Guru—Disciple : 16.
There is something in you which misunderstands, misinterprets. What is it? Your mind.
Your mind is not on a level with the Guru’s mind, with the other person’s mind, never mind whether he’s a Guru or a teacher.
Your mind is not on the same wavelength.
Your face may be beautiful but when you hold a funny little thing in front of you it distorts your figure. Why?
The mirror has not been ground and polished.
If that mirror had been ground and polished, it would reflect your beauty entirely.
Therefore service of the Guru was prescribed, not because the Guru wanted your service, not because he wanted to enslave you, but because it was the only way in which this mirror could be polished.
There was something marvellous in our Gurudev, Swami Sivananda. He insisted on Guru Seva.
He insisted that if you wanted to be a disciple, if you wanted to attain enlightenment through the instruction of a Guru, you must serve the Guru.
The Guru, not me. How do we know that he did want people to serve him?
Two stories illustrate this.
A Swami, who had already established an ashram in South India, visited Swami Sivananda once.
Sri Swami Venkatesananda
To be continued ....