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Lesson 57 - Q&A The guru is in me?
Date: Sun Dec 28, 2003 1:13am
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lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
Q: You end every message with the phrase, "The guru is in you." Does this mean I
am my own guru and don't need any outer guru or teachers?
A: No, it doesn't mean that. We all need outer knowledge to open ourselves to inner
experience. The phrase is intended as a constant reminder that your enlightenment depends
on you more than anyone, because it is only through your desire and action that divine
experience can rise in you. It is only through your nervous system that pure bliss
consciousness and divine ecstasy can be known. You cannot delegate it. It is only by you
making a daily effort to purify your nervous system that anything can happen. It is you
who are making the journey.
Maybe your journey means surrendering at the feet of an outer guru for your whole life. Or
maybe it means purifying yourself by following a number of teachers over your lifetime.
Whatever the outer relationships turn out to be, it is the divine expression coming from
inside through your heart's longing that will lead you to them. What happens outside is a
reflection of what is happening inside, not the other way around. This is the meaning of,
"The guru is in you." If we long deeply inside, we will attract the teachings we
need. Then it is up to us to take advantage of the blessings we have attracted, and act.
If we do, then there will be an expansion inside -- an expansion of pure bliss
consciousness and awakened divine ecstasy within us. We will find whoever or whatever
ideal we have chosen expanding within us also. So, the guru is inside, even as we may be
interacting with him or her in form (or forms) on the outside. Outer teachers and gurus
are storehouses of spiritual knowledge and energy we attract and are drawn to on our
journey to the infinite. Ultimately, our interaction with them is inside. Inside is where
the rubber meets the road.
The guru is a flow of consciousness that begins in us, travels outward on our desire,
connects outer knowledge, and then expands inside us as the knowledge is applied.
There is the old saying, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear."
A question we should ask ourselves every day is, "What have I done lately to get
The guru is in you.
Note: For more on divine attraction, see the
AYP Bhakti and Karma Yoga book.
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