Yippee! I now have a brand, spanking new MacBook Pro and can resume blogging.
Last week, in the span of 3 days, two people mentioned the book Eat, Pray, Love. I read the book when it first came out years ago. I even wrote about the movie for my local news website. Since I am going to India this October, I decided perhaps the Universe was giving me a message to re-read it.
Initially I was just going to read the India part but decided to start from the beginning. I’m currently in the India section, on page 152. What’s been standing out for me is the fact that she has a Guru. She writes: “There is a theory that if you yearn sincerely enough for a Guru, you will find one. The universe will shift, destiny’s molecules will get themselves organized and your path will soon intersect with the path of the master that you need.” Gilbert found hers in one month. One freaking month!
Where the hell is my Guru? Perhaps the Universe hasn’t been reading my blog posts. I know that Gilbert’s Guru is Gurumayi, although she does not name her in the book. One of my friends has called Gurumayi her Guru for decades. A few weeks ago, I was wearing my mala beads when I went into a local coffee shop. The owner mentioned Gurumayi. Another coincidence?
Of course, being the skeptical that I am, I did a google search on Gurumayi. There’s a lot of things on the internets about her. Most say not so great things. It’s the same with Amma, The Hugging Saint.
Are there any authentic Gurus?? On one hand, I really want a Guru and on the other hand, I don’t think I would ever trust someone enough to believe they are a true Guru.
I am envious that Gilbert was able to find her Guru so quickly, that she was/is paid to travel and write and was able to visit all these amazing places. I’m envious of the meditation and spiritual experiences she writes about in her book.
I do take solace in that fact that Gandi did not have a Guru (at least, that is what Gilbert wrote in the book).
Maybe I will find my Guru in India? In my review of the movie, I wrote: “A visit to an ashram in India may be a trip in my future.”
In a few short months, that wish will come true. Maybe my wish for a Guru will come true as well.
We shall see.