How Do We Know If We Are Truly Devoted To Our Guru?
If certain things like losses in a business deal bother us or we are unhappy due to someone’s attitude towards us or we get disturbed because of any worldly problem, then there is something missing because a devotee is always ready to take challenges having faith in Guru’s grace. We say that we are devoted to our Guru but when we don’t find a solution to our problems, we start looking for astrologers or other shortcuts. We are ready to go anywhere where we can find an easy way out of our worries or problems. This means that we are not completely devoted to our Guru but to the world and worldly affairs. If we were really devoted, then we would not even think about shortcuts or an easy way out rather persistently and enthusiastically walk on the right path because we’ll know that our divine Guru is there to take care of us and guide us towards our ultimate goal. We follow the words and advice of people more sincerely than what our Guru has taught us because our aim is the world. All this means is that we don’t know our true purpose in life. We want to do what the world says or does but we also want our Guru to set everything straight for us. We develop an inner conflict this way.
Actually, there is only one mind. Even though it runs in many directions, it can truly be at one place only. If it is running outside in the glittery world and its people then how can it be with the guru who resides in our heart. Like a mother will do everything for her baby when he is completely dependent on her but gradually as the child grows older and is capable of doing things himself, the mother supports and encourages him to do things. Similarly, Guru takes care of the things when we are not capable enough but also strengthens and encourages us to walk to our ultimate goal. We have to drop the thought that “I” am doing this and be completely devoted to our guru and make our Guru our world since he is the one who is constantly loving, guiding, supporting and strengthening us to walk to our true purpose of life. This complete devotion will open the door for us to receive the ultimate Guru kripa.