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Article LXXXVIII: The Guru

"Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnu, Gurur Devo Maheshwarah, Gurur Sakshat Parabrahma, Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah"
"The Guru is Brahma (The God of creation), Vishnu (The God of sustenance), and Shiva (The God of annihilation). My salutation to such a Guru who is verily the Supreme God."
Guru Mantra

Spiritual aspirants often perceive that they are without a guru, but a guru is always within reach. The Guru Mantra asserts that "The Guru is Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva." Furthermore, any aspect of the Divine can be a guru, whether the guru is Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, or Ganesha, Indra, Agni, Lakshmi, Krishna, or Saraswati. The Divine manifests through infinite forms, and any form of the Divine can function as a guru to lead one along the path to enlightenment.

The Divine exists within all of those around us, who may also serve as gurus. One can learn from the mistakes of others and from the successes of others in finding greater peace and bliss. The Divine also exists within oneself, and one can find guidance by searching within. It is often said that when the student is ready, the guru will appear. This adage may hold true for the human guru, and the relationship with that guru is incomparable and invaluable. However, in the meantime, one in need of a guru can find guidance from God, God in others, and God in oneself.

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