May 8, 2020

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GURU DEVOTION IS FAR DIFFERENT FROM GURUISM (SÙNG KÍNH ĐẠO SƯ KHÁC CHỦ NGHĨA BỔN SƯ)

GURU DEVOTION IS FAR DIFFERENT FROM GURUISM (SÙNG KÍNH ĐẠO SƯ KHÁC CHỦ NGHĨA BỔN SƯ)

Dear Guru,

It’s our blessings to get a treasurable sermon from you through the Letter No. 58: “BE ALERT AT GURUISM”. I’ve read the letter again and again, and understand that it is written on full causes and conditions to prevent us from going astray in Guru devotion and to lift us to a new level of knowingness on the path of cultivation.

Relying on Guru’s wisdom, I would like to share some thoughts about major points in your article.

There are two important viewpoints in your article which should be expanded. First, how to check a Guru/master if he is “qualified” in Buddhism? Second, how to devote to Guru to avoid the pitfall of Guruism?

In the first point, you made it clear that:

The  Buddha describes a master: “He is not thereby a bhikkhu. Merely because he begs from others. By following the whole code (of morality). Once certainly becomes a Bhikkhu.” According to HH. 14th Dalai Lama, a qualified master is a person who makes a clear and right explanation on the FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS. The “Eight Great Causes of Enlightenment Sutra” asserts that “wisdom is the sole cause of cultivation” (the cultivation of a practitioner is only verified by wisdom). Once a person obtains wisdom, he is qualified to be a master (here wisdom is divided into six types: (1) Dharma wisdom (2) exquisite wisdom (3) great wisdom (4) omniscient wisdom (5) unimpeded eloquence wisdom and (6) recapitulative wisdom.) In the Dakini’s Teaching, Guru Rinpoche asserts that a vajra master must be the one who cultivates his mind, benevolent and omniscient, particularly can transform his disciple’s mind. In brief, the Buddha taught: “My Vajrasana is owned by no one else but the one who possesses compassion and wisdom.”

The Buddha taught: “My Vajrasana is owned by no one else but the one who possesses compassion and wisdom.”

Hence, any teacher who meets these qualifications are deserved to be master and those who wish to learn and respect them are deserved to be their disciple. No doubt about it!

In the second point, once the relationship between the master and disciple is established, a genuine devotion to the master is the prerequisite condition to get the spiritual energy from the Three Jewels. Obviously, the devotion should come from a pure mind, not from an impure one like “flattery, insinuation, manipulation, and expectation for favors in return”, or arrogance and competitiveness. Upon realizing this danger, you warned:

“Thanks to the faith and devotion to Guru, Tantric practitioners gain achievement from their prayers. However, their Guru should not take it as the reason for self-pride, self-satisfaction and arrogance, thus falling into the trap of “fame-disrepute” and “praise-blame”. I know that you all respect your Guru but the over-usage of honorifics makes me feel ashamed and also evokes the jealousy from others. Instead, you should praise Dharma and right method of teaching! Be careful that although you write with sincerity, still you easily fall into “Guruism”. I know who I am; holy saints know me; thus I am not affected by your respect or the blame of the outsiders! You should not over-praise your Guru since this is the time we need be alert to five poisons coming from the outside, of which the poison of “jealousy” might lay bad consequence on the doer (while they should have got merit from showing delight to other’s good deeds and virtues)!”

 

In this modern world, people may laugh at the thought that a master can invoke the wind, the rain and the sun. The master himself and Buddhist practitioners cannot do it and do not want to do it since it is unfamiliar to the goal of enlightenment. Nonetheless, it is said that such cases exist in history and reality. In the Buddhist perspective, a virtuous practitioner with full qualifications will obtain support from dharmapalas (Dharma guardians) and holy saints, as a means to propagate the Buddha Dharma. They cannot do by themselves but the objective circumstance is the reflection of their virtue, merit or karma. Anyway, the most important thing is how the master transforms the disciple’s mind and how the disciple comprehends and applies the master’s teachings. For instance, a verse saying “The Guru is more benevolent than the Buddha. The words of Guru are more important than sutra” could cause shock to the reader and may get labeled with exaggeration. In the Fifty Verses of Guru Devotion, Master Agvagosha wrote: “Your Tantric master makes no display of his great wisdom and virtues”, but here the master is said to be higher than the Buddha and his words are more precious than the sutra, is there any inconsistency? Among many ways to understand this saying righteously, there is the factor of language. In literature in general and in poem in particular, there exists a conception of “idea-beyond-words” (ý tại ngôn ngoại), which gives another way to understand that saying: for a disciple who is following a Guru, the words of Guru are more important than sutra and the Guru is more benevolent than the Buddha.  Let say, the Buddha left for the next generations thousands of sutras, which should only be read for reference rather than practice all. The Buddha has compassion towards all sentient beings but for a specific being, without the guidance of a specific Guru, how could he know about Buddha Dharma and which sutra suitable for a particular stage of cultivation? From this point on, we should understand that the meaning of the saying is narrowed down to the case between a disciple and his Guru; and this is definitely true, no doubt about it!

“The Guru is more benevolent than the Buddha. The words of Guru are more important than sutra”

Likewise, a Tibetan proverb goes that: if a person practices Dharma with a serious attitude, the unexpected noodle will appear in front of him! If we rely on the literal meaning conveyed in the text and do nothing apart from reciting the Mani mantra all day and night with a hope that noodle will appear in front of us, we will soon feel disappointed if that magic does not happen and blame our Guru as the….defrauder? This proverb, in fact, belongs to the conception of “idea-beyond-words”: “noodle” stands fot food and other necessities; it does not “appear” but someone, in favorable conditions and unexpected situations, will give or bring them to us. Nonetheless, things are not so simple as two plus two equals four. Here we see the word “with serious attitude.” Then what is the “serious attitude”? It includes diligence, observation of precepts, bodhicitta and many other factors, particularly without a desire of “noodle” during the practice/cultivation, then the “noodle” will naturally come to us. The Buddha’s teaching is not wrong; the words of Guru is of no difference; only the virtues and merits of the disciple that matter. Moreover, the context of that proverb is not always the same with that in this modern world. A well-known Greek philosophist once said: “No man ever steps in the same river twice” because the river is ever changing and is no longer the same as we step in the second time around. There is an oriental story titled “Holding a tree and waiting for a rabbit”. It tells of a farmer who is ploughing in the field and saw a rabbit running past him, crash into the big tree nearby and die. The farmer felt surprised and picked up that rabbit as a free dinner. Another man saw it and hastily hugged that tree to wait for another rabbit. We don’t know when he would achieve his wish!

“Holding a tree and waiting for a rabbit”

Those examples indicate that there is not always a similarity between the Guru’s teachings and the disciple’s practice, as well as among the disciples. With the same issue, you taught us this way this time but other way that time. The Buddha did the same. The “Parable of the Transformation City” (Volume VII, Chapter Seven, Dharma Flower (Lotus) Sutra) is a clear proof. This “zigzag” requires synchronization between two sides (Guru and disciple) to bring back best achievements to the practitioner. We cannot entirely rely on the Guru without any self-endeavor.

In the “Heart Advice from a Mahamudra Master”, Lama Guendune Rinpoche says: “It is exceedingly rare that a perfect master and a perfect student meet, just like seeing a star in the daytime. But when the student possesses great devotion and a pure view, then it is not so grave a detriment if their master has few outstanding qualities. If they view the teacher with great trust as Buddha, then they can receive the full blessings of the awakened mind, even when the teacher is only an ordinary person. In such case, the teacher is merely a link in the chain of transmission of blessings, and it is the devotion of the student that accomplishes everything.

Heart Advice from a Mahamudra Master

More problematic is the converse case, when the master is fully realized but the student possesses not a hint of any good quality. In such case, the teacher cannot accomplish much, as the student regards him as only an ordinary being. The student’s mistaken view renders them blind to the teacher’s awakened nature, and they may even project their own faults onto the master.

Of course, the best situation exists when a student with many good qualities encouters a fully realized teacher. But if they cannot find such a master, they must be content with a less perfect teacher.”

Those who have obtained achievements from Dharma practice under the guidance of a master are prone to compare the “preeminence” between their master and other masters, their dharma with other dharmas. It would be good if the comparison is based on Bodhicitta; but if it is a kind of looking down other schools or methods of practice to praise oneself, then there is the arising of self. The matter here is how to define the line between Bodhicitta and egoism. Here I totally agree with your teaching: “I know who I am; holy saints know me; thus I am not affected by your respect or the blame of the outsiders!” An insensitive student like me also realize that after bestowing us the “vajra criticism”, you’ve never let that wrathful emotion affect next talks with us;

Or when you were joyful with the praise by students, your signs indicate that you want us to feel joy and accrue merits from praising activity. I understand that it’s not a kind of play but an infinite mind manifested in the master. Thunder or clear sky, in the end, all return to the Emptiness.

Thunder or clear sky, in the end, all return to the Emptiness.

The path of cultivation for liberation is not always even. The Buddha taught that it’s like paddling a boat against the stream. The fall of greed-hatred-delusion-arrogance-jealousy always seeks to overturn the boat down to the bottom of the river. That fall is always shown in one way or another, and “Guruism” is one of them, as strongly warned by you. Similarly, in the Tantric Path of Purification, Lama Thubten Yeshe has specific demonstration about this issue, which I want to quote some as the conclusion for the article:

“These days, many so-called religious people arc narrowminded. They would not go for spiritual guidance to a teacher whose race, gender, skin color, or nationality was different. When they align themselves with a particular guru, they become partial, believing thai all other gurus and their followers are evil. I call this “guruism.” That’s wrong; it’s taking refuge in a dualistic way. That is not the Buddhist way of taking refuge.

Of course, some so-called gurus claim that they are the best and only guru in the world, and their disciples naturally believe this. In this way, instead of becoming a vehicle for liberation, the religion they teach suffocates their followers, who become narrower and narrower, and end up as fanatics. It would be better to be non-religious than to finish up like this. At least non-religious people don’t have such extreme views; for them, simply being human is enough.

We take refuge in the buddhas and bodhisattvas of the ten directions, in whoever has the realization of sunyata. no matter what their color, nationality, or creed.

The buddhas and bodhisattvas of the ten directions

Finally, but, as it says in the prayer, in particular we take refuge in our guru, especially our root guru, who has shown us the blissful path to the everlasting realization of enlightenment. Remember always that your guru is completely one with Heruka Vajrasattva. Lob-pošn means the one who shows us the true path and guides us along it, straightening the actions of our body, speech, and mind and leading us away from blind, ignorant actions. He can lead us to enlightenment in one lifetime, or even in three years. Recalling our guru’s inconceivable kindness, we take refuge in him forever.”

Dear Guru,

Right knowledge will lead to right practice, we all need this. If there is any mistake in this article, it’s all because of my wrong knowledge. Please kindly accept my repentance.

May all sentient beings achieve Buddhahood.

Om Ah Hum

Disciple Mat Kien


Vietnamese version: SÙNG KÍNH ĐẠO SƯ KHÁC CHỦ NGHĨA BỔN SƯ

  1. Mat Minh Anh (7 years old) says:

    Dear Guru

    I have read the article”Guru devotion is far different from Guruism”
    Thank you Mat Kien for the article.
    I pray for longevity for Guru and Ms. Mat Dieu for the sake of sentient beings.
    I pray that sentient beings can drink the nectar essence.
    Pray for the Corona pandemic to be soon eradicated.
    Om Ah Hum.

  2. Dr C H Lakshminarayan says:

    I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guru.

    Guru is my guide

    Buddha is my life

    Dharma is my boat

    Sangha is my spirit

    * This  is really a wonderful , eloberate and thought provoking article which opens the eyes of both Gurus and disciples ! It gives in-depth description all about Gurus and

    ” Guruism”

    * One should not try to assess length , width and depth of  perfection and spiritual knowledge of Guru  as ” silence is gold and words are silver”.

    * After deliberate study and once  accepted a Guru,  one should  respect the chair of  Guru with devotion and faith irrespective of whoever sits on the chair ! as to err is human and no man on earth is perfect !

    *  Criticism on other gurus or other religions is not allowed in Buddhism in an attempt to praise our own Guru.

    * I  congratulate  Mat Kien ,my Dharma brother ,for writing this dictionary like unbiased article about Guru-disciple ,relationship,the width and depth of it is as vast as that of  a sea !

    * No doubt, Guru’s devotion is primordial prerequisite  fora disciple, he has to give equal attention to other necessaries like  bodhichitta,  renunciation. Meditation and wisdom etc. In the path of Enlightenment and Liberation !. Hence articles on these subject matters also invited  in chanhtudy.com to understand more and more in the field of Buddhism and also Buddha’s teachings on other topics and puzzles of life.

    Sarve janaha Sukhino bhavanthu.

    Om Mani padme Hum

    Tantra Nirvadeva.

  3. Tantra Mashita says:

    Dear holy, respected, honorable and compassionate guru,

    I bow my head down for you

    I devote myself to you

    Thank you so much for sharing this article with us. It had given me a general view and idea about the difference between the devotion and the guruism. I didn’t ever know what does the devotion or even the guruism mean before, but after I knew you, my friend mat and chanhtuduy.com I found out another world. Thank you so much for all the noble efforts which you made, still make to teach us how to practice dharma.

    May you have good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May the pandemic caused by corona virus soon end

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  4. Mật Chánh Tấn says:

    Dear Guru,

    I have read this article. I would like to give my sincere thanks to Dharma brother Mat Kien for helping me to understand more of Guru’s words in the Letter No. 58: “BE ALERT AT GURUISM”.

    As mentioned in this article, Guru Rinpoche has asserted in the Dakini’s Teaching that a vajra master must be the one, who cultivates his mind, benevolent and omniscient, particularly can transform his disciple’s mind. It is the true fact that the Guru has invented Thanh Tri Yoga and has made a scientific research on the psychological effect of Thanh Tri Yoga on stress and depression, which helps many people, even me as a candidate experiencing the positive change in my mind as well as my life. Also, with great compassion, the Guru has reminded us not to use over honorifics in order to prevent us from falling into “Guruism” and prevent the case of evoking jealousy from others. Because these two cases would only lead to bad consequences on the doer. Therefore, based on Buddha’s teaching: “My Vajrasana is owned by no one else but the one who possesses compassion and wisdom” and from two true points above, I now know the answer for myself to the first question (1) How to check a Guru/master if he is “qualified” in Buddhism?

    Secondly, as it is explained in this article and from my own experience, I realize that without guidance of Guru, I could not know about Buddha Dharma, could not identify which sutra is fake or real and would not know which specific method is suitable to my circumstance or any particular stage of cultivation. From that point, the meaning of the saying “The Guru is more benevolent than the Buddha. The words of Guru are more important than sutras” is true relating to the relationship between a discipline and Guru. Therefore, devotion toward the Guru is a must if I want to take steady steps in the path of liberation. And following the Guru’s reminded words of not using over honorifics is a must for me to nurture devotion, not falling “Guruism”.

    Thank you Guru for your teaching. May Guru and his consort have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.

    May Dharma brother Mat Kien have good health and get more happiness in Dharma life.

    May the epidemic of Covid-19 come to end soon.

    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  5. paul yawney says:

    Dear Holy Guru, I bow head to feet. Thank you for this article on Guru-devotion and Guruism. I shall read this over to be sure of my knowledge on it. I find the Gurus teachings touch me inside and the words make sense and give learning. Thank you for this method of learning. May the Holy Guru and His Consort live in peace and tranquility. May this virus soon leave. OM MANI PADME HUNG.         Tantra Himataru.

  6. Jason says:

    A very well written article Mat Kien….positive message about alignment in time and learning. Also,showing examples of following a false guru…May you be blessed🙏

  7. Matthew Franzen says:

    Thanks and praises! The wisdom and humility of the guru is omnipotent. I thoroughly enjoy the article. Thank you Mat Kien. The Precision of your words is unparalleled except by the wisdom and humility of the guru himself…

    Om Ah Hum

  8. Tantra Mitsharuma (Petra) says:

    Dear Holy Guru

    Thank you for sharing this article. I also thank Mat Kien for this article. To read about false Guru and to understand the difference between them, gave me more wisdom. Thank you for allowing me to learn more every day

    May Guru have a blessed and peaceful day and be free from harm and suffering

    May all sentient beings feel love and peace

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  9. Mật Khả Phúc says:

    Dear Guru,

    I am delighted to read “Guru Devotion is far different from Guruism” of Mat Kien.
    The article once again remind me about the Guru’s lesson. The Buddha taught “My Vajrasana is owned by no one else but the one who possesses compassion and wisdom” helps me acknowledge the “qualified” Guru and I feel so lucky to meet such Guru in my life. I have understood about the verse “The Guru is more benevolent than Buddha. The words of Guru are more important than sutra” because Guru takes an important role to make the Bhuddah teaching easy to understand and show us which method and what sultra is suitable for specific beings in particular stage and time. If I would live in the castle with millions of Buddha teachings for the rest of my life without Guru’s guidance, I couldn’t understand the meaning and even couldn’t know where to start and how to start. Thanks to Guru has showed us the blissful path to the enlightenment but our achievement depend on our self-endeavor. Guru Devotion will help disciples receive full blessing of the awakened mind, even when Guru is only an ordinary person. Guru is the merely a link in the chain of transmission of blessing and it is the devotion of the student that accomplishes everything. But the devotion should come from pure mind, not with any impure thoughts or personal purposes. Disciple should not over usage of honorific because it could raise the five poisons as well as evokes the jealousy from others and causes bad consequences to doer. It makes me realize true meanings of a lot of Guru lessons, advices, actions  and the reason Guru always say thank to us, your students in every Dharma speech for the success of Tantra House even Guru have worked hard, continuously and even devote your life for happiness of all sentient beings. Because Guru want to stop us from over- praising , so we don’t fall intro Guruism trap. Guru always give students Vajra criticism to show us the mistake we have made in order to straighten our actions of mind, body, speech so we don’t walk into evil path. It’s so awful for anyone take Guru precious advice personal and betray Guru, libel Dharma and they all have got the difficult consequence. Thank you Mat Kien for this inspired article. May Mat Kien good health and attain all righteous wishes.

    I would like to use this opportunity to express my gratitude to Guru because you always teach us the right view, also care for our spiritual life, always remind, alert and lead us away from blind and ignorant action.
    May myself and other Dharma’s brothers always nurture devotion toward Guru, listen to Guru, treasure Dharma and practice Dharma diligently.

    I sincerely pray for the health and longevity of Guru and your consort for the sake of all sentient beings.

    May Covid-19 pandemic will eliminate soon.

    May all sentient beings attain the Buddha’s nature happiness.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  10. Tantra Ashihata (Simon Michael) says:

    My dear holy Guru,

    my name is Tantra Ashihata.

    I worship on your lotus feet, I appreciate you with this article you have given to us which told us about Guru and Guruism.

    May our Guru lead us and guide towards liberation,

    May Guru live long for the seek of all sentient beings

    May all sentient beings free from suffering

    May the end of corona virus come to an end soon.

    Om Mani padme hum.

     

  11. Dr.shankar jadhav says:

    Namo Buddhay. .

    Res Holly Guru…

    I would like to thanks for GR8 article….on Guru and Guruism.

    who is the qualified master….

    Relationship between master and disciple….

    Totally give very positive message about dhamma…and Guru and his Guruism

    THX..

    SADHU SADHU SADHU

  12. Mật Diệu Hằng
    Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Dear Guru,

    I have read the article written by vajra brother Mat Kien.

    I have learnt the lesson that all consequences or fruits the practitioner get are due to the law of cause and effect,  what goes around comes around. If something has been done with impure mind related to worldly affairs,  the consequences are the suffering in samsara,  even they are worn with the beautiful mask of Guru devotion. Among consequences caused by bad karma,  disrespecting Guru is the worst. In contracts,  Guru devotion is the most effective for a practitioner to get progress on the path to enlightenment. Therefore,  I should be careful with my actions of body,  speech and mind when doing the noble practice of foundation for liberation.

    Thank you so much for patiently teaching and guiding me on the path of liberation.

    May you and your consort have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.

    Thank vajra brother Mat Kien for meaningful sharing.

    May vajra brother Mat Kien get all righteous wishes on the path of enlightenment.

    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha nature.

    May the covid 19 pandemic be soon over.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

     

     

  13. Tantra siramitra says:

    Venerebol Guru.

    My name is tantra siramitra.

    I injoed this article, as usual, when it is about Dharma it is all ways nice, specially when it comes to Guru devotion, it is very very interesting to know, and also to be cultivated.

    Thank you for article.

    OM MANI PEDME HUM

    🌹 🌹 🌹 🌹 🌹 🌹 🌹.❤️

  14. Mật Tuyết Hoa says:

    Dear Guru,
    I have read this article written by vajra brother Mat Kien.
    I’m thankful to Guru for sharing this article. It helps us know that the devotion should come from pure mind, not with any impure thought or personal purpose. If so, we will fall into Guruism trap. I will keep in mind all advice from Guru including ones to show us the mistake we have made which means helping me a chance to look back my behaviors of body, speed and mind to redirect them according to the right way on the path of enlightenment. I am grateful to Guru.
    May Guru and your consort live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May vajra brother Mat Kien have a good health and attain all righteous wishes.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May the Covid-19 pandemic will be end soon.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  15. Tantra Mashinaga says:

    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for sharing this article. I learned that guru devotion is not the same as guruism. Thank you for everything that you do holy Guru.

    May Guru and his consort live long and happy lives

    May all sentient beings be free from suffering and attain happiness

    Pm Mani Padme Hum

    Tantra Mashinaga (Mark Hamilton)

  16. Mật Từ says:

    Dear Holy Guru,

    I gladly praise the good deeds and merits of Dharma brother Mat Kien to share this meaningful article. I deeply impressed with his sharing while explaining why “The Guru is more benevolent than the Buddha. The words of Guru are more important than sutra”. Imagining that there are too 84,000 methods of practicing Dharma and the meaning are so advanced, getting to learn Dharma in a systemized way and finding suitable methods are like swimming in an ocean without knowing any basic learnings about swimming, safety devices and risks that may face. Then, among the knowledge and methods given by Guru to the disciples, there is not always a similarity between the Guru’s teachings and disciples’ practice. Each disciple received a customized method. The larger the number of disciples, the harder Guru has to work on those customized methods for each of disciples. It can be seen that in the relationship of Guru and disciples, Guru must work thousand times harder. In response to Guru’s bodhicitta that keep Guru working much more harder than the disciples, in case the disciples hold wrong thoughts about Guru devotion or mistaken with Guruism, both Guru and disciples are affected and cannot accomplish much. So, it is important for the disciples to reflect on body, mind and speech actions not to implement wrong practices of Guru devotion, which may end up bad consequences and indirectly committed disrespect to Guru even with high usage of honorifics. I pray that I am gradually developing a genuine and pure devotion to Guru in the track of right Dharma, and any of my concerned or unconcerned mistakes because of wrongdoings will end up my consequences. I sincerely pray for Guru’s health and longevity for the benefits of all sentient beings.

    May all sentient being be awaken in the enlightened state.

    May Covid19 pandemic end soon.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  17. Mật Huệ Pháp
    Mật Huệ Pháp says:

    Dear Mat Kien

    I am delightful to read your sharing about the difference between Guru devotion and Guruism. A disciple is seen to have the devotion to Guru as it comes from a pure mind and the fulfillment of Guru’s teachings in the right orbit of Dharma. Vice versa, he is seen to fall into Guruism if he tends to compare the “preeminence” between his master and other masters (unless that comparison is based on Bodhicitta); or over-use honorifics to Guru in a way like “flattery, insinuation, manipulation, and expectation for favors in return”, or arrogance and competitiveness. I totally agree with your beautiful sharing about the noble qualities of the Guru: “An insensitive student like me also realize that after bestowing us the “vajra criticism”, you’ve never let that wrathful emotion affect next talks with us; or when you were joyful with the praise by students, your signs indicate that you want us to feel joy and accrue merits from praising activity. I understand that it’s not a kind of play but an infinite mind manifested in the master. Thunders or clear sky, in the end, all return to the Emptiness.” We are really lucky and blessed to meet and learn from such a virtuous and sageous Guru in this life. Thank you for this great article. May all sentient beings have full good conditions to meet authentic spiritual teachers and gradually absorb their noble qualities for the ultimate goal of liberation.

    May Guru and his consort live long for the sake of all sentient beings

    May Mat Kien soon achieve righteous wishes.

    May Corona pandemic soon be eliminated

    Om Ah Hum

  18. Mark Alley says:

    Thank you dear guru for this excelkent article.

  19. Klara says:

    Thank you for this article, I’m struggling currently to feel devotion to guru. I feel his compassion and generosity and it draws me in, but I secretly wonder if he’s just an ordinary person. What can I do to change this?

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      No, Guru never is normal person. If he is a normal person he is not a Guru. But you think who I am, it is not important for me. It is important for you going out from demons!

      • Klara says:

        I didn’t at all mean to be disrespectful. I’m just used to Christianity in which it is seen as very bad to bow down to anything but God, I believe I need some getting used to it. I’m greatful for your immense compassion with helping me out of this situation.

  20. Klara says:

    I’m sorry dear guru, I did not mean to be disrespectful. As I said I’m used to christianity which tells us not to bow down to anything else than God. I also believe the demons have made it more difficult for me to be truly devoted to you guru since they see it as a threat. I am starting to feel better, the demons have not left me but I’m a lot less fearful and they don’t play with me as much. I’m really seeing the benefits of reading your posts, they bring me much hope. I repent of all wrongdoing. Thank you so much for all your help!

    • Klara says:

      Especially since reading your articles about Guan Jin I’m feeling a lot less worried. I believe good exists in this world, good Gods, and I pray for her protection and help.

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