The Real Master
by Daniel Mitel
We are your children surrendered at your feet. Thank you for guiding us with your light. Please accept our quiet offering.”
(Dedication made by Swami Satyananda Giri to Sri Sailendra)
This article started with a beautiful dedication made by a Master to another Master. The respect and consideration the masters had in the past for any human being or for a different spiritual system must be taken in consideration nowadays by all spiritual seekers.
A few years ago, I was having tea with a very good friend, a well known Martial Arts and Zen master. During the discussion he confessed to me that he was surprised to see how easily people move from one school of meditation to another. Basically, he was telling me that a lot of people touch just the surface of a spiritual system; they are very superficial, without delving deep into the exercise or understanding a spiritual technique. After just a few lessons, they switch to a different school or quit it completely.
Even worse, they learn some techniques (for beginners) and start teaching it, opening new schools without having a profound understanding and experience of the technique. Some even talk behind the back of the master, spreading rumors and trying to destroy the goodwill of the school.
There is a lot of insights given on this sensitive topic. Years ago, I used to say that in the spiritual world there are just two categories: spiritual seekers and spiritual tourists. The second category likes to commute from one school to another hoping that they will find a short-cut. But in the spiritual world there are no short-cuts.
Of course, if we try to look deep inside into what goes on in the spiritual world we might find a lot of issues. But regarding the above topic, I always take in consideration three things.
The first regards free-will. Each person has God’s given free-will to pursue any path in life. I call it “spiritual democracy”. On higher levels of consciousness all time-space beings that live in duality achieve liberation just by using their eternal free-will. The eternal and infinite “I AM” achieves freedom from the limitations of the duality world just through the eternal free-will given to all beings, in any Universe.
The second that is worth mentioning here regards the tons of waste that is out there, especially on some internet videos and websites. True seekers become really confused about what workshop would be good or not, what technique would be helpful or not, what teachings would be worth their time or not. There are hundreds of videos in which so-called spiritual teachers inform us about the end of the world, thousands of videos with distorted techniques to increase energy, to open the third eye, to awaken the kundalini, to move the sexual energy and so on.
Last but not the least, is the new trend of changing something that has already been out there (maybe for thousands and thousands of years), giving it a new name and claiming that it is the best thing one will ever encounter. Of course, this is a very cheap way of trying to get attention.
However, these obstacles cannot stop a true spiritual seeker.
And I do believe that sometimes it is good to search and find the technique that is right for you.
Personally, I do teach more than one spiritual system. I teach people to create from the heart (Awakening the Illuminated Heart workshop), Heart Imagery, Tai Chi and Kriya Yoga.
Of course, each system brings a holistic approach that helps each individual to balance the physical, mental and emotional bodies. Eventually the loyalty and devotion to a specific system or a particular set of techniques brings God’s realization to any true seeker.
I am not saying that it is good to move to another school of meditation every other week or to go to another workshop every other weekend. I am just saying that even well known great masters had to first go and find a system that worked really well with their energies.
Swami Sri Yukteshvar, the well known Kriya Yoga Master who was Yogananda’s teacher and mentor, had to go and see a lot of well known schools of meditations before he found the system that worked the best with his energy: Kriya Yoga School lead by the Great Master Lahiri Mahasaya. Swami Sri Yukteshvar had also shown the famous Unity Breath Meditation to Drunvalo Melchizedek. Yogananada himself went to 6 or 7 different spiritual schools before he found Swami Sri Yukteshvar.
But all the above masters did three important things. The first was that they were able to choose the spiritual system, amongst some real spiritual systems, that worked best for them. Any of these systems would work, because all the schools of meditations at that time were real schools, not just surrogates.
The second thing, which is of great importance, was that they really respected any school and master they visited; they never spoke negatively of any place they visited and they always kept them in their hearts.
And the last thing that is worth mentioning is that they never viewed a spiritual system as competition. They viewed it as a complementary system. They knew that if you combine these systems, people would be able to enhance their energies and their spiritual beliefs.
Of course, during my years of teaching, I have met people who have forgotten these three things mentioned above. On the other hand, I have met so many people that have moved onto God’s realization path and these true seekers are the majority.
It is good to seek a true master that is able to teach you a technique that brings you health, harmony and trust. It is good to look for a true school that promotes love and peace. But remember that eventually the true master is inside you.
Whenever you meet a teacher that tells you that without his or her techniques you will not be able to meet God, you should run away. Whenever you meet a teacher that tells you that he is the only one that can intermediate a link between you and Divinity, you should run away.
The real master empowers you and helps you find the master within you; these teachers are rare, but remember that it takes some effort to find a real diamond amongst the stones in the river.
About the Author
Daniel Mitel is a world-class master of meditation, helping people understand the intimate connection to their inner selves, utilizing the ancient system of Heart Imagery. Interviewed and published around the world, Daniel's books, "This Now Is Eternity" and "Heart Imagery: A Path To Enlightenment," are highly regarded as some of the best meditation and spiritual guide books. Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter, and discover more at: www.danielmitel.com, www.heartimagery.org, www.motivate-yourself.org