Do you want to achieve the finality or supreme reality? If yes, then read on.
Let's do a small experiment. Go to a field or any open space. Mark any one spot as A, which is your start point. A kilometre away from it mark a point B, the destination you want to reach. Now start walking from A to B keeping your mind free of thoughts. The minute you get a thought take a turn. Every thought, a turn. Write to me how long it took for you to travel the distance.
Yoga is the journey from A to B. A, is where you are, B is the finality. Guru is someone, who has already walked that path and has the experience of finality. So he is able to show you the path. But to walk it or to take turns or stop, is the choice of the sadhak.
Traits of a Guru by Yogi Ashwini
The key to success is the path of least resistance. The various desires, thoughts, sceneries, people and pleasures that one intercepts on the path, act as resistances, that prevent the sadhak from moving ahead. This is not to say one should shun desires, but to understand one's state, accept it and discuss with the Guru without any barriers or hesitation and then follow his/her word.
“Mantra moolam guru vakyam” goes the shloka. This means one must follow the word of the guru like a mantra. Any ifs and buts would cause resistance and hamper one's journey.
When Guru Drona told Arjun to fix his gaze on the eye of the fish, Arjun did just that, irrespective of what was happening around.
When you walk from point A to B, it's not as if you are on a treadmill. Things change, sceneries change, people around you change. Change is the only constant in creation. It is these sceneries which change, in the journey of yog, they are called visions of various dimensions because when you are walking on the journey, you encounter various gods and goddesses. Unless you encountering or seeing them, you can be sure you are walking on a treadmill.
That is the guru’s job, to give you the experience, not just talk of experience. The experience has to be yours, individually, not someone else’s, which is actually what a book is. So begin your journey, but not on a treadmill.
Originally published in The Asian Age