Sorry for the lack of regular posting, but I’m in another of my deep contemplation periods, so there’s not really much to talk about on my end. I’ve been reading and thinking and meditating and trying to figure out where to go next, and at the same time trying not to worry about where to go next, because I’ll go where I’m supposed to go, and I can’t force progress or a journey or a path.

Anyway, on a similar note, today is Guru Purnima Day (so if you’ve got a guru, I wish you the happiest and most peaceful of celebrations). I don’t have a guru yet. A friend told me a while back when I was worried about not having a guru that a guru is a lot like a romantic soulmate – you can’t make that bond happen, but you can be open to it, and you’ll know when the time and guru are right for you. I imagine that advice would frustrate some people, but I felt that it gave me the permission to take a deep breath and stop worrying.

In the meantime, I can devote my time to God, and to finding and absorbing wisdom from many gurus. And honoring all gurus for what they contribute to the journeys of spiritual seekers everywhere.


About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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5 Responses to Contemplation

  1. Partha says:

    Sir, the first and formost duty of a person who wishes to proceed in this spiritual path is guru padasraya, diksha. Guru takes you to the abode he belongs to otherwise one keeps on hovering from one planet to other without any faith. Jai Radhe.

  2. Sarojini says:

    We’re on the same page, no guru yet! I have came across a couple that I really *liked* but just didn’t feel drawn to them no matter how much I agree’d with their teachings. I am quite drawn to kashmir shaivism though and discovered the Kashmir Universal Fellowship, so I’ll be looking into that more soon.

    I hope you find your guru soon! Keep up the meditation! ^_^

    • HappyGoth says:

      I’d be lying if I said it didn’t bother me still, but I think I’ve also realized that worrying doesn’t get me anywhere, so I’ll keep on looking! The time is evidently not quite right, yet. Good luck to you and your search!

  3. surya says:

    I have no Guru and I dont lose sleep on that, overwhelming majority of born hindus dont have a guru, surprised? well dont be. There is so much info available on the web that you wont be lost without a guru. If you proceed in the dharmic path beyond a certain degree of commitment then you may need one for diksha. Most never go that far in their sadhana path. Living a righteous life is all thats needed. Regular mandir visits are very important though, just as prayers at home shrine. Gurus are great but not mandatory. You are in the majority so get comfortable.Living in the west it is a tall order (to have a Guru).
    Where to go NEXT?
    Deeper into Self, that automatically translates to getting closer to Brahman. I think thats what you are already doing, dhyana, reading, contemplation etc etc. Cheers.

    • HappyGoth says:

      Whew. That does set my mind at ease a bit more. I’m not trying to force the whole guru thing, but it is nice to hear an alternate opinion on the matter, and some reassurance that I’m doing fine with where I’m headed for the time being.

      Thank you!

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