Who Needs a Guru? / by Brian

Recently I was presented with the opportunity to have a one-on-one Skype session with a famous spiritual teacher, someone I greatly respect and have learned a lot from via his books and recorded lectures. A guy with a lot of answers. Of course, he’s really busy and they book the appointments months in advance. This gives me a lot of time to think of a really juicy question to ask. The thing is, every time I think of a good question, Iimagine asking it to him and of course, he answers. And it’s always a really goodanswer.

What I’ve come to understand is that the guru or spiritual icon is merely a point of meditation. The answers are already inside of us, but our shame, our anger, our ego—whatever— is often obscuring it from our view. To get past that and to the truth below, we sometimes need to distract the mind and pretend to look for the answer in someone “more enlightened” or “holier” than ourselves. Obviously, someone like a guru.

It’s like that bumper sticker that asks “What Would Jesus Do??”. Instead further cluttering the back window of your Suburu, try pasting that on the inside of your forehead and sit with it a while. Try to imagine how Jesus (or Buddha, Mohammed or Oprah) might respond.

Quit searching for the guru who lives in a Himalayan cave and start clearing away the rubble from the cave of your heart. This what your yoga is for. To purify and clear the way. Once in the cave, we find all the answers—written on the walls like the ancient paintings in Lascaux, preserved for eternity in the darkness. We just need to shine the light on them, which is what your meditation is for. To bring the light. That’s also the function of the guru. But why not do it yourself? It’s easier than going to Nepal and you can start today.

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