APPROACHING THE GURU : 2.
Here I can tell you one or two incidents in the life, of some Sadhaks who went to do what Swamiji had not told them to do.
In those days (1924-34) while Swamiji was living in Swargashram, there was a Sannyasi-disciple by name Swami V. Without the instructions of Swamiji he began to practise Hatha Yogic Kriyas.
He was doing Vastra Dhauti.
He began to complain that Swamiji did not give him a bottle of ghee (clarified butter) while his throat was bruised owing to the Kriyas.
He went on abusing Swamiji. Mind you, it was a time when Swamiji himself was living on Kshetra food (alms).
Who asked the disciple to perform the Kriyas?
Without procuring a bottle of ghee first, why should he start doing the Kriyas?
Sivanandaji never asked him to do so.
Had Swami V. surrendered his individuality to Swamiji, the latter would have guided him correctly, and put him on an easy path.
This the disciple never cared to do.
He had his own individual ideas about spirituality and never gave a chance to Swami Sivananda, his Guru, to mould him.
And as a consequence he had to suffer for having followed a wrong path without being instructed by the Guru.
SRI SWAMI PARAMANANDA
To be continued ...