Who is a Guru?

Guru is the energy which brings you to the Ultimate. It pushes you, attracts you, guides you and then illuminates You. There are several “modern-age Guru’s”, who claim that they have attained Moksh and mislead aspirants. Speaking soothing words and manipulating using language is very easy. Getting caught in the tangle of modern-age marketeers is common. It is very rare to meet a real enlightened Guru in these times. sun2This is what I would advise genuine aspirants who do not have access to a real physical Guru. Real Guru-s may look like human but they are not human. My own Guru, he physically looked like an old bald man wearing a white dhoti and a kurta, but the energy! Now he is physically gone, but the energy is still very much there! Except I cannot remember his face now, if I close my eyes and think of him, I get that blast of energy from everywhere in the Universes and from also within me. You have to understand that a ‘Guru’ is not the human but the energy, a tremendous blast of energy. You will have to find a way to bring in this energy and channelise it into your life.

Every step of your life the Universe is guiding you to Yourself, these are also Guru. Some tiny incidents which leave an impact on you, or some inspirational story which motivates you or some spiritual text or mantra which energises you, are all aspects of the ‘Guru’. You are much more, allow your subconscious and astral self to help you find Yourself. You will see cues everywhere.

A real Guru will never ask you to worship him or keep his photograph or build temples in his name. A real Guru will always make you practice what he has taught you, to do your Sadhana. If you are being urged by your friends to join up a spiritual group and get initiated by their ‘Guru’, here are 3 tests that you can evaluate this group/Guru against.

  1. Granth prachiti (guidance from texts) – Are the philosophy, discourses, activities of this group/Guru in harmony with the philosophies of the Ved, Vedanta, Upanishad, Bhagwad Gita, Vignyan Bhairav tantra etc.
  2. Guru prachiti (guidance from the Guru lineage) – The lineage that they claim to be, is it from a real Guru? In India they will claim to be initiated by renown Gurus of the past, but always take this with a pinch of salt.
  3. Finally and most important and over-riding Atma-prachiti (guidance from your own self) – How do you feel about this Guru/group? Your conscience is the most unfailing guide you have. Your inner sub-conscious self knows more, so trust your gut-feel. Choosing to follow a spiritual guide is the most important choice you will make, so think and evaluate very carefully. Trust yourself completely.

meru2Now this is what you can do, as the safest, best and the most effective option. Do this only if you feel this to be ok in your heart. You are the ultimate judge of what you do. Do this only if you feel this simple practice resonating with you.

  • Get a Shriyantra and set it up on your puja ghar/altar. This will be your focus point. You can buy one engraved on a silver/gold plate or if it is not available for sale where you live you can even take a print-out of this geometry from the internet and laminate it. (Just remember while choosing the image to print, the central triangle is an equilateral triangle and the central dot is at the very center of this triangle). Or if you prefer it in 3-D you can buy a Mahameru in sphatik/clear quartz stone.
    • This is the geometry of your own internal energy. All the chakras in your spine when placed on one top of the other create this geometry.
    • You need a focus point to concentrate your intention on. The central Bindu/point of this geometry represents the Ultimate, You. So you focus on this point.
    • When you focus on this Bindu, you are consciously arranging all your chakra energies to their perfect orientation. You are showing your internal energies how they should look like and they will resonate with this geometry.
    • Here is a detailed post on this geometry.
  • Now that you have your focus, you will need to set up the place where you will sit, your asan (detailed post here). The asan acts as a foundation for your practice as well as sort of a recharge battery. It ‘holds’ your practice. It protects you in every way.
  • Now you have your focus and your asan, so you have to charge your energies. There are two ways you can do it.
    • If you are drawn to the jaap method, the Gayatri mantra is the best possible option (full post here). You can recite the Gayatri mantra in sets of 108 repeats (ideally at sunrise/midday/sunset or else whenever you find the time, will take 15 mins for 108 repeats). Count on your fingers. After you finish don’t get up suddenly, enjoy the peace and internal silence for at least 5 mins more. Or you can then continue with Dhyan if you feel so inclined and have time.
    • If you are more drawn to just Dhyan (detailed post here) do it sitting on your Asan in front of your focus geometry. Will take 30 mins of your time initially, (20 mins for breathing 108 times and 10 mins for enjoying the peace/silence.) As it deepens it can go for hours. Initially sit once or twice a day, at sunrise or sunset or if not possible, then any time at night or when your surroundings are silent. This is nothing complicated, just breathing normally with focus between your eyebrows and mentally reciting the mantra (it is Om or Hamsa or Soham)
    • This sitting silently afterwards is the real essence of mediation, your mind has been stilled by your 108 mantra repeat and you are very deeply silent. Enjoy!

This practice may seem very simple but it goes in very very deep. It is like full-fledged energy work-out. This ‘simple’ practice will take you all the way to Moksh. There is no need of doing any complicated stuff which is ‘marketed’ in today’s world.

(If you are a woman take a 5-day break when you have your monthly cycle, do not sit on your Asan. Here your body is undergoing physical destruction within and you need rest.)meruAlways know your real name is Om, your energy looks like the Shriyantra geometry, you are the Ultimate yourself, now you just have to experience it again. But are weighed down by desires and conditionings which block you from this experience. You have to resolve these. And they will get resolved, you have to put your faith/shraddha in your practice.

There were several people in the past, enlightened Guru-s perhaps, but they are not physically available now. You can read their teachings for inspiration, you can feel gratitude for them in your heart, acknowledging that you learnt something is always good.  Now, if they were really Enlightened they were never ‘human’, they were/are the Parabrahma. My Guru had a name and was very well known in society but his real nature was/is Om. When he gained his Moksh, his ‘society identity’ dissolved. His real nature became Parabrahma. The real name/nature of every enlightened Guru was/is Om, just the same as yours, it is Om.

But your practice is what you do sitting on your Asan. Here you will think only of your real Self. You will become who you focus on, so always focus on your own perfection. That is in sound ‘Om’ and in geometry the ‘Shriyantra’ in all its dimensions. When you close your eyes for doing the jaap or dhyan you will only think of your mantra Gayatri or Om/Soham/Hamsa, nothing else at all. You will focus at the center of your eyebrows. It will seem pitch black at first but persevere. Be patient and do your action, breathe+mantra+focus. This will balance out everything. Trust your actions.

For doing spiritual practice you do not need to take sanyas and live in a monastery, you can do all this quite easily living with your family, doing your job and being with society. Just one thing if you can, control what you eat/drink. Tamasic food/drink make your astral self ‘heavy’. So if possible, avoid non-veg (fish is ok not other meats), avoid alcohol (once in a while for social/medical reasons is ok), avoid heavily spiced food (overloads the digestive system) and eat at least one thing which you have cooked/made with your own hands (even a cup of tea will do!)

In Sanatan Dharm the Observer is given prime importance, your experience is yours. Your friend’s experience is his, not yours.

Trust your own self always. This is your personal journey within yourself, to yourself.guru

 

(This post is in response to this comment I received in the Contact form, I hope it has been of some use to you.
“I have been reading some of your interesting posts lately.. Particularly because i am interested in spiritual development..
I have trust my true self before and practiced awareness or even meditation with the help of my inner self (i call it my own Guru although He has not a name).
But the thing is that a friend recently told me i should not meditate without the help of a true Master or even doing breath exercises because it was dangerous… so i stopped it. He particularly recommended me to read about his own Master. I read about it and i agree that His words are wise and helpful but i feel that i don’t want in my heart to choose Him as my Master aswel.
I don’t even know from where i get all this inner good thoughts and guidance and before felt enlightened, in the good path, and that my own Guru has no name..so it is hard for me to choose some specific of the ones who lived before.
My friend keep saying that i cannot ever reach true enlightenment by my self meditating and without cleaning my self from my past karma. (which i feel i have been doing naturally with help of the Universe or God.. He says that the only way is initiating according to His Master, but i don’t feel i want to initiate in anything. I don’t want to become a non or a living saint. I just want to live a honest life without attachment, give love to my family and people around me, live true to my self..

When i meditate or do dhyan should i have in my awareness gratitude for all Masters or Gurus ever existed or should i choose a particular one (besides trusting my inner self)? This is the question i have been struggling lately.
If you don’t have a particular answer it is enough with a advice. I trust because you seem to have good experience about spiritualities path.

Best regards, Marly”)

Jupiter in the 12 houses and signs.

I had written a bit on the real nature on Jupiter in this post earlier, do go through it. I got a request in a comment for more on Jupiter, thus this post. In this post I will discuss some keywords which can help you decipher the Jupiter in your chart.

Jupiter is the force of expansion, of philosophy, of conventional wisdom, of generosity, of magnificence, of conventional religion and show of religion, of teachers, of maturity and for a woman he can even represent her husband.

For brief keywords on the attributions of the 12 houses/signs please refer to my earlier post. Ideally you should learn these keywords by heart and fit them in your analysis. Jyotish is a language, where a bit of learning, a bit of intuition and a bit of common sense will help you analyse charts better.

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For analysing the complete influence of Jupiter on your chart, check out the following. This may seem like a long-ish exercise but its essential as it tells you which areas of your life are influenced by this planet of generosity and soothing gentle-care. These areas of life will be relatively less problematic or even if a problem crops up its intensity and duration will be limited. Jupiter does not stop a problem from happening just reduces the recovery time.

  1. Position of Jupiter, the house and the sign both
  2. The actual owner planet of the house and sign, his location.
  3. The planets with Jupiter or aspecting him.
  4. The signs of Sagittarius and Pisces, their position in the chart and the planets occupying these.
  5. The aspects of Jupiter himself and which planets and houses and signs he is influencing.

Now to link up these attributes of Jupiter with those of the 12 houses/rashis. The same attributes exist for both these. You should mix and match them as per the chart. For eg, Jupiter in Gemini in the ascendant will give a mix of both Gemini sign and 1st house placement results.

  1. Jupiter in the 1st house or Aries – You will be full of vital energy and will carrying out various significant roles in the society. Your personal ego and status in the society will be quite good. You will be a massively built person, muscular but yet with a soft gentle look. You are good natured, scholarly but still very competitive. Your competitions will be in the arena of philosophy, teaching and maturity.
  2. Jupiter in the 2th house or Taurus will make you a keeper of large family traditions and big family treasures. Your speech will be gentle yet forceful and you will know several languages, songs and will be knowledgeable about your family history and culture. You can be a professional singer.
  3. Jupiter in the 3th house or Gemini will give you several good natured siblings, brothers, neighbours, extended family. More males than females in your brotherhood. You will receive and also send out several communications, be involved in business and will be bold. You may also be a preacher and deliver messages from divinity. You can be a very good motivational speaker.
  4. Jupiter in the 4th house or Cancer will make you expansive about your foundations and security. You will have a generous, large-sized mother, several relatives on the maternal side, large soothing residence, vehicles and landed property. You will have many who comfort you and care for you. Ethnic culture will be very strong, especially on the mother’s side. You are the true patriot and may be working with the government or the armed forces.
  5. Jupiter in the 5th house or Leo will give a tremendous expansion to your creativity,, you will have several children. You will be highly educated formally, with several degrees, highly intelligent and at the center stage. You are the actor or a performer or even a politician. You can also be a gambler who always wins!
  6. Jupiter in the 6th house or Virgo can be rather unfortunate as you will be required to give service. You might be ill with several diseases, You are argumentative, anxiety ridden, and may be taking several medicines. You potentially have several enemies and debts. There is an underlying victim narrative here. But on the other hand you may have several servants yourself. If other aspects support you can be good lawyer, an excellent nurse or a well-known doctor. See the other aspects to be sure which narrative your life follows.

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  7. Jupiter in the 7th house or Libra is into partnerships in a big way. Lots of trades, negotiations, several contracts with agreements, balance and fairness, numerous alliances. You believe in justice and act accordingly. You may be a lawyer or a judge or even the wise person in the house who resolves everyones minor tiffs and maintains beauty and harmony in the house. Your wife/husband will be wise and philosophical by nature and your married life will be harmonious.
  8. Jupiter in the 8th house or Scorpio is another odd placement. You are a highly secretive person and you can change your personality to suit the situation. You know the secrets of others and can use them to your advantage. You are not mean, just very secretive. At least one operation is indicated, maybe an appendix or tonsils removal? You refuse to follow the religious philosophy of your family, you have your own inner doctrines which make sense to you. You spend rather less time with your children. You know how to get things done. See the other aspects in details before arriving to a conclusion here.
  9. Jupiter in the 9th house or Sagittarius is very comfortable. You have a very visible expression of your religion, philosophy. You teach, preach, do public pujas and very visible in religious festivals. You have a very broad understanding of conventional wisdom and beliefs. Several father-figures, teachers, male members in your family and you get blessings from your several ancestors. You are a good father, with several children and a good teacher with several students.
  10. Jupiter in the 10th house or Capricorn thrusts you in leadership roles, you are in highly visible and respected in the society. You may be in a position to make rules and regulations for the society. You are highly materialistic and will get money, power and position and are very conscious of social hierarchies. You are the one who steadily climbs upwards in the social structure with your hard word and efforts.
  11. Jupiter in the 11th house or Aquarius is the dealer and the tradesman of the market place, of exotic wares and lots and lots of business networks. You have many friends, and lady luck is your best friend. You have many goals to achieve, and you achieve them all. You are well off and have several sources of income. You belong to many communities irrespective of social structure and are acceptable to all strata of society. You can interact with a begger or a king with equal genuineness. You can be a businessman, or social worker or even a politician who really wants to do good for the people.
  12. Jupiter in the 12th house or Pisces is the sage or the psychic, you can divine the past and the future. You yourself do not know what you are! You desire solitude and mediation, being with yourself and contemplation. You may be a medium for the dead ancestors or spirits. You can receive guidance and information from them. You have a very vivid imagination and a very active sub-conscious, very highly intuitive. Dreams and visions are your companions. However this can also mean visits to the hospitals, or a need to leave the homeland and settle in foreign, or be a wanderer. Check out the other aspects to make this clear.

So now I have put in a nutshell how Jupiter performs when situated in the 12 houses and similarly in the 12 signs. Astrology is not 1+1=2, it requires a bit of intuition too, however if you keep these keywords in mind it will be easier to start learning. Baby steps first before you dive off the deep end!

There is one more post now due on Jupiter. His results are also affected by the other grahas who influence and aspect him. I will write on how Jupiter interacts with the other planets in my next post.

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Guru Sakshat Parabrahma..

Guruh Brahma Guruh Vishnu Guruh Devo Maheshwarah Guru Sakshata Parabrahmah Tasmai Shri Guruve namah.

This is the sanskrit shloka on the foundation of which the business of the “modern gurus” is conducted. This year I saw this shlok being circulated on whatsapp on 5th sept celebrated as (school/college) Teacher’s day. The commonly circulated translation is “The Guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Shiv. The Guru is the All observing Parabrahma. And thus I bow down to that Guru”. So our School teachers and modern age gurus chant this and elevate themselves to the levels of Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh and the Parabrahma. Such ego! Its unbelievable.

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What is a “guru” in Sanskrit? Lets see, venerable, extended, heavy, serious, difficult, high, valueable, momentous, dense, attract etc. Remember this is a sanskrit word used in the context of spiritual studies, so intention and layers and layers of meanings.

A school/college teacher is more properly an “adhyapak” in sanskrit. A school or college teacher should not be called a guru, it is an insult to the real Guru.

Second these modern age “spiritual gurus” who are only interested in establishing “centers”, businesses, brand names and products. They cannot live without AC, wear really expensive clothes, use expensive vehicles and just talk. Use complicated words to baffle and awe their followers. This is just bad karma that they are creating for themselves. Its is the greatest sin to purposely deceive an aspirant who has a genuine interest in spirituality.

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So who is the Guru? He is the Satguru. The one who shows you, brings you, attracts you to the Sat/Eternal Truth. And the real Sat is your own self. That which you have been searching for so long is Yourself. And thus the only force who can bring you to youself is …. Your Own Self.

Next this shlok, remember Sanskrit, layers of meanings, So this shlok more properly means this, “Brahmadev is the Guru, Vishnu is the Guru, Maheshwar is the Guru, the ‘witness to all’ Parabrahma is the Guru. And thus I bow down to such Guru.” Brahmadev, Vishnu, Maheshwar and the Parabrahma are the energies which bring you to the Truth/Sat. Thus it makes sense.

The difference between these 2 meanings is like heaven and earth.

And my personal belief is that I really do not need someone in a physical body to be my Guru. I believe that there is a higher self within me. I am a tiny bit of the Parabrahma myself and this tiny bit is my conscience/Antaratma. If I let my conscience be my Guru, it will take me to Myself. But living in this world of so many external influences, pushes and pulls, I have stopped hearing the voice of my conscience. So how do I hear Myself again? Only when I cut off these external voices and sit still.

So please start your spiritual practice, and practice sitting still. Your conscience will speak to you again and a day will come when you will start following your conscience. That is the power of Sat, your own.

Now listen to this Guru stotra by Uma Mohan which defines in even more details what a Guru actually is!

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