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We don't need another Guru

Saturday, 30 May 2009 20:38

I have realised that I don't need a guru, I don't need to become a Buddhist and I don't need to go to India to be spiritual.  Not that there is anything wrong with any of these things - it is just not my way.

At various times in my life, I have considered each of these things - but none of them seem to be for me.

In my book, Doing It with Love!, I describe my journey, which of course really meant not going anywhere at all, but staying where I was and recognising that I was living in nirvana.

What does being "spiritual" mean anyway?  I have grappled with this question a lot.

I had always thought, until recently, that being spiritual meant that you were somehow spiritually gifted and had visions or heard things clearly.  That is not true.  Everyone does it - just differently, that is all.  I was always waiting for some big dramatic event that would somehow signify that I was spiritual.  For most people, it is more subtle.  But subtle does not mean less, it just means you need to be more aware of it; it is not right in your face.  I have found that for me it is about trusting my feelings and the thoughts that pop into my head.  If they are persistent, I should pay attention.

I have come to understand that being spiritual is not something separate from life that only supposedly "spiritual" people do.  It is not something separate from our ordinary lives.  It is about how you live your life - how you treat yourself, your partner, your children, your neighbour.  It is about being the best person you can be in every moment.

I recently read a book called What is Lightbody? by Archangel Ariel channelled by Tashira Tachi-ren.    It talks about a lot of full on concepts like parallel realities but there was a concept that really got me excited, so please bear with me.  It talks about how "When any one of your personalities chooses Light, it affects every other across all time and parallels.  This in turn affects everyone that all these personalities come into contact with.  So, just one person choosing to follow Spirit affects the entire history of planet Earth."

How empowering.  We can make a difference and we can change the world.  Not by some amazing, spectacular feat but by our day to day actions in our every day life.  Every good thing we do counts and changes the world.

There is not one way or path.  This thought can be annoying because sometimes it would be nice to think that if you could just unlock the secret path, then you could just follow it and "wha-la" there you go.  But it is really exciting as well - we each have our own individual, quirky way and we are the only ones that can find it.  Just take the first little step and then another ...

In a lot of spiritual books that I have read, the people writing them often seem to hold themselves out as someone special.  It does not seem like the average person can do it.

The Buddhists tell us that to achieve enlightenment takes many lifetimes, but what if I said that we can all do it and it does not have to take very long and in fact, it is lots of fun!

Spiritual growth is about following your bliss - feeling good and being happy.  It takes courage to do what makes you happy.  It is about taking action.

I came across an interesting quote from Ayn Rand (Novelist and Philosopher) the other day that I would like to share with you - "Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose to your life, and that happiness, not pain or minor self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values."

I don't need a guru, but we can learn so much from the people in our lives.  We can often swing from wanting to give our power away to someone else to swinging to the other extreme of thinking we have to do it all on our own.  I think having mentors is really great.  But they may not be who we think they should be - one of the most important mentors I have had in the last few years has been a woman that is more than 10 years younger than me.

These last three blogs I have affectionately dubbed "The Trilogy".  They all go to the heart of it to me.

As with the other two blogs in the Trilogy, I will end with another wonderful parable from the Anastasia series of books.  There are so many great nuggets in these books (Kin's Domain, Kin's Book, the power of thought and the power of imagery to name a few) and Anastasia creates the most amazing images with her stories.

The parable I want to share with you is called "Two Brothers" and it is from Book 4 entitled Co-Creation by Vladimir Megre.

Again it is quite long, but I will try and capture the essence of it here.

"Once upon a time there lived twin brothers, whose mother died shortly after childbirth and their father died when they were 15 years old.  After burying their father, the two brothers sat mourning in their room.  After a period of mournful silence the elder brother (by 3 minutes) spoke:

'Our father on his deathbed told us of his sorrow that he had not been able to impart to us the wisdom of life.  How shall you and I live without wisdom, my dear younger brother?'

The elder brother decides that, for both their sakes, and for the sake of their line which will extend through time, he will go out into the world and find everything that is wise in the world.  'I shall take with me everything of value our father left us, and travel throughout the world and meet all the wise people of different lands.  I shall learn all their teachings and then return to my native home.'

'Your course will be a long one' said the younger brother sympathetically.  'Take as much as you can carry, so that you will find your journey the less hard.  I shall stay at home and await your returning as the wisest of men.'

The brothers parted for a very long time.  Years went by. The elder brother went from wise man to wise man, from temple to temple, learning the teachings of the Orient and the Occident, journeying to the North and to the South.  He possessed a colossal memory, and his keen intellect quickly grasped everything he heard and committed it to heart.

For about 60 years the elder brother travelled.  His inquisitive mind kept roaming and honing his wisdom.  And this ageing pilgrim came to be considered himself the wisest of men.  He was followed by a crowd of disciples.  To inquisitive minds he generously preached his wisdom.  Both young and old hung on his every word.  And his glory and fame preceded him wherever he came, and communities would proclaim in advance the wise man's great coming.

And so it was in an aura of glory, surrounded by a throng of obsequious disciples, that the ageing man drew nearer and nearer to the village where he was born and the house which he had left 60 years before as a youth of 15.

All the people of the village turned out to greet him, and the younger brother, showing similar signs of grey, ran toward him rejoicing and bowed his head before his learned brother.  And he whispered with gladsome tenderness:

'Bless me, O my learned brother.  Come into our home.  I shall wash your feet after your long journey.  Come into our home, my wise brother, and take your rest'.

With a magnanimous sweep of his hand, the elder brother gestured to all his disciples to remain on the little hill in front of the village while he entered the home of his younger brother.  The wise man, like an ageing dignitary, sat down wearily at the table and the younger brother began washing his feet with warm water and listening to what his learned brother had to say.  And the wise man began speaking to him as follows:

'I have fulfilled my duty.  I have learnt the teachings of the great wise men of the Earth, and I have created teachings of my own.  I shall not stay long at home but since I promised to bring my wisdom home, I shall fulfil my promise.  I shall impart to you the wisest pearls of truth in the world.

'Here is the first:  all people should live in a splendid garden.'

Anxious to please his elder brother, the younger brother said 'On the table before you are the fruits of our garden - I have gathered the very best for you'.

The wise man thoughtfully tasted the marvellous array of fruits before him, and went on:

'Every man living on the Earth should cultivate his own family tree.  When he dies, the tree will remain as a good memorial for his descendants.  It will purify the air.  We should all be able to breathe good air'.

Showing signs of haste and effort, the younger brother said 'Forgive me, my wise brother, I forgot to open the window so that you can breathe fresh air.  Here, breathe the air of our two cedar trees.  I planted them the year you left.'

'Each of us should strive every day for love'.

'Oh, how wise you are, my dear elder brother' exclaimed the younger brother.  'You have learnt such great wisdom, and I am embarrassed in your presence.  Forgive me, I have not even introduced you to my wife.'  In the doorway a cheerful old woman appeared with plates of fresh steaming pies.  She whispers to her husband that she needs to lie down as she is once more with child, and laughs as she runs off.

'My apologies, brother' the younger brother excused himself in some embarrassment 'My wife doesn't know the value of wisdom, she's always been light-hearted and is still that way, even in her old age.'

The wise man's thoughtful moments became increasingly long.  His reverie was broken by the sound of children's voices.

'To learn how to raise children that will be happy and righteous'.

The younger brother's grandchildren burst in happily - one wanted to show him how she had learnt to dance, one wanted to draw with him and the other wanted to play his pipe for him.  The younger brother struck up a cheerful and splendid melody on the flute with the future famous musician playing the pipe, the blushing girl leapt about like a ballerina and the future artist drew a picture full of joy.

The wise man kept silent.  The wise man realised ...  When the merriment was finished he rose and said solemnly 'My dear younger brother, bring me our father's old hammer and chisel.  I shall hew out on a rock the most important lesson of all.  Then I shall go away.  I probably shan't come back.  Don't stop me, and don't wait for me.'  The inscription he chiselled into the rock was:

'Whatever you seek, pilgrim, you are already carrying with you.  You keep losing it with every step you take, and are finding nothing new'."

 Do you want to be a guru or do you want to live it?  I want to live it.


 

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thank you, Mary. This blog is really great. I enjoyed reading it and didn't want it to stop...please, please keep them coming....I really get it thanks to you, I want to live it too, I've been living a life of a guru...."not that there is anything wrong with that" hehehehe. I choose love.. Love Suzi.....
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Hi Sooz
Thanks for your comment.
I learn so much from our chats - and they are so much fun!
Like we often remind each other - it is fine to get excited about esoteric concepts and it is important to keep learning and growing, but are we practising what we preach.
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Hi Mary,
Thank you, I'm so glad I have you to remind me...
I just found a quote from the daily guru, which i think connects with your blogs....
"when you stop expecting reality to manifest through a special experience, or with a specific finite form, you will answer it showing up in every experience and shining through all manifest forms"
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