Monday, February 19, 2007

The Guru's Look

"Since his glance transforms the rusty iron that is the jiva into the gold that is the taint-free jnana-swarupa, the grace-bestowing eyes of the Guru-Lord are the potent alchemical substance that transforms by a mere glance. Therefore, search thoroughly to eradicate your impurity, and worship him to obtain his glance.

With his twin eyes the Guru will instantaneously kill without killing the one who came into existence without actually existing in such a way that 'that which is not' vanishes as 'that which is not', leaving that which exists as the transcendental light shining as 'that which is'."

~ from Guru Vachaka Kovai, translated and edited by translated David Godman, T. V. Venkatasubramanian and Robert Butler

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