I am not the deha (body); I am the Dehi (Indweller).
The body is made up of five elements and is bound to perish sooner or later,
but the Indweller has neither birth nor death.
The Indweller has no attachment whatsoever and is the eternal witness.
Truly speaking, the Indweller, who is in the form of the Atma,
is verily God Himself.
(Telugu Poem) – Sathya Sai Baba
The Ashram Becomes the Body of The Guru – After His Demise
An ancient axiom holds that when the disciple is ready, the guru will appear. Much less is said about what happens when the guru disappears or dies – and, for this, disciples are rarely ready. It’s often a more traumatic event than the death of a family member because the relationships with parents, lovers, and friends are of a different nature. While close relationships can involve deep and lasting love, the love of a guru becomes the lens through which the disciple understands the ‘self’, the ‘other’ and the world.
The guru not only shows the way but is the way. “I am the way, the truth, and the life”, is how Jesus’ disciples remembered him. Or the words Sai Baba used: “I am in your heart – find me there.”
Abhishiktananda, a modern Roman Catholic monk initiated into Indian Advaita by his guru, Gnanananda, writes that “Guru and disciple form a dyad – a pair – whose two components call for each other and belong together. As two poles of a magnet, they can only exist by being related to each other. On the way toward unity, they are a dyad. In ultimate reality, they are non-dual.”
So what happens when the guru dies or goes away? How do disciples cope with the absence of the one living and loving presence that has opened the door to their own heart?
The sudden absence of the guru’s body initially catapults the disciple community into the unknown.This withdrawal presents a crisis.Yet this crisis does have a resolution. From sacred space to fluid reality, the body of the guru eventually becomes the body of the Ashram itself.
The Ashram, that external expression of the guru, is charged with both vibration and memories of all that took place during the guru’s lifetime. Here we can draw on our memories and reflect on all that took place while in the guru’s presence. While in the ashram, we are reminded, and also in those others gathered there, of the pain of loss. It’s a shared experience of grief, that only time can heal.
The atmosphere of the ashram is charged with spiritual vibrations created by the system, discipline, good thoughts and spirituality of many who live in or visited it. When we go to the ashram, we find those positive, spiritual energies flowing, and yet the mind cannot comprehend and the senses cannot see or smell, but only the inner being understands. In order to maintain the purity of those vibrations, it’s important the ashram is kept and respected as the living field of the Guru and his teachings. I would like to end on this note. Rumi, The supreme poet of love once said, “Lovers do not suddenly meet somewhere, but they are in each other, all along.” The same is true of the spiritual teacher or guru and the disciple.
This short note is from the website of Mrs. Phyllis Krystal. I don’t think I need add anything to this. It speaks for itself.
I, Phyllis Krystal declare from this day forward to have nothing to do with Madhusudan from Mudhanahalli. My difficult life situation, and weakened physical condition, unfortunately let me drift from my inner contact with Baba, my own HiC. I started to rely on this outer source.
I wish to return wholeheartedly to what Swami taught us over and over again, to seek Him in our heart instead of somewhere outside. Which, also corresponds with the Method that was given to me so many years ago.
I therefore want to cancel the planned visit of Madhusudan and his group this weekend, including any further future visits.
Guildford, August 29th 2015