An Accomplished and Competent Teacher is the Guide into the Mysteries
- An Accomplished and Competent Teacher is the Guide into the
Mysteries of the Spiritual Journey
[Sant Mat Fellowship]:
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
"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
This is the seventh limb of yoga, dhyana (meditation; absorption).
When one has become accomplished in dhyana then one attains Samadhi
-- Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj