In the realm of Sanatana Dharma, there exists one profound and unchangeable reality: the process of learning through parampara, which entails the presence of a preceptor or Guru. This process is not only highly unique but also unchangeable.
The flow of knowledge from past, present to the future through personal interaction with a Guru is profound and realistic.
The presence of a Guru makes the past relevant in the present, as the Guru has the ability to harmonize the past in a meaningful way.
Therefore, whether it is classical sangeet, martial arts like kalari pattu, or spiritual subjects, all of them are traditionally learned with a Guru personally guiding the student.
The Upanishads, emphasize the significance of sitting at the feet of the Guru, where the wisdom flows freely. Therefore separating one’s guru from his connection to parampara and knowledge transmission and making him stand alone is considered anti-Sanatana dharma and it is inorganic & unnatural.
Similarly, just focusing on the past and failing to respect the present Guru is not only irrelevant but also irresponsible and speculative.
Guru is not solely defined as a spiritual teacher. The Taittiriya Upanishad explains that a Guru can also be represented by one’s mother, father, or any individual or place where we learn and grow. They all embody the concept of parampara.
On the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima, we humbly offer our respect to all those who deserve it, for they embody the perpetual flow of life, knowledge and the param satya.
– Govinda Das