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Guru is the remover of darkness. "Gu" means darkness, and "Ru" means remover. Darkness refers to what obscures the light of awareness. Guru is the enlightenment principal that aids one in the realization of the true Self, the whole Self, and the holy Self.

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How blessed am I? I have been invited to do what I love, with people I respect and love, in a gorgeous healing center. Read on, and flakes of bliss are bound to fall into your hair and eyes.

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The point is, once you surrender, even if you don’t want something but you really need it, he knows that and he gives that to you. If you need something, and your heart doesn’t want it, still he’ll give it. That is Baba.

Number two, at the same time if you want something only 50/50, not with a 100% open heart, like feeling, “Well, I want to see Mother Divine, it’s okay whether Mother Divine accepts me or not.” That’s not fair. You have to come with a determined mind, determined heart, that you want to see it, do or die. You need to fall in love with the Divine––really fall in love. Your soul has to really badly want to connect to it. That’s a kind of soul aching. You know soul aching? You want to communicate. You need to learn some channels. Such type of strong feeling you need to create. Not create; you need to raise them up. You understand?

For example, when you see an attractive girl, any special person, you can’t help it, you want to know their name and phone number. Then all the time that person is coming in your dreams. You can’t help it. Like that, you need to make a 100% commitment with the Divine that you’ll be there. Once your soul is really strongly committed, it’s done. Then you can leave it alone. It will happen. Absolutely, it will happen. You cannot escape it. God cannot escape from you.

Many people think, “Swami, I meditated for 30 years. I did some healings. I got some channels but I didn’t have any real experiences. Still I’m doing it in my life. I believe in God, I know God, I trust Him but I just don’t know.” It means you don’t have the right angle, right guidance, right way, right formula to reach Him. Do you understand? If you want to reach to some place crossing the desert, if you don’t have the perfect directions, forever and ever you are in the desert. If you don’t have the perfect guidelines, for ten years, or 1,000 years, or even 10,000 years, you’ll be forever in the desert. You need a perfect map. You need to know what you’re doing and somebody really needs to guide you until you reach your destiny. if there is no guidance, you’re lost. that is the major problem happening right now in spirituality.

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Saburi means patience, wait. Shraddha means practice. It is in your hands to do. That is the real purpose of human life. It is why we came to this planet. With the right practices, it is not a big deal to reach that stage. Open your heart and do it.

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As Part of our focus on the Sacred Feminine, we look at how we can embody the strength of the Divine Mother in our own lives.  We begin with the form of the Divine Mother known as Durga, with her power to kill the negativity and stand in our strenght and confidence.

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Who is the goddess Mahisasura Mardini and what is the power behind this chant? Mother Divine is an incomprehensible power and force; in fact, she is the force, the power, the shakti. In the Indian tradition every incarnation or form of the Mother has a name, a story, and represents an embodied frequency of energy within the cosmic reality. The story of Mahisasura Mardini is important if we wish to understand the power of this chant beyond just the literal translation. This ancient story is set in a time not so different from now. When a demon Asura king named Mahishasura though extreme austerity to Shiva, was granted the boon of eternal life. Mahishasura asked Shiva the boon of everlasting life that no man, beast, demon or deity would ever be able to kill him.

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Excerpt from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, tr. by Swami Nikhilananda, Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, New York, 1973

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