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Q: What should we expect from a Guru? Should he or she whisper some kind of initiatory mantra into our ear?

Shri Maharaj Ji: The question that arises from this is, "What do these gurus give you when they whisper something into your ear?" If you say that they give you a mantr

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Shri Maharaj Ji: The question that arises from this is, "What do these gurus give you when they whisper something into your ear?" If you say that they give you a mantra, then the question becomes, "What is a mantra?" It is a saying praising God and expressing our adoration of Him. "O God! I bow before You. I surrender myself to You." This mantra is in Sanskrit isn't it? "Yes it is." So if you say the same thing in Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali or any other language, will God not listen? Now if you say that the mantra has some kind of supernatural power in it, then in that case did you feel anything when the guru gave it to you? Did it have any sort of effect on you? If the mantra does contain some supernatural power, then surely it should have considerable effect on you; even a low voltage electric current gives you a shock. And here this so-called guru is giving you so much spiritual power encapsulated in this mantra and yet it had absolutely no effect on you?

If it really did contain spiritual power it would have resulted in you achieving your goal instantly - freeing you from the control of maya and enabling you to realise God and attain divine bliss. However, if none of that happened then that so-called guru has clearly cheated you. He is a mere fraudster.

Q: Devotion to the Guru or to God, which is preferable?

Shri Maharaj Ji: According to the Vedas (Shvetashvatara Upanishad 6.23) you should be devoted to both God and Guru equally. By neglecting your Guru your devotion to Go

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Shri Maharaj Ji: According to the Vedas (Shvetashvatara Upanishad 6.23) you should be devoted to both God and Guru equally. By neglecting your Guru your devotion to God becomes meaningless. However, if you are devoted to Guru alone, God becomes happy. The Brahmavaivarta Purana states that those who have moved away from their Guru, disregarded him or deceived him in some way will be far removed from God. You may cry day and night, but this will now have no effect. God does not tolerate a Guru being disregarded. You may have heard the story of Sage Durvasa who insulted the great devotee, King Ambarish. Durvasa was a great Brahmin sage and Ambarish was a Kshatriya, and yet Lord Krishna made Durvasa the target of His wrath by releasing His deadly chakra on him.

So God does not stand any disrespect shown to Guru. Although God and Guru are non-different, devotion to God is possible only through devotion to the Guru. The best course of action therefore is to make both Guru and God the object of your devotion. This is my own personal principle. Treat both God and Guru equally for your devotional practice.

If you concentrate upon Guru alone it may spoil your mind leading to committing spiritual transgressions. So it is best to strike a balance by performing devotion to both Guru and God simultaneously. By doing that you will receive the support of the lilas of God and soon you will be able to set your heart and mind on this wholesome devotion. This is why I told you in the beginning that both Guru and God are equal and non-different. Treating them equally, start your devotion as per the above Vedic hymn: yasya deve parabhakti.

Q: Can we meditate on the Guru while chanting God's name?

Shri Maharaj Ji: Yes, you can. God-realisation is possible through your exclusive devotion to Guru and by revering God and Guru equally in your devotional practice. De

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Shri Maharaj Ji: Yes, you can. God-realisation is possible through your exclusive devotion to Guru and by revering God and Guru equally in your devotional practice. Devotion to God alone is not recommended. So while meditating on Guru keep the form of God in your heart and mind as well, and practice meditating on Him. While chanting the glories of Shri Krishna's names and His various divine pastimes, including those of His childhood, you must incorporate God's visualised form in them.

For meditating on Shri Radha Krishna, you may take the aid of a picture depicting Them and then close your eyes and recreate that image in your mind. Then again open your eyes, look at the picture once more and then close your eyes to recreate the image in your mind. Keep practicing this regularly for a month or so and then you will be able to do rupadhyana. So there is no need to worry.

Even if you always just keep remembering Guru exclusively while practicing rupadhyana, God will be all the more happy with you.

Q: Doing rupadhyana of Shri Radha Krishna during sankirtan, or replacing Their face with the Guru's or doing rupadhyana purely of the Guru, which is best?

Shri Maharaj Ji: Whether you meditate upon the form of your Guru or Shri Radha Krishna the result will be the same. It is not that meditating upon your Guru will grant

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Shri Maharaj Ji: Whether you meditate upon the form of your Guru or Shri Radha Krishna the result will be the same. It is not that meditating upon your Guru will grant you some greater spiritual benefit. It is however far easier to meditate upon the Guru because you have seen him on so many occasions. In comparison, you have to employ all your faculties and work hard to imagine what Shri Krishna looks like. A mere glimpse of your Guru or hearing a few simple yet profound words from him like, "You are mine," or receiving a small gift from him are all enough to trigger the flow of divine feelings in your heart.

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Q: What should we expect from a Guru? Should he or she whisper some kind of initiatory mantra into our ear?
Ans: The question that arises from this is, "What do these gurus give you when they whisper something into your ear?" If you say that they give you a mantra, then the question becomes, "What is a mantra?" It is a saying praising God and expressing our ado...

Q: Devotion to the Guru or to God, which is preferable?
Ans: According to the Vedas (Shvetashvatara Upanishad 6.23) you should be devoted to both God and Guru equally. By neglecting your Guru your devotion to God becomes meaningless. However, if you are devoted to Guru alone, God becomes happy. The Brahmavaiva...