GURU means gu’ actually means darkness while…

GURU means “gu’ actually means darkness while “ru” means light. The two serve as a principle for the development of consciousness where it leads the creation from unreality to reality, from the darkness of ignorance to the light of knowledge. – from ‘UNIVERSAL TRUTH: thinking outside the box’ by Peter C Rogers D.D., PhD

The term Guru is therefore explained as the remover of darkness, who reveals the light of the heart.

See also – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guru_Gita#cite_note-Grimes1996-5

Who are our enemies this week? The enemy of self?

I came across this extract from George Orwell’s 1984

Oceania was at war with Eurasia and in alliance with Eastasia. In no public or private utterance was it ever admitted that the three powers had at any time been grouped along different lines. Actually, as Winston well knew, it was only four years since Oceania had been at war with Eastasia and in alliance with Eurasia. But that was merely a piece of furtive knowledge which he happened to possess because his memory was not satisfactorily under control. Officially the change of partners had never happened. Oceania was at war with Eurasia: therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia. The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil, and it followed that any past or future agreement with him was impossible.
Orwell, George. 1984. – http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Consensus_reality

RP At our worst we define our self from those we hate and those who govern often manipulate by giving us a new hate target. At least one UK newspaper sells on the premise that most of the public cannot fail to respond to daily tut-tutting which is low-level hatred.

The answer to the question of the title is the same as last week and the one before – ‘The only enemy is the enemy of self’

Susan gammage on this subject starts an article with;

‘Abdu’l-Baha talks about seven material ideas and worldly thoughts which attract man to the centre of self. These seven “invisible enemies” prevents us from ascending to the realms of holi­ness and imprison us in the claws of self and the cage of egotism. These seven are:

Anger
Passion
Ignorance
Prejudice
Greed
Envy
Covetousness
Jeal­ousy
Suspicion

Just as the earth attracts everything to the centre of gravity, and every object thrown upward into space will come down, so also material ideas and worldly thoughts attract man to the centre of self. Anger, passion, ignorance, prejudice, greed, envy, covetousness, jeal­ousy and suspicion prevent man from ascending to the realms of holi­ness, imprisoning him in the claws of self and the cage of egotism. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 241)

What does surrendering to these enemies result in?

We’re prevented from ascending to the realms of holi­ness
We’re trapped in the claws of self and the cage of egotism.
Whenever we try to escape from one of these, we will unconsciously fall into hands of another
Let’s look at each one separately to see why ‘Abdu’l-Baha refers to them as enemies.

TO READ SUSAN’S article go to – http://susangammage.com/7-invisible-enemies-that-trap-us-in-the-prison-of-self

Ignorance is like the king and clinging attachment…

Ignorance is like the king, and clinging attachment and hostility are his ministers. To rid ourselves of the king’s minions we must get rid of the king. And so it is of greatest importance to identify ignorance properly.

http://www.tricycle.com/daily+dharma

The most difficult subjects can be explained to…

The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.
~ Leo Tolstoy ~

WHICH KNOWLEDGE IS BETTER THAN IGNORANCE One day…

WHICH KNOWLEDGE IS BETTER THAN IGNORANCE?

One day Ruknuddin, when conversing with Shams-i-Tabriz, had said to him,
“In the land of Roum is a Sufi who glows with divine love; thou must go
thither and fan this glow to a clear flame.” Shams-i-Tabriz immediately
went to Iconium. On his arrival he met Jalaluddin riding on a mule in
the midst of a throng of disciples who were escorting him from the
lecture hall to his house. He at once intuitively recognised that here
was the object of his search and his longing. He therefore went straight
up to him and asked, “What is the aim of all the teaching that you give,
and all the religious exercises which you practise?” “The aim of my
teaching,” answered Jalaluddin, “is the regulation of conduct as
prescribed by the traditions and the moral and religious law.” “All
this,” answered Shams-i-Tabriz, “is mere skimming the surface.” “But
what then is under the surface?” asked Jalaluddin. “Only complete union
of the knower with the known is knowledge,” answered Shams-i-Tabriz and
quoted the following verse of Hakim Sanai:–

Only when knowledge frees thee from thyself,
Is such knowledge better than ignorance.

These words made a most powerful impression on Jalaluddin, so that he
plied Shams-i-Tabriz with questions and resorted with him to lonely
desert places for uninterrupted converse.

Title: Mystics and Saints of Islam – Author: Claud Field – Gutenberg etext