Sri Guru-Puja: Who Is Guru?

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham, India
23 July 2013, part 2


I am very happy to see you all. Actually, I told it yesterday, and it is necessary to say it now too. A Guru is santap-harankari (সনতাপ হরণকারী, he who removes santap, three-fold miseries), not vitta-harankari (বিত্ত হরণকারী, he who removes your wealth). Do you understand? This is who a Guru is. "Sei pita pita non, sei bandhu bandhu non, sei mata mata non...": if somebody cannot give you relief from death (mrityu-rupa-samsara), then they are not your mother, they are not your father, not your friend.

This is who a Guru is and also an original Guru will not hope to get anything from his disciples—he does not ask for glorification. Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur said, "Tosamod kari' kakhon guru hate pare na (তোষামোদ করি' কখনো গুরু হতে পারে না). Those who flatter others can never be a Guru." He taught so many things.

In this age of Kali, there are so many kaulik gurus (ancestral guru), so many laukik gurus (family guru), so many karmi gurus (gurus instructing on the path of fruitive work), jnani gurus (gurus instructing on the path of knowledge), but it is very rare to get a paramarthik guru (a bona fide spiritual Guru).

I saw from 1992, when I joined the Mission, how many times Gurudev said, "Everybody always says, 'Hari bol!' 'Hari bol!' but how many percent of them have chastity, sincerity, how many of them are actually sincere seekers?" It is necessary to understand how many percent chastity we have and how many percent attachment to our service we have.


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How to See the Guru:
The main quality of a sincere disciple in several examples: one-pointed attention, rejecting the unfavourable, intense attachment to service and devotees, faith, and careful choice of association..


Ki jani ki bale
'Weeping, Bhakti Vinod takes shelter at Your feet. Forgiving his offences and giving him a taste for the Name, kindly maintain him.'
কি জানি কি বলে

The Guru places a seed of devotion in your heart, but that seed
will come to your mouth.