The world says ‘seeing is believing’, but the guru says ‘seeing is belying’. The world urges us ‘to become’ someone, the guru tells us ‘to be’ what we are. The Truth is very subtle, difficult to grasp and seemingly contradicts worldly experiences. The discipline, therefore, many times doubts it’s existence. The affirmation of the guru instills confidence in the disciplines that the Truth exists, It can be realized and that they too can directly experience it.Swami Tejomayananda, Ganapati Atharvashirsha Upanishad
गुरु गोबिन्द दोउ खडे काके लागूँ पाँय |
बलिहारी गुरु आपने गोबिन्द दियो बताय ||
Guru gobind dou khade, kaake lagoon paay
Balihari guru aapne, gobind diyo batay
Guru and God both are here, whose feet should I touch first
All glory be unto the guru, path to God who did bestow
If you are in the middle of an ocean in the darkness of night, do you know which way to go? But there is a compass in the boat that tells you exactly which direction you should be going. So this material existence is compared to an ocean, ‘bhavasagar’. The human life is compared to a boat, which actually has the potential to cross over this ocean. The guru is like the captain of the boat and the teachings of the Vedas and other holy scriptures are like the breezes. If we have the right captain, he or she can teach us how to actually move forward with the help of these breezes of the great teachings.