like. I simply pray for their mercy. Whatever useful thing I may have been able to do it is his rightful claim of credit. Let his teachings be victorious for all humanity to benefit. He is the messanger of love divine. The benefits of taking shelter in his instructions gives you much more then you may imagine in your wildest dreams. A pure devotee of the Lord Krishna can give you even entrance into the spiritual world. But you have to take a one way ticket only. OM TAT SAT
  30. 30. Our Guru Parampara is called Brahma Madva Gaudiya Sampradaya <ul><li>Krishna-Brahma-Narada- </li></ul><ul><li>Madvacarya-Madva Sampradaya- </li></ul><ul><li>Madhavendra-Isvara- </li></ul><ul><li>Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu- </li></ul><ul><li>Rupa-Svarup Damodara Sanatana-Raghunatha Goswami, Jiva Goswami-Krishna das K.- Narottama das-Visvanatha C.T.-Baladeva V.-Jagannath d.B.-Bhaktivinode Thakur-Gaurakisora Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada- Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada and their surrendered followers. </li></ul>