KASHALIKAR Suddenly I felt like writing about the phenomenon of GURU. One can like other individuals for one reason or another, such as one’s looks, talent, skills, or literary genius and creative genius of poets and filmmakers! One may like politicians and film stars for their wisdom and glamour respectively or even tempting spell they cast. One may like people because of the feeling of security one gets from them. But apart from all these situations, sometimes; when one becomes totally selfless, totally objective, and somewhere deep in the heart of
heart; one experiences the nearness of another individual. This nearness is unconditional. This nearness is extrasensory. Moreover, it has nothing to do with any kind of physical pleasure or material gain. It is totally independent of social prestige, popularity, weightage, or sway on the society. In short this experience of nearness is beyond everything imaginable. This experience of nearness or shall we say, oneness, does not expect anything or does not aim at anything. It itself is ultimate achievement or fulfillment in life. This is neither out of fear, nor out of insecurity! This experience of closeness is independent of physical presence or any physical attributes.
This experience of total oneness with another individual may vary in terms of apparent nature of relationship. This experience of relationship is the everlasting and ever assuring internal YAJNA to sublimate one’s subjectivity into objective consciousness. This relationship between two individuals has spanned throughout history. It is beyond the boundaries of time and space. I think such timeless; totally selfless unconditional love and liking between two individuals, where the subjectivity of one does not exist (GURU) and that of the other gets dissolved (SHISHYA) in the course of time, is GURU – SHISHYA relationship!