GURUSAKÁSHA

Indeed in the June of 1990, just 5 months before leaving us, BA’BA’ introduced GURUSAKÁSHA, the one last SPIRITUAL PRACTICE for all humanity.

The part of the Discourse is displayed hereby “Under the Shelter of the Guru” which was given on  10 June 1990, Calcutta, INDIA.

Gurusakásha: Gur + un + sa + kash + ghaiṋ.

Gurusakásha means “near the Guru”, “under the Guru’s umbrella”, “under the Guru’s wings”, “under the Guru’s shelter”.

The word Gurusakásha has two other yoga-related meanings:

1) Guru dhyána [meditation on the Guru] in Guru cakra,

2) A particular kind of Gurusmarańa [Guru’s remembrance] or Gurusharańa [Guru’s shelter] after sleep…….., Maharshi Vishvamitra, Dharmarája Yudhisthira, Rájádhirája Yogii Vashiśt́a, Maharshi Astavakra, Vibhandaka and Kalahana have all said that those who waste time because of their susceptibilities  – the time of one who does adhyáná dhyána or ajapá japa is not wasted, should remember the Guru in Guru cakra.

This they should do sitting in Siddhásana [perfect posture] or any other convenient ásana [posture], on the same blanket, skin, seat or bed as they had used for sleeping, immediately after waking up and before doing any other work or before having any other thought – even before performing their morning duties or any other task. This will be a high category of Gurusakásha.

If it cannot always be done immediately after sleep, it is essential to remember the Guru early in the morning after overcoming sleepiness. If this is done, they will meet with success or illumination in each and every subtle and spiritual task that they perform in the course of the whole day.

It is said: Prátah shirasi shukle’bje dvinetraḿ dvibhujaḿ gurum;
Varábhayakrtahastaḿ smarettaḿ námapúrvakam.

Prátah means “in the morning”. Understand that prátah is indeclinable. So the first, second, fourth, fifth and all other case endings are not needed – there is no inflection or declension.

Prátah, prátam, prátena, prátáya, prátát, prátasya and similar forms of declension will be out of place, since with an indeclinable word no suffix is added.

Shirasi means “at the topmost point” – that is to say, in the Guru cakra.

Shukle means “in a white”;

abje means “in the lotus”;

shuklébje means “in or on a white lotus”.

And you have to meditate on the Guru who is dvinetra [endowed with two eyes] and dvibhuja [endowed with two hands].

In what posture is this Guru endowed with two eyes and two hands?

In Varábhaya mudrá [the gesture imparting fearlessness and bestowing grace]. He is your well-wisher and your benefactor.

Whatever words you use mentally to address the Guru at the time of dhyána or Guru Dhyána, should also be used at the time of this Guru dhyána. You should always address the Guru for an extended period. This is Gurusakásha.