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An Accomplished and Competent Teacher is the Guide into the Mysteries

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  • santmat_mystic ( James )
    An Accomplished and Competent Teacher is the Guide into the Mysteries of the Spiritual Journey [TheDivineGroundOfBeing]:
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 6, 2006
      An Accomplished and Competent Teacher is the Guide into the
      Mysteries of the Spiritual Journey

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      Saints and sages have unveiled all the mysteries of the spiritual
      journey and of self-realization in their discourses. All the
      techniques have been documented in books. But without an
      accomplished teacher, we will not be able to understand the correct
      technique of true knowledge just by reading.

      In the Bhagavad-Gita Lord Krishna says that for learning spiritual
      knowledge we must seek help from an accomplished Seer [male or
      female]:

      "For learning spiritual knowledge you should go to the
      one who is a Seer. Pay your respect to him, serve him
      and question him and express your desire for learning.
      Then he will fulfill your desire and answer your questions."

      Consider for a moment the nature of knowledge you wish to learn.
      After high school, the student thinks his direction and chooses a
      field of study: liberal arts, commerce, or science. If, for example,
      the student wants to learn liberal arts but goes to a professor of
      science instead, will this teacher have much to offer? The student
      must choose a professor proficient in the knowledge he wishes to
      learn. In the same manner, if you want to learn spiritual knowledge,
      then you must go to a spiritually competent teacher.

      The appropriate spiritual teacher should be a person who has
      considered and discovered the realities of atma and anatma (bondage
      and liberation), and who practices a spiritual path. Such a teacher
      should have attained direct experience of Truth through spiritual
      disciplines. This is teacher you should take instruction from. The
      grace of teacher is also necessary for success in the spiritual
      pursuit. When you learn the methods for inner meditation, you should
      practice diligently. Moral rectitude is also very essential in this
      pursuit.

      This is the seventh limb of yoga, dhyana (meditation; absorption).
      When one has become accomplished in dhyana then one attains Samadhi
      (union).

      -- Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj
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