The Guru of the Nandinatha Sampradaya, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami due to visit London soon. The Nandinatha Sampradaya run the Master course, which I am currently studying, and my family and I will be able to meet him during his visit.
I do not have a Guru, at least one present in the physical world, though I do feel that I am being guided. I don’t really know how I will feel meeting Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. Through reading the Master Course books, I have come to know the author, Bodhinatha’s predecessor Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. The books speak on a spiritual level. I know that since Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami selected his successor, Satguru Bodhinatha must be a true Guru, a holy and wise man. Is he my Guru though? The Master course advises:
Don’t be too hasty in picking your guru. That is the best advice. Maybe it’s not for you in this life to have a guru. Maybe next life or the life after that. There’s no hurry, and yet there is a great sense of urgency on the spiritual path, a great sense of urgency. Don’t go hunting for a guru. Just be alert enough to know when you encounter him.
I have read some articles by Satguru Bodhinatha in the Hinduism today magazine, though very little compared to the master course lessons. It took a couple of months of studying the Master Course before I felt the spiritual teaching as well as the intellectual lessons. I know that at very least this will be a blessed meeting with a wise and holy man. I feel that it is auspicious that the Mater Course lessons that I am studying shortly before his visit are about finding a guru. Whatever the meeting holds I am sure it will be a step on my spiritual journey.
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i had never heard of a sat guru until i met one http://www.shivatrust.org.uk