This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

A framework for imparting counsel

We now propose to lay out some principles to be followed when it comes to actually responding to solicitations for spiritual counsel. They will be framed in a practical way and could be employed by both the upaguru and the guru, although we have in mind primarily the upaguru since the case of the true guru does not lend itself to schematizing and these individuals tend to defy preconceptions by their nature. Although what follows could be good advice for them, we consider it beyond the scope of this work to pretend of offer it to such a one, and in reality such a one would never need it. Therefore, it is to the occasional teacher that we offer these reflections since he is more likely to have need of them when called to exercise such a function.

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