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Beware of false gurus

Stay away from 'gurus' who claim they are taking you forward into the spiritual light, whereas all they are doing is to strengthen their control over your minds.
PTI | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 26, 2004 12:22 PM IST

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Many a time we find that certain humans project themselves to be what they are not, and earn the name of False Gurus, but only after having deceived a number of people, and becoming the cause of their downfall.

India has always had the maximum number of such false gurus, which could probably be pinned down to the gullibility of the native Indian, to revere anything and everything, which smacks of calling itself a Divine soul, without proper discernment.

Many lives have been wasted in pursuit of enlightenment through such false gurus, who may profess to have a few siddhic powers, yet are not able to get out of their insatiable craving for a following of gullible people, to show off their great powers.

Stay away from all gurus who try to hypnotize people into thinking that they are taking them forward into the spiritual light, whereas all they are doing is to strengthen their own control over your minds. The true test of discernment lies in watching your own progress under the tutelage of that guru.

Have you really gained true knowledge and wisdom, or are you just bedazzled by a superficial display of minor siddhis? Is your life becoming more spiritually powerful, or are you being made a pawn in the hands of that guru, merely to swell his own ego and following? Before falling 'easy prey' to such people, you would be well advised to read this story.

"Once upon a time a sparrow lived in a flowering tree. Happy in its comfortable nest, it used to take off to far off fields to pick up grains and feed itself.

"One day, just before it could return to its nest, it rained very heavily, and the sparrow had to take refuge in a banyan tree close by.

"The next morning, when the sun rose, and the weather had cleared, it flew back to its nest, but was astounded to find a rabbit safely ensconced in its warmth. It was angry at this takeover, and asked the rabbit to leave at once. The rabbit however claimed that all places belong to God, and therefore anybody could occupy any place it chooses to.

"The sparrow was upset, and asked him to find a wise mediator who would solve their issues in an amicable manner.

"A wild cat who was listening to this conversation, quickly took a dip in the river, and sat like a priest, chanting God's name loudly. When both the animals saw it, they were taken in with his outward appearance and asked him to pass impartial justice in their fight.

"However, the cat, finding them both easy prey, sitting quietly before him, pounced on them and ate up both the sparrow and the rabbit."

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