Chasing after Gurus ~ 20 Oct 2012

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  1. This is spot on.. simple, candid instruction for spiritual aspirants:

    Firstly, give up the yearning for fame. Fame is for the ego. The more you feed your ego, the more impoverished you are spiritually. Prahlada didn’t long for fame. Hiranyakashipu did. We know what happened to them.

    Secondly, stop chasing a Guru. We’ve been told repeatedly that when the student is ready, the Guru will come looking for him. It doesn’t work the other way round. Hanuman did not go looking for Ram. The flower does not chase the bee.

    Lastly, Guru is one. Hanuman dedicated himself only to one Ram. When you go after many, you go after none. Learn to see your one Guru in all plural forms. If you are asked “Is He there in this pillar?” Just say “Yes”.

    Pranams Gurudeva, for such direct instruction. We are your Hanumans, fortunate to serve your mission. We pray you always be our Ram. Please be in our hearts always, and guide us to our fulfilment. Jaya Guru Datta, Your Puttuji.

    • on October 20, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Karya karana rupaya rupa rupaya te sada
    Aprameya svarupaya Sivaya Gurave namah !!

    Millions of prostrations to the lotus feet of Sadguru Matha on Devi
    Navaratri !!

    • dariashakti on October 20, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Jaya Guru Datta, Swamiji, when I first met You, so many of the other devotees had been guru hopping and they talked about being at this ashram and that one…of meeting this Guru or another one. I felt very left out because the only Guru I had ever met was Swamiji. But gradually I saw the emptiness in many of these people, their lost nature…..searching, searching, searching for some elusive power. Many of those same people are gone now from the Datta family….none are famous that I know of….I am reminded of the Guru Ashtakam….what good are fame and power without your Guru?

    • laxman on October 20, 2012 at 9:21 am

    jai guru datta

    • Sahadeva on October 20, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Jay Guru Datta

    Focusing is very important. To see Swami Ji makes focus easy. I hope to enjoy for a long time

    • Joseph on October 20, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Splendid message, any action by us is not just for fancy. Some try to exhibit their behaviour to be very pious and devoted, but it is always the mind that matters to be maintained pure and devoted. God is always happy with our intensions. If a person wants to help others and make minimal efforts to do it still He’s happy. But on contrast without good intensions if only pretends to be good or devoted that attitude is not going to help. An honest attempt to correct our mistakes and learn the right one makes us to walk towrds spirituality. I liked this message for conveying a strong message that spirituality is meant for following and not for showing off for any worldly benefits because spirituality is always beyond worldly benefits.

  2. We have found our eternal guru in AVADHUTA SWAMI APPAJI,for all our janmas ,so there is no reason for searching for other gurus ever. OM NAMO HANUMATE NAMAHA,JAYA GURU DATTA

  3. Jai Guru Datta
    The intention we have, may be we didn’t know them, so if they are not pure, please clean them. Thank YOU in advanced 🙂
    Sri Guru Datta and much love

    • ShObha on October 20, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Jayagurudatta hanuman ki jai thank you for the wonderful message appaji we will follow only our dear appaji

    • Phani Prasanthi on October 20, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Jai Guru Datta. Sri Gurubyo Namaha. Millions of Pranams to the Lotus feet of Pujya Sri Swamiji.

    • tejaswi sridhara on October 20, 2012 at 10:41 am

    jaya guru datta Appaji.
    Appaji we are very blessed to be with our sadguru who guides us and make us walk in spiritual path.
    I pray karya siddhi hanuman to give us strength and determination to follow our sadgurus words
    and help to become a true devotee.
    om namo hanumathe namah
    sri rama jaya rama jaya jaya rama

  4. jai gurudatta om namo hanumathe namaha

    • venkateswrudu bhdra on October 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    sri ganapathi sachchidanada sadgurubyo namah
    om namo hanumathe namah
    srirama jaya rama jaya jaya rama
    sri jayalakshmi mathre namah
    sri matha sri matha sri matha sri matha sri matha sri matha sri matha sri matha sri matha sri matha

    • prakashbabu bhadra on October 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    sri ganapathi sachchidanada sadgurubyo namah
    om namo hanumathe namah
    srirama jaya rama jaya jaya rama
    sri jayalakshmi mathre namah
    sri matha sri matha sri matha sri matha sri matha sri matha sri matha sri matha sri matha sri matha

    • lalithabalaji on October 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    sri ganapathi sachchidanada sadgurubyo namah
    om namo hanumathe namah
    srirama jaya rama jaya jaya rama
    sri jayalakshmi mathre namah
    sri matha sri matha sri matha sri matha sri matha sri matha sri matha sri matha sri matha sri matha

    • on October 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta
    On first August 2005 i had the wonderful luck for a personal interview with Sri Swamiji. This date is now my personal birthday. The presence of Sri Swamiji gave me an intense feeling of love towards Him which has grown more and more since this time. Now looking back to my life before and after this date “birthday” is indeed justified for this day. My life changed completely. It is now so much nicer, better, brighter, clearer. It is a wonderful change which happened by Sri Swamiji’s grace.
    I am thankful beyond all words.
    Sri Guru Datta
    Jaya Sri Rama
    Om Namo Hanumate Namah

    • Glory of Rama on October 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Sadly some feel secure only when they receive recognition from their peers. Regardless of their own interests and inclinations, they simply ape others to win attention by creating false impressions. If one does a showy religious ritual and invites friends and dignitaries to feast and shower gifts upon, others do it also. Such rituals and gatherings lack even an ounce of devotion and faith in God. If one invites a famous Guru to their home to put on a show of spirituality and performs Pada Puja and invites a hundred people, others follow suit to boast that they too have hosted a great guru. Swamiji has scolded in public many times that foolish persons come to him to invite him to their homes, stating arrogantly that already several other renowned gurus had honored them by their visits. They behave as if they are doing the guru a favor and an honor by allowing him to enter their pompous homes. True gurus see through this sad pretense with pity. Jaya Guru Datta

    • Maurice Clarke on October 20, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    JGD. Only Datta Datta Datta Datta…

    • Hira Duvvuri on October 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Many times before Swamiji came into my life, Satsangs used to become socializing parties with more emphasis on dressing up, showing off jewelry, food, and gossip rather than God or devotion. Many times famous Gurus are visited and their photographs are prominently displayed in homes for a show of spirituality and holiness rather than out of any genuine interest in spiritual progress. If the neighbor has a Mercedes, we want one too. If the neighbor has a guru, we want one too. No attention is paid to the teaching of the Guru. No attempt is made to follow any of his instructions. Sadly is that not the case with many temple and church goers as well? Is it not done merely for show and for status? People get in fights for winning positions and power as trustees. While rituals are going on, women talk about sales, sarees and recipes and men talk about politics, stocks, and jobs. Who is truly spiritual and who is not, only God knows and Guru knows. Thank you Puttuji for this candid declaration. Jaya Guru Datta

    • Madhu Talwar on October 20, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    jgd Aadhyaatmiktaa Aatma gyaan se sambandhita hei, Parmaatmaa svayam jeev ke uddhaar ke liye Guru- Rupa dhaaran karatey hein, Sachchaa Guru to svayam prakaashiata deepa ki bhaanti jeeva ko bhi prakaash svarupa banaataa hei. Prashansaa ke liye Guruon ke peechey bhatakanaa to Aatma pravanchanaa hei, Yadyappi Santa svabhaav se hi paropkaari aur karuna purna hotey hein Veh moha maya main bhatakey huon ko sahi raah dikhaaney ka nirantar prayaas karatey rehatey hein, hamain Satguru ka sang Satchitananda ki praapti ke liye hi karanaa chaahiye, Sri Swami Ji ke maarga pradarshan ke liye aabhaari jeeva ka samarpita pranaam onhn sgd

    • pushpa on October 20, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    My only Guru is my most revered and beloved Sadguru, nothing else is really important Prostrations to Your holy Lotusfeet. Om Sri Mata.

  5. Jaya Guru Datta. Please never let me be such a devotee. Let me only seek to serve You, Divine Mother Swamiji. Out of love for You only… not that it would benefit You, I know that I would be the one to benefit. Please do not let me waste the opportunity of having You as my Satguru by chasing after silly and transient things such as fame. Let me become a better person who seeks to serve humanity without ego or a sense of doership. I love you Mother. Sri Guru Datta

    • Sita on October 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    JGD Sri Gurubyo Namaha. We love You Sri Swamiji. Please continue to be part of our lives forever. Om Namo Hanumate Namaha!

    • on October 20, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Having been found by my Datta Sadguru, where else is there to go? There is no purer form of nectar on this planet than Sri Swamiji. To hear your words and felel your guiding Love, how could I think of seeking knowledge from anyone else. If there is any fame to be had, it seems that becoming the best devotee possible is that. I pray you never let me go.. Jaya Guru Datta

    • Hema on October 20, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Sadguru you came to me when I was ready for you. I need no other. You have done and are doing everything for me. The things I wanted when I first met you , you did not give to me. Still I could not leave you although I was disappointed. Now , there is no other guru for me. If I were offered all the riches in the worlds I would never leave you. Nothing compares to what you give me! Please make me a good disciple. Please keep me always at your lotus feet. Jaya Guru Datta. Om namo Hanumate namaha.

    • Hira Duvvuri on October 20, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Dearest beloved Swamiji, Let me confess. In the early years after you came into my life, late 1990’s, I used to cry a lot asking why you did not enter my life sooner. I visited Mysore in 1955, and in 1964. I did not see you. I was in Mysore in 1967 and again in 1985. You totally ignored me. Then, my inner voice told me, “You were not ready for him then. Those were the days when riches, pomp, show, power, and popularity were the things that impressed you. Swamiji’s lifestyle and the ashram were simple and basic then. There was no big following, no lavish buildings, and no great music concerts in decorated auditoriums. You perhaps would not have recognized the divinity in Swamiji even if he appeared before you. That is why he waited until the realization came to you that these external trappings are worthless. He waited until you were ripe enough to receive him. He arrived not a moment sooner, and not a moment later than when you really desperately needed him.” Jaya Guru Datta

    • Radha from on October 21, 2012 at 2:20 am

    JAYA GURU DATTA! Beloved most revered Sadgurudeva, I hope so much that I can become really devoted, thankful and humble to earn to be with You for ever and ever and ever, my beloved Appaji Deva di Deva. Many many many pranams to Your holy Lotusfeet. OM JAGANMATRE NAMAHA!

    • padmamadala on October 21, 2012 at 3:42 am

    జయ గురుదత్త, శ్రీ గురుదత్త, ఓం నమో హనుమతే నమః
    ఓం శ్రీ ఆంజనేయాలయాసక్తాయ నమః
    గురో ర్విద్యాత్మనో నాన్యత్ సత్యం సత్యం న సంశయః I
    తల్లాభార్థం ప్రయత్నస్తు కర్తవ్యో హి మనీషిభి: ఈఈ
    శ్రీరామ జయరామ జయజయరమ
    శ్రీ గురుదేవుల పాదపద్మములకు శతకోటి ప్రణామములు.
    ఓం శ్రీ సద్గురుభ్యో నమః

    • Madhavi Katta on October 21, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Jaya Guru Datta! Sri Guru Datta!!
    My Humble pranamams to SADGURU lotus feet.
    Om Sri Anjaneyalayaasakthaya Namah!
    Sri Matre Namah!
    Om Namo Hanumate Namah!
    Om Sri Sadgurubhyo Namah!

    • on October 21, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    jai guru datta

    appaji just for fame is not going to be a spiritual path.
    this is so correct that we should pure heartedly always serve swamijis mission.
    always being pure heart in mind and service makes us grow spiritually.
    sri guru datta

    • on October 21, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Jai Guru Datta !!

    Millions of prostrations to the lotus feet of Sadguru Matha, on Devi Navaratri !!

    Appaji is Sri Rama. I surrender to my God. Appaji please allow me to be your Hanuman. We love you dearly Appaji. You are mother Goddess. I am so fortunate to have found you. I am very thankful that you decided to take me in your folds in this janma. Please keep such divine dhristi on me in my other janmas as well Appaji!!

    Sri Rama Jaya Rama Jaya Jaya Rama!! Om Namo Hanumate Namaha !! Sri Guru Datta Hanuman ki Jai !!

    • on October 21, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta Appaji,

    Thank you Appaji for teaching us the important concept about Guru Shisya relationship.
    In today’s world there are many gurus, but only with one you can establish Heart to Heart connection, that is your guru. Lucky are we to be sishya’s of Sri Swamiji who has lifted us from downfall and guiding us always.

    Sri Guru Datta

  6. jgd.Be stable behind the Sadguru chosen,a carefully done work.He alone can show the light of goal of life that you can achieve. Roaming here and there result in confusion,though the end result is one ,way of achieving it differs from person to person,which is a main factor for confusion,an impediment to a saadaka,just like changing of engined buses in a busstand,which never moves out towards its destination.SGD

    • Kumaran Vasu on October 22, 2012 at 6:22 am

    JGD Puttuji!
    Very apt and timely reminder.

    • on October 22, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Who wants fame in this world, Appaji. Of what use? In fact, it is a distraction. You are Nectar! Your love has no parallel! One who tastes it can long for nothing else. Even the mighty Hanuman who had accomplished great tasks, sits in one corner and keeps chanting Rama naama…and cares for no outward fame. We are lucky for we are in Your fold, Appaji. Life is life, but with Your presence, it is beautiful! Sri Guru Datta.

  7. Jai Guru Datta, there is no doubt that you are Prabhu Ram. But I have to work on following the path of Ram’s Hanuman.
    ONHN, Pranam Sadguru

    • on October 25, 2012 at 8:11 am

    JGD Appaji. All of us who are under your umbrella are truly fortunate. But our good fortune will remain and become better if we can all contemplate on your teachings and practise them. I have friends who think I am a fool to be spiritually inclined at an age when am supposed to be enjoying. But they do not know the permanent nature of my enjoyment with my friend, my sadguru. Help me realize more of your teachings and help me elevate myself on spiritual plane. JGD, SGD!!

    • pushpa on October 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    That’ s for sure, if we make the choice to elevate ourselfs in each situation, especially in those where we are accused, hurt, ect. maybe is this the beginning of being spirituel. Om namo hanumte namaha.

    • svetha on October 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Uns Menschen kommt unser Ego immer wieder in die Quere, wir möchten doch so grossartig scheinen.
    Liebster APPAJI, danke für DEINE gütige Klarheit.

    • Aarka on October 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Chasing after Guru’s ~ 20 oct 2012

    Namaste Puttuji, marvelous video. Thank You. Chasing after Guru’s just to earn fame does not make one spiritual. Right quote for the present era where having a famous Guru is prestigious. Spirituality is entirely different where one has to offer one’s fame at Guru’s lotus feet. This remembers me about Maharaja Janaka, Appaji described in Guru Gita that Maharaja Janaka’s Guru asks him to carry him on his shoulders in the streets of his kingdom. He had done without a word. That is spiritual, following Guru’s orders not bothering about one’s fame. Namaste Puttuji.

    Sent from my iPhone

    • sridevi on October 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Jai Guru Datta! I never was tempted to chase Gurus because i did not want a Guru. But i always wanted to go to India. And when this wish got fullfilled, the first thing that happened to me was meeting the most charming, radiant, loving, compassionate being that i even could not have imagined. No need to say who this being is…….

    • Hamsa on October 26, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    The Guru-disciple relationship is the highest expression of friendship, for it is based on unconditional divine love and wisdom. To regain one’s divinity one must have such a master or Guru. He who faithfully follows a true Guru becomes like Him. But sometimes the training process is long and tough. We look for short-cuts and easy routes to attain realization. If things don`t go our way we blame the Guru for not guiding us properly. We try to follow another Guru. We are unhappy there also. This process of changing Gurus goes on and on. This finally leads no where. We must realize that though spiritual path is the surest path to realization, it is a long journey which requires a lot of dedication and faith.

    But, come what may, when we follow one Guru with unconditional faith and love, He will surely lead us to realization. When we are moving blindly through the valley of life, stumbling in darkness, we need the help of someone who has eyes. We need a Guru.

    I offer my humble pranams to pujya Sadgurudeva for being there for me always and guiding me in my spiritual path. Let us all follow our master with unconditional love and faith. Jaya Guru Datta!

    • Nada on October 26, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Chasing after Gurus ~ 20 Oct 2012

    A Guru is one who uplifts you spiritually. He initiates you in the path of righteousness and self-realization. Following a Guru for fancy, or fame is ridiculous. As Puttuji very rightly mentioned, fame feeds ego! And that takes us away from our goal.Fickle-minded people only hanker from one Guru to another, looking for one who will feed their ego by praising them in front of others for their contribution. But that does not serve any purpose towards our betterment. A true Guru chisels away the negativeness of His disciples and is always targeting the ego. We need to respect all Gurus but follow only one. As our master is the only one who can deliver us from this worldly bonding. Lets us all with a steady mind follow our Sadguru and grow spiritually. Hanuman is a perfect example for how a disciple should be. Our Rama, our Sadguru, will guide us forever. Jaya Guru Datta.

    • tunga on November 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I just came across sri shankaracharyas statement in viveka chudamani and was once again deeply struck.
    durlabham trayamevaitat
    manushyatvam mumukshatvam
    mahapurusha samshrayah
    translated in ammas monthly magazine (november 2012) as follows: there are three things that are rare indeed and are due to god’s grace: a human birth, the longing for liberation, and the protecting care of a perfected sage.
    although in a way I am aware what it means to be in association with a guru like sri swamiji the statement touched a deeper level of consciously cherishing and valuing the Divine grace that my beloved sadguru came in my life. I will never forget His sacred feet descending a stair to reach down to all of us sitting on the floor in a highschool in london. I dearly love it when You are sometimes addressing us Your mumukshas (mumukshu – striving for liberation, someone on the way towards liberation). may we be and become worthy of Your boundless love and grace.

    • karthik prasad.G, mysore on November 9, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    jaya guru datta, Om namo hanumate namah..

    • Pavani Kamalapuram on April 7, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    JGD Appaji
    After experiencing You..there is no turning back or searching or seeking for anything.. basking in Your love and warmth, we have found ourselves and with Your blessings will know ourselves too.

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