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7/14: Proximity To Sadguru

September 18, 2006

Summary: When we start listening to our instinctive knowledge of the world around us, we come closer to the Sadguru. The Sadguru is ever with us, but now we feel his presence as clearly as daylight. This understanding brings a revolution in our normal worldly life making it far more interesting than it was ever before.

Verse 7: JaaNo Jagi Aap Wole, Te Tuzhia Bolaa Suras Jaale, Tuzheni Kshamatva Aale, Pruthwiyesi.

Translation: I know that it is because of your words that water has got its sweetness and the earth has inherited its forgiveness from you.

Dnyaneshwari is a commentary of Gita. Since it is in verse, its author, Dnyaneshwar, had poetic liberty to express his thoughts in the most hyperbolic way. He has fully used this liberty and we see that most of the emotions described in Dnyaneshwari are extreme. For example, in the thirteenth chapter, his description of Guru-bhakti entails one to lie down under guru’s feet so that guru will not feel the hardness of earth etc. etc. Of course, with these definitions, even Dnyaneshwar calls himself to be completely incapable of any gurubhakti (See 457/13 and 458/13)!! On the other hand, there is truth in whatever Dnyaneshwar says. Therefore, whenever we see an extreme emotion in Dnyaneshwari, we should try and understand the true basis upon which the emotion is described. This is the attitude with which this blog is written. Now, in the beginning of every chapter, Dnyaneshwar praises his guru. Each time he uses different hyperbole to tell us how important is his guru. The present verse is one such. Let us think about it.

Initially, when we start our sadhana, we make two compartments of our life. In one of them we put all sadhana related things and in the other, our ‘normal’ life. As we progress more and more in our sadhana, these compartments do not remain rigid. It may happen that, we remember our guru while doing some work in the office, or think about the peaceful state of our mind at the time of meditation or think about certain assertion in Dnyaneshwari. We then feel very grateful about the existence of this second compartment of ours. We take a vow that we will make more efforts in that sphere of life too. Then, the moment passes and we go back to our usual life. After many such moments, we actually do something about improving our sadhana. Usually, it is a very small step like sitting for five more minutes for meditation or not missing meditation for superfluous reasons etc. Then, the moments of remembering sadhana in our daily life come more often so that we increase our sadhana by another little margin. This process goes on and after a while, we are ourselves surprised at our own steadfastness in doing sadhana in the face of many difficulties. We look in surprise and observe that things, which in the past could easily have prevented you from doing sadhana, enjoy no such powers now. It may be being with your friends, or being in the office, or just plain laziness. Somehow, without your knowledge, doing sadhana has become so important that these things do not hold sway over you anymore. What is more, you feel very good about this change. You also realise that you always wanted to change your life but it was not possible for you to change in the past. Therefore, you feel a tremendous gratitude at this favourable change in your life. You are also amazed that this great change has come about without any apparent effort from your side. (Of course, you have by now forgotten all about your passing remembrances of sadhana in the office, or in the mall, or when you were with your family. Individually, they were too small to remember.) Therefore, you are convinced that some higher power has made this change in your life. The only such power you can see is that of your guru. Hence, you attribute your progress to the power of your guru. You are right. It is your guru who has helped you come this far.

But, it is not the guru in his physical form. For example, during the period of your progress, you may not have talked with your guru at all. But the guru exists in two forms. For some of us, he has taken a physical form in the form of Dadasaheb but he also exists in us as `Sadguru’. He exists in our hearts in the form of Sadguru (Verse 22/1: Maj Hridayi Sadguru…). How do we know about his existence? His effect in our life is the proof of his existence. The instinctive understanding of things that I spoke about before (657/11: The Essential Knowledge) is the proof of his existence. The more we start trusting this instinct, the more we start to live our life according to his instructions, the more he becomes visible to us. Hence, we become more and more closer to Sadguru if we start to live our life according to his instructions. Hence he is visible when we allow the sadhana compartment of our life to become more dominant than the ‘normal life’ compartment. When we have reached such a state, we can understand the meaning of this verse.

Almost everything in this world has water in one form or other. All those things become ‘Suras’ i.e. interesting for us. This means that we have reached a state of mind where our everyday life itself has become interesting. Why? `Tuzheni Bole’. The reason is the words of Sadguru in us. When we reach a state where we have an instinctive understanding of most of the things happening around us, our everyday life does not remain a burden for us. It becomes interesting, full of fun and enjoyment (Suras). All our strong prejudices and predispositions, upon which we have firmly built theories of what is wrong and what is right, do not carry as much importance to us. These strong beliefs will not be seen as absolute truth but a mere hypothesis. This softening of our beliefs is likened to the softening of the very earth on which we stand. This opening up of our mind is like bringing softness to the hardest of rock. Therefore, Dnyaneshwar Maharaj says ‘Tuzheni Kshamatva Aale, Pruthwiyesi.’ The very basis of our mind-set becomes that of forgiveness, and understanding. All these changes have occurred because we have become a close friend of our Sadguru and have started trusting his advice completely. Therefore, as far as I am concerned, this verse is telling the effectiveness of listening to Sadguru and also the capability of the student who has come so close to the Sadguru that he/she is now able to see the truth of this verse. Thus, we should all strive to see the truth of this verse ourselves.