2001, 75th Jayanthi Talk, Part 4
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami , 2001-01-11
A guru, a Satguru is like a knife. He is like a pen. He is like a pencil.
From Kauai Aadheenam, we have been instrumental in stimulating temples throughout the world, for the Tamilians to worship Lord Muruga, Amman and all the Gods of our great religion. To feed thousands, not only physically but mentally and emotionally, just to sustain the community for the new generations being born this very moment.
The Tamilian people are one of the oldest races in the world. They are special people, blessed people and in every temple that has come up within the Western world in the last twenty years, there has been a Tamilian there promoting the worship, promoting the philosophy and keeping harmony among the financiers of the temple.
I haven't forgotten the six magical words, the mantra for you from Lord Murugan. But first, let me tell you something.
When this - shall we say divine? - accident occurred and the pain occurred, everyone was thinking, "Gurudeva is on His last legs. We won't see Gurudeva anymore. He is 75 years of age, reached the end of His life." Not true. Through the years, seeing my lifeline from my hand, all the astrologers and the Nadi Shastris have said, "Gurudeva can live as long as He wants."
A guru, a Satguru is like a knife. He is like a pen. He is like a pencil, just sitting there on the table and is of no use unless you pick it up and use it. We want you to use Gurudeva. I am here to be used.
I am a very practical person. I listen to the Shastris, the Nadi Shastris, the astrologers who said that I can live as long as I wanted. But, I needed a practical example and invited to Kauai Aadheenam two years ago, last year and again this year, a great rishi, Swami Bua Maharaj to celebrate his 112th birthday. He was with us in the United Nations General Assembly for Spiritual Leaders and Religious Leaders, blowing the conch and opening the grand event. At a 112 years of age, He doesn't have to wear glasses, moves around quite freely, teaches yoga and passes on all that He knows to those who are open and ready to receive it.