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" It is said that when the student is ready, the master appears. This adage is usually associated with going to India to sit at the feet of some swami-ji who speaks in parables and gives his students the occasional whack on the head.Certainly I've met countless disciples who fairly waft th..."

Anandashram Swamiji of Shirali Muth

It is said that when the student is ready, the master appears. This adage is usually associated with going to India to sit at the feet of some swami-ji who speaks in parables and gives his students the occasional whack on the head.Certainly I've met countless disciples who fairly waft through life inhaling the intoxicating wisdom of their manifested master. And I've always been left wondering when it would be my turn to find the one great sage who would sweep me into a state of eternal bliss. Looking back over my wanderings through the metaphysical maze, however, I see that innumerable teachers have skillfully guided my journey. Unfortunately, at the time Iwas so married to a certain model of what a master is that I failed to recognize mine along the way.

The fact is, even if the vast majority of us deny it, we all have gurus. Most of them aren't obvious. They don't have Sanskrit names, speak with a subcontinental lilt, or wear flowing robes. They appear ordinary in every way, yet they turn out to be great teachers. “When the student is ready. . . .” What a grossly misleading phrase, for it implies a time when the student is not ready. From one standpoint, we are always ready. We are always in the presence of masters. We are always being taught and tested, always refining old perspectives and gaining new ones. All we really need to do is wake up to what's really happening and participate more consciously. During those wondrous moments when I am truly present, the entire universe is myteacher. Each flower, each bird, each sunset is my personal guru. Everyone I meet, every TV program or movie I see, every book or article I read changes me in ways so marvelous and consummate that they can only be divinely guided. And yet, in my life there is one person who has truly become my personal guru. What is most amazing is that he regards me in the same light, which only goes to prove that when two beings tell it like it really is, it's always a teaching/learning experience. This person's name is Robin Willner – although few know his real first name, since he has been called Lefty from the time he was knee-high to a grasshopper. He is ranked as one of the world's top tennis players in his age bracket—in a year he'll be competing with the octogenarians. Over his career, he played against (and often beat) some of the greatest names in professionaltennis: ......


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