This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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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The necessity of the guru

It has been suggested by some that a guru, that is to same a human guru, is absolutely necessary in order to attain Deliverance. Others say otherwise and tend toward the error of viewing the process of realization as a purely subjective thing without the necessity of any external supports, human or institutional. Obviously these are extreme views. To the first we can answer simply that in traditions where the guru plays a significant role, such as the Hindu, the guru is most valuable and necessary in the earliest stages of development. That is not to say the very beginning, and in most cases it is proper to make use of the most external and exoteric offerings of a religion before turning to a guru, but there is a great distance between the outer husk of exoteric practice and the core, and the guru operates in the middle, but more actively and more often in the more peripheral stages and less so in the final stages. We say this because the human guru is really only acting as a substitute for the inner guru, the Self, with which the disciple has not yet become capable of communicating directly. Once this begins to become possible, such as in those later stages, the guru becomes less necessary and ultimately not necessary at all.

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