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Why is Guru Needed?

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Prayer from Thiruvarutpayan (திருவருட்பயன்) 


அருளுரு நிலை

விடநகிலம் மேவினும் மெய்ப்பாவகனின் மீளும்
கடனிலிருள் போவதிவன் கண்  47

Song as Romanized text

aruLuru n-ilai

viDan-akilam mEvinum meyppAvakanin mILum
kaDaniliruL pOvathivan kaN    47

Meaning of the Prayer Song:

 The poison (of snake) does not go away by the presence of mongoose.
It goes away by the physician, who anchors to the mongoose characteristics.
Same way, the veil of darkness vanishes by the Guru.


1.  நகிலம் - mongoose.

2. Mongoose is enemy of snake. It can kill poisonous snake.
But having mongoose next to the one who is bitten by snake will not remove the poison.
However the able person imbibing the feeling of mongoose (or Garudabhavana) 
could remove the poison in the body.
The same way, the God, Who liberates us from the veil of darkness is everywhere
including in us. However, it is when we are mature and the appropriate Guru
comes to the initiation, that is when the darkness goes away from us.
This underscores the need for Guru.

3. c.f. சூரிய காந்தமும் சூழ் பஞ்சும் போலவே
சூரிய காந்தம் சூழ் பஞ்சைச் சுட்டிடா
சூரிய சந்நிதியிற் சுடுமாறு போல்
ஆரியன் சந்நிதி அற்ற மலங்களே - திருமந்திரம்

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