You know those really witty T shirts that you see here and there?
I want one that says:
Jesus is my guru.
Now wait!! Stick with me here. I'm serious about this. I'm not making fun of new age-y yoga types. I get a lot of 'you're wacky/nutty/slightly crazy' for my love of yoga, but hang with me, at least for this post.
I've been studying the 'stuff' behind yoga, to learn more and how it meshes with my personal religious beliefs. What I've found has been both very encouraging and inspiring, and all that I have learned follows along the same lines as how the bible teaches us to behave. It's very interesting. Especially since yoga is very ancient wisdom, older than the bible.
One of the things in this book I'm reading started talking about "how to choose a guru". Not in those words, but that was the idea. Uh-oh, I thought. Here's where it gets a little wonky and I'm going to have issues. To me, "guru" is some wacky person followed blindly by another even wackier nut-ball. But I kept reading, and this is what I found:
~A guru is a spiritual teacher...a teacher of truth.
~Guru has two parts- 'Gu' means 'stuff which hides our true light' and 'ru' which means 'the thing(person) that removes the stuff hiding our true light'.
~A spiritual guru must live what he teaches, because power comes from that truth
~It is not always necessary for the guru/teacher to be physically present, or even in physical form to teach us.
Hmmm...something to think about. A guru is a teacher who lives by example. Who was the ultimate teacher? Jesus. Did he live by example? To his very last breath, literally. Can he remove our "stuff" (a.k.a. sin) and let our light shine? Isn't that why he came?
JESUS is my guru.
Jesus says: "I am the way and the truth and the life." ~ John 14:6
The bible says, "Make your light shine, so that others will see the good that you do and will praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16 I like the way the Message puts it even better: "Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept." Isn't that a wonderful image? 'Bringing out the God-colors in the world.' Love that.
Finally, Jesus said to the disciples: "I want you to open their eyes, so that they will turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God." If that doesn't fit the definition of a guru, then I don't know what does.
Jesus was always telling people to think differently. I don't know if making a witty t-shirt was what he had in mind, but he knows where my heart is.