In the spiritual line the relationship of the Guru and Disciple is very pure and simple. The Guru does not have any emotional attachment to his disciple. And the receptivity of the disciple is the main factor in attainment of Gurus grace (instructions). If a disciple is simple, innocent, eager to learn the Guru gives more. The relationship of Guru and disciple is solely based not no the geographical distance but on the mental wavelength. Even if a disciple lives far away from the Guru, he can communicate with his guru, learn from his Guru. In fact Swami Satyananda says that in the absence of physical presence, teachings of a Guru can be absorbed more strongly by a disciple. He used to live in his Guru Swami Sivananda’s ashram at Rishikesh quite far away form his Guru. But mentally he was always connected to his guru Swami Sivananda.
A Sadguru only wishes his disciples, welfare at his heart. Even if our children go far away, we are mentally connected to them, we often think about them. And when they come back home, we shower them with our love and affection. Similarly a Sadguru has all his disciples in his heart, he guides the path of his disciples and helps them to achieve the best for themselves.
But Sri Swamiji has insisted time and again on the obedience of the disciples. Sincerity is another important factor. If a disciple obeys his Guru’s commands with sincerity then he can achieve a lot. Sri Swamiji says that even if you think that the guru’s command will harm you, if you follow it, you will be benefited.
Example- If a Guru asks you to keep ten bags of wheat in the rain, you keep it without thinking. Then and then only your spiritual progress would be fast.
Many disciples become impatient that inspite of so much hard work, there is no changing there is no progress. And such disciples keep on changing their Gurus from one to another just like clothes. Such disciples cannot gain anything. Guru cannot give you what you ask, because you may not be able to hold it. Guru is not a magician. Guru is the true well wisher of his disciple. Guru gives whatever is best for the present state of his disciple.
Example- If a 3 years old years child asks for a car, you simply laugh at him and buy a tricycle for him.
Sri Swamiji has asserted that there is nothing like a bad guru. If the disciple is sincere and obedient, he learns from all types of Gurus. A Guru sometimes may be selfish or otherwise but even then, a disciple is benefited greatly according to his own earnestness.
Sri Swamiji even after doing so many Sadhnas and penance, humbly declares himself a disciple of Param Guru Sivananda. He is following the teachings of his guru practically through his gurus Rajsuya Yaganas. Prior to that on his guru’s command he established world’s first yog university at munger and spread the message of yoga throughout the world. He has established Yog ashrams all over the world. He went to different countries, involved scientists and proved authenticity of yoga as a complete science. The constant inflow of foreigners to learn yoga, to attend Sri Swamiji’s Rajsuya yojna has proved that his efforts had been worth it. And he has won the hearts of millions of people all over the world through his love. Continuously from 1963 to 1983, he worked tirelessly to propagate the message of yoga on his Guru’s commands.
At present, Sri Swamiji is doing various Sadhnas for the betterment of mankind on his guru’s commands who is guiding him internally. He does not want Moksha but wants to be reborn again and again for the welfare of the whole mankind.
What a great disciple! He is teachings his disciples by his own example! And I feel that blessed are those whom Sri Swamiji has taken under his canopy!