Maharishi about Guru Dev
The Glory of Being near Guru Dev
…the priceless transcendental nectar in which saints and seekers lose themselves and forget everything during their deep meditations in silent barren places – when that same nectar, that very same experience is had in nearness to the lotus feet of Guru Dev, in an unmoving and stable manner, with the eyes open and in a completely wakeful state, the incomparably blissful transcendental torrent floods the inside and outside, and the mind is drowned in ecstasy.
Certainly this state in the nearness to the lotus feet of Guru Dev is much more desirable and enjoyable than the state where we forgot everything in samadhi. In that state at the lotus feet of Guru Dev, wave upon wave of the bliss of samadhi rises in myriads of forms and channels in complete wakefulness. That is the experience of jivan mukti, by the grace of the lotus feet of Guru Dev. The experience of the unshakable bliss of samadhi, when we are completely awake, is the jivan mukti, drowned in which the great Mahatmas become Brahman.
At this time in this silence, in the nearness to Guru Dev, that is the experience. There is an inexpressible happiness, a feeling of huge elation, the heart is overwhelmed by ecstatic feeling like the heaving of an ocean of love, an ocean of bliss, as if the blissfulness of pure consciousness is rising in powerful torrents to surface from somewhere deep inside; and outside, Guru Dev’s wordless, enchanting, inviting, nectar- like love is an infinitely large ocean.
This is from a talk Maharishi Mahesh Yogi gave in Hertenstein, Switzerland around 1974-1976
The Department of the Almighty
Question: Guru Dev must have been fully enlightened. Now after leaving the body nothing remains in the relative – just absolute. Then how do we invoke and to whom? And if there is nobody to be invoked, so what is the use?
MAHARISHI: Some such similar question I asked Guru Dev once. What happened was, naturally people came to the ashram from all over India to pay respect to Guru Dev, once or twice a year according to their own convenience. And when they were come, they were narrating all sorts of stories: the child was sick, they had a lawsuit, all sorts of difficulties. And then, thinking of Guru Dev, that thing disappeared.
Hearing all these things for a long time one night I asked Guru Dev:
‘What is this? These people don’t even write to Guru Dev. Guru Dev doesn’t know they are in difficulty on the surface of life. And then, how do they report they had a vision or some thought of Guru Dev and from that time everything started to be smooth? If they wrote a letter and the difficulty came to the notice of Guru Dev and then they got out of their difficulties, I could understand it. But they don’t write letters, they just have the devotion to Guru Dev and they have some thought of Guru Dev.’
And Guru Dev’s reply was: “It’s the department of the Almighty, and He takes care of it.”
It took me about two years to understand – because I quite remember the time – what was meant by “It is the department of the Almighty”.
How I understand it was this: * We have the picture of Guru Dev as when we do Puja. That form, that photo, that picture is the physical expression of the form which had a mind which was fully enlightened and omnipresent.
So once we see the form, our eyes associate with the form very naturally, because the physical and the mental run parallel. And once the form is in our vision, in our awareness, then naturally our mind gets in tune with the mind which occupied that form once upon a time. The form was occupied by a mind, that mind is an all-time reality, eternal. The barriers of time are no barrier for it – continuum. The body is no more, but the form is there. And once we tune our eyes, perception, vision and cognition to that – because that was held up by a mind that was enlightened – naturally our mind gets in tune.
And because that mind was and is and will forever be omnipresent, immediately our mind gets in tune with the omnipresent. And right away the help comes from where we are. Help comes from absolute being, which is the nature of our own mind.
But that image, that picture becomes a positive and concrete medium to have that mechanics performed for our mind. So help comes from our own being because it comes through that form naturally our devotion to that. That is ‘The department of the Almighty takes care of it’.
It is not the individual – it is the department. And it is only one way, it is not two ways. The help is not given, it is received. It is received by our ability to attune with that.
And that ability develops with devotion, surrender and service. These three things – automatically one is elevated to that level. And help doesn’t come from outside, it comes from right where we are, from our own being.
But those unaware of one’s own being have this mechanics to help them. And this is true for all the saints in all the times throughout the world.’ He was Maha Yogiraj in the family of Yogis in India and was held by the “Jnanies” (Realized) as the personified Brahmanandam (Universal Bliss Consciousness), the living expression of “pūrṇam adaḥ pūrṇam idaṁ” (That Unmanifested is fullness and This Manifested is also fullness).
The divine radiance blooming forth from his shining personality revealed the truth of “Purnam idam” and His Sahaja-Samadhi (all time natural state of cosmic consciousness) brought home the truth of both — “pūrṇam adaḥ “and “pūrṇam idaṁ”.
It was the perfection of this great spiritual master which innovated a spiritual renaissance in Northern India and wherever He traveled.
His entire personality exhaled always the supreme perfume of spirituality. His face radiated that rare light which comprises love, authority, serenity and self-assuredness; the state that comes only by righteous living and Divine realization. His Darshan made the people feel as if some ancient Maharishi of Upanishadic fame had assumed human form again, and that it is worthwhile leading a good life and to strive for realization of the Divine.
His spiritual teachings are simple and clear and go straight home to the heart. He strictly adhered to the courses of inner development laid down by the systems of Indian philosophy and ethics and He raised His voice never in opposition but always in support of the truths and principles laid down in the concept of Dharma. He gave the people the spirit of religion and made them happy in every walk of life.”
Our Gratitude towards Guru Dev
What we can do to express our gratitude towards Him?
Even if the whole wealth of the world we could make available to ourselves and offer at his feet, it will be just an insignificant offering in comparison to what great Light of God that he has provided us.
Even if we could make available for us all the resources of the Almighty Nature and offer it at his feet, it won’t be an offering worth the great blessing that he has given us.
Even if we could make available to ourselves the eternity of time and offer at his feet that eternal life of ours, even that will not be worth that great blessing that he has given us.
There is nothing that we can possibly ever do to repay what we owe to him. But even then, from time to time we do feel to express our heart and the thought of our mind, placing ourselves at his feet in gratitude.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Norway, 1966