God and Guru :: October 12, 2014

Srimati Carrie Trybulec
Speaks on "God and Guru"
Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 11:00am

We all seek guidance in our lives. Our own pure consciousness is the light of Soul that guides us always.  And yet we need to be awakened to that consciousness.  God is the Supreme Guru.  The Soul in us is Guru.  God is revealed to us through the human Guru. Guru guides us through our own consciousness. May we be blessed with the realization of God and Guru. 

—Srimati Carrie

From the Gurus and Swamis: AUM

“My Guru, Thou the Voice of God, I found Thee in response to my soul-cries. Slumbers of sorrow are gone, and I am awake in bliss.”

—Swami Yogananda, "Whispers from Eternity"

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“I know not who led me to your hallowed being. I came, and you received me with the divine love of your heart. You illumined my soul with the light of your soul. We became one soul in the cosmic Soul… The light of your spiritual ideal always guided me through all the vicissitudes of life on earth wherein service commingles with joy and sorrow, and wherein hope and aspiration are clouded by doubt and disappointment.”

—Swami Premananda, "My Gurudev: Swami Yogananda Paramhansa"

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“From the most wayward to the most enlightened, all need and heed some authority for guidance in life. In our spiritual life the recognition of this need is revealed in the supplication of prayer, and the law of guidance is further demonstrated through the ideal of Guru.

“The ideal of Guru is profound and universal, not delimited by human association nor confined to any one religious tradition. It is inherent in the unfoldment of cosmic life as well as human spirituality. The authority of ‘Guru’ is based on reverence for the goal of self-perfection, and it comes from an understanding of the means to attain that goal.” 

—Swami Kamalananda, "Frontiers of the Spirit"

Noble Thoughts: ("Let Noble Thoughts come to us from all sides." —Rigveda)

Truth, contentment, contemplation,These three place in a salver,Add the nectar of the Lord's name,Who sustains the whole creation,Whoever taste this, whoever enjoys it,He secures salvation.Partake of it all the time.He who enjoys this dainty,Can never leave it off.By its use this dark world is crossed,And by His grace,By taking shelter under the feet of the Guru. 

—Sir Joginder Singh, "Sikh Ceremonies"

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The Guru may be said to be the power of divine grace...That power of grace, affording a favorable opportunity to the aspirant, is the means.

 —Kshemaraja comm. on "Siva-Sutras" 

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Never ending is the glory of the Guru true,and boundless are all his blessings on you;he opens wide the Secret that's limitless,and he leads us to the inmost lands of bliss. 

—"Kabir, Seven Hundred Sayings," versions by Paul Smith