Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Master is never wrong

The Master is never wrong. Never doubt a Master what he says. I’ll site a few examples in support of this statement ‘The Master is never wrong’.

If you have watched the movie “The Kung-fu Panda”, Master Oogway guides Master Shifu to hand over the ‘Dragon Scroll’ to a clumsy Panda called ‘Po’. He was nowhere in the competition for being the ‘Dragon Scroll’ holder, still Oogway chose him to be the one. At that moment, Shifu was confused and could not follow exactly what Oogway meant. But, as soon as he started training Po, he realized that something can be done about it. Somehow, he managed to train him with a few skills of Kung-fu. Even then, he was not sure of Oogway’s decision. However, when it came to the ‘Dragon Scroll’, it was only ‘Po’ who got the point, and understood the secret of ‘Dragon Scroll’ as there was nothing really to see and to understand. However, there was something to realize that ‘there is nothing to be understood’. It is just you and ‘you’ who you need to understand. ‘Po’ realized the secret ingredient of tasty food prepared by his father ‘Ping’ the goose, which was ‘nothing’. He stood up with the ‘nothing’ and proved to be the real warrior that Oogway foresaw in him. And, he managed to defeat the snow leopard ‘Tai Lung’ and saved the ‘Valley of Peace’.

The second example comes from the life of Sri Sankaracharya, when he visited Gokarna. At Gokarna, he met a Brahmin named Prabhakara, who asked him to cure his deaf and dumb son. Without giving a second thought, Sankaracharya asked the boy, “Who are you? Whose son are you? Whence do you come and whither do you go?” Everyone was surprised what he is doing. Or, he is gone mad! But, the boy immediately replied, “I am neither a man, nor a Deva, nor a Yaksha; neither Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaisya or Sudra; neither Brahmachari, Grahastha, Vanaprastha or Sanyasi. I am Bliss Absolute.” Soon the boy became one of Sri Sankaracharya’s disciples, and was then known as Hastamalaka.

Another example is from puranic ‘Hindu’ mythology. As the demon Gajmukhasura, gained powers from the boon of Lord Shiva to be unbeatable, he started troubling humans and Devas. ‘Indra Deva’ then visited Lord Shiva for help, and asked him to control Gajmukhasura’s blowing activities that he was carrying out, out of his raised ego and powers. Lord Shiva then ordered ‘Ganesha’ to beat him and stop his mischievous acts. Ganesha was a kid then. Everyone was simply amazed that what Shiva is about to do. How can a kid fight a monster like Gajmukhasura, and defeat him. But, everything was so perfectly planned and thought of that Ganesha killed the demon and brought ‘Triloka’ to the peace.

So now moral of the story, never doubt a person who is the ‘Master’. Once you start having faith in master, everything is solved. However, the only challenge today is to find a ‘Master’.


  1. Yeah right... it goes well as you cited the examples...there would be gazillions of such examples.
    But then the trouble is,

    Every teacher, and every preacher,

    is NOT a Master

    I hope you find yours, and I, mine :)

  2. True in a sense, but as you concluded: It's hard to find a good master these days.
    The irony of these stories is that they belong to a distant past, & these days the ratio of 'Dronacharyas' is high on rise.
    I always wonder,in any realm, who had been the guru of the first guru....?

  3. @ all: Thanks for your views.

    @ Blasphemous Aesthete: Very correct that every teacher and every preacher is not a 'Master', that is why my concern. Thanks for the hope :)

    @ Sunil: Correctly said that today the ratio of (so called) 'Dronacharyas' is high on rise.

    'Who had been the guru of the first guru' gives a notion of useless of guru that a person can be a guru to himself as there must be a guru to the first guru as well.
    This has been a point of debate since ages. Though the supporters of 'need of guru' are more in number. And a very few people has emerged as the self attained 'gurus'.

    But there are definitely, some self created 'gurus'. One of the most prominent examples is 'Osho', who claimed to be self attained. (considering him the latest :))

    Other examples include Trinity Gods 'Lord Brahma', 'Lord Vishnu' and 'Lord Mahesha'. Other than these 'Gautam the 'Buddha'', Mahavira stand as their own gurus. (though i am not sure about Buddha and Mahavira, but never heard about their gurus).

    So, I believe that one must not merely wait for a guru to come and guide him, but move on the path. And as the guru 'enters', path becomes easier.

    Another thought: 'Guru', what we perceive of, need not to be necessarily a human being. Anything which strikes (A thought, event, scene, sound, touch, or anything) can make one 'realize'.
    So the self created gurus must have 'gurus' in form of something other than human.

  4. @JP:
    From my personal experience, I've felt that the concept of 'Guru' is totally over rated.
    It's better to keep our senses open, take the risk, and write your own theory.
    What worked for my Guru may not work for me.