We don’t want to go into the details of the guru-disciple relationship here; all we want to do is to point out the role of the guru in tantra’. It is the guru who pushes and inspires his disciples to higher levels of awareness. In the higher stages of tantra, he is indispensable. He is the very essence around which every-thing else revolves. He is the sun from which all the planets in the form of disciples draw their energy and aspiration.
When tantra was widely practised in India (and other parts of the world) it seems certain that each tantric community had a spiritual centre, a focal point, a pivot… a guru. Without a guru, tantra in the higher stages cannot be practised. This does not mean that you cannot practise tantric techniques without a guru, for it is possible in the early stages. This is the reason why we are starting to introduce you to tantra; if you needed a gum to practise then there would be no point in publishing details. But at a certain stage one needs a gum. There comes a point in a person’s life when he is ready to surrender himself to a gum. And when you are ready, when you reach a certain level of awareness, then your gum will find you. You will not find him, he will find you. Then he will initiate you into the higher stages of tantra. You will not meet your gum, whoever he is, until you are ready, until you have reached a certain point. Perhaps you will not even be looking for a gum, perhaps not even know the meaning of the word gum, but at a certain stage your gum will appear. That is the starting point of higher tantra; even if you have not practised tantra before.
Until you are ready, until you meet your gum, then you must practise yoga and tantra and wait for the gum to appear and lead you up the ascending stairway to higher awareness.
The guru, the right guru for you, is so important. Many people listen to other people in order to know the path, but often the instructor is at the same level of awareness as the student and under these circumstances, little or nothing is gained. It is a case of the blind leading the blind or as it is so succinctly put in the Bible: “If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” (Matthew 15:14)
It is only a person who is at a higher state of awareness who can successfully guide the disciple along the narrow path, often described as the razor’s edge. A guru is a gum because he is at a higher level of awareness and as such can clearly see the disciple’s pitfalls and blocks.
Because of this higher awareness he can take steps to remove these mental obstacles.