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The Glory of Being near Guru Dev

>From a talk about Guru Dev which Maharishi gave in Hertenstein, Switzerland 
>around 1974-1976


..... 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 


Torrential waves are rising from this limitless ocean on the outside, and 
diving deep inside and having struck the deepest depths, are rising outwards 
again and again, and then falling at the lotus feet of Guru Dev in voiceless 
ripples softly heaving and vibrating in ecstasy. The hand and feet and ears and 
all the senses, together with the heart and mind and intellect, are bursting 
with the fullness of that ecstatic feeling.


Every tiny atom of the body is enveloped in that unbounded transcendental bliss 
of Brahmananda, and is melting into that experience as if into an indivisible, 
everlasting union with pure radiant love, untouched by time, space, or any 
other constraint. The limitless ocean of the heart bursts forth in wave upon 
torrential wave of invincibility and freedom.


That unchanging, eternally stable, and timeless bliss, which is beyond the 
senses and transcendental in every way, is being experienced at the surface 
value of life at one single time simultaneously by all the senses, by every 
part of the physical body, and by the entire heart, mind, and intellect - all 
this by the grace and love of Guru Dev. The whole of life, the gross physical 
body, the subtle body, the transcendental inner phase of life, is throbbing and 
heaving with ecstatic feeling that is only bliss, just ecstasy and the nearness 
of Guru Dev.


Outside on the terrace, it is as if the gentle ripples of the lake are nudging 
the sides and sleeping vegetation to awaken them to enjoy the tender moonlight. 
And there, on the terrace, the divine illumination of the lotus feet of Guru 
Dev is giving the power of life to the brilliant, inexpressible, transcendental 
sun of pure consciousness, to allow its waves to shake the heart of the 
ignorant disciple, to bring enlightenment and jivan mukti. The disciple is 
awakening from sleep. He is rising up. His ignorance and doubts are being 
erased. The fog facing him is lifting and the long journey is being quickly 
completed; the goal is becoming visible; it is right in front. Reaching it is 
all that is left. The other shore barely appears, and Guru Dev, the captain of 
the boat, throws a chain around the docking post to hasten his disciple's 


Great good fortune is needed to be able to experience the unbounded grace of 
Guru Dev and to continue to drink of that infinite ocean of bliss…


The point being brought out here is the blissfulness experienced in nearness to 
the true Master. The point to notice is how the Guru, by giving his disciples 
and other seekers the experience of the different and varied aspects of Brahman 
strengthens every disciple's progress on the path of evolution and carries him 
to the pinnacle of perfection. The thing is the same, pure consciousness, but 
the Guru gives the disciple experiences of it in such a variety of ways that 
remove every shadow of doubt that could become an obstacle to the disciple's 


This is the glory of being near Guru Dev

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