Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Who is a Guru ?

But the same word in Tamil gives more insights about the process of Enlightenment and Immortality. In the Siddha system of medicine, there are 32 external medicines and 32 internal medicines. The ‘Guru’ medicine is the ultimate medicine. Its power is everlasting. It has absolutely no expiry date whatsoever. Even a dying man, they say, can be revived and brought back to life by feeding him a pinch of this nectar-like medicine. It acts like ‘Amrita’ the fabled ‘elixir of life’ of the Siddhas, the alchemists. The idol of Lord Muruga installed at the top of the hill at Palani was created by the immortal Sidhha Bhoga. They say it was made of ‘Guru Medicine’. The process is given in the Siddha literature. Nine poisons were taken and purified into the ultimate nectar of a medicine that would cure all the 4448 diseases of man. A large quantity, say about ten kilograms, of a medicine meant to cure asthma would be manufactured and a pinch of the Guru medicine would be added to it. Instantly the whole of it will be transformed into guru medicine. It is common knowledge in Tamil Nadu that the foodstuffs used for bathing the idol at Palani turned into Guru Medicine and cured innumerable patients of all their diseases. Later, man’s greed scrapped the very legs of the Lord. When the idol was about to fall, the state government intervened and issued an order to stop this malpractice. The point is, a tiny amount of guru medicine can transform forever a large amount of ordinary medicine into amrita. In the same way, a Guru’s consciousness, just by a touch or by a gracious glance can transform the ignorant, relative consciousness of a layman into absolute consciousness. So a Guru is one who attained Absolute consciousness of God and also capable of transforming the consciousness of others into Brahman Consciousness. The second meaning of the word Guru,according to Siddha literature, is one who has evolved into a superman. Unlike man, he does not breathe common atmospheric air containing oxygen for his survival. He has learnt to breathe in the ‘mukya prana’ of the Upanisad, the Holy Spirit of God’s breath of light. Prana is different from oxygen, says Maha Yogi Swami Vivekananda in his commentary on Raja Yoga of Patanjali in the very first chapter. The guru in the tradition of Vaishnavism, Nammalvar was called, ‘Sadakopan’ meaning one who got angry with ‘sadam’ the atmospheric air and drove it away when it tried to enter into his nostrils at the time of his birth. He was always living in Sahaja Samadhi, right from his birth. He was a great siddha. Revelation is born when the breathing of air ceases and ‘vegakkal’ in the terminology of Swami Ramalinga, the undying, uninflammable, light breath of God starts functioning in a man’s head first and then starts circulating throughout his body. In the terminology of the Siddhas, the syllable ‘ku’ or ‘gu’ (there is only one letter ‘L’) for denoting both the sounds of K and G in Tamil) means dark, inert, inorganic atmospheric air with its oxygen and ‘ru’ means ‘light breath’ of Prana, the breath of God, the ‘Chid Prana shakthi’, the ultimate energy of God with which he creates the world and beings. Hence one who is capable of understanding and handling this ‘Chid Prana’ is called a ‘Chiddha’ or Siddha, a man of miracles. According to the siddha tradition, a guru is one who himself attained deathlessness of consciousness as well as of the body and also capable of raising the dead. Such a Guru and immortal siddha was Swami Ramalinga. In fact, he went beyond the state of a Siddha and attained divinity itself. He is now leading a Divine Life in a Divine Body of Wisdom –Light. (Incidentally I would like to remind the readers of a guiding principle or a thumb –rule in evaluating the truth of a concept, a hidden law of hermeneutics: in almost all the ancient languages, every word was coined in such a way that the very word would contain the meaning it denoted and would offer insights into its many dimensions of meaning. For instance, if you want to know and explore the various dimensions, nuances, its inner dynamics and dialectics of a concept, collect all the words denoting it
A Guru is not an ordinary teacher. He is a spiritual master. Traditionally, the word ‘Guru’ means one who expels darkness and brings in light into consciousness. Etymologically the Sanskrit word ‘guru’ is split into two syllables ‘gu’ which means darkness and ‘ru’ which means light.
in the major, ancient languages of the world. See the etymological roots of them and the meanings and significances offered by breaking them into their separate syllables. In short, try to fathom and understand the process of how each word was coined by the ancient seers and sages. Collect and assemble them all in one place. You will find the truth of the concept. By following this method, I have unearthed and extracted precious gold out of the ore of words. And remember this rule holds good for ancient languages only when coining of words was considered as important as coining of money and not for modern languages in which anything and everything goes. This method would bring out the hidden, inner wisdom of ancient traditions. Remember, each word is a treasure-house of ancient knowledge. When the word is lost, the fund of knowledge it contained is lost. ) There are three stages in the science of Enlightenment of consciousness and body : i) Mukthi, or Salvation; one attains enlightenment of consciousness but at the time of death leaves his body behind, ii) Siddhi, or physical immortality; one attains first the enlightenment of consciousness and goes beyond and retains his body also for a very long period, even for ages; iii) beyond these two stages lies the ultimate state of Divinity with God’s five powers of creation, sustenance, destruction, veiling and grace. This supreme state is not achieved by man’s efforts alone, but blessed by the grace of God only. Swami Ramalinga attained all the three states and became as perfect as God Himself.  

He says: I attained Mukthi It enabled me to attain gnana siddhi And I became a Siddha  And then finally, at the close of his immortal
poem ‘Arul Perum Jothi Agaval’ containing 1596
lines, he thanks the Lord:
Oh! Lord of Arul Perum Jothi
Infinite Grace Light
I thank thee for bestowing upon me
The science of divinity
Unattained by the three gods
Of creation, sustenance and destruction
By the angels, by the mukthas
And by the siddhas
Hallowed be thy vast grace,
Hallowed be thy vast power.

I Have Taken From Book : The Science of Enlightment and Immortality Magazine
Author: Kuppusamy R
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