Celibacy/Abstinence/Necessity of a Guru
In the Dharmic traditions of India and Tibet, there is said from centuries that a practicionner needs a guru, a physical human guru of a recognized lineage to receive empowerement. Then one is permited or encouraged to start practicing disciplines such as brahmacharya, pranayama and then concentration and then no-dual or formless practices such as Zen or Advaita. In ancient times, teachings were hard to find and there was no comparative studies between one tradition or religion to others. Every genuine religions in her mystical form has the three parts of purgation or purification, illumination and union. Those practicionnes who received teachings in ancient times received it from the only ones who had it, the gurus, and those few who received the methods were practicing seriously and achieved realization.
Now in this materialistic and capitalist era of ours, all is different, in one part its benefical because now everyone can find theory and methods easily in books, internet with some research and then study and compare for some time, but one lack the presence of a human guru and in modern world almost no one practice seriously even if he knows the methods because one have many distractions, tv, entertainment, work, complex clinging minds, fashion, glutonnery, no will-power. Even in ancient spiritual countries now people are very materialistic. Same people but different mentality.
1-Is this because there is no human guru available? 2-Can someone still advandce without human guru, only with the methods and teachings one knows? 3-In the practice of brahmacharya, doesnt it only depends on yourself only? Thanks
How did you hear about the existence of something called the self? How did you come to know about the fact that one must strive towards realizing oneself? That force which made these things known to you, despite your not knowing any of these things earlier is the real 'Guru'. It is the higher power called the Lord who made these things happen.
Who is the Guru? The Guru is nothing but the Atman or the Lord which guides through a physical form or without one, guiding through other means. Based on the evolutionary level of a Jiva (individual), the Lord guides through a suitable form. When a Jiva is ripe to take up serious practice in the path of self-realization, it is initiated into the same by the Lord, through a physical form or even without one. The initiation can be through physical presence or non-physical means. These do no matter.
The processes starting with purification, study, application, illumination, realization and finally union with the Supreme cosmic being are all imparted only by a single Guru namely the Lord. The physical entities which act as mediums of the Lord can be one or many. Thus the one Lord may guide through various physical forms if HE so wills. There are cases where there is no external form or medium at all. As regards such rare aspirants, knowledge dawns intuitively from the Atman itself which is no different from HIM.
Even with other cases, the aspirant is constantly guided from both within & without. The Atman from within pulls the mind towards it, urging it to strive in overcoming residual tendencies. This is the guidance of the Guru (Atman) from within. The physical form commonly referred to as the 'Guru' gives the aspirant an external push on the physical plane to again turn the mind inward with his physical teachings & directions. In reality, there is no within and without. There is only the Lord who works from everywhere. Therefore, the Lord alone is the real Guru, take what form HE may, or may not.
The Era and social setup have nothing to do with finding the Guru. It should be remembered that all these transient things are a part of the drama called life created by the Lord. Just as the background, actors and scenes in a stage drama constantly change, while the director remains the same; society and environment change with time in the drama called life, while the director (God) remains the same. Having scripted this drama, HE himself takes the necessary steps required for the appearance of a Guru at the right time, based on the evolutionary level of the aspirant.
If one's efforts are genuine and honest, the Guru HIMSELF will appear at the right time to guide in some form or without form. It is not that aspirants in older times easily found a Guru, nor that the same is difficult at present. None of these things are in our hands, us being actors. The director decides these things and we follow suit.
1. If society today appears radically different from earlier times, that too is a part of HIS script which we accept without contest.
2. That force which made the 'methods & teachings' known to you will arrange for further progress as well. All that is required is to remain quiet and heed to HIS directions.
3. Who are you? That you or your 'I-ness' is the source of all trouble. It is the thief blocking residence in your true self. It is the thing to be got rid of. It is assuming it knows 'something', that it is 'responsible for the outcome of its efforts' as well. That I-ness is assuming all these things and taking responsibility for everything and nothing. Let go of it. That is true surrender. It will then be known that the Guru always existed, all the time. All questions then disappear
The true aspirant need not worry about anything as long as he perseveres in sincere & unbroken practice, with total surrender to the Lord. That is all one needs to do. The rest, HE takes care as HE always has.
ॐ तत् सत्
(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)