Glory of Guru-Bhakti Yoga
By

Swami Sivananda

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Just as Kirtan-Sadhana has been made the special Kali-Yuga Sadhana for quick God-vision, even so herein you have the New Yoga, a Yoga most eminently suitable for this age of doubt and scepticism, pride and egoism. It is Guru-Bhakti Yoga. This Yoga is marvellous. Its power is tremendous. Its efficacy is most unfailing. The true glory of Guru-Bhakti is indescribable. It is the Yoga par excellence for this age, which makes God appear here before you in flesh and blood and move with you in this very life. The hard Rajasic ego is the arch enemy of the Sadhaka. Guru-Bhakti Yoga is the surest and best Sadhana to destroy arrogance and to dissolve the vicious ego. Just as a particular deadly germ can be annihilated only by a certain specific chemical germicide, even so, to destroy Avidya and Ahankara, this unique Guru Bhakti-Yoga is the peerless specific. They are the gravest ĎMayacideí and Ďegocideí. They become quite powerless and no longer afflict the fortunate soul who saturates himself with the spirit of Guru-Bhakti-Yoga. Blessed indeed is the man who earnestly takes to this Yoga; for he will obtain crowning success in all other Yogas. To him will accrue the choicest fruits of perfection in Karma, Bhakti, Dhyana and Jnana. 

The qualification for taking to this Yoga is the simple trio of sincerity, faith and obedience. Be sincere in your aspirations for Perfection. Be not vague or half-hearted. Then have perfect faith in the one you have accepted as your Guru. Do not allow even so much as a shadow of doubt to approach you. When once you have reposed absolute faith in him, then know that what he instructs you is indeed for your highest good. Therefore, obey his word implicitly. Follow his teachings to the letter. Be earnest in doing thus, and take my word: you will attain Perfection; I assure you emphatically. 

Devotion to Guru

Worship the Guru with the flowers of faith and devotion. Satsanga with the Guru is the first pillar in the temple of Self-realisation.Grace of God takes the form of Guru. To see the Guru is to see God. Blind is the man who has not seen the divine Master. There is but one religion, the religion of devotion and love to Guru. Devotion to Holy preceptor arises when you have no worldly hope. The company of spiritual teacher will simplify your struggle. Rest in Guru and do the right. Have faith in your Guruís grace and do your duty. Disobedience to Guru is digging your own grave. A Satguru is a continuous blessing for a disciple. The heart of a Jagad Guru is a shrine of beauty. 

Complete Surrender

An earnest and sincere disciple gives his whole heart and soul to the service of his preceptor. An earnest disciple finds means to serve his Guru, under all circumstances. He who endures all the difficulties while serving his Guru conquers his lower nature. Disciple must be ever grateful to his Guru who has shown the path to peace. An ungrateful disciple is a miserable wretch on this earth. His lot is pitiable, lamentable and deplorable indeed. 

Meditation on Guru

 Meditate in the early morning between 4 and 6 a.m. on the form of your Guru; then only you will get his grace. Place a picture of your Guru in front of you. Sit in a meditative posture, concentrate gently on the picture, rotate the mind on his Lotus-Feet, legs, hands, chest, neck, head, face, eyes, etc., then close the eyes and try to visualise the picture in the same manner. Repeat the process again; then you will have good meditation. During meditation on the form of the Guru, you will get rapture, ecstasy, thrill, peace and joy. Company of worldly people, overeating, self-asserting Rajasic nature, sleep, lust, anger and greed, are all obstacles for meditation on the Guru. The chief obstacles in the meditation on the form of the Guru are sleep, tossing of mind, raising up of latent desires, building castle in the air, laziness, disease and spiritual pride. The Guru is the abode of all auspicious attributes. The preceptor is the summum bonum of life to a disciple. Devotion to Guru destroys birth, old age and death. Devotion to Guru is the only means to win the grace of the Lord. 

The Grace of Guru

You can control your mind through the Guruís grace and grace alone. You can be established in Samadhi or Superconscious state only by Guruís grace. Without dispassion or non-attachment or indifference to sensual enjoyments no one can have Guruís grace.  The senses cannot do anything without the co-operation of the mind which can be controlled only by Guruís grace. Discipleís mind turns away from the sensual pleasures when he lives under the guidance of the preceptor. Sattva increases through the association of the Gurus, saints, study of religious books, Sattvic food, repetition of Lordís Name, etc. A Rajasic man cannot serve his Guru with his whole heart and soul.  Recitation of Guruís name makes the mind inward. Study the scriptures under a Guru who is Brahma-Srotriya and Brahma Nishtha. Then only you will get Moksha. Brahmacharinís main duty is to serve his preceptor. 

Pathway to Immortal Bliss

Everyone who longs to transcend misery and obtain joy and happiness in life should sincerely practise Guru-Bhakti Yoga. True lasting happiness can be had by taking recourse to Guru Seva Yoga. But not in external perishable objects. Is there no escape from the unceasing cycle of births and deaths, pleasure and pain, joy and misery? Listen, O disciple, there is one sure way; turn away your mind from the sensual objects which are perishable and take recourse to Guru Seva Yoga which takes you beyond dualities. Real life begins when a man takes recourse to Yoga of Guru-Bhakti which bestows on the practitioner the everlasting happiness here and hereafter. Practice of Guru-Bhakti Yoga gives you immeasurable and immense joy. Guru-Bhakti Yoga bestows on the practitioner longevity and bliss eternal. The mind is at the root of Samsara or world process. The mind is the cause for bondage and freedom; pleasure and pain. This mind can be controlled only by practice of Guru-Bhakti Yoga. Guru-Bhakti Yoga confers immortality, eternal bliss, freedom, perfection, perennial joy and everlasting peace. 

The Guru is the boat 
To cross this ocean of Samsara; 
The Guru is the passport 
To the kingdom of Eternal bliss; 
The Guru is the ladder 
To lift you to the peak of perfection. 
Serve your Guru well with Bhakti. 
You will obtain his grace 
And reach the goal of life. 

To him offer your heart and soul, 
Sacrifice your body and life itself: 
He will take care of your soul; 
You can transcend Maya to rest in peace. 

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