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Guru; this word is used for someone who is knowledgeable and can impart that knowledge. In Indian tradition, a guru could be an academic teacher or a true spiritual teacher. This blog focuses on the later i.e. a spiritual teacher like What is the identity of the true Spiritual Master (Satguru). A guru is the one whose opinions, teachings and thoughts are respected by people, especially by his disciples.

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He is the one who guides the people on the right path by enabling them to distinguish between the two. A true guru is a connecting link between a soul and the Supreme Almighty. A true spiritual teacher is said to be True Spiritual Master when he is acquainted with the Holy Scriptures and can guide his disciples to attain Supreme Almighty and finally attain salvation.

Is there a way to identify a True Spiritual Master?

Yes, it is very much possible to identify a True Spiritual Master a person has some knowledge about the holy scriptures. Holy books like Quran Majid or Quran Sharif, Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Sri Guru Granth Sahib clearly ask a devout soul to look for a true spiritual teacher in order to attain Supreme Almighty. Let us have a look at a few quotes from the holy books to validate the above point

Srimad Bhagavad Gita, chapter 4 verse 34: Arjun has been asked to take refuge of a True Spiritual Master (Satguru) who will enlighten him about Almighty. Further, chapter 15 verses 1-4 and 16-17 clearly mention the identification of a True Spiritual Master. It states that a guru who is able to explain all the parts of an inversely hanging world tree is True Spiritual Master.

The Holy Quran Sharif also asks a devout soul to search for a True Spiritual Master in Surat Furqan 25 ayat no 52-59.

In the books of other saints, it is written:

“soi guru pura kahave do akkhar Ka Jo bhed batave”

Meaning: A spiritual teacher is said to be true when he reveals the secrets of two words (mantras)
According to Saint Garibdas Ji Maharaj,

 “satguru ke lakshan kahu, madhure bain Vinod, char ved six shashtra wo kahe attara bodh”

■ Meaning a true spiritual teacher will have full knowledge of all the four Vedas, six scriptures and 18 Puranas.

Does this world ever get a True Spiritual Master (Satguru)?

Many of you would answer a blunt “NO” when asked this question. But the truth is the opposite. There is one True Spiritual Master on earth in every millennium (yuga). As per the constitution of Almighty, either he himself descends on earth as a True Spiritual Master or sends his blessed nominee for the same. Now those who are reading this for the first time would ask “Where is this written?”.

Srimad Bhagavad Gita chapter 4 verses 32 and 34 mentions that only the Supreme Almighty in the form of a True Spiritual Master imparts the knowledge about spiritual activities.

Similarly, Samved Adhyay 3 Khand 5 shloka 8, mantra 822 mentions that Supreme Almighty-Kabir Saheb appears as a guru and gives initiation in three stages and liberates a soul from the cycle of birth and death.

Who is the True Spiritual Master one currently?

Presently, there are many preachers and religious teachers who claim to be a True Spiritual Master and have a large number of disciples. But question is that Who is a True Spiritual Master or True Satguru? or What is the identity of the True Spiritual Master (Satguru)?

Let us examine a few renowned ones.

■ Radha Soami Sect:

This sect was founded by Shivdayal from Agra. Respected Shivdayal did not have a guru, he started meditating on his own and then started giving initiation to people. Also, Jaimal Singh was not given any instructions by the respected Shivdayal to establish a sect called Radha Soami in Beas. In our holy books, the importance of having a guru has been greatly emphasized. But this sect began without any guru. So it is clearly understood that the spiritual knowledge imparted by this sect cannot be validated from our holy scriptures.

They do not consider Srimad Bhagavad Gita and Vedas as important because according to them they do not come under the rule of the trinity; Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh. The guru of this sect gives initiation of five mantras which has to be meditated upon for 2.5 hours morning and evening each by the disciples. They worship their guru as their favored god. These five mantras cannot lead to salvation as the preachers of this sect are not aware of the Supreme Almighty.

■ Madhu Paramhans from Ranjdi Jammu:

He is a preacher from the Kabir sect. He claims to have found the door that can lead a soul to salvation. He gives “Satguru Satnam” as the mantras to be chanted. According to his preachings, the one who has knowledge of Almighty is a True Spiritual Master. He believes that Almighty is a blob of light and all the souls are like dots and swim in his light like a fish swims in water.

This is how a soul attains salvation. This goes against the holy scriptures which validate that Almighty is in human-like form. He whispers the mantra called “Saar-Naam” in the ears of his disciples and states that this mantra cannot be spoken. In this way, he completes his initiation process in just one sitting which also is opposed to the Vedas.

■ Shankaracharyas:

According to Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati Ji Maharaj, Shankaracharya Nishlananad Saraswati Ji Maharaj, Shri Madhavacharya Maharaj Ji, and Shri Bharati Teerth Ji Maharaj, the knowledge given in Srimad Bhagavad Gita is a concise version of all the four Vedas. They believe in Sri Krishna as their favored deity.

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According to the Shankaracharya, the word “Vraj” has been correctly interpreted by the translators and the meaning of the word “Anuutam” is great. They believe in Srimad Bhagavad Gita but aren’t aware of the Supreme Almighty. In simple words, even after knowing the verses of Holy Gita at the tip of their tongue, they aren’t following what is written in it.

■ Parkhi Sant Abhilash Saheb Ji Maharaj:

Satguru (True spiritual teacher) is his favored God. According to him, a soul (Jeev) is god and this creation has been ever-existing i.e. no one created it and it never gets destroyed. He is a follower of the Kabir Sect and considers Kabir Beejak as their Holy Book. He says that one does not have to undertake worship of any kind to attain salvation. Meditation means to enter a state when the mind thinks of nothing.

He believes Kabir Saheb as a saint; just a mere human being but he is definitely not God. He believes that God cannot forgive our sins and we all have to bear the fruit of our karma. He says Vedas do not propagate God to be in form. He also believes that Sri Krishna delivered the knowledge of Gita to Arjun. The above-mentioned belief system clearly negates God as a Supreme power and focuses just on the soul and treats it as a God.

■ Acharya Vijay Dharam Dhurandar Sureshwar Ji Maharaj (Jain):

According to Dharam Dhurandar Sureshwar Ji Maharaj (Jain), God is both in form and formless too. He says Vedas and Srimad Bhagavad Gita are true. According to him, OM is a one lettered mantra. He also says Tirthankar does not get reincarnated which is refuted in their own book “Aao Jain Dharam Ko Jane”. Read More

■ Brahma Kumaris sect (Cult):

Brahma Kumaris Cult Founded by Lekhraj Kripalani in the 1930s, they believe in the karmic laws, souls live in a soul world ( Brahmalok) with God and believe Sadashiv to be the true Almighty. According to them, the time cycle comprises four yugas namely Satyug (Golden age) 5000 years long, Treta yuga (Silver age), Dwapar Yuga (Copper Age), and Kaliyuga (The Iron Age) 1250years long. They believe the knowledge of Srimad Bhagavad Gita was given by Shivbaba after possessing Lord Krishna. They practice Celibacy and focus on deep meditation.

When we take a careful look at the above-mentioned preacher’s we do not find even a single similarity in the spiritual knowledge they preach. This clearly indicates that none of the above mentioned so-called saints are aware of Supreme Almighty for that matter our holy Scriptures. Had these preachers been True Spiritual Master they would have been imparting the same knowledge irrespective of their customs and traditions.

Who is the truly True Spiritual Master in the present era?

Today, there is only one saint on earth who is imparting true spiritual knowledge validated from all our holy Scriptures. He is not only well acquainted with our holy books but at the same time is aware of who the supreme Almighty is and how mankind can attain him and get liberated from the cycle of birth and death. His name is Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj from Barwala-Hisar, Haryana, India.

To find out why he is referred to as the “ONLY” True Spiritual Master, please listen to his spiritual sermons on Sadhna TV channel from 7:30 pm IST. If you wish to take initiation from Jagatguru Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj, then you can fill this Naam Diksha Form.