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How Can a Guru Help Me?

August 11, 2010

Namaste everyone,

Over the weekend, I was in Kerala India doing my ashtamangalam remedies. Kerala is truly a paradise, blessed with an unspoiled countryside and meditative silence throughout. It is no wonder that many billboards everywhere proclaimed Kerala to be God’s own country!

I carried with me a book that I had read 9 years ago when I began studying with Baba titled “The Initiation” by Donald Schnell. In this divine work, I came across a tender explanation of who the Guru is. During my stay in Kerala, I was drawn to this quotation again and again and I would like to share it with you:

In the ancient Indian sacred text, the Guru Gita (“The Song of the Guru”), it is said that the Guru is “the wish-fulfilling tree”. If you give your desires and dreams to the Guru, then he, who is closest to God through his devotion, intercedes and takes your prayers to God for you. If your faith is pure and patient, your prayers are answered. Jesus, in the tradition of the Eastern Guru, gave us this model in the West, and many people pray to him. But few in our culture realise that living gurus walk among us in every age, including this one.


We welcome Baba with our hearts as He arrives in Singapore in less than two weeks.

With love


3 Comments leave one →
  1. trtu permalink
    August 13, 2010 1:49 pm

    Hi Vijay,

    thank you so much for posting this quote, the “wish- fulfilling tree’ analogy is a very beautiful way of looking at the concept of “the Guru”

  2. trtu permalink
    August 13, 2010 1:51 pm

    I apologize for not signing off it’s from Adrienne

  3. Gary permalink
    November 4, 2012 9:09 pm

    The problem I have with this, and, many other Westerners as well (I think), is that even if we are liberal people who have grown up in our native religion which is Christianity, baring Catholicism which has intercessors (priest), we believe that we can go to God directly, confess our sins and lay out our wishes, without the intercessor. I am as liberal as one can be, i.e., I am a Sannyasi (?) and while my God is Jesus, I respect other peoples rights and understand the concept of archetypes and mythology in all religions and cultures. I guess that’s why I get stuck. There are some corners that I just can’t get around. God bless all of you/Namaste. Gary

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