EGO, GURU, GUIDE

EGO, GURU, GUIDE

The purpose of life is not to find God.  I don’t care if you beat me up, you will never convince me that we are here for that purpose.  It is the biggest lie that people believe these days. Why do you want to find God?  God has already found you.  You are only here on this Earth to begin with because of Him. It is amazing what you sometimes let yourself believe.  Even if you could find God, what would you do with Him?  He is not a coconut that you can eat.

God is nothing but your own inner consciousness.  Now I will agree with you that you cannot always feel God, but that is because you think that you are separate from God.  We call it maya.  Maya is the illusion of separateness; it is the quicksand of this life. Whenever you forget that you have the capacity to be a god, then you become disconnected from God, and it is very lonely, and very painful.  It is very unfortunate.  You lose touch with your guide, and you sink back into the quicksand.

Without the guidance, there can be no self-determination.  Without self-determination, there can be no achievement. Without achievement, there can be no knowledge.  Without knowledge, there can be no awareness.  Without awareness, there can be no radiance.  And without radiance, you might as well be an animal.  An animal gets up from sleep, eats food, has sex, raises children, and does everything else that you do; but an animal has no mind to observe himself in action.  That is the difference between an animal and a human being. Hu means light; man means mind.  A hu-man being is a being of mental light, a being of mind as well as body.  But to experience yourself as a human being, you have to condition your mind to experience Infinity

Life asks a question that must be answered.  Life says to the ego, “You came with me into this life, but you cannot go with me into death.  I must use you to help carry me across, but I cannot take you with me when I go.” This is the riddle of the ego that we are faced with. Life belongs to the land beyond; ego is given to you as a companion so that you can travel the road to the land beyond, but the ego cannot go with you.  Nor can the ego direct your journey, because the ego does not know where you are going.  The ego cannot know that you belong to the ethers, because the ego is not a product of the ethers; it is a product of this Earth.  It is a friend and companion to be taken on the journey; it is not the driver of the car.  But that does not mean that the backseat driver will not try to drive.

You must take control of this backseat driver and commit yourself to your destination.  Without this commitment, life has no essence, life has no joy, nor can there be any achievement.  If you are committed only to this Earth, ultimately you cannot enjoy your life, because your life must go beyond this Earth.  You may achieve worldly success, but worldly achievement is only for this world. Only spiritual achievement will take you across this life into an experience of the limitlessness of your existence. The more you experience your soul, the more you can merge in that Universality from which you came.  That is why you have a guru: so that you can know and experience your soul.  It is the spirit of guidance that allows you to reach your destiny and become great.

You need this guru, this guide, not to possess you, but to guide you.  You need this guide to appreciate you, to inspire you, and to correct you when you are wrong.  The guru is like a compass: it will tell you where the North Pole is and where you are in relationship to it, but it will not take you there.  It sets up a relationship between you and your infinite consciousness so that you can have that guidance to follow in your life.

The guru is like a pump that pumps air into a tire to make it useful.  Once the job is done, the pump does not follow the tire down the road.  But if the tire runs out of air again, the pump can be used again so that the tire can keep going.  The guru is a gas station that fills you with spirit.

The guru should take away your doubt and darkness.  He should rekindle your spirit, and redirect you towards your goal.  He should remind you what reality is, and keep you going toward that reality.

He should remind you of your energy, and remind you of your life so that you can mind your own business and keep going.  This is the job of the guru, one who has the confirmed habit to speak the infinite truth in all circumstances.

Because the guru cannot be measured, he opens you up and tests your very finite, measured ego against the measureless Infinity.  It will freak you out, but it will keep you on the path of righteousness.

If God gives something to this Earth, He wants that same thing back.  That is His nature.  And the closest to God are those who can understand you for who you are and remind you of who you are whenever you forget.

The world is not a mystery, it is a joy to be experienced; but our ego won’t let us enjoy our visit to this Earth.  The Infinite Self is given to us as a gift, but we don’t believe it.  The moment you believe in the Self, that moment you are enlightened.  When you experience the Self, then you know that you have to go, and you keep on going.  Otherwise, you are stuck here.  Liberation is not going to God’s kingdom from this Earth. There is no such kingdom to go to at all.  The kingdom of God is right where you are now.

The guru is a guide that can take you from the darkness into the light.  The guru is an ocean where you can totally merge yourself and come out washed and clean.  The guru is a store of technical know-how where you can go and get taken care of so that you are fit again to take up the responsibility of this planet.  The guru is the secret chamber of your inner self where you can confide your greatest secrets and be guided in the light of righteousness.  Those who qualify according to these criteria are truly the blessed ones who have come to serve humanity and carry us through the times.

EXCERPTS FROM “EGO, GURU, GUIDE,” KUNDALINI QUARTERLY, SUMMER SOLSTICE 1976 BICENTENNIAL ISSUE. Reprinted in Aug. 2009 Edition of Aquarian Times Magazine

© 1976 The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan

7 Responses to “EGO, GURU, GUIDE”

  1. Davinder says:

    Hello,
    Amazing article!
    My Punjabi teacher tells me that life is givin to you to worship/find god
    But now i know thanks to you!

  2. amo says:

    woow! You can’t explain it better that.

    How can can you use ego though?
    “It is a friend and companion ”
    i dnt get it sorry

    Is it by beliving or avin confindence in yr self? :S

    ps: doesnt guru ji refers to ego as bad? so bad that he had to put a H infront of it H – ankar

    Thanks for great posting

  3. ramanpreet says:

    gurmastak ji wjkk wjkf,

    the article u wrote above is nice but i have some questions, like what if ur wrong on some topic or ur article might lead some one towards wrong path. I realy have some very important things to discuss, some very important questions to ask.but for that we have to chat live. n i beg u to come online with me. coz u don know, if some one goes to the wrong path, then ur gonna be responsible somewhere for that. So once again i beg u to come online with me so we can talk abt the god n his place. n beleave me u gonna enjy our talk.

    wjkk wjkf

  4. Jagjeet Singh Parwanda says:

    Ramanpreetji you are most welcomed to chat on the subject of goal of life. If not you may send your question to me, I will try to give its answer on the basis of contents of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. I think answer of every question is there in the Bani of true Guru. wkk wkkf. Jagjit Singh
    [email protected]

  5. Raj says:

    Hello, I have some questions because this is a confusing article.
    1. You equate God to inner consciousness and the article seems to relate to how to find it. But you state that the purpose of life is not to find God (inner consciousness)?????
    2. please clarify who the guru is that you are referring to?

    I agree with Ramanpreet that this article could mislead people

  6. Jagjeet Singh Parwanda says:

    Dear Rajji, You have very well pointed out, itself. First of all I may tell you that the purpose of life, the goal of life, the aim of life is one and only to find that one and only, the supernatural power, the almighty God, Allah, Khuda, Paramatma, and all synonyms of God. There are various hymns in Guru Granth Sahib which guide us giving the impression for goal of life.

    kiv sachiaaraa hoeeai kiv koorrai thuttai paal ||
    So how can you become truthful? And how can the veil of illusion be torn away?

    hukam rajaaee chalanaa naanak likhiaa naal ||1||
    O Nanak, it is written that you shall obey the Hukam of His Command, and walk in the Way of His Will. ||1|| {page 1 Jap by Guru Nanak Dev}
    {HERE IT IS NECESSARY TO MENTION THAT AS PER GGS ONLY GOD IS THE TRUTH AND ALL OTHER IS ILLUSION, THE FALSE PERCEPTION}

    I had tried to answer a question how I will describe intimacy with God. The answer was.
    http://in.answers.yahoo.com/question/?qid=20090502075456AAE8nvh

    The article is based on Kundalini Yoga or Yoga, no doubt that takes us (spirit) to the tenth door, the kudalini rises from Mool chakra enlightening all the seven chakras, gives us the powers also but the difference between Path of Yoga and Path of True Guru (GGS) is that the former can not give us emancipation, the liberation the salvation and God has no role there since it is all scientific like a pre decided software steps. We should remember the mind can not be controlled with any other method except the system the philosophy told by true Guru. { http://www.sikhitothemax.com/page.asp?ShabadID=33 }

    The true Guru (GGS) says if by other means (except true devotional worship), one reaches the tenth door, his mind is not pure there.{ http://www.sikhitothemax.com/page.asp?ShabadID=33 }

    True Guru says Ridhi and Sidhi are the emotional attachments with worldly luxuries. That takes us away from God, since on indulging in such practice, one forgets Him.

    sidhh hovaa sidhh laaee ridhh aakhaa aao ||
    If I were to become a Siddha, and work miracles, summon wealth

    gupath paragatt hoe baisaa lok raakhai bhaao ||
    and become invisible and visible at will, so that people would hold me in awe

    math dhaekh bhoolaa veesarai thaeraa chith n aavai naao ||3||
    -seeing these, I might go astray and forget You, and Your Name would not enter into my mind. ||3|| {Page 14 Sri rag by Guru Nanak}

    RIDH AND SIDH IS ALL EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENTS..

    ridhh sidhh sabh mohu hai naam n vasai man aae ||
    Riches and the supernatural spiritual powers of the Siddhas are all emotional attachments; through them, the Naam, the Name of the Lord, does not come to dwell in the mind.
    {Guru Amar Daas Ji Raag Vadhans 593}

    BESIDES ABOVE THE PATH OF YOGA NEEDS CONCURRENT GUIDANCE, SO A GURU OR A GUIDE MUST BE THERE.

    BUT THE PATH OF TRUE GURU IS THE PATH OF EASE, SEHAJ AND OFF COURSE EASY GOING. THERE WE, WHILE MEDITATING, CHANT THE NAME OF GOD (WAHEGURU FOR SIKHS, ALLAH FOR MUSLIMS, RAM FOR HINDUS AND SO ON), THE WORD OF TRUE GURU. THE TRUE GURU IS HIMSELF WITH US ALL THE TIME IN ASTRAL FORM AND ALWAYS GUIDING US BY HIS WAY.

    sathigur baajhahu gur nehee koee nigurae kaa hai naao buraa ||13||
    Without the True Guru, there is no Guru at all; one who is without a Guru has a bad reputation. ||13||{Guru Amar Daas Ji Raag Aasaa 435}

    I GO ON WRITING THERE IS NO END, BUT I WILL PRAY TO ALL OF YOU, PRACTISING YOGA, KINDLY STUDY GURU GRANTH SAHIB AND YOU WILL COME TO KNOW EVERY THING BECAUSE ALL THE FEET GET FIT INTO ELEPHANT’S FOOT.

  7. Jagjeet Singh Parwanda says:

    Okay the truth is bitter but that will remain truth for ever.