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Need For a Spiritual Master
Great Spiritual Realization Requires
a Spiritual Master
Spend time in The Company of
The One Who spontaneously
Transmits That Which Is
Inherently Perfect and Ultimate.
This Is The Great Rule, The Great Law, The Ultimate Principle.
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I'm not sure why a Spiritual Master is necessary. What would you say about
someone who had experienced a wordless, thought-less, unthinking awareness that
everything is perfect, unfolding exactly perfectly; and who had tapped into, knew,
felt (words are so useless sometimes), *experienced*, a pure joy and absolute
love for all of existence, an altered state of consciousness where everything
was suddenly perfectly understood, not in an intellectual way, just a wave of
pure awareness that Everything is right and perfect and everything is love, and
this occurred spontaneously, quite by accident, and in the absence of any "Spiritual
This article explores why one needs a Spiritual
Master (and more specifically, a Spiritual Transmission Master) for Spiritual
Realization, and why one cannot "do it yourself".
Need for a Spiritual Transmission Master — The difference between
a momentary Revelation and a permanent Realization. Why a Spiritual Transmission
Master — someone who literally transmits His or Her Spiritual Realization
to others — is functionally necessary for Spiritual Realization.
a Revelation allows us to talk about what kind of Revelations are possible altogether
- Many people
have some kind of Spiritual Revelation
Revelations tend to be relatively rare "million dollar moments", not
even "apparently individual Revelations" are actually assisted by Spiritual
are a variety of different "great Realizations" or unitive experiences of various
difference between a Revelation and a Realization
opens the door to the possibility of Realization
Need for a Devotional Relationship with a Spiritual Transmission Master
— Why recognition, devotion, love, and surrender are necessary for Spiritual
Realization to occur, in the context of a relationship with a Spiritual Transmission
Master. Spiritual Realization as identity shift, in the context of relational
submission to a Greater Identity. The common error of egoically converting the
Master's Transmission into a self-centered experience in the body or the mind,
which never Realizes anything greater than "self".
No Self-Applied Technique is Capable of Realizing the Divine — Developing
discrimination regarding the spectrum of states, intuitions, and Realizations;
not settling for anything less than Divine Realization and Perfect, Eternal Divine
Realization; the impossibility of a self-applied technique resulting in Divine
Realization; the difference between self-improvement and self-transcendence.
- Truth Is Always Already
the Case, But the Spiritual Master is Still Required for Realizing the Truth
— One of Adi Da's many major contributions to our understanding of Reality
and the Great Tradition of the world's esoteric practices and schools was to identify
and correct a flaw in logic that He referred to as the "Talking School"
error. The logic goes as follows: Since Truth is already the case, there is no
method one can fruitfully engage to "find" the Truth (including any
process involving a Spiritual Master); therefore, what one should do instead is
simply meditate on what is already the case (in some verbal form: for example,
"I am That") until one Realizes It. In this section, we examine Adi
Da's criticism of this logic, and why a deeper understanding actually confirms
the absolute need for the Spiritual Master.
Our Resistance to Gurus Comes From — In this section, we explore the historical origins of anti-Guruism
in Luther's Reformation and the longstanding view (by those in political authority)
of genuine Spiritual Masters as revolutionaries capable of undermining society
with their radical view of reality and the purpose of life.
potential corruptness of spiritual mediators
Masters as revolutionaries (COMING SOON)
Adi Da Himself Need a Spiritual Master? — Adi Da was the rarest
kind of being: a Divine Incarnation. His body-mind was directly integrated with
the Divine from birth. Even though He had human Spiritual Masters, His actual
"Spiritual Master" during His period of "Re-Awakening" was
the very Divine. His "life story" is that of the Divine Incarnating
and Re-Awakening, and is not replicatable by ordinary human egos. But all of us,
like Adi Da Himself, now have access to the very Divine as our Spiritual Master
by virtue of Adi Da's Incarnation.