This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Finding a guru in the modern context

No doubt the question floating at the back of the reader’s mind throughout the foregoing has been simply this: how does one find a spiritual master? The easiest way to answer this question is that unless one is somewhat advanced in their spiritual journey they should worry more about attachment to a traditional form than about the location of a spiritual master. The means provided by the form will take them quite far, and unless they are willing to travel that distance by that means it would not draw any benefit from contact with a master. That is to say, one must ‘pay the price of admission,’ and not just in the moral sense of ‘earning the right’ to consult a master, but rather as a matter of necessity in order to become adequate to the knowledge they seek.

Beyond that, the task of locating a master is made more difficult by the proliferation of self-styled imposters. Even if a master of authentic initiatory qualifications has been located, there remains the question of whether or not one possesses the qualifications to become a disciple. One must be accepted. After all, even if the knowledge of the guru is profound, he is but one man and must be careful to expend his energies in a way that is not wasteful: the warning against casting pearls before swine has many applications and in this case it is practical. In any case, here again the seeker should be urged to utilize the framework of the authentic tradition to which he is attached and which can provide the most reliable path toward a teacher.

In exceptional circumstances a person unattached to any traditional form might feel the desire to find a master, and may even find one, and in these cases it is entirely appropriate for the seeker, having discovered the ‘center’ of a traditional form, to work backwards and to adopt all of the external elements of that form. In other words, to become an adherent of the religion and its disciplines. This is the reverse of the normal process, but exceptions can always occur. The important point is that the form ought to be adopted and the fact that the master was engaged first does not do away with this need.

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