The Master archetype is one
among the highest levels
of the Divine in its manifestation on earth
Karl Graf Dürckheim
The "Master" has fallen into
Han Marie Stiekema
The difference between what it should be
and what it
shows to be has become almost unbearable.
In the media even voices a'mount to install a
"quality control" for guru's.
In order to prevent bureaucrates to
interfere in the sacred
space of spirituality, I will try to summarize what
I consider to be minimal requirements for
being a guru.
This has nothing to do with feeling
superior. On the contrary,
I am the first who almost daily scrutinize my attitude and
behavior according to the same standards, always realizing
the serious predicament I am in.
Moreover, I am cordialy inviting anybody
with me to become engaged in a honest and open
dialogue about the matter.
THE ELEVEN CRITERIA
1. ...and even when you are a
great Master (with
many disciples), but you aren't Love...
2. A Master should at all times be
willing to give an account of his position, by being open about
himself*, the details of his realization, his
calling, aims, trials and tribulations,
3. A Master should have integrated
of his shadow, his feminine (masculine)
parts and be fully aware of setbacks
e.g. the danger of projection.
4. A Master should have realized
the notion of
the bottomlessness of existence. Hence, he will never
identify himself with any plane of Consciousness whatsoever, but rather have a
attitude towards the Ultimate.
5. A Master will never derive any
his level of self-realization.
6. A Master should have restored
the unity with
Heaven, earth and the community.
7. A Master may use many concepts,
methods or techniques in transmitting the Truth to his
followers. However, he will never impose
any system e.g. philosophy on them.
8. Obedience, loyalty or
only be exercised toward the
follower's own true Self.
9. A Master is unconditionally
existence and the servant of all sentient
and non-sentient beings.
10. A Master should be
to the old" purifying himself, besides always
publicly repenting his wrongdoings.
11. A Master should have
with his (the) mother (Mother).
* He/him can be read as she/her.
See also: Women and men, Spiritual pathology and Non-duality
© 2003 Copyright Han Marie Stiekema
Last revising: 12/13/04