Sometimes it is necessary to disobey a guru…
“I will not go back to the king because he has humiliated me!” a disciple told his guru.
“That will not do. You have to go back to the king because he has called you again. We cannot disrespect the king in whose kingdom we live. It is only a fool who goes against the wishes of the king and such a man will never be happy in his life. If a man goes against the king with the pride of his wealth, beauty or knowledge then he walks on the path of destruction. The man who let goes of his humiliation becomes happy. So forget about the humiliation and go the king. It is your duty to do as I say,” The guru instructed the disciple.
“Guruji, if you cross limits of respect and have no consideration for my humiliation, then I will not do as you say and I will have to renounce you as my guru. It has been said by the wise sages that the guru who cannot differentiate between right and wrong and who cannot let go of his ego should be renounced. By asking me to go back to the king, you are doing injustice to me which is wrong and that is why I renounce you as my guru.”
The disciple left the guru and went to his parents. He kept attaining enlightenment throughout his life without needing the presence of a guru in his life. He soon became famous as a wise sage who had the knowledge of the epic and the Vedas. He worshipped only the Sun as his guru.
This disciple was sage Yajnavalkya. We would not have known Yajnavalkya as we know him today if he had chosen to listen to his guru and went to the king without caring for his self-respect.
This incident comes to mind when I see many such ‘gurus’ living according to the whims of powerful politicians in spite of being humiliated by them a number of times.
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