3. The Inner Guru
If you understand the spirit of the first chapter and the philosophy in the first few verses of the second chapter till the verse in which Arjuna says: "I am confused. I am your disciple. I surrender myself to you. Teach me what is good ", you have understood the entire Bhagavad Gita.
He did not say: "I have handed everything over to the Guru."
The Guru is not a porter who carries your luggage!
You cannot hand everything over to Him.
You must try your best, you must use all your faculties - mental, physical, intellectual, moral and spiritual.
God gave them to you in order that you may use them, and then go to Him only when you are in serious trouble.
If they prove inadequate then return to the source, the Guru, for more.
Who and what is a Guru?
A Guru can be a person or an impersonal experience of reality.
Guru is one (or that) which dispels the darkness of your ignorance.
If this does not happen, there is no Guru.
In the Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna did not appoint Krsna as his Guru.
What is most important here is the expression 'sisyas te ham' - I am your disciple.
You have no right to appoint someone as your Guru.
But you can, by looking within yourself and examining, investigating yourself, find out if you are a good disciple or not.
People often use the word 'surrender'.
It is easy to surrender when you have tried your utmost to deal with a problem, and you see no way out of it.
Then surrender is natural - what else are you going to do?
Then you become a disciple, then you will joyously listen to what the other person says.
Therefore real discipleship is the Guru.
You have found the Guru if you have found what it is to be a true disciple.
If this spirit of discipleship is absent, teaching is futile.
My Guru, Swami Sivananda, never talked philosophy, unless someone sought His counsel seriously and earnestly.
Thus, in the first few verses of the second chapter, Krsna merely laughs and keeps quiet.
Only when Arjuna asked as a disciple did Krsna say: "You are worrying yourself unnecessarily."
It is a beautiful formula upon which you can meditate.

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Swami Venkatesananda

The Song of God - Introduction - Swami Venkatesananda - enlarged 4th edition – 1984 - published by The Chiltern Yoga Trust, Cape Town, South Africa
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