Importance of a Master

by Austin Gnosis
May 10, 2019
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Islamic Sufi tradition says that he who does not have a Master, has Satan as his Master. The Master is the Spiritual Sun that illuminates the darkness of the aspirant to the wisdom of the Being. Many of the concepts, practices, and comprehensions that later become integral parts of the reality of an aspirant have been received from the clear source of the knowledge that the spiritual Master is. It is not possible to conceive in any of the areas of human development the possibility of learning without one who previously teaches the path to follow, the risks of the path, the needed guidelines and the concrete solutions for specific situations.

In short, there is no possible teaching without an appropriate Master. This is how it is in profane life, and even more so in the spiritual life.

The only correct form to transmit and therefore receive a real teaching is the one that contemplates the appropriate adaptation of the knowledge to the time, place and people. Spiritual knowledge is not a rigid and dogmatic doctrine that stays unmovable whatever the temporal or human circumstances. Knowledge is something alive and flexible that, in those areas in which it can be adapted, renews itself from moment to moment, to be able to arrive in a more comprehensible form to the spiritual aspirants of each time and place. This adaptation can only be done by a spiritual Master, who having incarnated the teaching, clearly knows its objectives and the means to use in order for the essential principles to crystallize in true internal creations, rather than to remain as mere intellectual or emotional repetitions of previous correct formulations.

The Master transmits to the student the Grace he received from his own Master, and in very special cases of the history of the world, like in the case of special Prophets, Avatars or Messengers, the Master transmits to his disciples the Divine Grace and the force with which its extraordinary mission has been consecrated. Then it influences the student in accordance with the time, place, needs and circumstances of the student. The Grace of a Master can produce a specific effect on a person, only if the person is conscious and positively devoted to the accomplishment of the aims for which that teaching was created. That is to say, that the force of a Master gives impulse to the aspirant as long as the aspirant is in the condition of being able to receive, channel and direct it appropriately. And for that, it is necessary to apply in a practical form the conscious postulates of that teaching.

The Divine Grace, as a creative faculty of the Third Logos, is the impalpable force possessed by the Great Masters, taught and transmitted to people, situations, places and objects for a specific reason, and always in relationship to the fulfillment of the important task of that Master. It also can be translated as spiritual impulse, illumination, divine halo, sanctity, etc.

The Grace and impulse of a Master are impregnated in his teachings, and they often infiltrate inwards, in spite of the student himself, even when an inner potential to be able to measure them has still not been developed, much less an intellectual perception of the same.

This infiltration in the student is contributing to the crystallization and deepening of his inner process, and it develops as the teaching is gradually transforming the individual. The full establishment of the Grace of a Master is verified by completely incarnating his teachings in the Soul, being then confirmed as universal teaching. Thus the transmission of the knowledge is assured, always in a living manner, through a Master who always is alive. That Grace the Hindustani called “the power of Kundalini”; among the Sufis it is well known as “the Baraka of a Master.”

A wise Master said: if the force of a man impresses you, search for what gave him that force and you too will be able to experience it.

The Divine Grace of Master Samael impacted millions of people. But just a few searched for and put into practice that which gave him that force. Without confusing the divine knowledge with the external shell, they took advantage of that force that emanated from the Master, which drove them in their search, to become faithful continuators of his work. And it is by his works that they are known. At the opportune moment, when there exists a true yearning and an inner necessity, the Master appears and points out to the student the guidelines for the continuation of his Work. The presence of the Master is clear, concrete, palpable, and it can be evoked at moments of special need by means of the appropriate techniques and disciplines.

I am with you. Invoke me when you need me; it is not a difficult thing to concentrate upon me and to invoke me. You may invoke me mentally and I will come to your call to help you intensely. I am willing to help you. I want to awaken you. I want to illuminate you…You are not alone; I repeat, you are not alone: I am with you in Spirit and Truth… Continue forward, with courage, with willpower, with tenacity. Venerable Master Samael Aun Weor

The Grace of a Master is manifested everywhere. In the depth of his teaching, in the mystical states produced by a contact with him, in the simple imposition of his hands, in his words, in the depth reached when meditating by his side, in his silences… But mainly, it is manifested through his teaching, by implementing his practical postulates, by following the footpath drawn by his sacrifice…

According to the real spiritual tradition, one of the tangible examples of the degeneration of a teaching is that as time goes by, and the formulations of the past are repeated, no concrete and palpable results take place. This happens when the intimate connection with the Master has been lost, independently of how many times that Master may be mentioned read or acclaimed. Why does a loss of connection take place? It’s essentially due to the deficiency in the practical implementation of the principles of the teachings of that Master. At heart, due to the lack of understanding of the intimate postulates of the inner work which, when facing the impossibility of intimately incarnating his true teachings, results in the “elevation to the altars” of the physical personality of a Master.

How can the aspirants, who have benefited from the teachings, but still have not realized it in themselves, maintain an inner contact with the true tradition? The tradition itself comes to our aid, when it affirms that those aspirants must notice, as time passes by, the lack of substance, of authenticity, in the mere repetition of previous activities. Then at that moment the aspirant must search for the teaching which has been revitalized for that time, by following the particles of truth that already have been absorbed in the consciousness.

How does one make contact with Master Samael beyond time, distance or dimension? Let’s remember that a Master is His Teachings, the greatness of the Being of a Master is reflected in the greatness of the message he gives to humanity. If we want to discover the Secret Master and benefit from the complete depth of his message, it is necessary to simply put into practice the transcendental postulates contained in that message.

The Samaelian message is clear, concrete and defined. It speaks to us, with dazzling clarity, about the present state of the consciousness of the human being. It tells us how it is and how it should be, and additionally it gives us the guidelines needed to leave the state of unconsciousness through which our consciousness is processed. It gives us specific techniques to revolutionize our inner opacity, and his revolutionary postulates include the capacity of experiencing by ourselves, in this and in other dimensions, the concrete realities that are manifested in his work. In summary, the Samaelian Contemporary Gnosis affirms that the asleep consciousness of the individual can be worked from inside, can be awakened, through precise techniques, synthesized in the three factors of the revolution of the consciousness, which the Master himself sufficiently defines in his work.

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