Guru Tattva is a yogic term for the Divine principle in every person. To really understand the spiritual life or the spiritual path, it is all about this one thing. One religion is a scoop of water from the pond. Another religion is another scoop of water from the pond. We can have another scoop of water, but we are not talking about the pond. The Guru Tattva is the pond. Is that which is prior to the religion. It is that which exists within you as you. The principle of the spiritual path is to realize Guru Tattva. This is from the Yogic tradition, and yet is the principle of all traditions.
It is prior to all of the religions, and prior to all belief systems, and to all concepts of spiritual life. It is the principle of the formless. A yoga aayana is a person who has experienced the formless. In essence the guru tattva is the formless essence of the Divine within each person. It is the basis of the spiritual way in which I teach. The Six Foundations and Sevenfold Peace are all aimed at helping people to awaken to the presence of the Divine within, which is the Om principle. It’s the primordial guru within.
Before I had heard of Dattatreya, I started having visions of this being with three heads and one body. Dattatreya is what we call the primordial guru. It’s the essence of it. Shiva is the destroyer/transformer. Vishnu is that which maintains consciousness. It is all brought together as one. That is the guru tattva. It is everything and what is prior to everything. It is the point of spiritual life. It basically means, merging into the truth of who you are.
The paradox is that you cannot consciously do that. It is an act of grace that often unfolds as a result of spiritual practices. It requires being bound to the ahamkara. Ahamakara is that which separates you from the outer world. These are all of the boundaries that keep you separate from the nothing. We exist in ahamkara. That is what we identify with. The ego is part of it, but it is your total being. Your skin is part of the ahamkara. Your body is a part of ahamkara. These are what separate you from the one. What happens is that these boundaries called ahamkara, begin to dissolve and you no longer identify with them. This is a way of understanding it. There is that going on and there is the egoic identification with something.
There can be an identification with the shape of one’s body, with the chakras, or any other aspect of ahamakara. To realize guru tattva, one has to disidentify with the form. The ahamkara is your vehicle. It’s how you walk around. You have it but you are no longer identified with it as you. In the world of temporal reality it exists. In the world of absolute reality, it doesn’t exist. These are basic understandings that give you a way to perceive what is going on, but it also then moves to disappear. When you are identified with the ahamkara you cannot really merge, because you see yourself as separate.
The guru tattvic way within you, as you, often is described as the blue light or the blue man form, within your own heart. It is seen as a space, within that space. This is part of the realization process. Some teachings say that this blue light is the final liberation, however my direct experience is that it is part of the truth.
These are esoteric teachings, but also guidelines for understanding a bit of what is going on. We are to pay attention to the ahamkara, to protect and honor it, but not to identify with it. While we do not identify with it, we do not put it down. We build it, because it is our vehicle for functioning in the world. When you are identified with it, you are bound. Six Foundations for spiritual life, help you to slowly and steadily disidentify with the ahamkara, and to create a quiet mind that allows you to go deeper within and ultimately merge with the guru tattva, which is part of the blue man or the blue pearl.
The reason I often don’t share this is because people can get caught up in these images. It is something that will happen in a profound way and something very few people actually know. One of my gurus said that it ended with the blue man, but I thought, “Wait a second. That’s not what I’m experiencing.” One of my other teachers, Swami Prakashananda knew exactly what I was talking about and was able to guide me and help me to land in that revelation beyond that. These teachings are not at all well known.
At yet, this is very simple. You simply live by the Six Foundations and are lead in the direction in which you are to go. While this is fairly easy, I am giving you the esoteric part, which is not really understood intellectually. It is something that happens.
May everyone be blessed with that understanding.