In Sahaj Marg, the Master acts as a guide
to the aspirant in much the same way as an accomplished mountaineer
is a guide to the inexperienced climber. He knows the terrain of
the journey first-hand and is able to lead us safely, surely and
expeditiously to the goal. There is only one objective behind the
Masters relationship with us, and that is our spiritual welfare.
The term Master
is another word for Guru, or spiritual guide.
However, in Sahaj Marg, the concept of Master is more closely aligned
to the idea of divinity or divine essence.
Here, divinity is found in many forms, i.e. the ultimate
Principle or God, the divine presence in a human being like a living
Master, and also the divine centre within each one of us that is
referred to as our Self. Thus, in Sahaj Marg the Master represents
the divine principle as manifest in all aspects of creation:
a) as the Ultimate, b) as the spiritual guide, and c) as our inner
For our purposes, the definition of a Master is also one
who has mastered himself. That is to say, such a person is
no longer a slave to the ego or to personal desires for worldly
gains, and is consequently free to be of genuine service to others.
The term in no way implies a relationship of servitude on our part.
On the contrary, the Master in Sahaj Marg has the unique capacity
to create equals, i.e. other Masters.
He is always striving to lead us toward our highest potential, not
to fulfil any need of his own, but solely for the sake of our Self-realisation.
It takes time to develop faith in the guide. The first step is
the building of trust, through experience. During this process we
are asked only to keep our hearts and minds open to the infinite
possibilities of our inner relationship with the Master and to co-operate
with his work
by doing the practice as prescribed. In this way we avail ourselves
of the spiritual assistance that is being offered.
In Sahaj Marg it is recognized that a living Master is indispensable
to our spiritual progress. We present here a short biography of
the three Masters of the system.