Once it happened…A customer walking into Shankaran Pillai’s pharmacy saw a man outside hugging a lamppost, his eyeballs rolling wildly. When he walked in, he asked, “Who’s that man? What’s wrong with him?” Shankaran Pillai replied, unperturbed, “Oh, that guy. He’s one of my customers.” “But what’s the matter with him?” “He wanted something for a whooping cough. I gave him the appropriate medicine.” “What did you give him?” “A box of laxatives.
I made him take it right here.” “Laxatives for a whooping cough! Why on earth would you give him that?” “Oh come on, you saw him. You think he dares to cough anymore?”
Shankaran Pillai’s box of laxatives is emblematic of the type of solution being peddled all over the world today for those in search of well-being. It is the fundamental reason the term “guru” has become a four-letter word. Unfortunately, we have forgotten the real meaning of the word. “Guru” literally means “dispeller of darkness.” The function of the guru, contrary to popular belief, is not to teach, indoctrinate, or convert. The guru is here to throw light on dimensions beyond your sensory perceptions and your psychological drama, dimensions that you are currently unable to perceive. The guru is here, fundamentally, to throw light on the very nature of your existence.
Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy by Sadhguru