Here are five things leaders can do to promote spiritual experiences for the youth with whom they work. This included visiting less-active quorum members, participating in proselyting with the full-time missionaries, and administering the sacrament to homebound ward members. How can I be more Christlike in my service to others? God speaks to us through them. David Elmer, a Young Men leader in Texas, USA, wanted to provide the young men with a meaningful experience that would help prepare them for the future.
Hinduism and its beliefs
Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. On a trip, Brother Elmer taught from that message, including the story Elder Andersen shared of Sidney Going, a New Zealand rugby star who put a sports career on hold to serve a mission. What can I learn from living prophets and apostles? The same thing is true spiritually. Spiritual thirst is a need for living water. Brother Elmer says he wants the young men to remember something else about the trip: their gospel study was consistent. Bednar has taught about creating spiritual patterns in our lives, patterns like scripture study and prayer and family home evening.
And as we were gone that week, we maintained our spiritual patterns. I never found true happiness and freedom until I met my Guru, he who was spiritually interested in me and who had the wisdom to guide me.
How go we get to the goal?
Within your heart cry constantly for God. When you have convinced the Lord of your desire for Him, He will send someone — your guru — to teach you how to know Him. Only he who knows God can show others how to know Him. God is invisible, but He becomes visible through the intelligence and spiritual perception of one who is in constant communion with Him.
In the guru-disciple relationship a divine law is fulfilled, as demonstrated even in the life of Jesus, when he acknowledged John the Baptist as his guru. He alone who is God-realized, and who has been commanded by God to redeem souls, is a guru. One cannot be a guru merely by thinking he is.
The Role of a Guru in One’s Spiritual Search
If a teacher is without egotism, you may know that God alone resides in his body temple; and when you tune in with him you are in tune with God. The teacher who accepts personally the adoration of others is merely a worshiper of his own ego. To find out whether a path is true, discriminate according to what sort of teacher is behind it, whether his actions show that he is led by God, or by his own ego.
A leader who has no realization cannot show you the kingdom of God, no matter how large his following. All churches have done good, but blind belief in religious dogma keeps people spiritually ignorant and stagnant. No one can be saved just by attending church. The real way to freedom lies in Yoga, in scientific self-analysis, and in following one who has traversed the forest of theology and can lead you safely to God. Such a guru, ordained by God to help individuals in response to their deep prayers, is not an ordinary teacher; but is a human vehicle whose body, speech, mind, and spirituality God uses as a channel to attract and guide lost souls back to His home of immortality.
We meet various teachers in the beginning, through our vague desire to know truth. Delusion is destroyed by good company, by the company of saints, and by devotion to the messengers of God. Even the thought of saints will help you to remove delusion.
It is not personal association so much as attunement of thought with the messenger of God that destroys delusion. The true guru has no desire to place himself in the hearts of others, but rather to awaken in their consciousness the consciousness of God. Master [Swami Sri Yukteswar] was like that: he was one with us — never any show of his greatness. If anyone in the ashram wanted recognition or a high seat of authority, Master would give him that position. But I wanted the heart of Master, the divine consciousness he had within; and as a result, he is forever here in my heart.
That is the attunement you want with the great ones. I will be your friend even if you should err, for then you will need my friendship more than at any other time. Divine love is without condition, without boundary, without change. The flux of the human heart is gone forever at the transfixing touch of pure love.
It was only after we had made this spiritual pact that I began to understand fully the significance of a guru to a disciple. I never found complete satisfaction, comfort, and God contact until I attuned myself with unconditional loyalty and devotion to the divine consciousness of my Guru.
To the world God speaks only through His enlightened devotees. He is not a guru who is self-proclaimed as such; he is a guru who is asked by God to bring others back to Him. When there is a little spiritual desire, the Lord sends books and teachers to further inspire you; and when your desire is stronger, he sends a real guru But a spiritual teacher who knows God and is truly a guru never thinks of himself as a teacher at all.
The Hindu scriptures say that those who tune in with the wisdom of a true guru make it possible for the guru to help them. The friendship that exists between guru and disciple is eternal. I can think of no relationship in this world greater than that which I had with my Master. The guru-disciple relationship is love in its supreme form. I once left his ashram, thinking I could more successfully seek God in the Himalayas.
I was mistaken; and I soon knew I had done wrong. Yet when I came back, he treated me as if I had never left. I would not use you for my own ends; I am happy only in your own true happiness. Even though I ran away from the ashram to seek God, his love for me remained unchanged.
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