As per Vedanta, all thoughts that arise in our mind are preceded by ‘aham spuranam’ (‘I’). However, a devotee views it from a different perspective. Even if he gets a single good thought, or recites the Divine Name of God once, he believes that it happened only because of the boundless grace of his Guru.

~ HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

A Guru is like a sugar coated pill. With a deep desire for the sweetness we put it into the mouth too quickly. After which we are neither able to swallow it nor spit it out! Yet it has to be digested! Only after destroying the disciple’s ego, will it get digested!

~HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

The Guru cannot be likened to a precious gem because the wealthy alone would be able to purchase it. The Guru can be likened to that rare life-giving herb which grows by the roadside, because the genuine seeker alone will be able to spot it.

~HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

Those who have taken refuge in a ‘Uttama Guru’ wonder how others have not been able to understand such a great Mahan and consider Him an ordinary person; whereas, others wonder how these people remain bound by Him!

~HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

An orphan is not one who has no parents, but one who has no Guru!

~HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

An absolutely true craving to realize God will undeniably take one to the holy feet of a Self-Realized Guru. Conversely , if a person seeking spiritual guidance is wedged in a wrong place it simply means his yearning for God realization is not true and the need for a self realized Guru has not arisen in that birth

~HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

An ideal Guru will neither allow His disciple to carry a bit of His burden, nor will He carry a bit of His disciple’s burden.

~ HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

Only when a tree has ripe fruits, does a parrot come on its own accord to eat the fruits; not when the tree has flowers or unripe fruits. Likewise, only when good merits accrued over millions of births ripen to give its result, does the Satguru come into the life of a devotee.

~HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

The moment we come in contact with a Sadguru, we are cleansed of all sins. We become pure. Hence, it is inappropriate to consider ourselves sinners.

~ HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

If you think liberation is out of reach, the divine Padukas of the Sadguru are the ladder to attain it.

~HH Sri Sri Muarlidhara Swamiji

Of what good is mere tall talk that your Guru is God Himself? If you believed it, it would reflect in your actions. As they say, “If you talk the talk, you have to walk the walk.”

~ HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

One’s mere presence near a flower will suffice to gets its fragrance. Likewise, merely remaining in a Sadhu’s presence is sufficient to feel divinity.

 

~ HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

 

If man is humble and always adheres to the words of His Guru, he becomes a ‘mahan’.

~ HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

Bhakti is all about showing gratitude. A Guru shows us how to show our gratitude to the Lord. Showing gratitude to the Guru for showing us how to show gratitude to the Lord is Guru Bhakti.

~ HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

In her love for the child what does the mother do? Advises him to eat well, sleep well, study well and earn well! ‘Udalai perukki, ullolli churukki’ - she fattens up the child’s physique and ego, thus hampering his spiritual growth. And what does the Sadguru do? ‘Udalai churukki, ullolli perukki’- destroys his ego and helps his spiritual growth (that is the very purpose of life).

~HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

The love of a Sadguru is crores of times greater than that of a mother. When the child is ill what does/can the mother do? Sit day and night with the child worrying over him/her and pray to God to protect the child. But what does the Sadguru do? PROTECT the child!

~HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji