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Chapter 4 in Bhagavad Gita talks about importance of having a guru. How does one go about obtaining a guru


Chapter 4 in Bhagavad Gita talks about importance of having a guru. How does one go about obtaining a guru

Hari Om!


Generally speaking, whoever urges us to take up the spiritual path, and enables us to stay on it is a Guru. So Guru is a principle, not a person.


More specifically, the spiritual path was outlined by Swamiji in Chapter 3.


It involves the following steps:
Practice Karma Yoga to gain Chitta Shuddhi (purity of mind), Sadhana Chatushtay (four fold qualifications), Vividisha Sannyasa which includes Guru Upasadana (approaching Guru), Shravanam (listening), Mananam (contemplation), Nididhyasanam (Meditation), Tattva Jnana (Gaining supreme knowledge), Vidvat Sannyasa which includes (Samadhi Abhyasa, Vasana Kshaya), and, Jivan Mukti, Videha Mukti.


So, meeting Guru happens in the step of Vividisha Sannyasa. But that happens only after the seeker has purified the mind and has gained the necessary qualities of Sadhana Chatushtaya.


Once seeker becomes eligible, this meeting with Guru is arranged by the Lord. So it is necessary and sufficient for seekers to make themselves eligible for Guru. Then Guru comes in one's life.


Hari Om! Generally speaking, whoever urges us to take up the spiritual path, and enables us to stay on it is a Guru. So Guru is a principle, not a person. More specifically, the spiritual path was outlined by Swamiji in Chapter 3. It involves the following steps: Practice Karma Yoga to gain Chitta Shuddhi (purity of mind), Sadhana Chatushtay (four fold qualifications), Vividisha Sannyasa which includes Guru Upasadana (approaching Guru), Shravanam (listening), Mananam (contemplation), Nididhyasanam (Meditation), Tattva Jnana (Gaining supreme knowledge), Vidvat Sannyasa which includes (Samadhi Abhyasa, Vasana Kshaya), and, Jivan Mukti, Videha Mukti. So, meeting Guru happens in the step of Vividisha Sannyasa. But that happens only after the seeker has purified the mind and has gained the necessary qualities of Sadhana Chatushtaya. Once seeker becomes eligible, this meeting with Guru is arranged by the Lord. So it is necessary and sufficient for seekers to make themselves eligible for Guru. Then Guru comes in one's life.
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