Guru Puja. Lago Di Braie (Italy), 23 July 1989.
Today we have had to spend a little more time than normal to get to the stage where we could really worship the Guru. When we worship our Guru, we have to know actually we are trying to awaken the Guru Principle within ourselves. It’s not only that you are here to worship your Guru. You may worship many-a-times, maybe the vibrations would flow, Maybe that you might get filled with that and you feel elevated, nourished. But this nourishment has to be retained within ourselves, So always remember then, whenever you are worshipping any principle outside, you are trying to worship your own principle within yourself.
Within us as you know, in all of us there lies the principle of Guru. It’s very interesting to notice the Guru Principle being drawn beautifully round the Nabhi Chakra. We never see any chakras connected with the Guru Principle. You see Nabhi, and around is the Bhavasagara. So this Bhavasagara which is the Ocean of Illusion cannot be the Guru. So there are hidden chakras within this Bhavasagara within us, which are to be awakened and to be brought to light, to be manifested. As you can see that the limits of this principle are done by the movement of the Swadishthana Chakra.
Swadishthan is the chakra which gives you, first and foremost thing, is the creativity. A person who is a guru has to be creative by nature. If you are not a creative person you cannot become a guru. For example, you are faced with disciples with whom you have to converse. You have to create a word of divine magic to impress on the disciples or the people who are attracted towards you as gurus, to show that you have much more divine magic than them.
If you are a very mundane type of a person, very ordinary, cannot create a beautiful couplet or a beautiful sentence, or a humor or a joke, or a beautiful painting or a beautiful tapestry or a beautiful house; if you lack in creativity you will lack in your Guru Principle, because a guru has to create out of ordinary people something extraordinary. He should be able to create a new personality out of an old personality which is decaying. So the first principle you have to understand within yourself, that you should be able to create a new personality in a person.
So how do we do it? Of course you have got powers to raise the Kundalini, you have got powers to cure people, you have got powers to talk big or talk small. Despite all that, if you cannot create a new personality out of the persons with whom you are dealing, then you are not a guru. And the new personality has to be a special personality of very unique combination of compassion and dynamism. So it is important that in your creativity you have to use the energy of compassion. You can only mold people through compassion and never through anger, never through suppression, never through showing off your powers of gurudom. Unless and until you handle the situation and the personality very carefully, showing all the respect, showing all the concern and all the love for the person whom you are giving realization. Just showing off that you are a great guru, it will only create a kind of a fear about you, and after some time people would not like to see your faces.
So the most important thing about Guru Principle is that you have to create. Many people get realization, all right, they get realization and then they stay in some ashrams maybe. They come to pujas, they listen to music, they may dance, they laugh, they’re collective, but still their Guru Principle is not awakened unless and until they have created many, many more Sahaja yogis, Sahaja yogis. So the vision of a guru should be, “How many Sahaja yogis I am going to create? How am I going to use this creativity to create more Sahaja yogis?”
So the basis or the essence of the Swadishthana Chakra, though is aesthetics, the force and the energy of Swadishthana Chakra is attention. If you have a wobbly attention, if your attention is one minute here, one minute there; if you have an attention by which you just can criticize others and cannot see your own faults; if you have an attention by which you show people that you are a frivolous, nonsensical person, then your Guru Principle is wasted. It is the effort of Sahaja Yoga that is wasted, and your Guru’s job is also wasted.
Minimum of minimum, first the attention has to be pure. But pure attention doesn’t mean harshness, it doesn’t mean asceticism, it doesn’t mean disciplining your eyes like a blinkers of horse, but in all freedom your attention to be concentrated. Where do we pay our attention the most? If we are honest we can think on human level we pay our attention to our children, to our wife, to our husbands, to our family, the relationships which are with love. So when your attention has got the compassion and the love for another person, then only you can work out the realization of others. If you have to work out the realization of others, it has to be an intense love for another person. If you don’t have that intensity, you are just moving your hands raising the kundalini because your Mother has given you powers, and it’s finished off. That intensity of love can only give you success with your pure attention, and I think the pure attention can only love. Impure attention cannot love, because all impure attention is self-oriented, I-oriented. They are not “self” in the sense “spiritual-oriented.” But the idea that spirituality is love, it seems to be a new idea for many people. They think spirituality means a person who is just absolutely dry like a beanstalk and nobody can go near that person, nobody can communicate with such a person because that person is “too pure.” If the soap cannot cleanse your body, what’s the use of having the soap? If the soap is afraid to come near you, then it’s better not to be called as soap.
So we come to the point that the creativity, if it is our aim, lakshya, for that the attention we should purify, and to be purified with love, with compassion. And the same attention when it is filled with love and compassion it gives you dynamism, it gives you strength, it’s untiring zeal you get. And the joy of seeing your reflection into another person is very beautiful. No words can describe it. Actually when you give realization to another person, what you try to see is your image in that person, as if out of an ordinary glass you are making it into a beautiful mirror and then you want to see that. That is how you create, you create your own reflections and through the cleansing of the reflectors, once you understand that without creativity this Guru Puja is useless for you. If you just live for yourself, for your family, for your husband or just for an ashram, then you have not expanded at all, you have not done any duty towards your Guru.
Of course as soon as you take to this principle you develop so many qualities within you. The first you develop is wisdom, because you realize where you are going wrong, why this is not working out, why there’s a problem, why your creativity doesn’t act. It becomes evident to you, obvious to you and you start learning; and wisdom comes to you, and you understand. Wisdom is when you realize your mistakes and rectify them, and with that you develop the balance, the understanding how to deal with another personality. I always tell the story of a car, that there’s an accelerator and also there’s a brake. You have to use first both of them without understanding what is it, still you are not a guru, you are not even a driver. Then when you know then you automatically drive; then you are a driver, but still the master is sitting behind. So now you have to become the master, and when you become the master you can balance the vehicle and you can see the driver, accelerator and also the brake. And you can manage it just in a very simple manner.
So this Guru Principle is limited, and goes on increasing its limitations like the horizon. As you start growing into more creativity, the more people you create. And the central point of this one is the Nabhi, is the center which like a big pivotal point on which the whole of this movement takes place. Nabhi Chakra as you know, you get it from your mother to begin with. So a guru has to be the mother, he must have the qualities of the mother not the modern mothers, but in the real sense of the word. That is, a guru has to love her children and has to have strength and courage to correct her children. And the earnest desire should be to put the children onto proper lines to guide them and to help them to rise. So the first nourishment comes to us even when we are in the womb of the mother, through the mother; and so you are the mother though you may be a man or a woman, but in quality you are the mother. And whatever you think or whatever you do has an effect on the child. The way you behave, the way you talk, the way you live, everything has a bearing on the development of the child. In the same way when, supposing a Sahaja yogi who is trying to give realization is a hypocritical person, if he’s a wrong type of a person, if he does not respect his own Guru, the children behave the same manner and they take to wrong things much faster, they see to wrong things first. So you have to be perfect in your behavior towards your own Guru, you have to respect your own Guru in a full way. Complete surrender to your own Guru is important; then they will see how you have treated your own Guru, and that is how they will treat you. If you don’t treat your Guru with that respect, with that understanding, with that surrendering, then don’t expect your children or the people whom you are guiding are going to respect you.
So this Guru Principle within us has to be like a great sage or a great seer, who is above the normal mundane people and sees the things in a proper perspective, and delivers a proper understanding of all this perspective he sees, to his disciples, doesn’t give them distorted or wrong ideas. Now one may say that, “Mother, how is it, that the love we can express and also tell them the truth?” You have to look after the benevolence – hitha. You have to look after the benevolence of your disciple. It may appear that he may not like what you are telling that person today, but a day will come when he will think “Thank God your Guru has corrected you and has put you on the right path.” If the goal of the disciple is not to ascend, is just to be there for some sort of a purpose, then it’s better not to have such disciples. Not to have anyone of this kind who are not there for their own ascent, but for other gains, which are absolutely of no avail.
This question arises sometimes, how to love? It’s a very funny question that we don’t know how to love human beings. We can love our things, we can love our useless things, we can love some sort of a beautiful scenery because it gives us joy. We can love some nice restaurant because you can get good food there, or some sort of a thing which is of a very baser nature. But love for love’s sake is this, that when you really love for love’s sake, then you try to put or implant that love into somebody else, that you make another person as loveable as you are.
So the whole system becomes different if you understand that we have to base all our progress, all our love, all our movements, all our behavior, all our understanding on love. Otherwise your Guru Principle is extremely weak, and after some time you will find you are just standing out of the shores of Sahaja Yoga.
Anybody who is attached or biased and has conditionings cannot become a guru, cannot; because even if he becomes, so-called, all those things will be reflected in that person. Or say if he is very full of ego, thinks no end of himself and thinks that, “I am a great guru,” that ego also would be expressed. Supposing such a guru talks too much, also they find the disciple the same style. If he is a quiet type, you find the disciple the same style. So we reach a conclusion that first we must develop our own Guru Principle. If we cannot develop that, it is no use doing any Guru Puja because it is just temporary, it’s not going to help you much, unless and until you really decide that you are going to nourish and develop and establish your Guru Principle.
So today when you are worshipping Me as the Guru, you must know that any amount of My talking, any amount of My giving you blessings or anything is not going to work out, unless and until we really develop our own Guru Principle, and the depth. Because a guru makes his disciple cross the Bhavasagara, he’s like the boat who takes his disciples and crosses with love and with proper direction. That has to be with all of you. As it is you are all realized souls and as I have told you, you are all angels. But if you do not establish your Guru Principle, you know of angels how they have fallen down and gone forever. So be careful: it’s easy to be an angel but difficult to maintain it. It is difficult to be the Gods and Goddesses, but easy to maintain it.
So all of you are here. I’m very happy to see that you have come to worship Me as your Guru. And I would expect that My children are after My own image. That My image should be such that My children should feel that oneness with My image, and I should be a proud Mother of so many children who have come from so many countries.
May God bless you all.
Now with so many people here, so many children here, we can have all the children just to wash My feet, and after that we’ll need some girls who are above sixteen years to twenty-one years, we can say. And then some ladies for the purpose of worshipping Shakti, the Goddess. Without the Shakti nothing can be done. So first the children have to come up just to wash the feet.
And I hope the world leaders will be here also. They are in the image of gurus now. And the leaders have to be something special. You are not a leader if you are such an ordinary, mundane type of a person.
Now, where are the musicians? Where are the musicians? All right. So you have to first say the Atharva Sheersha, and then you have to sing the Ganesha Stuthi, or maybe any other thing that you know of Ganesha.