Surdas was an
eager student who wanted to learn about Spirituality. He met a Guru
who accepted him as his disciple. The Guru found that Surdas was
hampered by his quality of getting angry easily, which prevented
him from learning. Thus, the Guru decided to make Surdas shed his
The Guru asked Surdas to chant God's name while doing all his
activities for one month and then meet him. Surdas followed the
Guru's instructions and the day after one month, he went to meet
his Guru. On his way to Guru's ashram, a sweeper on the street
carelessly put dirt on his clothes. Surdas got angry and scolded
the sweeper. He went home, changed clothes and then met his Guru.
To his surprise the Guru told
Surdas that he was not yet ready to learn and he had to chant and
do his chores for another month. Surdas returned sadly,
and continued to chant God's name for another month while doing his
After a month, he eagerly went to his Guruji's ashram and same
thing happened again. Surdas again became really angry and blamed
the sweeper. After bathing, he met his Guru who asked Surdas to
chant God's name for one more month.
One month passed away and this time the same incident happened
when Surdas went to meet his Guru. However, this time Surdas
addressed him softly saying "Thank you. You are my master. You have
helped me to overcome my anger." The sweeper felt bad for his
This time as Surdas approached his Guru's hermitage, he could
see his Guru standing in front of the hermitage welcoming him. Guru
told Surdas that he is now ready to teach him. Surdas could now
understand the process he went through.
Moral of the story:
1) A Guru knows what a student is lacking of and knows
the ways that would teach him;
2) As a student, you must have faith in Guru's words and
follow them with devotion.