Who is a Disciple?

Swami Sivananda Saraswati

A disciple is one who follows the instructions of the guru to the very letter and propagates the teachings of the guru to less evolved souls on the path, until the end of his life. A true disciple is only connected with the divine nature of the guru. The guru’s actions as a person are not the disciple’s concern. The nature of a saint is unfathomable and his actions are based on universal vision. The guru in the physical form is the main source and embodiment of good in the life of a disciple. The disciple should realize the supreme necessity of keeping his faith in the guru pure and firm. True discipleship awakens the dormant faculties, opens the vision and kindles the spiritual fire. Then guru and disciple become one.

Printed in Bhakti Marga 2, Connecting with the Divine