Chakra Discussions

The Guru Does Not Make Disciples

by H.H. Ramsukhdas Swami

Posted November 7, 2009

Bhagavan Sri Krishna has said in the Bhagavad-gita: "Neither the hosts of demigods nor the great sages know My origin or opulences, for, in every respect, I am the source of the demigods and sages." (Bg. 10.2). Even Arjuna, on beholding the Lord's Universal Form, praised His glories: "O great one, greater even than Brahma, You are the original creator. Why then should they not offer their respectful obeisances unto You? You are the father of this complete cosmic manifestation, of the moving and the nonmoving. You are its worshippable chief, the supreme spiritual master." (Bg. 11.37, 11.43).

In other words, it is not essential for a sadhaka, or spiritual aspirant, to search for a guru. Considering the advice of Sri Guru Stotra to see Lord Krishna the Supreme Personality of Godhead as the Universal Guru (vasudevam sutam devam, kamsa-chanura mardanam; devaki-paramanandam krishnam, vande jagad-gurum"), a sadhaka should look to Bhagavan Sri Krishna as his Guru and the Bhagavad-gita as the Lord's mantra and divine message.

Guided by the words of the Gita, he must become deeply engaged in his spiritual practices. If however, the sadhaka ever needs a Guru from the worldly perspective, then that Universal Guru Himself will make the sadhaka meet his guru: "To those who always worship Me with exclusive devotion, meditating on My transcendental form, I carry what they lack, and I preserve what they have." (Bg. 9.22).

A real guru does not make another into a disciple; rather, he or she makes the sadhaka into a guru — a liberated soul with perfect knowledge and realization, and who will work for the benefit and upliftment of this world. Such a guru is the treasury of all the minting banks.

In reality, the gurus and mahapurushagreat souls do not make disciples. They never have a sentiment like: "Someone should first become my sishya (student, disciple); only then will I reveal to them the spiritual truths." A sadhaka may on his own accept a great soul from whom he has attained knowledge as his Guru. Whatever knowledge one gives another, in that subject the revelator has invariably become the Guru, whether accepted or not.

People make someone a Guru and say: Mein sagura ho gayaa hu, maine guru dhaaran ker liya, mein niguraa nahi rahaa ("I now have a Guru; I have accepted a Guru. I am no longer without a Guru.") Believing this, they become satisfied. Such thinking will become an obstacle to spiritual progress because the sadhaka will thereafter not consider anyone else as guru, will not do satsang (association with Truth) with other spiritual souls and will not listen to spiritual lectures and discourses by others. All of these will become roadblocks to bhakti.

Desiring salvation, sadhakas will not stop at any place by considering any one particular person as their sole guru. Rather they continuously inquire and remain intense seekers of their own salvation. Until the time of attaining enlightenment they will never be satisfied.