Means Of Wisdom
Ato vimuktyai prayateta vidvan,samnyastabahyarthakukhapprahsan
Santam,mahatma sampetya kesikam tenopadistarthasamhitama(8)
In the 8-13 verse of Viveka Chudamani, Sri Adi Shankaracharya talks about the path self realization.
He says self realization is not a casual jaunt. An adept has to be a seeker on a quest. His teacher has to be a ‘Santam’. The word Sant has come to mean a sanyasi, but a Sant is person who is connected to his pure conscious. The teacher should also be a Mahanta or a person who has the intellect to be open and accept things without being judgemental.
There could people with amazing knowledge and experience, people who can help others realize the self, but they may not be reachable. Then there could be people who could in addition to the knowledge, and experience be accessible but they could be challenged when it comes to communication. so the ideal teacher should be ‘Desikam’ that is he should have the knowledge of the scriptures, and the language to teach it.
The teacher could be ideal, the student should also be appropriate, that is he should go with samupetya or willingness to learn. The quest should happen in the surrender mode and not in a judgmental mode.
A master can only explain and give the logic but to internalize and translate it to action is the job of the adept.