“Guru is the path.” – Śiva Sutras of Vasugupta, Cap II, Verse 5
It is a modern conception that Numinous transmissions are easily accessible to all regardless of the experience or preparedness of the student. In many cases, the teacher becomes an afterthought and the sacred transmission of Gnosis, if found to be valuable at all, is seen as a commodity which can be bought or sold by anyone regardless of preparation or valid qualifications.
The student seeks a guide who will validate all of his thoughts/ideas and will quickly dispose of the teacher if any challenge is made to the chela’s naive beliefs or consumerist ideals. Information is viewed as something which can be claimed or purchased, initiations much the same. Anyone who draws attention to this situation with a critical eye is labeled an ‘elitist’ or ‘traditionalist’ turning those once powerful words into pejorative terms.
After a lifetime of devoted Sadhana to the Dasha Maha-Vidya Cult, I am honored to be awarded, by my Tantric Guru Sri Kutupananda Nath, the title of Kaula Tantra Guru:
“Sri Subhagananda Nath—One who enjoys the Bliss of the Goddess and is very fortunate and auspicious.”
Without the Deity and the Guru, the devotee runs round and round in a solipsistic samsaric Hall of Mirrors, always searching for something ‘outside’ which will provide access to the secret inner realms.In essence, one cannot be a visitor to penetrate into the realms of Indian esotericism; one must be come a devotee.
“The Kaula Tantra Cult pulses deep within the dark tunnels hidden below the Smashan. The devotees of the Dark Goddess offer perpetual sacrifice in the Shadow Realms of MahaMaya manifesting infernal radiances which purify all mundane delusion.” – Tantric Physics II: Sacred Body, Sacred Space (Anathema Publishing, 2020)
At its roots, the Guru/student relationship represents the ultimate inversion of the modern mindset, standing firm as a beacon of truth, illuminating the passageway into the inner realms of the sacred where the profane individual is deconstructed by the solar light of the Atman/Soul.
A student must surely seek a teacher who is authentic, this goes without question. However, this must also be joined with an attitude which is ready to be a student! The modern technological age has left a tamasic residue in the mind, in which the student expects everything to be “instant” and as easy as sending an email.
Finding a valid teacher is hard but NOT impossible. But to find this we may have to travel, search, meet many people , change and grow! You can’t just Google enlightenment! Although I’m sure there are some people who say that you can.
Oh Wisdom Goddess Kali!
The mundane world calls me mad, let them think what they wish, carry me to Your secret Cave which the world believes is Hell.
Indra Ram-Das Aghori / Sri Subhagananda Nath