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'Freedays' are the 'gather our thoughts' days; Q&As; a general review of the week so far…

Today marks the celebration of the birth of His Holiness Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. 

In yesterday's Tattvabodha post, we read of having faith in the SatGuru - and Gurudev was one such. Since Wednesday there have been celebrations to begin a year of honouring Gurudev, as next year will be the centenary of his birth.

You can view all video (and if you are on time, watch live streaming) at the CM You Tube channel, which link is over on the right sidebar. If you have not already read the 'bio' of Gurudev, you can do so at the main CM website - also on link list.

How do you know your Guru?

When you have been a sincere spiritual traveller, asking deep and meaningful questions which are not selfish but based in a genuine interest in finding out the Truth of your being, you will come to observe a pattern in your path. If you are progressing well, doors open, texts appear before you that you had not previously encountered, opportunities present which you may not previously have taken, help comes in many and varied forms, with apparently little effort on your own part.

Then, one fine day, you may find yourself sitting with someone, in a place unfamiliar, and you will find yourself drawn in a manner inexplicable. You will look around and you will find yourself looking into the eyes of a person and … it is as if the universe itself sits before you. For a moment, a mere half tick of the clock, everything external melts away.

That is all the call you need.

Neither think that this was simply a matter of right place right time. How often have one or other of us heard from another "Oh that fellow can talk, come and listen!" and we go along because we are searching so keenly for a teacher with whom we can feel at home, in whose every word we can find a nugget of gold to add to our life? Then how often are we disappointed?  It is because we are looking too hard. It is as if we have gone to the field and wanted the flower there so very much that we pluck it and take it home with us. But now, devoid of its rightful place, cut from its source of nourishment, the flower will certainly fade. We have overlooked the fact that we need to stay at source, we need to soak up the nourishment which the flower was enjoying.

Our love and faith cannot be that shallow! We must become that flower. We must place ourselves in the field doing only what we know to do best and if we are making progress of our own efforts, it will be rewarded.  For the SatGuru is like the honey bee… he will be attracted by the pollen of your efforts and will make himself available to you.

Sounds exotic? All you have is the word of this teacher who has experienced the call and the enfoldment of Love and the unfoldment of Truth.

Till then, till such time as you feel you are sitting with the one you can call Guru, make all your efforts sincere. That is all that is asked of you.

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