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Yoga teacher, practicing yoga since 1997, teaching since 2003, writer/translator, global soul, world traveller (and sometimes beyond), passionate about eastern philosophy and western psychology, especially its application in mind-body practices such as yoga and somatic movement therapy, deeply in love with life, knows that our greatest teacher lies within, also sometimes a total mess - it's part of the package!

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    Why Do I Need a Guru?

    Sunday, May 5. 2013

    A yogi tale:
    After many years of study, the devoted yoga student asked the ashram guru:

    "You say everyone is divine. So if I am already divine why do I need a guru?"

    The guru said: "As long as you are asking the question, you are building pedestals for me to climb on. And as long as there are pedestals, you will believe in the need for a guru. Search within! The answer lies in your question."

    Upon hearing this, the student smiled, bowed to the guru, and was never seen again in the ashram.

    It is said that she became a very successful vegetable farmer in New Zealand.
    Postscipt:

    Attempting to meaningfully answer this question proves hazardous because any attempt to make sense of it – the question as well as the answer – will inadvertently create new mental concepts that can be equally confusing.

    The greatest single trick existence plays on us is to make us forget that we are trapped. The greatest single trick we play on ourselves is to believe in the illusory idea of what it means to be free and how to achieve that freedom.

    For when we talk about truth and reality we lose sight of it. When we understand illusion and belief we will find the truth right in the middle of it.

    This can happen anytime, anyplace, and to anyone. Ashrams and gurus are no more an exception (= a necessity) than a comfy bed on Sunday morning or your best friend's comforting words melting your periodic eruptions of irritability into complete bliss (happens often with yogis, especially females!).

    Still, the best and the most surprising teacher is YOU. And Guru knows it. That's why gurus exists: to convey that truth with compassion and kindness, knowing that sometimes it can hurt before it sets you free.

    It's NOT about choice. It's NOT about choosing or accepting the reality of another (guru, friend or mentor) that may or may not set you free.

    It's about being truly free from choice, no matter how much you crave it or believe in the necessity of it.
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