This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

A note on qualifications

Regarding the notion that in order for a guru to be qualified he must have achieved Deliverance, the final goal of spiritual realization, we can say that this is nonsense. The guru has a simply goal before them, which is to guide the student toward a certain degree of realization, and the primary requirement (although not the only one) is that the guru has reached this degree themselves. Again, other requirements are there, but regarding the actual degree of realization attained by the guru, we can say that obviously they need not have ‘gone all the way’ and that if they have only traveled part of the way then this only limits how far they might direct others, since one cannot actively teach about what one does not know. At the point at which the disciple reaches the same degree as the guru, he would simply direct him to another.

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