The Mirror of God and the Grace of Guru
Just as the moon reflects the light from the sun, so too does your heart reflect the light of God (you!).
Your heart is the mirror of God:
If your mirror isn't clean, you can't see your Self. And...you can't have a clear reflection to others.
Everything is a reflection of ourselves. When we see things we don't like in others it is telling us “this is something I don't tolerate about myself.” So you go inward and discover what hidden shadow aspects of yourself are you holding in contempt and hiding. As you love these parts of your self you will in turn love those aspects in other people and no longer view people as broken; you see “flaws” as just a quark of being human and as a part of the maturing, conditioning, and growth of the soul.
You see the divinity and its beautiful and trying journey rather than the darkness. So really the only way to see the light for what it is is to also see, love, and accept the darkness as it is. You're not trying to change it. But your love for the whole inevitably does.
It doesn’t mean we are trying to grow the darkness. No. It means we let it be and focus our energy on being WHO WE ARE; Love, consciousness, and bliss (Sat Chit Ananda).
Our interactions with one another are meant to be a mirror for us to see ourselves more clearly. And our job is to polish the mirror so it becomes more and more clear until we see all of our Self. Our Infinite Self.
Polish the Mirror Through the Power of the Guru
In the Hanuman Chalisa, the first line is:
Sri guru charana saroja raja nija manu mukuru sudhari
Which translates to:
"Having polished the mirror of my heart with the dust of my Guru’s lotus feet".
In Matthew 7:5 of the New Testament, Lord Jesus taught us that:
“first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.”
Both of these texts speak a truth to us, which is that our heart is a mirror and that in order to see the mirror clearly, we must clean it! What does that mean?
It means we’ve got to clear the garbage out of our identity (subconscious). We’ve got to do whatever work helps us to unwind, un-program, and free the burden of false identity from our mind.
Change your story.
Bhakti teaches us that we can clean our mirror through the mercy and grace of a guru. A guru is the energy of “that which takes us from darkness to light”. Hanuman Chalisa is the story of Hanuman, where Hanuman is an allegory for guru. He is the warrior who destroys the darkness in order to reunite us with our soul.
Bhakti also teaches us that the essence, or energy of Guru is present and active in every age and that we don’t need a Guru physically present in order to tap into this energy’s potency. We can be in communion with this being any time we desire.
This energy is activated when we take on a personal relationship with God; when we give form and personality to God. For example, Jesus Christ is an embodiment of the Divine as Savior. Guru and savior are the same thing—that which carries us out of darkness.
We can experience this relationship any way we desire, but the relationship will always help us to clear the garbage and see the truth. In Kundalini Yoga we call this truth Sat Nam—the ultimate truth.
My very favorite meditation for cleaning my mirror: The Miracle Mantra
The role of the Guru is purifier and enlightener. The Guru helps us to bring our shadow out from the darkness and reveal it in the light, thus unveiling more of the Divine mystery to us. As we see more of our shadow–love and accept it–we also see more of our light. As we are able to polish the mirror, we are able to hold more, until we become so vast, expansive, and open that our natural state is Infinite and limitless.
This mantra is known as a heart opening mantra that gives the practitioner the ability to perform miracles when it is mastered. It polishes the mirror and expands the heart chakra with the help of the Guru energetic.
The mantra we recite is: Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru
It means: that which takes me from darkness to light, oh the ecstasy and joy of going from darkness to light! Servant of God, that which takes me from darkness to light.
We recite the mantra 5 times on one breath and repeat this action for: 3 minutes, 11 minutes, 108 recitations, 1 hour, or 3 hours.
The posture is: legs crossed, hands in gyan mudra, eyes closed with the focus at the point between the eyebrows.
This meditation is very powerful, blissful, and just amazing to tap into the grace of the Guru/Savior and for cleaning the mirror♥
In Love and Service,