Has your Guru found you yet?

The Sanskrit word “Guru” is composed of the syllable “gu”, meaning darkness and “ru” meaning light.  So, this description is usually given to someone who is able to remove darkness and bring enlightenment.  In B.K.S. Iyengar’s book Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga, which is still seen as the definitive guide to the philosophy and practice of Yoga (it was first published in 1965!), he says that “The obstacles, trials and tribulations in the path of Yoga can be removed to a large extent with the help of a Guru.”  A guru is a spiritual guide who leads the disciple along the path towards the Divine without egotism or need for fame or personal gain.  Iyengar says that the guru “inspires confidence, devotion, discipline, deep understanding and illumination through love”.  The other commonly held belief about gurus is that apparently you do not find your guru or seek them out, they will actually find you.  Has your Guru found you yet?

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