The Master - A True Friend
Once a Master takes upon Himself immense load of responsibility and He tells the disciple that he is neither body nor mind nor intellect, but something more glorious - soul or spirit, Jiva realises that he is no longer a slave of his senses engaged in sensual pursuits, but finds an inner satisfaction, peace and serenity which keeps him engrossed all the time at the seat of the very Self. All this is the work of the Master, and much more besides. To wash clean a jiva from the impurities of the world is no mean task, but it is absolutely necessary for a spiritual life.
He has to be pulled up from his senses, mind and intellect, and this no one but a Master can achieve. To stop the course of the mighty rush of sensory currents flowing headlong into the world, and to hold them at one center, is a gigantic task in itself. After the preliminary cleansing process, He pulls scales from the inner eye and gives it vision and Light; and He breaks the seal on the inner ear, making the jiva hear the inner music of the soul. By His individual attention and care He makes an adept out of trash and scrap - capable of understanding and enjoying the unspoken language and unwritten law of God, and of doing actions without the aid of outer organs and faculties.
He always saves His disciples, no matter how dangerous a situation they may be in. His protecting arms serve as a shield and buckler, and the disciple leads a charmed life, as it were. The Master does all this simply because He has taken charge of a jiva; there is no obligation on the disciple's part, nor does he necessarily know about it. Again, the Master takes upon himself the burden of his disciples' sins and iniquities.
Sadguru is the real friend of the disciple. He saves him from tense and hopeless situations. He comes to his aid when he has despaired of all hope and relief, and is surrounded by seemingly powerful forces arrayed against him, From time to time the disciple feels the overpowering influence of the Master working for his good. At times He works in ways that are difficult for the disciple to understand. just as a mother waits in the early morning hours for her sleeping child to awaken, in the same way, even more anxiously, the Master looks forward wistfully to the time when His disciple, steeped in deep ignorance born of matter and mind, will raise his head, look toward Him and gladden His heart.
The loving care of the Master becomes more manifest at the time of the disciple's final leave-taking from the world. The Luminous Form of the Master appears to take charge of the departing spirit and guide it to the new world, to the judgment seat of God.
After that, He takes it to whatever region He thinks best, for further discipline and advancement on the path.
Last but not least, the Master feeds the jiva with the Bread of Life and quenches his thirst with the Water of Life (Naam) until he grows into spiritual adolescence and is capable of a certain amount of self-reliance. The touch of the spark of Naam God-in-Action or the controlling power of God) burns out the storehouse of unfructified karma of ages upon ages, thus rendering them incapable of germinating in the future.
Baba said, "I do not need any paraphernalia of worship either eight-fold or sixteen-fold. I rest there, where there is full devotion".