The Importance of A Spiritual Guru
An authentic spiritual guru, one who is a Sadguru (true Guru), is essential for the receipt of Guru’s Grace. Any true spiritual path must be one in which you are led to spiritual transformation that is permanent. Spiritual growth that is more than just a mere glimpse requires a means to permanent spiritual transformation. That means is Grace. Grace is the middle, the beginning and the end. This transformative Grace only comes from a spiritual guru who has served another Sadguru for many years.
The Necessity For A Spiritual Guru
All spiritual attainment must be tested. How else will you know the difference between where you think you’re at and where you’re really at? Just as in the fields of science, engineering, performing arts and athletics, a competent mentor with experience is required for success, so too in spiritual life, a competent Sadguru is necessary.
Only One Who Has Obeyed Can Command
We live in a time where people want everything fast, with no real effort or extended sacrifice. This is very unfortunate for mundane life, but even more so in spiritual life. Many today want to teach before having imbibed and this is a travesty for you, the seeker of the Truth, to be wary of. A Spiritual Guru is a Guru who was a disciple of another master for many years – one who has become a worthy disciple through the Grace, Blessings and tests of another Spiritual Guru.
A Spiritual Guru Tests Your Attainment
When you went to college, wasn’t your attainment of knowledge tested? And who tested you? The teacher who is the authority in the knowledge you are being taught. Isn’t this so? And who decided whether or not you passed your tests and did well enough to indicate that you had really learned the material? That same authority. In spiritual life it is no different. The Spiritual Guru, if he/she is an authentic Sadguru, blesses you with Guru’s Grace necessary to empower your permanent spiritual transformation, and also provides the tests of that transformation. Such a Spiritual Guru is at the center any time-honored, proved spiritual path to spiritual enlightenment that is founded on verifiable, inner experiences of your true nature – the Self.
The only thing required for spiritual growth is detachment from worldly pleasures. If you don’t listen to this, you will fail in the end. The thoughtless state, the state of detachment, is the highest state. How can there be desire in the state of detachment? It is not the world the yogi gives up, it is desire for worldly sense pleasure. The true yogi is full and content whether he is a pauper or a rich man. If pleasurable things come your way, experience them, but never go looking. Always be content in yourself wherever you are and whatever your circumstances.
~ Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri
Spiritual Master Sadguru Kedarji
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Spiritual Master Sadguru Kedarji
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The Spiritual Path Begins With Right Understanding
The understandings we reach for are vital to our spiritual growth. Right understanding is that which is the most useful for directing our attention and focus to dwell on the highest. The highest is that supreme intelligence, That Shiva-Shakti power that threads through everything that we perceive through our senses, and everything that is beyond sensory perception. That supreme intelligence, also known as the Self, God, the Absolute – That is our true nature. It is an ocean of Love, a palace of Peace and an unwavering state of Joy.
The spiritual path is any path that leads to the experience of the full expression of humanity, in the delight of the inner Self. To attain such a path and state, we have to begin with the understandings we reach for and embrace.
It’s important for each of us to examine where we get our understandings from. This is important because understandings always dictate our feelings. How we are vibrating, from moment-to-moment, is dictated by the feeling we experience in that moment and the subsequent emotions that follow.
Our vibration immediately begins to attract to us the people, places and things that will reinforce that vibration. A single understanding has a host of other understandings connected to it. This causes us to embrace even more understandings (that will dictate other feelings) that will keep us wedded to whatever state we find ourselves in. This happens by way of the understandings we have been holding, and the subsequent feelings and vibration that manifest out of those understandings.
For this reason, if we want to change how we feel, we need to change our understanding. You can take from this that understandings are vital to whether or not you will experience your true nature from the vantage point of the Self. The understandings you reach for and embrace either keep you bound to lack, limitation and contraction, or they free you to experience the Joy and Peace of the true Heart. In the experience of inner peace and joy you are able to invoke changes in your life that enhance your living, without compromising your Shanti (peace) and your true worth – without compromising your Human Dignity that is the essence of the experience of the Absolute.
The understandings we embrace often come from the popular and widely-accepted notions about who we are. You will find that these are based on what society, the collective consciousness of the masses, your husband, wife, friends, family members, lovers – based on what they all tell you.
For example, if you believe yourself to be a ‘liberal,’ you identify with what the liberals tell you. If you are a ‘conservative,’ you fashion part of your identity after what the conservatives tell you. If you have a favorite celebrity, you accept the ideas and notions that the celebrity has made popular. You may even believe that the roles celebrities play on the Internet, in movies, TV and other popular media have an important message for you.
You may believe that you are the body, just a person, just ordinary, an individual who has to make his/her life happen. You accept these things without even questioning them because these are the understandings you have been taught by the company you keep and the society and collective consciousness that you choose to embrace.
It is these understandings that cause you to feel passionate about those things that you have accepted without questioning. As a result, you vibrate in a way that continues to attract the people, places and things to you that reinforce these understandings. In this way, you have created karmas for yourself that continue to dictate the mental conditioning that controls your life.
Even when this is the case, many complain that the spiritual path that embraces a living Master is a vehicle for brainwashing. Yet they are already so thoroughly brainwashed by the understandings given them by society, collective notions and the company they keep. They question the instruction of spiritually-perfected beings, yet they never question the understandings they have come to embrace, just because those understandings are popular and have been affirmed by collective notions. For this reason, the great beings say “O man, O woman, please wake up! When will you awake from this dream!?”
The True Spiritual Path
The Truth is, this entire world is a play of the Shiva-Shakti power. This understanding and direct experience leads one along the only true spiritual path. The great beings tell us that gold fashioned into bracelets, earrings and necklaces is still only gold. The sweet known as Halva is still sesame seeds. In the same way, this one Shiva-Shakti power has become all the forms, from a blade of grass, to an insect to a human being. Furthermore, this same power becomes our ability to perceive and name objects. This is also what leads to the imaginary sense of duality and diversity.
Therefore, just as gold fashioned into various objects with different names remains gold, in the same way, the Shiva-Shakti power, that Supreme Principle, fashions itself into the multitudinous forms of this world-appearance. In doing so, nothing is added to it or taken away from it. It remains that One Shiva-Shakti power – the Self.
That inner Self pervades all people, places and things. That same power is the witness to your mind. This power contracts and expands of its own free will, bringing countless universes into being, sustaining those universes and then withdrawing them back into the cosmic, formless Absolute – all without any materials with which to do so, and without any dependence on anything or anyone. This power is supremely independent, and That is your true nature. The true spiritual path is that which reveals this truth.
For this revelation to be realized, it must first be understood in such a way that leads to direct, inner experience, in the laboratory of your own existence.
One of the most important instruction and practice taught to us by Sadguru Kedarji is the practice of The Arc. In order to keep our attention on That which gives the direct experience of our own sweet Bliss, in every moment of our mundane lives, we have to reach for the highest understandings. These understandings are borne of the wisdom of the sages of steady wisdom who have attained Self-realization.
A star athlete becomes a great champion by way of the training he/she receives from another star athlete. That training is comprised of the understandings that will keep the trainee engaged in the feelings, emotions and vibrations that make the trainee vigilant in his/her training. A great musician was made by another great musician whose understandings about music and the musical journey influenced that person to become great. In the same way, we take the understandings imparted by the Self-realized Love Beings, over our own, so that we too can be influenced and led to their state. This state is the witness to your mind – what is experienced beyond the mind and beyond the senses.
To go there, you need an authentic spiritual path in which you can test the practice of The Arc for yourself. Understandings always dictate feelings. How you feel in the moment (and the subsequent emotions you enbrace) dictates how you vibrate from moment-to-moment. How you vibrate in this way, dictates who and what you attract into your life and the inner state (either contracted or expanded) that you wind up with.
In The Art of Inner Transformation curriculum, you will learn the practice of The Arc and the powerful methods Sadguru Kedarji teaches for using this practice to attain Liberation in the present moment.