64 Kalas (Arts) and 14 Vidyas (Techniques) of Ancient India

It is laid down by the Lord that there can be no moksa, liberation, without diksa, initiation; and initiation cannot be there without a Teacher, hence it comes down the line of Teachers, parampara. Without a Teacher, all philosophy, traditional knowledge, Mantras are fruitless. Him alone the gods laud who is the Guru keeping active what is handed down by tradition, who is well versed in the Mantras and Agamas and guards the way of the Samaya (Traditional) Doctrine. Though himself unattached, the Guru, after testing him for some time, on command of the Lord, shall deliver (the truth) to his disciple, in order to vest him with authority. Of him who is so invested with authority, there is verily union with the Supreme Shiva; at the termination of the bodily life his is the eternal liberation – this is declared by the Lord. Therefore should one seek with all effort to have a Guru of the unbroken Tradition born of the supreme Shiva himself. After testing the disciple in the prescribed manner for the fruition of the Shakti and for happy success, the Guru shall communicate to him the Mantra; otherwise it will be fruitless.If one gives contrary to this requirement, if one receives contrary to it, both he who gives
and he who receives shall stand cursed for generations. If, out of delusion, the Guru and the disciple give and receive the instruction without prior mutual testing, they suffer condemnation. So too if the instruction is contrary to the Scripture, both he who gives and he who receives suffer perdition. He who imparts instruction that is not sanctified is a sinner; his Mantra is lost like paddy-seed in the sands Knowledge of the Mantra never holds in the undeserving; that is why one is to proceed after due testing, otherwise it is fruitless Initiating according to the tradition, giving its paduka (Mantra), seating the disciple close to oneself, the Guru shall utter the Mantra; not otherwise. The knowledge that is imparted to the good disciple, excellently devoted, shall be according to the scripture and shall be communicated whole i e. without segmenting it. Whatever know ledge is imparted to the bad and undevoted disciple, it becomes impure like the cow’s milk mixed with dog’s ghee To initiate one who is unfit by reason of cupidity, fear, greed etc. invites the curse of the Deity and what is done will be fruitless. In knowledge and in action, shall the Guru test the disciple with effort for the period of one year or half or quarter Bring the high to the low, the low to the high, in matters concerning life, money, prostration, commands just and otherwise. He who does not grieve on account of such delusive cruel doings, words corresponding to these doings, frequent partialities, indifferences, several and repeated, whether pulled or beaten, always takes it as the Grace of the Guru. They who thrill with joy, tremor, horripilation and change in voice, eyes etc. at the remembranceof the Guru, in his laudation, in his audience, in prostration to him, in his service, in calling him and sending him off – they are fit to be inducted in the purification for initiation. The disciple also shall test the Guru in similar signs of joy etc. in japa, stotra, dhyana, homa, puja and so on. After knowing his capacity for transmission of knowledge perfection in the science of Mantra, ability to make subtle
impact, one is to become his disciple, not otherwise. There are those who are competent in the beginning, those competent in the middle and those competent in the end, due to the transmission of the Guru’s Shakti; these disciples are called the lowest, the middling and the best respectively. Those in whom there is devotion at the outset, when they come for initiation but whose enthusiasm cools down soon, are the adiyogya, competent in the beginning. Those who arrive when the time for initiation is at hand and have neither special nor any knowledge, but whose past is done away with by their devotion, are the madhyayogya, competent in the middle.Those who have no devotion at the outset, who have devotion in the middle and whose devotion is fully grown at the end are the antayogya, competent at the end and known as the best jnanins.

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