The Guru-disciple relationship thrived and flourished for thousands of years in India. In this culture, when there was a need to convey subtle and powerful knowledge, it was always done in an atmosphere of utter trust, dedication and intimacy between the Guru (Master) and the Shishya (disciple). In this blog more about the ‘true’ Guru – disciple relationship.
A Guru is not a teacher. A Guru is more like a guide. It shows you the way, but you have to walk it. As far as I understand, the Guru-Shishya relationship is based upon energy and vibration. The Guru is able to know what it is that the disciple needs at any given moment to evolve every step of the path. This does not always have to be in the form of verbal communication either. Have you ever been in the presence of someone and you felt like you didn’t need to talk to communicate? Or that you felt that a wonderful radiance exuded from the Guru that filled you with inner peace? That is the power of energy and vibration. It works in ways that go beyond the comprehension of the brain.
What is the purpose?
Yoga states that the purpose is to transcend ones five senses, the ego-brain and allow the integration of all those earthly aspects into the Heart where the Soul resides. The physical body then becomes a chariot for ones Soul. This is not for everyone for it is not an easy and painless process for it brings up subconscious programming that needs to be looked at, experienced, healed and substituted with a more wholesome, loving and peaceful one.
In other words, the enlightened Guru more often than not sees it as its responsibility to transfer the gained knowledge, experience and realized higher consciousness to others. The Guru has realized that in essence we are All One. The Guru has an overspill of unconditional love and joy and all he or she wants to do is to share it; to share it with people who are ready to receive it. That’s the ‘true’ Guru – disciple relationship.