Dec 29, 2022
The Search for A True Master: The Sat Guru, A Competent, Qualified, Genuine, Enlightened Teacher -- This Sant Mat Satsang Podcast is for the benefit of spiritual seekers and satsangis everywhere. Today: a compilation of articles, quotations, and observations about this most important of subjects for spiritual seekers: finding a true teacher (Sant Satguru, Living Master,). This is all about nobody being left behind. No detours and wasted decades. Life is short. We must choose wisely.
"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." (William Arthur Ward)
"It is the mercy of my Satguru that has made me to know the Unknown. I have learned from Him how to walk without feet, to see without eyes, to hear without ears, to drink without mouth, to fly without wings. I have brought my love and my meditation into the land where there is no sun and moon, nor day and night. Without eating, I have tasted of the sweetness of nectar; and without water, I have quenched my thirst. Where there is the response of delight, there is the fullness of joy. Before whom can that joy be uttered? Kabir says: "The Guru is great beyond words, and great is the good fortune of the disciple." (Songs of Kabir, satgur soi daya kar dinha)
"The question then is how to recognize an accomplished guru and one who is not accomplished, or worse, one who is corrupt. The difficulty is that most, being mesmerized by worldly attractions, judge gurus by outward and material achievements, which are a wholly inaccurate measure. The true gurus live a simple life and morally upright lifestyle; they stay away from the pomp and show of the display of power. For example, they do not have expensive cars and opulent mansions. They do not show favoritism among their followers...
"Today’s inept gurus do not pay attention to the tradition of true Sants and are simply intent on increasing the number of their followers... These gurus praise their rich devotees; they are inaccessible to their underprivileged devotees. They even despicably exploit the poor... The false teachers themselves do not know the inner path nor understand the students' dilemma. They cannot tell if the student is making progress or going backward. The untrue guru has no way of knowing. In this way the student becomes unsure and confused on the path of meditation. This is fully the responsibility of the 'guru' to assist when the student begins to stray from the path of meditation." (Swami Vyasanand, from, Rules For Being Guru)
The leader of a spiritual movement must always be the embodiment of Truth (Sat Guru -- Guru of Truth). Without a competent Master, a spiritual movement will not be capable of being an instrument in the world for the Positive Power (God).
"Wisdom cannot be taught by one who has not attained wisdom... The way to wisdom is through a teacher who has seen wisdom." (The Upanishads)
God is the Ocean of Love.
In Divine Love, Light, and Sound, At the Feet of the Masters,
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