July 19, 2016

Awaken The Guru Within Us

It's Guru Purnima today - a day when we express our gratitude to our academic as well as spiritual teachers (guru's).

But we all forget that there's also one guru within us which is always ready to help us and guide us. He knows all our faults and weaknesses which even our academic or spiritual guru's might not be knowing.

The word Guru is derived from two Sanskrit words: gu means darkness or ignorance and ru means the remover of darkness. Hence a guru is one who enlightens us.

The guru I'm pointing to is our inner voice - the one which resides within us.

We are so busy in the outer world that we have forgotten to listen his voice. And, in turn, we are misguided, or feel shallowness in our lives.

As per our Indian tradition we always bow down to, pay respect and obey to our guru's preaching, we also need to pay attention to the preaching of our own guru - the guru within us.

Listening to our own guru promotes self-development and maintains our inner peace.

What we need is to contact our real self and bring out the real transformation in our life.

So, we'll should (including me) start listening more to our inner guru and obey his preaching to transform our life.

Here are a few tips that I've found useful which helps in communicating with our inner-self:
  1. Practice solitude: Only if you're alone, you'll be able to communicate with your self. It is important to get away from all the noise and clutter of our life. Go to a quiet place like a garden, library, temple, etc. where no one can disturb you and start introspecting.
  2. Switch off your mobile: These days we are most disturbed with this communicating device. It plays havoc with our inner communication. Tip: Disconnect to Connect
  3. Write out: Writing out your problems clears your mind which in turn helps in getting more inputs and solutions from our inner-self.
  4. Meditate: Meditation helps in calming down our senses. Hence we can concentrate more and hence it opens our mind for suggestions.
Happy Guru Purnima.

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