On Real, True Gurus
File under: The Art of Guruing
Lifted from the comments on Nithyananda Steps Up (On His Pedestal):
A "Real, True Guru" is very much aware of their own humanity.We'd only add that a real, true guru doesn't make themselves a spectacle in order to promote themselves or build their satsang, filling heads with nonsense about self-realization in their zeal to hit the big-time.
A "Real, True Guru" has compassion. He or she has felt the depths of their own pain and thus, can feel the pain of others.
A "Real, True Guru" will not build a shrine to "Thine Own Glorious Self" as a means of promoting the "Truth". Real Gurus know that Real Truth doesn't require the fortification of shrines.
A "Real, True Guru" will be concerned about humanity. He or she accepts that sure, we can all go to that space of "I AM THAT" but most us of live *here* and *here* can be a difficult and painful place to be for many.
A "Real, True Guru" doesn't laugh at your pain and dismiss it as meaningless. A "Real, True Guru" recognizes that pain can be a valuable teacher, not one to be dismissed as meaningless or ridiculed. A "Real, True Guru" can accept what's in front of him or her regardless of whether it's sorrow or joy, rage or bliss, b.s. or a sweet-smelling rose.
A "Real, True Guru" is not content to stop learning; he or she would never dream of stating that they have attained perfection.
A "Real, True Guru" is seldom the one in front of you. They're the one behind or beside you, holding you up, pushing you forward, encouraging you in moments of weakness and doubt.
A "Real, True Guru" does not present him or herself as someone capable of bestowing "enlightenment" upon another. He or she already knows that the most they can do is to reflect back that which is already within you.
Everyone has the capacity to be a "Real, True Guru" although not necessarily to all people at all times. The world is swarming with teachable moments; "Real, True Gurus" are those who are present during those moments.