NEED OF SADGURU (PRECEPTOR)
IN THE QUEST FOR LIBERATION
Human beings face conflicts of various kinds in the routine. Apart from personal difficulties at home, pressures at the work place and other external distractions that pull the person to various directions while the real challenge is with in. The ego, intellect, emotions are the hardest core ones to deal with. Very often the person may be confounded by the realization that the intellect and the capacity of reasoning which are so useful to deal with the external world are woefully inadequate or inappropriate when faced with internal conflicts. Caught in the vortex of mundane materialism many are unable to purse spiritual life which alone can help any human being to escape the cycle of re-births. One do not know fully about self, much less about the status Quo of the self in the cosmic scheme or the very purpose of life on earth. This lack of vision, largely as a result of ego of the human being. It can be corrected or say avoided when the individual turns attention to the guidelines offered in the scriptural literature. For all this, it is essential that ‘Vedas’ are necessarily to be studied in-depth. Just as an abstract theory is presented to a student through the personification of characters in texts based on them.
In Bhagavad Gita, Lord Sri Krishna said that the highest act of ‘Dharma’ is to seek refuge in HIM.
The Mahabharata by virtue of it being a comprehensive study of man is a point of reference to all seekers and an eye opener to those blinded by the narrow obsessions of material considerations. A superficial study of the epic may lead a person to conclude that Lord Sri Krishna induced war. However, God’s scheme of things is far beyond the realm of Human comprehension. HIS manifestations are infinite and encompass forms, actions and qualities that only a deep study can unravel for layman. For example, when Arjuna was reluctant to fight, Lord Sri Krishna made him to take up arms. Duryodhana did not want to part with even an inch of land, but the out come was diametrically opposite.
Although the Lord is the Supreme guiding force, spiritual aspirants, however, feel the need for personal guidance. Just as a captain is necessary for a ship to chart a safe trip for it’s passengers, it is important to have a preceptor who can guide spiritual seekers to realize spiritual goal successfully.
There are many such beacons of light in the epics and the Purana offering solace to struggling human beings in their Quest for Liberation.