The Vedic scriptures have clearly established that the only way to attain God is through bhakti, devotion. Although, all the descensions of God are equal in terms of Their power and Divine bliss, the highest level of love is revealed in the loving pastimes of Shree Krishna. A soul can love God through different sentiments. We can love God by considering Him as our Master, and ourselves as His servants. This type of devotion is called Daasya bhav. Similarly, we can love Him as our friend, son or our Beloved.
The highest form of devotion is considering God as our Beloved, and loving Him without any material desires. The only aim should be to make Him happy. This form of worship is called Madhurya bhav, or devotion in the conjugal sentiment. We can receive this Divine love of Madhurya bhav by the grace of our guru, after purification of our heart by Sadhana, devotion. Hence, it is extremely essential for all spiritual aspirants to gain knowledge of the supreme form of love and about the grace of a guru
Guru tattva is knowledge about God-realized Saints. We will aim to learn what is revealed about guru tattva in the Vedas and these are not my personal views. Hence, you must listen with great sincerity and devotion, because the Vedas are the authentic word of God, and revered by all. The Vedas are eternal and flawless.
There are three types of personalities:
1. Soul or a human being - purush.
2. A God-realized personality or Saint - Mahatma or Mahapurush.
3. The Supreme soul, God - Paramatma or Parampurush.
Of the three personalities, God is beyond maya, since it is His own power, and He rules over it.
māyāṁ tu prakṛitiṁ vidyānmāyinaṁ tu maheśhvaraṁ
God says, "This material energy, Maya, is one of My powers, and it is subordinate to Me". Maya in its original form is lifeless and has no power. Maya gets its energy and power from God, and we souls have been under the control of maya since eternity.
Who is a Mahapurush? When a soul attains God, its personality changes from a purush to a Maharapurush. That soul is no longer under the influence of maya, nor does the soul rule over maya. He is now beyond the reach of maya. Such a personality is called a God-realized Saint, a Mahapurush or a Mahatma. There are many names used to describe such personalities.
Continue reading the translation of lecture delivered by Shree Maharajji