|Maitreya, Nicholas Roerich|
The Master, Guru or Teacher, call him/her what you will, can come in any form. They do not necessarily have to appear in a human body. Essentially the 'Guru' enters our lives in order to precipitate the crisis of 'awakening' and it has been said that 'when the disciple is ready, the Master will appear'.
Few have been able to capture so completely and so poetically in words, the importance that the Guru can have in our lives as Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche has done in the following verse;
"The master is like a great ship for beings to cross the perilous ocean of existence,an unerring captain who guides them to the dry land of liberation,
a rain that extinguishes the fire of the passions,
a bright sun and moon that dispel the darkness of ignorance,
a firm ground that can bear the weight of both good and bad,
a wish-fulfilling tree that bestows temporal happiness and ultimate bliss,
a treasury of vast and deep instructions,
a wish-fulfilling jewel granting all the qualities of realization,
a father and a mother giving their love equally to all sentient beings,
a great river of compassion,
a mountain rising above worldly concerns unshaken by the winds of emotions,
and a great cloud filled with rain to soothe the torments of the passions.
In brief, he is the equal of all the Buddhas'.
To make any connection with him, whether through seeing him, hearing his voice, remembering him, or being touched by his hand, will lead us toward liberation.
To have full confidence in him is the sure way to progress toward enlightenment.
The warmth of his wisdom and compassion will melt the core of our being and release the gold of the buddha-nature within."
May we all be blessed to make the connection with an authentic Master, because it is via this connection that we can most swiftly come to realize our 'true nature'.
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