‘gu’ ⇢ darkness of ignorance
‘ru’ ⇢ one who removes
Guru meaning ‘one who dispels darkness of ignorance’. The one who simply dissolves your ignorance and shines the Universal light that lives within us all. A Guru is one who provides the knowledge of the wisdom of integration of life. The Guru lives in you and the purpose is to awaken to the Universality. The greatest love and devotion of all is to Guru. Why? Because it is the Universal Love/Bliss you are surrendering to which is you.
Perhaps you have heard the expression, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”? In the Vedic tradition as a teacher/Guru we respond through what we call ‘Worthy Enquiry’. When the student/seeker is able, willing and ready to consciously be fully receptive to receiving the teachings the knowledge itself transmutes from merely being information to wisdom. The Guru can only work with how much the seekers conscious receptivity has been opened sufficiently. Without openness, a seeker may become charmed by the power that is implicit in knowledge and merely extract select fragments of the teacher’s wisdom. Fragmented knowledge is not wisdom it is what I call, “Information Banking – (taking in massive amount of knowledge without integration) which is not what the transformation of the Self is all about.
It is the Guru’s responsible to be a Seer. To teach someone who is truly ready and qualified to learn. In the Vedic tradition, a seeker’s conscious receptivity is correlated with a quality or characteristic known as “Worthy Enquiry”.
Worthy enquiry is connected to the student’s willingness to defer to the teacher’s prerequisites and instructions. When worthy enquiry is present in the student, the flow of knowledge from the Guru can become complete and unbounded, without the worry of fragmentation. One way a student demonstrates worthy enquiry is by their willingness to offer Guru Dakshina – the exchange of energy and information between student and teacher that triggers transformation in the consciousness field. Guru Dakshina mostly refers to a fee and/or a service that is called for by the Guru; it is the means to enliven reciprocity. Activating the enegy flow of giving and receiving.
The willingness of a student to offer support to the Guru is a crucial indicator of worthy enquiry. Beyond this, the offering of Guru Dakshina is an exchange that should be given from one’s heart to another. The student has to be ready, willing and fully believe in the worth of this exchange which is essentially about awakening one’s soul and activating the individuals human potential. The student is literally investing in themselves, their own personal spiritual awakening and the quality of how they are going to live their lives through the integration of the wisdom of life. When the student gives abundantly it allows for them to receive abundantly. It opens the student’s heart and mind to the field
of all possibilities. This allows for new knowledge to flow in as well inviting expansion to occur.
A Vedic master and/or Guru has mastered the capacity to win the support of all the laws of nature and, therefore, always will be provided for amply. Self-sufficiency is an attribute of enlightenment. In the Vedic tradition, it is considered a great blessing and honor when our offerings become one of the means whereby nature provides for the Guru. It is more than normal for the Guru to call for a monetary course fee before any teaching commences. The reality is we live in a modern society which functions off money being the energy exchange of almost anything and everything. The greater the resistance and/or sacrafice one has with the parting of money the more powerful the monetary offering becomes. This allows for an individual to take the teachings on with more discipline, meaning, etc. Surrendering money and time as an offering of Guru Dakshina has a powerful effect on the student allowing for them to pay more attention to what they have invested in.
Aside from the Guru Dakshina offering which is an exchange for receiving the teachings, students are asked to demonstrate worthy enquiry by complying with a daily practice, attending knowledge meetings, and by showing respect through listening to the Guru’s lectures and showing observance of the Guru’s rules and guidelines. Our experience as Vedic masters is most students are absolutely willing to give on the level that is asked for and rarely dispute the value of the teachings. These students are the one’s who express the largest impact of the teachings most quickly.
If one hesitates to offer or tries to bargain over Guru Dakshina then perhaps one might consider money’s outer material buying power to be more valuable than awakening the infinite organizing power of the inner Self. Or simply one considers their money’s value to be greater than the Guru’s knowledge demonstrating that the time to receive such Supreme knowledge is not conducive to that very moment.
To a master, any of these implied attitudes would be a warning sign of a lack of worthy enquiry; teaching someone under unworthy conditions could cause the teaching to become lost to future generations.
Therefore, for our own benefit, and for the benefit of all, it is good to do our utmost to meet all the conditions set by a Guru. To do so clarifies our own intention; demonstrating our worthy enquiry stimulates the flow of knowledge, and it brings support to oneself and to the Guru’s plan to offer enlightenment to the world.
May the victory of dispelling all ignorance within and without occur for you so you are able to connect to the divine excellence that is YOU. Leaving us in our truest potential of unbounded oceanic blissful love.
Additional Credit: This story is blended with the words of Yashoda’s Guru Thom Knoles.