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Monday, September 05, 2011
Responsibility implies duty, discipline, care, focus, among many other qualities. To act responsibly implies that we act with reason, intelligence, love, dedication, loyalty, selflessness, nobleness, accountability, reliability, and many moral 'abilities'.
I can only imagine the depth of the word and even a thesaurus is at loss for finding equivalents.
Responsibility can probably be categorised towards 1. Oneself 2. One's Family 3. To His Occupation 4. To his Community and 5. To God. Meaning anything and everything we do, we have to do responsibly.
Responsibility is in the mind and acceptance of the extent of the responsibility one takes up lies within one's comprehension or one's capabilities, strengths & the size of his circle of love. A person who loves himself becomes knowledgeable, he who loves his family becomes respected, he who loves his Occupation becomes talented, who loves his community becomes a leader, He who loves God becomes an enlightened soul.
Responsibility sometimes is taken willingly and sometimes thrust on someone. While some responsibility towards all of the above is always implicit, others are taken by choice. The more a person acts with selfless responsibility, more respect he/she earns. This is the self-centric view about Responsibility.
Everyone of us has a tendency to 'FIX' Responsibility on others. It is the fulfillment of these said and unsaid responsibilities that elevates respect and love towards that person.
Also that we tend to 'fix' responsibility on others of every aspect, event and incident that happens around us. The 'fixing' may be rational or emotional, and many times we tend to fix it wrongly. When answering the question,"Who is responsible for all (or each of) the problems in my life?" We generally 'fix' responsibilities irrationally. Or we 'fix' it on 'God'. Yes, God is responsible. But Where is God? God is within me. Then it necessarily follows that I am responsible for the problems in my life.
The more we learn to say 'I am responsible' the more we are likely to change and become a better person. While I have to caution that this might lead to a 'Guilt' Feeling, we have to overcome that with ways and means that should suit oneself.
To me, the goal to is to be 'Responsible' every moment of my life. God Help Me!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Innumerable Books - both prose & poetry have been written about the greatness of a Guru, by describing their nature, character, greatness, intellect, abilities, spirituality, practices and such attributes.
Saint Thyagaraja, the great music composer, says, " Guru Lekha Etuvanti Kuniki Theliyaka Podhu." Meaning that, "Without a Guru not even an iota of knowledge can be gained." So, if we are to improve in any way, we should seek knowledge, we should seek a Guru who will teach us, we should submit ourselves to him, surrender to him, observe him, learn from him (both explicit and implicit teachings), submit ourselves to his tests, exhibit our understanding of his teachings (to which he may explain or correct us - as the case may be) and surrender to him totally. Moreover, throughout our life, we have to constantly seek his audience to guide us. As the proverb 'Learning never ends' says, it is a lifelong association we should seek.
OSHO in answering to who is a Spiritual Master? Says, Just by being near a Guru, you become more and more aware of yourself. If you submit yourself as a real disciple - and by being a disciple, I mean being open to the presence of the master. You may be sitting before a mirror with closed eyes - then the mirror cannot show you anything. The mirror is a mirror because it does not do anything on its own. But if you are in front of the mirror with open eyes, then the mirror can show you what you want to see about yourself. Such is the presence of a Guru.
In the presence of the our Guru; Knowledge flourishes (Gyana raksha); Sorrow diminishes (Dukha kshaya); Joy wells up without any reason (Sukha aavirbhava); Abundance dawns (Samriddhi); All talents manifest (Sarva samvardhan). What more do we want...
Once my uncle said, "I have not found a Guru who is worthy enough to teach me." I am of the exact opposite view. Who are we to test the qualities of a Guru. Most of us have little or no idea on what makes a Guru. The little we know actually misguides us. Saying, 'There is no guru worthy of me' is like saying there is not a single school to teach me. Schools are abound everywhere. But we do not seek admission, nor apply for scholarship. It is the student (the disciple in this case) that makes the difference. If you are a good disciple, you will find 'teachings' everywhere.
Coming to think of it, all a Guru does is to teach you to be a disciple (or student) and in that state of humility and submission to the fact that, "I want to Learn", itself helps you learn from all around.
Here is what Kulanarva Tantra says..."The disciple's only essential practice is to surrender himself to his guru."
CHARACTER of a GURU
Each Guru advocates, a particular philosophy that they hold and teach to their disciples. Sometimes there is a conflict of ideas when we see the teachings of two Gurus and we somehow start saying one philosophy is more sound than the other. What do we know, that we think we are able to stand in judgement of these Gurus.
On the other hand, even in Pedagogy (Teaching Methods for children) it is well known fact that childrens' learning can be classified into, Visual, Auditory & Kinesthetic (tactile) learning. While some children need to see the teachings, some just need to listen, while others need to touch and feel and do to learn. Similarly, as each Disciple is different and hence, a Guru takes an individual approach to each disciple.
I could go on, but would like to stop with a quote from Kabir...
Sab Dharti Kagaz Karoon
Lekhan Ban Raye...
Sath Samundra Ki Mas Karuoon
Guru Gun Likha Na jaye...
"Even if the whole earth is transformed into paper with all the bigtrees made into pens and if the entire water in the seven oceans aretransformed into writing ink, even then the glories of the Guru cannot be written. So much is the greatness of the Guru."
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
சின்னஞ் சிறுகதைகள் பேசி - மனம்
வாடித் துன்பமிக உழன்று - பிறர்
வாடப் பலசெயல்கள் செய்து - நரை
கூடிக் கிழப்பருவ மெய்தி - கொடுங்
கூற்றுக் கிரையெனப்பின் மாயும் - பல
வேடிக்கை மனிதரைப் போலே - நான்
வீழ்வே னென்று நினைத் தாயோ?நின்னைச் சிலவரங்கள் கேட்பேன் - அவை
நேரே இன்றெனக்குத் தருவாய் - என்றன்
முன்னைத் தீயவினைப் பயன்கள் - இன்னும்
மூளா தழிந்திடுதல் வேண்டும் - இனி
என்னைப் புதியவுயி ராக்கி - எனக்
கேதுங் கவலையறச் செய்து - மதி
தன்னை மிகத்தெளிவு செய்து - என்றும்
சந்தோஷங் கொண்டிருக்கச் செய்வாய்...
Monday, May 26, 2008
It is here that a real Guru plays his role. He teaches you to walk in Life. But even when we are grown as adults and we know to walk and even run on ground, in the “Walking our Life” are like a new born baby. Who cannot get from one place to another without the help of another person. To my knowledge, our Guru Plays this role to the perfection. He takes us on his shoulder. Bearing our full weight and carrying us to a point of safety. While carrying us, he ensured that he bore the brunt of the treachery of the land he was traversing. All the way describing to us how he is crossing that portion of life. While he was traversing slippery ground he proceeded with caution, while crossing hot desert sands, he proceeds with balance. While crossing thorny lands, he crosses it deligently, even getting pricked by the thorn. When he was pricked, he stopped and removed the thorn and then proceeded to carry us. He did this out of love. He did this out of his enthusiasm in helping us learn to walk in life. He carries us as if we were a child hoping we will learn someday.
We out of our ignorance and lackadaisical attitude towards learning, forget that we are forever in the process of learning and our Guru has taken the efforts to teach us. We forget he even leads by example. Showing us how to walk – rather than just tell us, he shows us. But we fail to learn. We bask in the comfort of being able to traverse difficult terrain. We forget that we have to learn when we are taught and think naively that he will carry us forever. We forget that the purpose is to teach us and not just carry us. We were supposed to learn and we fail him.
After carrying us for some distance and teaching us to walk, all he expects of us is to start walking bit by bit. Atleast tell him, “Swamiji, let me walk – leaning on to you” and he will be glad to guide us while bearing most of our weight, but with a little bit of effort from us. From there after some time, he expects us to tell him, “Swamiji, let me walk – holding your hand” and he will be glad to guide us while leading us through the path of life. After some more time, he expects us to tell him, “Swamiji - let me walk besides you” and he will be glad to keep you company and guide you by words. After a while, he expects us to tell, “Swamiji, let me walk my life, but do come to my aid when I call you” and he will be around to ensure that you don’t falter. To be guided by his thoughts. That is what is expected of us. To learn while he teaches us to walk in life.
But as we are, we refuse to learn to walk and instead, look up to him to carry us through our life. Which is neither right, nor possible. No person can carry you for life. No one else can walk for you in your life. You have to walk it. You have to traverse through the difficult walk of life. We can receive support, either physically or by words or by thoughts, but we, have to walk our life.
W have to understand, how many people can he carry physically? Only by guiding us by words and by his thoughts, can he help more people. Let us not burden him by relying on his physical help, but help him help us better, but relying on his words and thoughts.