Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru devo Maheshwara, Guru sakshat, param Brahma, tasmai shri guruvey namah.
The Guru is the Enlightenment principal that shows us the way to our true Self; our higher, holy Self. The Guru is the remover of darkness (Gu – darkness, Ru – remover) and shines the light where darkness obscures the light of truth.
Our creation (Brahma – the force of creation) is our guru. Our birth with its unique alignment in time and space acts as a guru. Our parents are great teachers and our relationship with them is a powerful guru in our lives.
The duration of our lives (Vishnu – the force of preservation) is our guru. The daily circumstances we are involved in are our guru as are the people we live with, work with and play with.
Illnesses, tragedies, and the eventual death of the body (devo Maheshwara – the force of transformation, destruction & completion) are all our guru. Through challenges and calamities the guru shows us the light of what is beyond our attachment to the mental and physical.
There is always a guru that is nearby (sakshat). We are never without access to this remover of darkness however, it may show up in forms that don’t match our ideas of what our guru should look like. This aspect of guru helps us accept that teachings may come in many forms and circumstances and at any moment.
The guru is also beyond that which our limited minds can comprehend (Brahma). To contemplate this aspect of guru is to begin to open to cosmic awareness.
And finally, if we can offer all our efforts (tasmai) and humbly bow (namah) to the beautiful (shri) remover of darkness (guru) we may open ourselves to the opportunities to witness this enlightenment principal at work in our lives.
Join me in yoga classes during April as we learn and work with this chant.