Guru is the only way out

Once a guru was teaching his disciples on how the Lord and living entity reside in the heart of every body. The Guru said, “According to the scriptures, two birds (the Lord and living entity) are living in the same tree (body). One bird (the living entity) eats the fruits of the tree which are sweet and sour (happiness and distress). The other bird, (the Lord) simply watches this bird and is not affected by happiness/distress.” Then one of the students raised a question, “How come the Lord situated in our heart is not affected by our happiness/suffering when we are completely influenced by them. We do not see that happening practically anywhere.” The Guru just kept quiet. The student thought that he has cornered the guru and became very proud of his knowledge and started boasting to other students. After a few days the Guru arranged for a grand feast for all the students and he personally served halwa (soaked in ghee) to each one of them after the feast. To this particular student, he served the halwa on his palm and asked him to eat. After eating, he gave washing powder to the student wash his hand as it was stuck with ghee. After this, he gave some more washing powder and asked the student, “Wash your tongue with this.” The student replied, “Why to wash the tongue? The ghee has not stuck at all.” The guru immediately replied, “Does this answer your query? Ghee is just a material substance and it sticks in your hand and not in your tongue. If this is the potency of a material substance, then think of the all powerful Supreme Lord who is beyond the modes. Though He is in everyone’s heart, He is never entangled. If you surrender to Him, you also will become free from all bondage and reach His lotus feet.” The student then understood the answer and asked forgiveness from the Guru.

Guru is the only way out

According to Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, even though one may have the good fortune to accept a bona fide, highly qualified guru, if one maintains a taste for fruitive activities or mental speculation one’s advancement will be checked. But if a serious student surrenders to a bona fide spiritual master there is absolutely no impediment to the transmission of perfect knowledge and bliss in the devotional service of the Lord – SB Purport 11.3.21

“The dirty wax of egotism accumulated in the heart prevents us from clearly hearing the Lord’s voice within. A guru, with the stick of knowledge, cleans our hearts. Its really ugly to see what may come out, but by following patiently, we keep cleaning.”– Radhanath Swami in The Journey Home book


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  1. The example of ghee sticking on the palm and not sticking on the tongue really is very good and sticks to one’s memory. Truly very nice.

  2. Aishwarya says:

    Nice one!

  3. Y. Raja Shekar says:

    In this article its very clear that without the help of Guru we can not understand what is happening even in our body. HH Radhanath Swami sums it up in the end that, its because of our ego, we are not able to accept Guru’s words.

  4. Y. Raja Shekar says:

    No amount of material calculations and logic can unearth the underlying nature and qualities of Super Soul within every living entity. This fact is nicely explained by HH Radhanath Swami and great and easy analogy to assimilate.

  5. Y. Raja Shekar says:

    Very wonderful lesson through a simple example to understand how God is unaffected by the three modes of material nature, yet cause of guiding it. HH Radhanath Swami’s conclusion that how ego is the main reason for not able to hear the supersoul’s voice from within is even wonderful.

  6. Y. Raja Shekar says:

    HH Radhanath Swami’s life is the true evidence of how implicit faith in the spiritual master can open the doors for the ecstatic taste for the love of God.

  7. Very wonderful article..

  8. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    Absolutely true! Only the Guru can purify our anarthas and take us home back to Godhead!

  9. Rasasindhu says:

    Very instructive story…..

  10. Very beautiful story and amazing lesson.

  11. Mohit Sharma says:

    All glories to Gurudev, Nicely explained the Importance for Guru in spiritual life and what should be the attitude for disciple towards his spiritual master.

  12. Awesome article emphasizing the importance of submissive inquiry from Spiritual Master and the humble position one has to take at the lotus feet of Guru. Nicely narrated.

  13. Sada Nandini says:

    Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful article explaining the power of Guru and the Lord.

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