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The Guru holds a direct commission from God, and works under instructions just as any vice-regent would do on behalf of a king. Again Gurus are of two types: 1. Swateh Sant Gurus: They are born Sants who come into the world with direct commissions, as for instance, Kabir Sahib and Guru Nanak. They start the work of spiritual knowledge and instructions right from a tender age. They need no special training from anyone, since they come from the Most High for this purpose. Such beings, when they come, simply flood the world with the light of Spirituality, and establish a line of Gurmukh Gurus for carrying on the work long after them.

Scriptures, however sacred and authoritative, contain bare references to spiritual regions and record the experiences of their authors, but can neither impart spiritual instruction nor be a guide on the spiritual path. 33 GODMAN The Word of the Master works as an “Open Sesame” to the heavenly regions. He holds the key that unlocks the Kingdom of God, now a lost province to us. It is out of compassion and love for the lost sheep that the Shepherd comes out of his fold, treads the stony path in an endless search, picking up lost souls here and there.

But as we look the other way and turn to the world abounding in diverse forms, we see a Pole-star shining in its majesty, reflecting the Light of Heaven. Such a pure soul (Word made flesh or Godman) with authority to give spiritual instructions to the seekers after God, is as much a Guru as the Shabd Itself, for he himself is a living embodiment of Shabd and with Shabd as stock in trade freely distributes It to whomever he likes. Kabir speaks of himself: I come from the Kingdom of God to administer the Law of God.

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