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Query: Can a shisya change his/her Guru?

Vijay Kumar:
Every human being has been endowed with that special power of discrimination that distinguishes us from animals. Mounted with this power of discrimination every human being including children has a right to do anything in life that we feel is correct for us. What to say of changing a master... a spiritual guru... one can even change a religion or belief in life!

Let me explain by an example-

If I need to go from New Delhi to Bombay, I can walk on foot, ride a bullock cart, or catch a bus, a taxi, a train or an airplane! Everything depends upon my pocket and the means available! If I start my journey on foot, I can subsequently change the mode of transport to bus or as my pocket allows on the way!

Life also has been endowed with freedom to work... the freedom of spirit within! Every human being has a right to live life on ones own terms. None other including parents, friends and well-wishers can dictate us to follow a certain path. As many human beings... as many paths to god can there be!

Today we trust our present master... the spiritual mentor... tomorrow we may not! Depending upon the circumstances situations change... so do requirements! Life in the cosmic system is not governed by rhetoric... it is logistics that governs the rule! It is not the master who chooses a pupil... it is normally the pupil who chooses a master.

However best the teacher may try... all students simply cannot come first. Why? It is for simple reason that unless the student tries hard... teacher can never succeed in making a student come first! In whatever stage of life we may be... we always remain the master and controller of our destiny.

In search of God I could not find a spiritual mentor to guide me. Whatever I could lay my hands upon became my guide. If I had something worthwhile to gather from a Christian priest... one was welcome! If the Islamic teachings impressed me, I welcomed them with an open heart! If Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism was to become my guide in life... all the more better!

I never shunned anything for it belonged to another religion, caste or belief! I simply had a goal of finding God in this very life. Every single human being to whatever religion, caste or belief one belonged... all were welcome in the fold! I simply wanted to know everything related to god. A loner... a single spiritual mentor carried no meaning for me.

It is quite possible that we were initiated into the religious fold by a particular spiritual teacher... or a religious master! With passage of time things change. At all moments of life I was always and ever free to change my inclinations... my loyalties towards a particular teacher, religion or fold! That is a how the system of God Almighty is!

Hinduism never advocates sticking to a particular religious or a spiritual mentor. Nor it ever abhors other religions and their teachings. The path can be any... the goal must always remain fixed. For going from New Delhi to Bombay we have two paths. One via Rajasthan and other through Madhya Pradesh!

Fixing a goal is more important than the path. Almost 99.9% people world over never form a goal in life. Their life is like a rudderless boat going round and round in the ocean. Having a goal in life is journey half completed. Once we have goal... choosing and finalizing the path is not that difficult. Stick to the goal and not the path!

I was born in a Jain family. Still I trust the sacred teachings of Bhagavad Gita much more than the doctrine of Bhagwan Mahavira... the 24 Tirthankara of Jainism! Lord Krishna who preached the doctrine of Bhagavad Gita to mankind in the battle of Mahabharata came about thousand years earlier to Bhagwan Mahavira. His teachings contain absolute purity.

With passage of time teachings dilute. The Wisdom contained in the sacred Bhagavad Gita is much more valuable than the teachings of Jainism. The Jaina doctrines are much more powerful than the Buddhist teachings. Similarly the teachings of Gautama Buddha are much more powerful than the teachings of Christianity... a following of Jesus Christ!

In the same rung... the teachings of Jesus Christ are more powerful than the sayings of Islamic Dharma. All these enlightened masters gained enlightenment yet everyone had a different experience and the path. For going from New Delhi to Bombay... some may catch Rajdhani express, others a mail train and the masses a passenger train.

Whatever be the mode of transport... all reach their destination! Similar is the case with the enlightened masters! All reached the 8.4 millionth manifestation... the last in the cosmic system... gaining enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and finally salvation (moksha) in the end. Reaching the end of cosmic life... the stage of enlightenment is the gist of life!

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May God bless all!

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Essay by: Vijay Kumar "Atma Jnani" ... The Man who Realized God in 1993!

A to Z of Spiritual Guru explained in words everyone can easily understand and fathom. More on spiritual mentor can be found at :  ... Vijay Kumar - 13 June 2010.

 Full text of query: Can a shisya change his/her Guru even though his/her Guru is still alive?

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