Inner Teacher (satguru)
If you're reading this, it's likely because you've been on a journey to seek solutions for everyday life challenges as well as a deeper connection with your spiritual nature. Along the way, you may have come across various teachers and teachings that resonated with you, and your spiritual journey started to unfold through practices such as reading books, watching videos, listening to audio recordings, participating in sanghas and satsangs, and attending workshops or retreats to meet teachers in person. You may have learned techniques like meditation, mindfulness, inquiry, witnessing, breathing, or chanting.
While these practices can be valuable and bring about some changes in your life, there's a common understanding among most teachers that the practices alone cannot bring about enlightenment, freedom, or the direct experience of non-duality. Our Western education system often conditions us to equate success with acquiring and mastering information, and it's natural for us to apply this approach when learning about spirituality. However, the truth of the teachings cannot be taught or learned through words alone; it can only be pointed to.
It has been said in various ways that "enlightenment is an accident, but that various practices can make you accident-prone." What may be left unsaid is the suggestion that actively "doing" the practices holds the promise of fulfillment. However, such efforts can often lead to feelings of disappointment, confusion, frustration, exhaustion, and even questioning of the teachings or the teacher.
At some point in the spiritual journey, we come to realize the need to look within ourselves. In fact, that's all we've ever really needed to do - to stop seeking outside and turn our attention inward to discover the inner teacher, the inner guide. In Sanskrit, this is known as the Satguru, the true guru, the true teacher. We learn to rely on our own direct knowing, rather than someone else's interpretation. We no longer need to look outside ourselves for information, understanding, or guidance. It's a return to unconditioned innocence, allowing, and making contact with the nameless. It's listening to the heart instead of the mind, and developing trust in our own knowing. All the practices we've engaged in along the way have helped prepare us for this moment. No one, no teacher, can make this journey for us - we must go it alone until the sense of a separate self dissolves into the vastness of the present moment.
We hope this resonates with you and encourages you to continue your inward journey, trusting your own inner wisdom and direct experience. Remember, you are the ultimate authority on your own path, and your practices have been stepping stones towards realizing your own true nature. Keep looking within, and you may discover that you are already the embodiment of the enlightenment, freedom, and non-duality that you have been seeking.
Teachers who have traveled farther along the path can offer you guidance, but only by looking within can you discover and live from the depth of your own inherent capacity for wisdom and love.
~ Loch Kelly
Those who meditate on the Eternal,
like the great ones have done,
will discover the Eternal Teacher, residing
in their own hearts.
In other words, don't think to yourself in the beginning, do I need a teacher, do I need Satsang, do I need a book, do I need anything or can I just sit here by myself and everything will happen?
Do whatever is presented to you.
The inner guru as I've mentioned before will move you if you ponder your own existence.
And the next step will be taken for you.
So there is really nothing you have to do except ponder your own existence.
Everything else will take care of itself.
~ Robert Adams
I do not wish you a stroke.
But I wish you the grace of it.
I turned inward - so beautiful.
~ Ram Dass
Every teacher, book, writer, practitioner, sage, guru or peanut vendor, by whatever name, title or label they go by, is an aspect of the Awareness (Identity) "we" are. We take the book from the shelf most likely to render a specific service at a given moment. Exactly so, we have appeared to go to the philosophy, teacher, church, friend, stranger or peanut vendor that has unfolded as sufficient for the moment--but that philosophy, teacher, church, friend or stranger is WITHIN the awareness WE are. So is the peanut vendor. We are forever looking at our Self.
~ William Samuel
Without an awakening of the Satguru (your inner wisdom) this journey won't progress too far, in that case the seeker is still reliant on an external Source, and being this way reliant just won't cut it, ones own system needs to be awakened and equipped to be able to investigate; drop into Being; and to feel, all of which are seperate, distinct and essential movements.
. . . When the Satguru awakens this journey of Self Discovery takes over and the desperate seeking falls away . . . So the outer teacher and teachings are just there to support, to give the system the kickstart it needs and to feed the process as it develops, delivering new useful tips and hints for the next part of what's ahead.
~ Roger Castillo
Wherever you go you will find your teacher,
as long as you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear.
~ Shunryu Suzuki
You will be disappointed
in every guru you meet
until you meet the one inside.
Then what shines from your
will reflect from all their faces
and each will give you
perfect darshan -
as will the face of the rose,
the broken moon in a rainbow
of spilt motor oil,
the frozen pizza,
the toothless woman in a blanket
gazing into an empty
MacDonald's coffee cup.
Now let the molten gold
of your own grace
fill in the cracks of the world.
~ Fred LaMotte
You are your own teacher. Looking for teachers can’t solve your own doubts. Investigate yourself to find the truth - inside, not outside. Knowing yourself is most important. The heart is the only book worth reading.
~ Ajahn Chah
FORGET THE TEACHING. Let it work by itself. Very Important!
Forget the teaching because “who” wants to remember the teaching? It’s the EGO that wants to remember the teaching and wants to use the teaching to achieve something.
~ Ramesh S. Balsekar
Hello my loves!
As a Teacher I have no formulas to offer you.
I can certainly tell you that it is far more profound to encounter the Truth than it is to learn "about" it.
I can also tell you that wonder far surpasses knowledge and that curiosity makes the world a far richer place
I can encourage you to look
I can encourage you to keep looking
I can point to the Unity of which you are made
I can even weep with you over the fact that in this moment you can't see
But I can't pretend that I have the power to make the seeing happen.
It is but another entry on the infinitely long list of things I can't force into being.
The grace is that I know no despair.
Or a vision of an ideal future
I am left with complete
May it find you now.
With much love,
~ Wayne Liquorman
The teaching, within most if not all religions, that states that the Divine is omnipresent is the full truth of it. But this is not something to be believed in but to be discovered and consciously lived.
~ Dhyana Stanley
All philosophical reasoning and comparing of teachings, sorting out which one is right or best, only prolongs the state of suffering. The answer is not in the mind. Sink into the bliss of being alive and keep noticing that. It is the source for everything else to even be known. Enjoy your bliss and let everything be exactly as it is.
~ Bentinho Massaro
All spiritual teachings are only meant to make us
retrace our steps to our Original Source.
We need not acquire anything new,
only give up false ideas and useless accretions.
Instead of doing this, we try to grasp something strange and mysterious
because we believe happiness lies elsewhere.
This is a mistake.
~ Ramana Maharshi
The teacher you need is the person you're living with.
~ Byron Katie
There is no teacher, no pupil; there is no leader; there is no guru; there is no Master, no Saviour. You yourself are the teacher and the pupil; you are the Master; you are the guru; you are the leader; you are everything. And to understand is to transform what is.
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
It is not necessary to meet your guru on the physical plane. The guru is not external.
~ Neem Karoli Baba
A true teacher does not teach you; she does not see you as inherently separate from her, or less than her. She simply reflects back your own inner knowing, and reminds you of the vastness of your being. She is a mirror, a signpost.
~ Jeff Foster
Our various Yogas do not conflict with each other; each of them leads us to the same goal and makes us perfect. . . . No one was ever really taught by another; each of us has to teach himself. The external teacher offers only the suggestion which rouses the internal teacher to work to understand things.
~ Swami Vivekananda
Deep within us all, there lies an inner teacher, a mystical bridge to reality, an echo of Boundless reality, which contains the memory of our holiness. Calling upon help from any aspect of awakened consciousness is a way of activating this memory – and any aspect that we personally relate to will work in this regard…….whether this for us is the Buddha, Jesus, Tara, Ramana Maharshi, a teacher or guide in whose presence we experience something of God. In truth, there is no separation, and so these beings, these manifestations of boundless awareness are not bound by time, form or space; thus we are not actually separate from them. The ground of their being is the very same ground as our own.
~ Miranda Macpherson
What passes away is not Eternal.
Every form will pass away, and the Essence is formless.
If you are attached to the form you are making a mistake.
It is not the form which gives you light,
but something else which is deep inside your own Heart.
That is your Guru.
That Guru abides in the heart of all Beings,
not only human beings, but all the animals and plants.
You will see this when you see your own Essence within.
Then every plant and animal will speak to you as they speak to me.
When the student is ready the teacher appears.
“The real seeker of truth never seeks truth.
On the contrary, he tries to clean himself of all that is
untrue, inauthentic, insincere –
and when his heart is ready, purified, the guest comes.
You cannot find the guest, you cannot go after him.
He comes to you; you just have to be prepared.
You have to be in a right attitude.”
Within your own being is the only real there is. The teacher only reminds you of the appointment you have within your own being.
One has to understand that the search for reality, or God, or Guru and the search for the self are the same; when one is found, all are found. When `I am’ and `God is’ become in your mind indistinguishable, then something will happen and you will know without a trace of doubt that God is because you are, you are because God is. The two are one.
~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
True states of realization occur when you throw away all the teachings. All of the teachings, absolutely. Everything. Then you are investigation itself finding out what you are. You realize that many people have said many things along the way. Somebody said you are an eternal soul, you have to be saved, and you have to believe in Christ. Somebody else said you just need to realize that there is no self. Another person said the true self is the Brahman. Somebody talked about God. And if you really believe that those people are not lying, you start wondering what they’re talking about. Who is right? You need intense sincerity and ruthless courage to discover the truth for yourself.
~ A.H. Almaas