They say: “One’s guru is greater than Isvara.” Why? No one has seen Isvara. An individual who is present before us in person, who is all the time pure of heart and mind, who possesses jnana and is blameless, an individual whose mind is not fickle - if we are fortunate to have such a man for a guru, he will give us the same peace of mind and happiness that we otherwise seek from Isvara. That is the answer to the question.
“Gurur-Brahma gurur-Visnuh gurur-devo Mahesvarah.” It is significant that no distinction is made in this verse between the guru and the Paramatman. Incidentally, there is another important point to be noted in the verse. Siva and Visnu are mentioned in it and, if we pay obeisance to the guru, reciting this verse we will learn not to differentiate between the two gods.
The Path to Eternal Truth Volume II presents the Shankaracharya’s principles of Sanatana Dharma, the eternal law, which has no beginning and no end. By following his teachings, we can bring abundance into our lives and spread love, joy, and happiness. And by following his path, we can achieve the ultimate goal in this life itself and fulfil the only desire that can be fulfilled, which is to find the Lord and merge with him. Translator Manjula Sudhindra Rao faithfully offers these teachings in English for seekers and travellers on the direct path to self-realisation.
His Highness writes, “It is a universal principal that every human being is in the search for peace, for the easy attainment of his goals. From the beginning of life, to the end, this quest continues.” Love, joy, abundance, and happiness can be achieved by everyone by following the path of Sanatana Dharma, which is about living a fulfilling and more invigorating lifestyle of righteousness.
About the Author
His Holiness Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Sarasvati is the present Shankaracharya of Dwarka and Jyothirmath. He is a liberated sage and a living example of one who has followed Sanatana Dharma—Hinduism—throughout his life.
Manjula Sudhindra Rao is a spiritual person, and from a very young age she pursued the path of spiritual truth, culminating in higher studies of the philosophy of Adi Shankaracharya at Mumbai University. She had the divine fortune of being accepted as a disciple of His Holiness Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami
Swaroopanand Sarasvati who was impressed by her dedication on the spiritual path and permitted her to bring his teachings to the outside world.