Teachers come into our lives to teach us what we need to learn to progress on our spiritual journey.

They present themselves when we are ready—even if we are not looking for them. And, if a teacher doesn’t arrive, it’s because we are not ready.

We simply have to stay where we are, and keep doing what we are doing.

The saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear” holds true.

But Why Do We Have To Learn Lessons?

Now, while it’s true that the universe knows what we need to learn, how, and from whom, why do we have to learn lessons in the first place?

Do they actually serve any purpose in the long run?

After all, as George Foreman puts it: You live and learn. Then you die and forget it all.

Is this true? Do we learn and then forget everything when we die?

Personally, I have a hard time accepting this.

If nature, the universe, or the divine—whatever we choose to call it, knows what we need to learn, and supplies us with the perfect teachers when we are ready, why would it provide the learning and then wipe it all clean when we die?

Does it seem logical that the same creator who instilled an innate beauty, intelligence and harmony in nature and its laws, would decide that the life of humans, the most evolved of all the species, ends in a pointless void?

The world is a cosmos, not a chaos. There are laws that govern the movement of everything in the world; enlightened master, Swami Chinmayananda reminds us.

Our lives cannot be without purpose and meaning. The lessons must continue when this life ends.

In fact, we might consider that they span many lifetimes.

What Is The Goal Of The Lessons?

If we live many lives and the learning carries over from lifetime to lifetime, what is the ultimate goal of all the lessons?

Vedanta, the spiritual science of life gives us the answer—It tells us that the learning ends when we rediscover our own blissful, true Self.

The Self is the spiritual essence within us that is the source of infinite bliss and fulfillment. It is what we are all really seeking.

But, not realizing that true happiness is to be found inside, we look for it outside. (Read: True Happiness is INSIDE—really?)

So long as we are content with gaining temporary (this-life only) joys that the world provides us, we will not be ready to turn our attention within.

The Guru—The Spiritual Teacher

The best students of life are the ones who are ready and willing to learn.

They are the ones who are no longer looking for worldly gains and solutions, but are seeking answers to the bigger questions of life, and for inner fulfillment.

These serious seekers have faith that the universe will bring them the answers. They become hungry for a guru to teach and guide them.

The word “Guru” is a Sanskrit word that is broken down into two root words – gu and ru. Gu means “darkness” and ru means “light.” The guru is one who removes the darkness of our ignorance by bringing the light of knowledge into our lives.

The true guru is a spiritual teacher and inner guide. He is the enlightened master who has gone deep within himself in meditation and realized the bliss of his true Self.

He comes into our lives to teach and guide us to the same realization that he has gained.

Maturing Through Lifetimes

But, Self Realization does not come easily, and neither are we actively seeking it.

Most of us do not have the required quietude of mind to live a life of meditation, go within and realize our spiritual nature.

We are still preoccupied with worldly excitements and concerns. Our minds contain many worldly desires, negative emotions, fear, doubts, attachments and expectations that disturb our inner peace.

This is where our teachers come in. They take us to the next level in our learning.

Just as we outgrew the little toys of our childhood, gradually, in this lifetime and in others, we will begin to mature and gain qualities such as greater discernment, control of the mind and senses, forbearance, equanimity and faith.

As we ripen, the true guru appears to guide us.

Journey To Our Own True Self

We are spiritual beings on a journey to our own true Self.

Nature provides us with the perfect teachers that we need to help us in this evolutionary journey in consciousness.

The learning continues until the final goal is reached.

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Manisha Melwani

Manisha Melwani is a teacher and the author of, "So You're a Spiritual Being–Now What?" She offers spiritual and wellness solutions for life and stress management. She teaches classes in personal growth, stress management and meditation. She is based in Richmond Hill and Markham, Ontario. Contact her for more information or to have her speak to your group or organization. She also offers private counselling sessions in person or on-line.
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