Our scriptures say that all of creation is an illusion. That it is unreal, fleeting and impermanent. As human beings, it must be our one-pointed goal, that we come out of this delusional existence. But this cannot be done alone. We need the guidance of a Guru.
A guru is not a mere teacher. He doesn’t simply help transfer worldly skills, although he may very well impart those too.
The defining characteristic of a Guru is that he is the only one who can dispel the darkness of ignorance.
Ignorance of what? That we are the body, mind and intellect, when actually we are not.
All of this can seem daunting at first. Somewhat like how Neo (played wonderfully by Keanu Reeves) felt, when he was first accosted by Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne, brilliant!) in cult favourite The Matrix.
But once Neo chose the red pill (unpleasant truth) over the blue, he realised his true nature and purpose.
The choice was his to make, just as it is ours to make. We are all cooped up inside a Matrix world of sorts, ignorant of what the greatest minds ever, have instructed us.
In our case, we think we are all enjoying the blue pill already. But think of all the problems we go through in life, and then have a rethink. Are we really enjoying?
Maybe the red pill is the real blue pill. Time to follow the Guru’s advice.