We look for Gurus to perform miracles aka magic tricks. But those are of little use, leaving nothing more than a little smoke once the flame has disappeared. But the real miracles are when the Gurus bring about transformation in the thought processes of those around them. And these may come about from very trivial actions. A few such examples of incomparable compassion that I have witnessed in my 80+ year-young Guru:
- Picking up paper / banana peels / tissues from the floor, simply so that no one else has to bend for it.
- Personally cutting and serving fruits / food to everyone, even though helpers and volunteers abound.
- Not allowing anyone else to clean / wash the dishes, and treating all guests like royalty.
- Picking up labourers walking in the scorching heat and dropping them off at their destinations with an AC ride.
- Not favouring someone simply because they are family or kin, and doing this openly, brazenly. Family is everyone on the spiritual path, only.
- Open house – come anytime for spirituality and help with life, no matter how busy.
- Thinking well ahead, for others’ benefits.
- Taking problems unto himself and thanking the universe for it, as no one else had to be inconvenienced, and that he would be able to bear the difficulty much more than anyone else.
- Never complaining or criticising, no matter the mistake.
- Never tired, irrespective the time of day, with the curiosity of a child in learning new things.
These actions and many more have left an indelible mark on me and thousands of others who have observed such selfless services. In the wake of these, what good are magic tricks? Our focus must be on the magician instead.