by Sri Sandip Dasgupta
Welcome to the Buddha Purnima edition of our e-zine. Starting with this editorial, I will begin reflecting on various speeches that were delivered by our Master (Sri Sri Babathakur) and express my personal thoughts on His words. In this editorial, I will summarize what Sri Sri Babathakur has denoted the function of a Sadguru to be, the need of a Sadguru, and how to obtain the Right Knowledge from a Sadguru.
At every stage of our life, we are guided by a teacher or Guru. Life begins with our parents being our Guru. They teach us the daily life skills and emphasize the need for us to grow up and become independent, ideal citizens of our society. Our school teachers take over by teaching us the alphabet and imparting the academic knowledge necessary to be successful in our professional lives. In all of these scenarios, we notice that we are being taught/guided by a person who is a subject matter expert. A teacher who does not know the English alphabet cannot teach us the English alphabet. A teacher cannot teach aspiring medical students unless they are subject matter experts in medicine. A faculty of an engineering college cannot impart knowledge of engineering unless they themselves aren’t engineers by education and/or profession. Likewise, a Guru can only impart the Knowledge of Oneness if He/She has Realized the Absolute and has that perfect Knowledge. We call such a teacher, 'Sadguru' – i.e. one who has attained Knowledge of the Truth (Sat). Moreover, a seeker of this Knowledge can receive it only from a Sadguru.
In all cases though, the Shishyas can only absorb the imparted knowledge if they surrender themselves to the teacher. Similarly, although our Sadguru may bless us by showering His teachings, the benefit we derive from the teachings is completely dependent on how much we are willing to absorb. We should not only listen to His teachings, but should also reflect on them and put them in practice in our daily lives.
Sri Sri Babathakur, in His august proclamation has asserted – “All Divine, For all Time, As It Is”. Essentially He is stating that we all are Divine by nature; however it is the delusion of our intellect that has caused us to forget this True-Self, the Divine Self. Outwardly, a Sadguru is also an embodiment of the same Divine Self like all of us. However, a Sadguru has realized His identity with the Supreme Divine Nature and comes to this mundane world to help us uncover the ignorance that has deluded our intellects – so that we can all reach a stage where we are always conscious of our True nature, the Divine Self.
Blessed are we to have come in contact with our Sadguru. Now it’s up to us to benefit from His teachings and reach closer to our True nature, the Divine Self. In all our daily actions, words, behaviors, we must remember that we are simply manifestations of the same Divine reality. This thinking will help shape appropriate behavior and culture in society. Jealousy and hatred will disappear if we begin believing that our origins and destinations are the same (The One Divine Self). Competition amongst individuals and organizations will have no meaning. The desire to differentiate ourselves from others shall disappear. Violence seen in today’s society shall have no meaning. That is why Sri Sri Babathakur has repeatedly said that the “Science of Oneness” is the panacea for today’s society. He has repeatedly pointed out that we are blessed to have been born as human beings, and even luckier to have come in contact with a Sadguru who is imparting the science of Absolute Reality. Hence He has urged us to practice the “Science of Oneness” in everyday life. He goes on to state that this will lead to the re-appearance of Satya Yuga.
A very concise introduction to this Knowledge can be found in the book, “Science of Oneness”. The second edition (2014) of this book can be obtained from Saccidananda Society, A-190 Metropolitan Housing Society, Kolkata -700105. ISBN-81-86571-40-8.
Joy Babathakur! Joy Babathakur! Joy Babathakur!