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Guru and the Coconut

Author: ; Published On: ಗುರುವಾರ, ಏಪ್ರಿಲ್ 28th, 2011;

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It is an age old custom to offer coconuts at the feet of the
Guru. The holy man blesses the coconuts and returns one
of them to the devotee. There is a meaning behind this
practice.

There are many similarities between an ascetic and a coconut.
The third eye of the coconut symbolizes the eye of jnâna
and the divine eye of Lord Shiva. The Guru is also endowed
with the eye of jnâna or spiritual knowledge.

The human body can be divided into two parts – the field of
senses which is below the eyebrows and the field of
knowledge which is above the eyebrows. Our physical eyes
are directed towards the outer world and work at the level of
senses. It is only the eye of jnâna, which gives us the spiritual
vision and directs our sight towards God.

When we offer the coconut to the Guru and receive a coconut
from him, we seek this gift of spiritual vision.
There is another similarity between the coconut and an
ascetic. The hard, dry shell of the coconut can be compared
to the harsh external life of an ascetic which is devoid of
any worldly comfort. But the holy man enjoys an inner
bliss which is very sweet like the kernel of the coconut.
When the coconut dries completely, it detaches itself from
the shell, even though it is still within it. Similarly, living in
this world, a sanyâsi detaches himself from samsâra. It is not
the rejection of the world, it is non-attachment. He is like
the lotus which is immersed in the water, yet remains dry.
When we offer coconut to the Guru or God with an attitude
of detachment, it will save us from the illusion of samsâra.

When we offer the coconut to the Guru and receive a coconut
from him, we seek this gift of spiritual vision.
There is another similarity between the coconut and an
ascetic. The hard, dry shell of the coconut can be compared
to the harsh external life of an ascetic which is devoid of
any worldly comfort. But the holy man enjoys an inner
bliss which is very sweet like the kernel of the coconut.
When the coconut dries completely, it detaches itself from
the shell, even though it is still within it. Similarly, living in
this world, a sanyâsi detaches himself from samsâra. It is not
the rejection of the world, it is non-attachment. He is like
the lotus which is immersed in the water, yet remains dry.
When we offer coconut to the Guru or God with an attitude
of detachment, it will save us from the illusion of samsâra.

17 Responses to Guru and the Coconut

  1. ಮಂಗ್ಳೂರ ಮಾಣಿ...

    ಹರೇ ರಾಮ.
    please bless us with the eyes of jnana..
    help us to differentiate between ‘pleasure of maya’ and ‘natural bliss’..
    Guruji..
    ಹರೇ ರಾಮ

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  2. seetharama bhat

    ಹರೇರಾಮ್,

    ಉತ್ತಮ ಉದಾಹರಣೆ
    ಬರೀಕಾಯಿ ಎಕೆ ಕಲ್ಪವ್ರಕ್ಷವೇ ಗುರು.

    ಕಾಯಿ ಎರಡನ್ನು ಎಕೆ ಇಡಬೇಕು ಒ೦ದಿಡಬಾರದು ಏಕೆ?
    ಏನಾದರೂ ಕಾರಣ ಇದೆಯೇ?

    ಮೇಲೆ ಪ್ಯಾರ ಎರಡಾದ೦ತೆ, ಜೀವ ದೇವರ ಜೋಡಿಯ ಪ್ರತೀಕವೇ?

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    Sri Samsthana Reply:

    ಸಂಬಂಧಗಳೇ ಹಾಗೆ..
    ಅವು ದ್ವಿನಿಷ್ಠ-ಇಮ್ಮುಖವಾದವು..

    ಒಂದು ಕಾಯಿ ನಮ್ಮಿಂದ ಗುರುವಿನೆಡೆಗೆ.. ಸಾಧನೆಯ-ಸೇವೆಯ ಪ್ರತೀಕವದು..
    ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ಗುರುವಿನಿಂದ ನಮ್ಮೆಡೆಗೆ ತಿರುಗಿ ಹರಿದು ಬರಲು..ಅನುಗ್ರಹವಾಗಿ..ಸಿದ್ಧಿಯಗಿ..

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  3. Raghavendra Narayana

    We bow to all good concepts, let these concepts be in our thoughts, memory, heart, mind, and in life always.
    .
    Shri Gurubhyo Namaha

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    Sri Samsthana Reply:

    ಅದುವೇ ಸಾರ್ಥಕತೆ..ಈ ಮಾತುಗಳಿಗೆ..

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    Raghavendra Narayana Reply:

    Very happy to see Gurugala Comments. It is been long time. This request is directly from our soul – kindly Keep visiting, kindly Keep Writing, kindly Keep Guiding – “Moksha Moolam Guru Krupa”.
    .
    Shri Gurubhyo Namaha

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    Sri Samsthana Reply:

    SURE…..

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    Anuradha Parvathi Reply:

    ಗುರುಗಳ reply ನೋಡಿ ಜೀವ ಬಂದಾಗೆ ಆಯಿತು. hareraama.in ಗೆ ಕೂಡ.

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    Sri Samsthana Reply:

    ಸಂತೋಷ-ಸಂದೇಶ-ಸಂವಾದಗಳ ಮಹಾಪೂರಕ್ಕೆ ‘ಅನು’ವಾಗೋಣವೇ..?

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    Jayashree Neeramoole Reply:

    ಗುರುಚರಣಗಳಿಗೆ ಅನಂತ ಪ್ರಣಾಮಗಳು

    ಎಂತಹ ಪುಣ್ಯ ಜೀವಿಗಳು ನಾವೆಲ್ಲಾ….

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    Raghavendra Narayana Reply:

    ಖ೦ಡಿತ ಗುರುಗಳೇ, ನಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರ ಪೂರ್ವ ಸುಕೃತ.
    ಬಹು ನೀರಿಕ್ಷೆ ಪ್ರತೀಕ್ಷೆಯಲ್ಲಿ.
    .
    ಶ್ರೀ ಗುರುಭ್ಯೋ ನಮಃ

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    Anuradha Parvathi Reply:

    ಕಾಯ್ತಾ ಇದ್ದೆಯೋ… ಸಂಸ್ಥಾನ…..

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  4. shwetha m shasthry

    ಒಣಗಿ ಹೋದ ಜೀವಕ್ಕೆ ನೀರಿನ ಅವಶ್ಯಕತೆ ಎಷ್ಟಿದೆಯೋ,ಅಷ್ಟೇ ಅವಶ್ಯಕತೆ ಇ೦ದು ಸಾರವಿಲ್ಲದ ಸ೦ಸಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಬೆ೦ದು ಹೋದವರಿಗೆ ಗುರುವಿನ ಅವಶ್ಯಕತೆ ಇದೆ ಅಲ್ಲವೇ?. ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ತಾನೆ ಗುರುವನ್ನು ಕಲ್ಪವ್ಱಕ್ಷಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಲಿಸುವುದು!!!

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  5. gopalakrishna pakalakunja

    ಹರೇ ರಾಮ,

    ಚರಣ ಕಮಲಗಳಿಗೆ ಅರ್ಪಿಸಿದ ಫಲ ಶ್ರೀ ಸಂಸ್ಥಾನದ ಅನುಗ್ರಹ ಸೇರಿದಾಗ ಅದು ” ಶ್ರೀಫಲ “

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  6. Raghavendra Narayana

    ಗುರುಗಳ ಸಾನಿಧ್ಯ, ಬರಹ-ಪ್ರವಚನ-ಯೋಚನಾಲಹರಿ-ಆನ೦ದಲಹರಿ ಮೂಲಕ ಸರ್ವಕಾಲದಲ್ಲೂ ಸರ್ವರಿಗೂ ಸಮಸ್ತಕ್ಕೂ ಸಿಗುತ್ತಿರಲಿ.
    .
    ಪರಮಾತ್ಮನ ಕರುಣೆ ವ್ಯಕ್ತವಾಗಿ ಕಾಣುತ್ತಿರಲಿ, ಸದಾ ವ್ಯಕ್ತವಾಗಿರುವ ಕರುಣೆಯ ಕಾಣುವ ಶಕ್ತಿ ನಮಗೆ ಸಿಗಲಿ.
    .
    ಶ್ರೀ ಗುರುಭ್ಯೋ ನಮಃ

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    Jayashree Neeramoole Reply:

    ಗುರುಚರಣಗಳಿಗೆ ಅನಂತ ಪ್ರಣಾಮಗಳು…
    ಎಲ್ಲರಲ್ಲೂ, ಎಲ್ಲೆಲ್ಲೂ ಇರುವ ಪರಮಾತ್ಮನನ್ನು ಕಾಣುವ ಶಕ್ತಿಯು ನಮಗೆ ಉಂಟಾಗಲಿ…

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  7. Jayashree Neeramoole

    Hare Rama,

    Let us offer coconut to the Guru with an attitude of detachement so that it will build a hard shell around us which will save us from illusion of samsara and we can enjoy inner bliss

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