Analysing Satguru and His preachings
  • dattaswami1 December 2017
    Analysing Satguru and His preachings
    Satguru means God in human form preaching the right spiritual knowledge.


    Q) Swami has told many a time on intensive logical analysis of any divine knowledge by him (Satguru) instead of blindly accepting it. But I read in some discourse which says- ‘you will need a torch (intelligence) until you find and follow the Satguru, after that the torch is not necessary which means you can blindly follow Satguru. This is something which looks confusing? Can you please clarify?

    Swami replied: When you are travelling to a house, which is fully radiating with powerful lights, but, the path to it is full of darkness, you need a torchlight in the path only and not on reaching the house shinning with lights. The point here is that you have to search Satguru and after reaching Satguru, you need not analyse Him. It is just like to put on the torchlight on the way before reaching house and the torchlight should be put off after reaching the house with thousand lights. The logical analysis is required in searching the Satguru and not in examining the Satguru. Here, the word reaching Satguru means fixation of Satguru through analysis.

     Unless you analyse, you can’t fix Satguru. ‘You have fixed Satguru’ means that you have already examined Him, analysed Him and then only fixing Him as Satguru results. You should not take the sense of simile directly to the sense of concept. Reaching lighthouse resembles reaching Satguru. You have experienced the lights of house and reached it. Similarly, you must experience the light of spiritual knowledge of Satguru and then only reach (fix) Him. Without experiencing the light of house, it cannot be called as lighthouse. Similarly, without experiencing the truth of spiritual knowledge of the preacher, you can’t call Him as Satguru. Basis of confusion is that the word ‘reaching’ is applied to lighthouse and Satguru in common meaning. The word ‘reaching’ in the case of lighthouse doesn’t require any analysis to decide that it is light house since you can experience it instantaneously. In the case of Satguru, you can’t experience Him as Satguru instantaneously on just seeing Him like the lighthouse. Whenever a simile is given to a concept, the limitation of simile should be carefully noticed and you have to apply the simile to the concept within the boundaries of limitation of simile.

    Face is compared to moon. The limited area of comparison is only pleasantness. You can’t take the total area of the simile to the concept like black spots on moon, growth and reduction of moon etc. The comparison of simile and concept must be limited here in the area that after reaching the lighthouse you need not put on the torchlight means that after analysing and fixing (reaching means both analysis and fixation in the concept) Satguru, you need not analyse Him continuously without end. At some stage, you should stop analysis and fix your faith on Him. If you doubt Satguru continuously till the last second of your life, you are the true doubting Thomas and the Gita says that such person is destroyed forever (Samshayaatmaa vinashyati).

    During preaching of the Gita only, Arjuna experienced that Krishna is Satguru. He doubted Krishna by saying that it is impossible for Krishna to preach Sun in the beginning of creation. This shows that Arjuna has not fixed Krishna as Satguru so far. Satguru means God in human form preaching the right spiritual knowledge. If you have called somebody as Satguru, it means that you have accepted Him as God. After this, doubting Him is not correct. But, if you have doubt about such conclusion, you should continue to analyse His preaching. At the end of the Gita, Krishna advised Arjuna to analyse the Gita before he accepts it. Satguru always says this because He doesn’t fear for any analysis done about His preaching since it is sure that the preaching will pass through the fire test any number of times. Hence, from the point of Satguru there is no issue. From the point of the devotee only, it is advisable to develop faith after a long time at least avoiding doubting forever till the end of life.
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