Guru Govinda Doū Khaḍe
A Doha, or Couplet, by Kabir
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For many years prior to meeting the physical Guru, I longed to know God and to learn from God about the Truth. But God is formless, and this makes it difficult to perceive and be guided by God. As a human being, I need someone to guide me who I can see, who can teach me, by whose living example I can learn from.
I think this is why in their poems, in their treatises, the poet-saints and sages of India compassionately and emphatically give this guidance: for one who seeks to know God, the Guru is the means – the way. This is why, for me as a seeker, the Guru holds the most cherished position. Although there is no difference between God and the Guru, I offer my reverence and respect first to the Guru, because God’s power of grace is fully manifest in the Guru, and it is through learning from and serving the Guru that I recognize the Lord, who is formless and all pervasive.
a Siddha Yoga Swami
I remember that when I first heard this doha
by Kabir some time ago, I felt a sense of deep gratitude and great good fortune for having found my Guru and thus a way to fulfill my yearning for God.
Thank you for reminding me of that experience, and enabling me to reconnect to that feeling once more.
a Siddha Yogi from Versoix, Switzerland
Before I came into contact with Baba Muktananda and the Siddha Yoga teachings, God could have been standing right before me and I’d never have recognized him. I could not imagine God in a form. It was only when I received shaktipat diksha
and began to experience the presence of God within my own being that my perception of the world started to change.
When I was a teenager, my grandfather, whom my family thought of as an atheist, said to me, “God is either everywhere or He’s nowhere.” At that time, I certainly did not see what I thought of as God everywhere, so I assumed that He was nowhere. Through the grace of my Guru, I now understand what my grandfather was trying to teach me. And I bow to Baba and to Gurumayi for opening my eyes and teaching me that wherever I turn my head, God is standing before me.
a Siddha Yogi from Wisconsin, USA
Reading the translation of Kabir’s doha
brought up a wave of immense gratitude, expressing my deepest appreciation for Gurumayi. The final line gives me an affirmation that I can continually contemplate in remembrance of the supreme blessings of the Guru and the Guru’s teachings.
a Siddha Yogi from California, USA