Does One Need a Guru?

As I have walked the rough path of life, spirituality, religion and faith, in general, have formed an important pillar of my life. I have had many friends, lovers and people that I have admired as I have gone through life. Most people who seek goodness, charity and joyfulness in life find some kind of a guru to take them through their personal, religious and spiritual experience.

A guru is a guide, a man who understands you and translates your spiritual experience to you. He is, generally, a man you perceive to be of highly intelligent, well-read and someone you are in awe of or aspire to be. You might never have seen your guru in flesh and blood, but through his teachings, books, talks or another such history, you have managed to form a bond with him. An inner tie of mutual respect and admiration has been formed. You can ask him questions, clear your doubts, shed your inhibitions and just embrace your guru with all the love you have for him. From Vivekananda to OSHO and now Ramdev and Jaggi Vasudev, the spiritual shop is bursting from its seams. People have been able to reform themselves and change the course of their lives through these gurus and by being with them in their ashrams. With meditation and other inner therapies, one is able to get answers to one’s doubts and if one doesn’t get the answers, the guru makes sure that he removes all the answers so you are totally empty-headed.

I have had a guru, an enlightened master called OSHO for over the last ten years of my life. I feel like I am in love with him and his meditations but have never seen him in real life as he passed away in the 1990s. But yes, I have been influenced by him and also the course of life that I followed. To me, it was the right path. But like every relationship, there is a bit of love and hate. I have grown out of OSHO in the past few years, no doubt, out of boredom or maybe I just don’t believe in him anymore. At the end, like every relationship, one has to end and is always disappointing. Gurus have a knack of manipulating you for their own self-interest and when you see this self-interest, you are left disappointed. They are skillful therapists and one can go to them from time to time instead of going to any other mad house. They are harmless and, at times, can be fun. But like everything in life, one should never take things seriously and I knew it was time for me to find another spiritual master.

A guru is a life teacher who is constantly holding your hand and saying you are fine as it is and the world is all so beautiful and bountiful. So bring out your true joyful nature and celebrate it every day with everyone we can. I think having a guru is a lot of fun, especially, if you can get close to them and interpret what they are saying.

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