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The Guru and the path of freedom; a contradiction?

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

I had a very interesting comment from littleindian that made me think. A lot of littleindian‘s comments are thought provoking. Littleindian was questioning whether my seeking approval from Satguru Bodhinatha to change my vow of vegetarianism to allow eggs was sacrificing individual thought.

This leads to a more general question. Hinduism has always allowed  freedom of thought. Hinduism acknowledges that there are many ways and paths. In his book “Am I a Hindu“, Ed Viswanatham expresses this very clearly:

Within Hinduism you can argue on any subject. You can even make statements like “There is no Krishna or Rama” and still be a Hindu … In Hinduism one will seldom come across a statement starting ‘Thou shalt not.’  … you will find it to be filled with all kind of ideas.

Yet Hinduism also has the concept of the Guru, the spiritual preceptor , the God realised master who will lead his (or sometimes her) followers to God. The Guru is the ultimate authority. How can we reconcile this with the freedom of ideas? Continue reading

My Meeting with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Shiva as dakshinamurthy, the Guru

Shiva as Dakshinamurthy, the Guru

In my previous post I wrote about my forthcoming meeting with the Satguru of the Nandinatha Sampradaya, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. At the time I did not know what to expect. As you can probably tell from my post I was prepared for the meeting be just talking to a wise and holy man. I was not sure that I would feel any connection with him as a Guru. My spiritual path has involved more searching than finding, and I did not want to build up hopes or expectations that might not be met. Continue reading

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami Visiting the UK

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

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.

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Books, leaves and Gurus

My wife received a painted leaf in an ebay order, which is shown in the picture on the left. After some research I confirmed that this is a picture of Shiva and Parvati, and found that it is painted on a skeleton leaf from a sacred fig tree.

Many Hindus that to develop spirituality past a certain stage one needs a guru. They also say not to worry about not having one, when you are ready a guru will find you. Despite this I still used to worry about how in the UK I would find a guru. Well, I have not found one yet, but I no longer worry, and the fig leaf is part of the reason.

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