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Om Sathguru Shri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Guru is the awakened. Guru is a spiritual guide.

Just as you require a teacher to teach you arts and sciences relating to the world of nature around you, you need a guide on the spiritual path.

Just as a professor should be qualified in the subject he teaches, so should the spiritual guide, qualified enough, to guide you. He must be perfect in the science of spirituality; which means, that he must have attained the realization of God. When you have such a guide, you can safely entrust yourself to his hands and you are sure to progress on the path without any hindrance, provided your aspiration is intense and you follow his guidance.

The meaning of the word Guru is “dispeller of darkness.” The role of the Guru therefore, is to awaken God-Consciousness in you and lead you to Him.

The Guru is Akhanda, undivided;
The Guru is Advaitha, nondual.

When one conceives of him as the Divine, one’s true self, one receives not only material benefits but also the divine grace and true knowledge.

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

The Fourth Plane is the greatest hurdle of the spiritual Path, the crucial stage of the aspirant or pilgrim’s journey where all is gained or lost. Great as are the powers at his command, greater are the temptations to use them for his own gratification, to exhibit these powers for the sake of exhibitionism, fame, power, and glory. For the ego, fearing complete defeat rises to its highest, prodding and luring the pilgrim on to make selfish use of the powers lent to him. This is known as “Black night of the soul”.

The pilgrim on the fourth plane is permitted, however, to make use of his powers for purely unselfish motives, with no thought whatsoever of self and only for the sake of others.

The senses are said to be superior (to the physical body); the mind is superior to the sense faculties; the intelligence is superior to the mind; but HE (the self) is superior to the intelligence”

(Avathar Sri Seshadri Swamigal)

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    Om Sathguru Shri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

God – Mad

1. Those whose minds become unbalanced by an unceasing reiteration of thoughts about God and the spiritual path. They read, talk, and think about God, at the expense of food and sleep, until their minds break under the strain.

2. Those whose minds become paralysed by coming into contact with the atmosphere of highly advanced spiritual being. It is not an uncommon experience that a few who come into contact with Perfect Master himself sometimes exhibit temporary signs of this type of God-madness. They are so uplifted by his contact that for days or weeks their minds are the victims of a state of temporary insanity. In certain rare instances this state of God-madness becomes permanent, particularly in cases where there is an unprepared or accidental contact with the spiritual atmosphere of a higher person. This state of Gods-madness is called by the Sufis, hal – e – dawam.

3. Those who, in Sufi words are called Uftada-e-rah, and in vedantic language, yoga bhrashta. When an aspirant seeks spiritual experiences or under takes a severe spiritual exercise, he may either outstrip the endurance of his mind, or be suddenly deflected from his purpose by the irruption of a crisis in his physical environment. Either of these things may cause such turmoil in his mind that he becomes God-mad.

Such a man is known as Uftada-e-rah or yoga bhrashta, and has fallen in the path before advancing further than the third plane; but this fall is temporary, and his progress is resumed as soon as he takes his new body.

All those in the spiritual path are termed rahravan (singular rahrav), and these rahravan are dominated either by jazb, which means an over powering quality, or by suluk, which is the conscious, natural quality of being aware of what they are doing, and where they are going, on the spiritual path.

A rahrav dominated by jazb is called a Mast, and a rahrav who treads the path with open eyes is called a Salik.

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