Discipleship is the traditional way that Kriya Yoga, path of Self- & God-realization, is learned.
- What is discipleship? What is it to be a disciple?
- What is a guru or spiritual master?
- Do we need one? If so, why?
- What is the nature of such a relationship?
- What does it offer and what does it require?
- How does it arise?
Discipleship is a journey back to our selves.
It is the response to a call that arises within us — a pull toward fulfillment—yearning for God, for realizing our essential nature, being restored to wholeness.
Discipleship calls us to seek higher knowledge, rather than lower knowledge.
- Paravidya: higher knowledge / knowledge of the Self
- Aparavidya: lower knowledge / everything else
Discipleship, as a way of spiritual awakening, is found in the world’s religions, mystical, and wisdom traditions.
- Culture, environment, or time may influence outer expression
- The essence of discipleship is ever the same—eternal, archetypal.
As father, mother, healer, king, warrior, are universal archetypes so is the fundamental inner prototype of master or guru, and disciple or sishya
- Those two are one within us. Discipleship is awakening to mastery.
- Two things common to all people: origin in God, and destiny to awaken. Discipleship arises as the way of fulfilling this destiny.
There comes a time on our spiritual journey when we are ready to fully dedicate ourselves to living the awakened life of Self- and God-realization. This is an auspicious time when the yearning for liberation becomes the predominant urge and focus of our life.
- When we come to this place, we are ready for discipleship
For additional information, refer to:
Living the Eternal Way, p 39-45