Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae
a. The following table clearly shows the externally vis ible differences in God and a Guru.
God The Guru 1 Duration of the manifest / unmanifest state A. Most of the time Unmanifest Manifest B. Rarely Manifest Unmanifest C. Their being in the company of average individuals Not possible Possible 2 Energy Destroyer and Saviour Saviour 3 Mercifulness Usually absent Present most of the time 4 Expectation that someone should undertake spiritual practice Absent
Devoid of expectation is He and doesnot expect devotees to practise Spirituality – Eknathi Bhagvat
[Present – in thestate of the embodied soul (jivadasha), absent – in the state of the God realised soul (Shivadasha)]
5 Privilege to place His hand on the head in the form of a blessing Absent* Present 6 From whom does He save ? From everyone excluding the Guru. Even God cannot save one from the Guru’s wrath. One has to humbly surrender at the Guru’s feet and plead for forgiveness. The Guru can save from God’s wrath.** 7 What does He endow once He is appeased ? A. Whatever the devotee wishes for That which isuseful to the disciple B. From the manifest (sagun) The unmanifest (nirgun), that is God !
* Since God is in the unmanifest state He cannot place His hand in the manifest form ! If God does do it then He is named as some other deity.
** If Shrihari or Shritripurari get enraged with devotees,
Then Shriguru protects them with determination.
– Shri Gurucharitra 2 : 24
Implied meaning : Shrihari (Vishnu) and Tripurari (Shiva) are the Names for The Lord used in the Vaishnava and Shaiva sects respectively. If The Lord’s destroyer form gets angry just to teach something, then simultaneously The Lord’s saviour form, that is the Guru takes care of the devotee. However if the Guru, that is the saviour form itself is enraged then there is no solution but to ask for His forgiveness.
b. The disciple follows the advice of the Guru; hence he acquires spiritual knowledge of the unmanifest. God complies with what the devotee tells him, that is He attains the manifest form and appears before the devotee.