Swami Kripalu Recognizes His Guru

The village people took the holy statue from the farmer’s field, placed it in a chariot and brought into the town. They established it in a very small temple, and people came from all around. But again, as an effect of time, after two or three years the village became quiet again.

People did feel that this was a most unusual statue, but they did not know what to do about it. It was as if this pilgrimage place had lost its power again. Where there was such a divine image, there was complete darkness, as if God were waiting for someone.

One day I was invited to that town to give a discourse. I never used to go anywhere for a whole day. I don’t know why, but I said yes to that lecture. Upon arriving there, I was told that this was another Kashi [the highest spiritual center]. The flow of the Sanatana Dharama was emanating from there. I was surprised to find out this was another Kashi, but the most surprising thing was that my birth place was only ten miles from there. Here was a tirtha so cose to my birthplace and I didn’t know anything about it. So I told them that I would go with them for darshan.

With me were four of five leaders of the village. They told me the history as they pointed to all the historical places. The leaders were very intelligent, and what was worth showing they showed me last! Finally they took me to the temple where the statue that had been discovered was established. I entered the temple and looked at the image of the great sage and was so surprised—in front of a linga was the statue of my own guru! I was familiar with every part of his form.

Looking back, when I was first at this feet, I was only nineteen years old. He had lots of love for me and I loved him very much. Whenever I was disappointed in some way he used to hug me and convey enormous love for me. But all that time, his body was the body of an old swami. At that time, I could not imagine that someone’s soul could enter another body.

Later in my life, I was in the area of the Himalaya Mountains in Rishikesha. There are many yogis who live there. I was a new swami dressed in a swami dress. One day I went to a faraway place on top of a hill to cut a special branch from a tree. As I started cutting the branch, I saw an individual walking down the hill. He had only a cloth around his waist. I didn’t pay any attention to him because there are many saints in that land. As I was cutting the branch, I heard a voice whisper from behind saying, “swami”. It was the voice of my guru whom I had first met when I was nineteen.

I was confused because only my guru used to address me by the name of Swami. But when I turned around, I saw that this was not that old swami body. This body that I saw near Rishikesha was just like the body of the statue: the Divine Body of my guru. There is such power in that body that it can take any form or even enter into a dead body [the swami whose body Lakulisha has used had just died].

This inidividual who was saying “swami” looked only eighteen years old.  It was winter time but he was only wearing a cloth from the waist, the rest of his body was bare. My body was covered with lots of woolen clothes. When I looked at him, he smiled, his eyes twinkling. I knew then that this was indeed my gurudeva. I forgot to bow down and ran over to him and hugged him. He stroked his hand over my head and my body. I just kept on weeping. Then I remembered that I had forgotten to bow down at his feet. “Gurudeva, please excuse me”, I said, and bowed down at his feet.    

Once I had asked him, “Gurudev, how does the Divine Body look?”, and he told me that sometime I would see it. Now I asked, “Gurudev, it this the Divine Body?” He said, “Yes, this is the Divine Body.” I asked him how many years old it was. He answered, “My son, you will have to find out for yourself.” Then I asked, “How will I be able to find it out?” I had not even imagined that I would be so fortunate to ever see a Divine Body.

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Jaya Bhagavan (victory to God),
Durga Ma

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Kripalu Talks About His Guru, Lakulisha

In the woods and naturally beautiful places of ancient India, yoga has been studied and practiced in great depth. Due to this deep study and practice of yoga, the great yogis, such as Lakulish, have been able to keep their bodies in their original condition. This kind of body is called the Divine Body. It is unchanging and immortal.

Swami Kripalu

Scritpures of India say that one is a complete yogi ony after going beyond birth and death. The yogis have always been interested in prolonging the time between birth and death, not because they are attracted to the body, but because they wish to fulfill their desire to know the soul to the highest possible extent. Death and disease interfere with the fulfillment of that desire.

Unless the body can stay long enough, it takes many lifetimes for the yogi to know the deep secrets of the soul and find the highest Truth. A yogi’s life energy must become and remain steady in order for him to become established in samadhi. When this life energy then reaches into the top chakra (thousand petaled chakra), at such time the yogi enters samadhi and is very much like a child in the mother’s womb. This is the type of thinking and searching for Truth that intensely prevailed in ancient India.

There are many who ask, “If there are so many yogis in India, why it it so poor?”

It should not be forgotten that at one time India was one of the most prosperous countries inthe world. However, the rise and fall in fortunes that occurs in worldly life happens equally to all countries. So India is now going through one of these stages and is currently in decline. It is possible that America might experience the kind of prosperity which was experienced earlier in India. Spiritual science can best properly spread in a prosperous country.

I have an American disciple, Yogeshwar Muni. He plans now to build a large temple named, Bhagavan Brahmeshvara (God, Master of Creation, Shiva), and he hopes to establish the statue of Lord Lakulisha in that temple. In this scientific country it is very necessary for this statue to be available so that secrets of it can be found. Then someone from America will become a true complete yogi and will look at that statue with tears rolling from their eyes, saying, “This is Truth”.

This is the country of science, and I have complete faith that this will definitely happen here. What is America? India is one room in the house, America is another room in the same house. The whole world is one big residence, one big family.

Jaya Bhagavan (victory to God),
Durga Ma

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A Question on Discipleship

From time to time I will get an email question from someone I don’t know that I would share with you. This is such a one:

What does it mean to be a disciple, what is expected of a disciple, and how many disciples do you have? — Namaste, Paul

Dear Paul,

A disciple is someone who is devoted and committed to sadhana and to the sadhana teacher. Because disciples have union with Truth, God, and liberation as their first, or only, priority in life, and because the sadhana teacher provides the means of reaching this end, disciples have an investment in the teacher: they want to keep that person alive, well, and able to continue with their own sadhana so that the disciples themselves are not left in the lurch at some unfamiliar turn in the road. So they support the teacher through service and through providing practical necessities. Such a teacher is not going to be working for a living, but does full time sadhana and works for his or her students and disciples.

One exception to this is the paramguru. This teacher is someone who has completed his or her spiritual journey as a seeker, is already fully liberated and constantly in communion with the Divine, has cheated death and is in possession of the eight superhuman powers. Being beyond the influences of cause and effect, such a one has no need of support of any kind. A paramguru is difficult to find and, frankly, most of us are not likely to find ourselves in the presence of one.

I think this answers the first two parts of your question. If you would like to know more about this relationship, look for a text called the Guru Gita. It is probably online somewhere. There are a few entries from the Guru Gita on my blog site, Mystical Tidbits. The links at the bottom of this email will take you to them.

As to the last part of your question, the answer is, None. If I should come to have students who consider me and the sadhana I teach in this light and fulfill these “expectations,” I would consider them disciples.

Durga Ma





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