Holding up a mirror

I came to India feeling uncomfortable with using the word Guru to define a human being I spend time studying under. A month later as I get ready to leave India, I understand the word Guru again and in a new light. The word ‘Guru’ comes from the Sanskrit language and has a deep spiritual meaning. Its broken down into two parts Gu and Ru; Gu is the state of ignorance most of humankind is stuck living in, the Samsara Halala which we ask to be removed through the opening prayer, Ru is the light of spiritual knowledge that dispels the darkness of ignorance. Guru is therefore the One who dispels the darkness of ignorance and bestows the light of knowledge. So who is Guru in our everyday life? And


've been dabbling with the idea of boredom and assimilation. As a society we have a tendency to use, abuse and accumulate objects, relationships, moments, ect...We are accumulation junkies, the more the better. Assisting Sharath Jois here in Mysore I realize that happens even in our yoga practice, we want to learn more, we want to do more. And yet do we even know what we have? Do we know what to do with what we have? Have we sat to reflect if in fact we really do need more? Where is that wanting coming from? I know I can speak for myself, I spent years coming here to Mysore searching for the next posture, the next teaching, more friends, more temples, more massages. You name it I've done it.

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