4 | The Guru and the Puzzle of Life

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Imagine – the whole life is a gigantic puzzle, where we have all the pieces, but no clue how to put them together. There is no template or picture with the puzzle. And to make things even worse, most parts are so similar that is easily possible to match them in a wrong way.
Just sit back and think of it.
So we grow up and trust others more than our own intuition, and we put pieces together in a way we get told – from parents, teachers, friends, employers, the media, religion, social conventions, and so on. The list of our advisers is endless.
And once we put the pieces together we tend to believe this is the one and only way that they will fit, and that this is the right way.

We do not dare taking things apart, because we still have no clue how the finished puzzle will look like.
Now- sometimes we encounter a guru, or a teacher, who succeeded in solving a part of the puzzle for himself, and who is enthusiastic and willing to share the picture of this part with us.
If we trust this teacher, we can allow ourselves to undo a few small bits of our puzzle, and to put them together in a new way that will open up a greater vision towards the whole.
Each one of us has a different puzzle to solve – no two puzzles are exactly the same. However, they have large areas in common.
Remember – the guru cannot solve the puzzle for you, he can only hold up small picture details like bits of a collage, or actually he can only describe these details of the puzzle with his own words.

And it comes even harder: the puzzle of our life is not two dimensional – it is multi-dimensional.
And there are way too many bits to put together in a lifetime …

So – go ahead and look for your guru – a man with a vision greater than yours; a man whose language you understand; a man who inspires you to keep working on your puzzle.

“If the student is ready – the guru will appear.”

(For the politically correct: If you are female just substitute he with she, man with woman etc. Thank you.)

See you in class …

PS:
The guy in the picture is the Indian yogi and mystic Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev (www.sadhguru.org). He is featured in the book ‘Midnight with the Mystic’ by Cheryl Simoni and Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, 2008.
But be aware – gurus come in all forms and disguises.
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PPS: It is all in our language:
“I am picking up the pieces as I go along.” – “I didn’t see it this way before.” – “Everything seems to be falling into place.” – “Everything is fallen to pieces.” – “I have got a greater vision.” – “This is a real eye-opener.” – “I can see much clearer now.”

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