Experience alone is the true teacher ~ 5 Sep 2012

Nandana SGS MMS 98

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  1. Today is Teacher’s day, and this MMS is a well timed opportunity for some deep reflection. The greatest teacher of our lives.. our dear Gurudeva blends the elements of the vulture, the bee in a sunflower, and His peppy bhajan ‘Shri Guru Datto Jaya Guru Datto; Nithyam Me Hridi Bhati’ ( Album – Nada Chintana, Track 3 ), to make this a true learning experience.

    Swami Dattatreya is the first Guru.. and it is very apt to invoke Him on Teacher’s Day. Datta had 24 Gurus.. the honeybee was one of them. Here is what Datta says he learnt from honeybees: “Like the honeybee, Guru flies from flower to flower and, without hurting them, draws honey. So too, a student of spirituality should study everything in the scriptures and draw into his heart that which is essential for his spiritual practice”. The important idea here, is the emphasis on practice.. study everything, but retain what is essential for practice.. because practice makes a man perfect.

    ‘Learning’ is ‘knowing’ transformed into ‘doing’. The teachers we resepctfully remember today are those who shaped our minds, our values and our behaviors.. because they got us to touch, feel & practice what they preached. What we remember of our teachers is their teaching.. the teaching that we cared to practice, internalize and leverage in daily life. You can see ten videos, and read ten books on how to make good coffee. But your learning begins only when you experience making coffee yourself. So, His Holiness says Experience alone is the true teacher .. so true!

    That bird – the demi-god vulture ‘Jatayu’ – chose to experience the joy of chanting Rama Nama, even in the painful final moments of his life. And Rama did come, in time to help Jatayu attain moksha. Likewise, when the sunflower blossomed, the bees smelt that nectar and flew in to draw the honey. When the flower was ready, the bee came. So too, when a student is ready for spiritual practice the Teacher or Guru will find him, and initiate the student into the spiritual path. From there on, the student has to walk in the path shown by the Guru, into his inner realm, towards self-realization. That sadhana, that experience alone is his true teacher.

    Does a new born baby receive a formal introduction to her mother ? When God gave a baby her mother, did He also attach an instruction manual on how to get the best out of mom ? A child makes sense of her mother by the warmth, love and affection she experiences in her bosom. So it is with the Guru. A disciple makes sense of His Guru through his experiences at the Masters Feet.. like each one of us have experienced with our Gurudeva. We are so fortunate to have your grace, Sathguru! Thank you for a life time of teaching. We know you have high expectations of us.. and we have fallen short of them. Please forgive our pranks, and continue to inspire us from within towards our self-realization. We pledge to follow your words, in our sadhana every day.

    Dear Sathguru, The world may remember its teachers once in a year.. on 5th Sept – like it does today. We don’t need that reminder.. because we experience your loving presence every moment in our hearts. For students in the Sathguru’s School of Spirituality, every day is Teachers Day!
    With respectful pranams at your holy feet. Jaya Guru Datta, Your Puttuji.

    • Mukund Mohan on September 5, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Guru padamu guru padamu Guru datta padamu maku saranam !!
    Humble prostrations to the lotus feet of Parama Pujya Beloved Sadguru Sri Sri Sri Swamiji !!

    • on September 5, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Jaya Guru Datta, Swamiji! Happy Teacher’s Day! And my deepest gratitude for all you have taught me and continue to teach me! Seeing You in white today is a reminder of the opportunity of deep spiritual experience You offer us through Your Datta Kriya Yoga. Only those who practice regularly can know how present You are in each session, how You direct and guide each moment of sadhana. When You say that experience is the best teacher it is a great reminder that as we practice–taking that one step towards Guru–Guru takes a hundred towards us. Datta Kriya Yoga is a gift beyond measure!

    • Savitri on September 5, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Experience we make everytime, the whole day. We can use them or not. I try to understand the information which is in every experience. I know also, that Swamiji is sending me different experiences, that I can learn what I should learn. But sometimes I don’t understand really, what I should learn in a special situation. Then I ask Swamiji in my inner and wait. He will show me that, what is important to learn. May be, that experience is the most important, but for me the Guru is more important. Only with His help I can understand all the diffrent information in my situations. Thank you, Swamiji!

    • Aparajitha on September 5, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Good to see Sri Swamiji on teacher’s day. Background song is apt. Datta the aadiguru may shower his blessings on all us.

    • sridhar on September 5, 2012 at 9:23 am

    jaya guru datta sree guru datta sadgurudeva {Experience alone is the true teacher}.it is a nice message on teacher’s day. happy teacher’s day.om namo hanumate namah

    • Nandini Prakasarao Velagapudi on September 5, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Though we go through this teaching all the time we do not get lessons unless it comes from a Sadguru like Swamiji, who makes it happen.

    • on September 5, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Jaya Guru Hanuman,

    Thank you Puttugamji for helping us understand the words of the master. Wish you a very happy teachers day. Through your explanations you take us on a journey in helping us understand each and every MMS.

    Our compassionate Sadgurudeva gives us so many experiences. Unfortunately this tamo guna makes us forget and look for new ones. Below is an excerpt from Swamiji’s speech about ‘Experiences’ and on how to hold him tightly like ‘Kapi Musti’ –

    “Lots of small miracles you experience with Swamiji. If you understand his miracles, then you understand the greatness of the Sadguru. You have to take these small miracles seriously. Only then you will understand his glory. Each second you must be alert to observe, to analyze and to understand these small miracles that occur. They may appear as tamasha, frivolous or as jokes. They are not. You cannot neglect or ignore any one of them. You simply cannot disregard them. It may be only for a couple of seconds that such experiences occur, but it is something very serious. What are these 2 second miracles? I will give you an example. You will think, ‘Today I want to give this present to Swamiji. I have this question in my mind.’ Swamiji will suddenly say, ‘Someone has brought me this item. Please give it to me’. Along with that the answer to the question is also received. This happens many times but people forget. They do not realize that it is the Guru’s greatness. They forget and ignorance covers their mind again and again. It is not good.

    You must record such instances and document them. You must put your experiences in words. It helps others. Do not ever think that such experiences are too small and trivial. They are too full of meaning. In those couple of seconds, Swamiji reveals the powers of the guru. Don’t lose that energy. Write it down and analyze it. Then you will understand. Write it in your diary. Very small, small, tiny tiny miracles. But they are not really small. They all add up to a very big miracle and a profound understanding of the nature of the guru. You must record them, remember them, and read them again and again. Only then you will understand. You will have a question in your mind. You open facebook and find your answer there. You are shocked. At once write it down in your diary with the date and the exact experience. Collect all such small experiences. All these small miracles will add up to a big miracle. Don’t waste Sadguru’s glory. If you do, your ignorance will increase. You will have a downfall. It is guru droha, a dishonor to the guru. It is all scientific. Don’t take these events lightly. Don’t laugh it off. You must get goosebumps (horripilation) when these occur. You must become enlightened by these experiences.”

    Humble prostrations to the lotus feet of Sri Swamiji

    Om namo hanumate namaha

    • srinivas on September 5, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Jaya Guru Datta

    Very nice video. I like the bhajan


    • G.Lalitha on September 5, 2012 at 10:34 am

    JGD Appaji – I strongly agree with the above quotation, yes only the experience will teach us on how to proceed in the future and to be careful – SGD

    • anuradha on September 5, 2012 at 11:13 am

    jaya guru datta

    • anuradha on September 5, 2012 at 11:24 am

    happy teachers day appaji…..!!!!
    u r my most imp teacher in my lyf…….

    • BSVS Kameswara Rao on September 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta Appaji, Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Sadgurubhyo Namah, Om Namo Hanumathe Namah,

    While watching this MMS, I pray that experience of our Sadgurudeva be felt by one and all.

    Sri Guru Datta

  2. JGD. Only a Teacher of Truth like our beloved Appaji can lead one to divine experiences. These experiences then bolsters ones faith, leading them to the Lotus Feet of Sadguru. Sri Guru Datta

    • drsatyanarayana sgs hospital mysore on September 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Jgd.Two Expressions on the same subject by His Holiness.A rare occurence.The sayings on Teachers by Appaji are thought provoking.Teacher or Guru Felicitation day is observed on 5th sep.This reminds the Great teacher of all living beings The Mother,then all others.Who can deny that Mother who take care of the sibling also teaches the Methods of survival in the world.Jai Guru Matha.

    • on September 5, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Jai guru datta
    We all devotees in our life have experienced a beautiful truth
    That our only best teacher is our sadguru appaji only
    Sri guru datta

    • Venkata Rama Krishna on September 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Jaya guru datta appaji… The first clipping looks like Jatayu chanting Rama Nama.. I think the video instructs us to chant datta mantra and experience datta in us.. Sri guru datta

    • Radhika k.(vinnakota) on September 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Jgd,really really true,and we hv to learn and correct ourselves from that experiences.thank you very much puttu ji for a very practical lesson for each and everybody.we are proud to be hv you as our guru forever .sgd.

    • savitha on September 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    guru hamare Datta prabho unaki yadkare kalyan..jgd!!

    • Madhu Talwar on September 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    jgd Puttu Ji the experiences of mine tell me that Sri Ganapaty Sachchidananda Swami ji is my True Teacher, He will grace me with SELF REALIZATION , my humble pranaams with sincere greetings to my Teacher SRI SWAMI JI onhn sgd

    • Joseph on September 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Wonderful aspect of considering experience as true teacher. All of us presume ‘knowing things’ is knowledge, but Sri Swamiji’s message on experience is amazing. Experience remains permanently with us. May Jesus bless us all, to experience the omnipresent and omnipotent almighty. Happy teacher’s day.

    • pushpa on September 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Thank You Appaji for thi MMS, I was very touched by the Saying of teacher’ s day. Prostrations to the Lotusfeet of my beloved Sadguru.

    • Vanaja on September 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta,
    thank You, dear Swamiji, for your teachings in words and also the unspoken ones – may Lord Dattatreya bless all devotees also to get your SILENT TEACHINGS.

    Om Dram Datta namaha

    • on September 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta!
    Experience alone is the true teacher. Who is teaching there? My feeling is that Sri Sadgurudeva is teaching me in every instant of my life. i can not imagine Sri Sadgurudeva separated from anything and anybody. He is everywhere at any moment. He is watching everything closely – also what i do. Also all my shortcomings. And still He is holding me in His hands with such a great love and eternal patience. He protects me and gives me the right climate to grow. And step for step He gives me new challenges. Every step brings me more freedom. Freedom in mind and freedom in acting.
    Koti Pranams to the Divine Padas of Sadgurudeva Sri Swamiji
    Gurur Brahma Gurur Visnuh
    Gurur Devo Mahesvarah
    Guruh Sakshat Param Brahma
    Tasmai Gurave Namah

    Sri Guru Datta
    Om Namo Hanumate Namah
    Om Dram Dattatreyaya Namah

    • on September 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    JGD! Sadgurudeva, I thank you for blessing me to transform from a wannabe sadhaka to one who practices dharma in ‘reality’. As You have said so aptly: better a gram of practice than one ton of theory. And: you can’t satisfy your (spiritual) hunger by merely reading the menu… And I love Nada Chintana album. It’s so powerful even i could notice the special energy of it. SGD!

    • on September 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta dear Swamiji – I am so grateful that my yearning for meeting “my Master” in this life was heard by you and you took me under your shelter to guide and teach me. Lacking often of discipline which gives me also a bad conscience, after having read this MMS and your comment, I decided strongly to resolve to practice more discipline in my sadhana which alone can bring me the essential teachings on my path to self-realisation.
    Thank you very much, Appaji, for waking me up ! – Happy teacher’s day to you ! Om namo hanumate namaha

    • Sadashiva on September 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Oh, what a great comment, and what a fantastic music. It draws me into that reflective mood, where all is One.
    Dear Swamiji, thank you.

    • Vindar Badall on September 5, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Jai Guru Datta.
    This message is very profound. Our Sadguru is teaching us everyday by giving us experiences. Thanks to Puttuji for the comments, it is a joy to read. Jai Guru Datta.

    • Anirudh on September 5, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta Sri Guru Datta Appaji

    • K Satish on September 5, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta Appaji,
    I am indeed lucky & blessed to have a Satgurudeva who is a patient teacher to a dullard student like me. many pranams to His holy feet.
    Om Dram Dattaye Namaha.

    • Phani Prasanthi on September 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Sri Gurubyo Namaha, Jai Guru Datta. It is our privileged to have a Teacher like Sadguru Sri Ganapathi Sachidananda Swamiji. We are very lucky in this aspect. The teacher i.e our Sadguru not only teaches devotional lessons but also cleans our minds. Millions of pranams to lotus feet of our Sadguru. Om Namo Hanumathe Namaha.

    • mukund mohan on September 5, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Jai Guru Datta Appaji,

    You are Dattavatara Sadgurudeva after having manifested as Sri Pada Vallabha
    and Narasimha Saraswathi !! His Holiness descended as Guru down to the level of
    humanity due to compassion to guide, trim our bad attitudes, purify our minds, remove
    our difficulties and to uplift us towards self realization !!

    Appaji , You are our Sun God residing in our innocent hearts, You are Everything for
    us, You destroy our ego, You show us pure love – every fraction of the second
    thinking and teaching us; What we are today is purely your grace !!

    How can we repay such indebtedness and gratitude ? Please bless us the inner
    strength and pure devotion to follow your footsteps, follow your words truly,think,
    talk and act in Appaji’s truthful way, practice and sadhana His ways and engage in
    Guru Seva !!

    Vandanam Vandanam Sadguru Vandanam !!
    Vandanam Vandanam Saccidananda Vandanam !!

    Jaganmata Jayalakshmi ki Jai !! Sadgurudeva Maharaj Ki Jai !! Pujya Balaswamiji ki Jai !!
    Sri Guru Datta Hanuman ki Jai !! Om Namo Hanumathe Namaha !!

    • on September 5, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta Puttuji,

    Happy Teacher’s Day!!
    Thank you for the wonderful MMS video and perfect message on this day.
    Puttuji explanation aptly says, in the school of spirituality everyday is a teacher’s day.
    We all learn by experiences and Pujya Gurudeva make us go through different situation for us to learn from experiences. The best part is, every moment with our beloved Appaji is experience for lifetime to cherish. Thank you Appaji for such experiences in our life. I pray to the lotus feet of pujya gurudeva to bless us with experiences that teaches towards self-realization.

    Sri Guru Datta

  3. our teacher is Sri Appaji, who always guides, saves in all spheres of our life; jai guruji-jai sri ganapathi sachchidananda gari ki;

    • on September 6, 2012 at 6:31 am

    Experience is the true teacher, indeed. It firsts test you and then teaches you. Experience also teaches us that success depends on the character than on intellect or fortune. It is Gurudeva’s method of teaching us. He allows us to take risks, make mistakes, bruise and skin ourselves and then at the end of it all, we have learnt a difficult lesson and that too, experiencing it in every intricate detail. It is the absolute truth and the most blatant truth. It is important though, to keep our patience, because, we may not need the lesson that somebody else needs and vice-versa.
    On this special Teacher’s Day, oh Gurudeva, please bestow upon us the capability to see and comprehend the knowledge that we need to take us closer to you. Help us see the righteous and dharmic path, so that we are always re-discovering ourselves and brightening ourselves. JGD!! Happy Teacher’s Day 🙂

    • Prasad Madala on September 6, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Jaya Guru Datta,
    Another excellent message from Sadgurudeva on Teacher’s day. All days are happy Sadguru days for us.
    My humble pranamams to Gurudeva’s lotus feet.
    Om Sri Sadgurubhyo Namaha!

    • Madhavi katta on September 6, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Jaya Guru Datta
    Every experience in the life is a lesson for us,you are theMother Father and the teacher and the god for my family. Om Namo narayana
    Sri Guru Datta
    Om sadgurubhyo Namah.

    • పద్మ మాదల on September 6, 2012 at 7:58 am

    జయ గురుదత్త, శ్రీ గురుదత్త, ఓం నమో హనుమతే నమః
    తండ్రీ విజ్ఞానాన్నీ భోదించే గురువులందరికీ వందనములు.కాని మాకు ఆత్మజ్ఞానాన్ని బొధిస్తూ, మాలో భక్తిని నింపుతూ, మమ్మల్ని సన్మార్గమువైపు నడిపిస్తున్న సద్గురుదేవులు లభించటం మాపై దత్తుడు కురిపిస్తున్న అనుగ్రహఆశీస్సులు కాక మరింకేమి. తండ్రీ కురిసే మీఅనుగ్రహ వర్షంనుండి జాలువారే భక్తీ, జ్ఞాన ప్రవాహంలో ఈదులాడగల భాగ్యాన్ని మాకు ప్రసాదించమని వేడుకొంటు శ్రీ దత్తదేవుని పాదపద్మములకు శతకోటి ప్రణామములు.
    గురు రేవ జగత్సర్వం బ్రహ్మ విష్ణు శివాత్మకం
    గురో: పరతరం నాస్తి తస్మాత్సంపూజయే ద్గురుం
    ఓం ద్రాం దత్తాత్రేయాయ నమః
    ఓం శ్రీ సద్గురుభ్యో నమః

  4. Just as the bug was reluctant to leave the flower, because the flower kept yielding honey, my heart is reluctant to leave the presence of my Guru Datta because He keeps endlessly yielding the honey of bliss. His loving smile is enough to fill the entire world with sweetness. What an experience! Jaya Guru Datta

    • S.Radhamani on September 6, 2012 at 11:54 am

    On this Teacher’s Day, HIS Holiness has given us a wonderful, meaningful commentary on the
    Experiences and how we should practice for a successful day to day living. With the spontaneous
    chanting and invoking of Dattatreya’s name,each day blossoms for me with a new hope of survival and combating the struggles. Experience is the greatest Teacher and if we only would know how to apply for a successful mission.It is not an exaggeration if i say not a single day
    passes for me without a Teaching or learning of a moral lesson ,experience , a moment of
    success in on going activity. Pranamams to His Holy feet.

    • Vidya Sagar Reddy on September 6, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Jaya Guru Datta Appaji !!!! Happy Teachers Day !!!!! OM NAMO HANUMATE NAMAH !!!!!! Sree Guru Datta !!!

    • Radha from on September 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I remember when Appaji said to us: “You experience, you experience, you experience.” We have to live our life, one experience after the other and we learn and learn day by day with the Grace of our beloved Sadgurudeva, who is guiding, teaching and protecting us. To have HIM as our Sadguru is an indescribable wonder and blessing! Many many prostrations to Your holy lotusfeet, beloved Appaji. S.G.D.!

    • Maurice Clarke on September 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    JGD. May we follow our divine teacher’s instructions and pass all the Datta tests with distinction! JGD.

    • on September 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta, Appaji. You are our Teacher, and the experiences of us with You is You! This life is fortunate to be blessed with the presence of ultimate, Adi Guru, Datta Sadguru, Sri Appaji. Prayers to Your Lotus Feet, on this Teachers’ Day, for the teaching to continue till the teacher, the taught and the student become One. Om Namo Hanumate Namaha.

    • tunga on September 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    JGD it is one aspect of the greatness of sri swamiji, that He teaches by experience, on all levels, in all dimensions. sometimes it is said that life itself teaches us, that whatever we experience in our life is but a lesson on our way. for me it expresses the same fundamental essence: that beyond life and all experiences works that great universal Divine intelligence, guiding and teaching us as our beloved sadguru.

  5. Jai Guru Datta Swamiji!
    Thank You for this energetic and spellbinding video!
    Thank You Swamiji for all the experiences over the years; the blissful ones, the challenging ones,
    and the experiences in daily life in which You have imparted knowledge on so many different
    levels and revealed to me Your omnipresent nature! Sri Guru Datta!
    With Much Love & Gratitude, Vishali

    • Pavani Kamalapuram on September 6, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    JGD Appaji
    Happy Teachers Day!
    We need to completely follow the Sadguru’s teachings, just like Jatayu chanting Rama Nama.. make our heart pure and mind empty of thoughts and be constantly blooming like the flower, so that we can experience the unending flow of divine nectar by the grace of Appaji!

    • prakash bhadra on September 7, 2012 at 5:13 am

    hare ram hare rama rama rama hare hare hare krishna hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare om namo hanumathe namah

    • lalithabalaji on September 7, 2012 at 5:17 am

    guru yek deep hai divya dhama dikaye gur sung satya hai sub ved gaye guru sarvarrup hai dattaprabhu paye sri rama jaya rama jaya jaya rama om namo hanumathe namah

    • svetha on September 11, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Mit unendlicher Geduld und Liebe lässt DU uns dieses Leben erleben und führst uns um all die Klippen und durch die Strudel.
    Mein DATTA-GURU, ich danke von Herzen!

    • on September 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    As THE TRUE TEACHER, Sri Swamiji as Sadguru has been with this devotee throughout all lifetimes and therefore has been making sure that the experiences manifest in order to to help move me along the path. When I have fallen, He was there. The experiences continue to be more and more refined. I pray that upasana continues without the falling down so I can quickly learn Guru Tattva and that He remains eternally in my Heart. as the song indicates.JGD

    • sridevi on November 1, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Jai Guru Datta! Only the experience of our divine Sadgurudeva touches the heart and opens it to receive the divine nectar. Only the experience of His divine presence brings me closer to Him. Andto my real Self.

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