Is there really any other kind of guru? Transmission is what
the guru / devotee relationship is about. It is a human to human
transmission. It is something that cannot be gotten from books,
nature, or oneself. All gurus transmit what it is they
"have." Some may give students lots of things to do,
practices and such, some may give nothing to do, it makes no
difference. the nature of the relationship is about being in the
company (though that doesn't necessarily mean physical presence
of) of the guru and absorbing the transmission.
– Matthew Files
There is nothing to transmit. We already are the
Self. The presence of pure being is a constant, ongoing
reality in everyone's life. The guru isn't giving you pure
being, or the ability to "see" it. All a guru can do
is point at the Self when s/he can see that you are looking at
The guru knows what it "looks" like, the student
doesn't. It's like a camouflaged moth against tree bark.
The student doesn't know what to look for. All s/he sees
is bark. The guru waits for the moth to "move." The
student has to see the move for the guru to point out the moth.
Then the student understands that they've been seeing the moth
all along, they just didn't know what they were looking at.
A guru can provide various transformative exercises and
experiences, but the student still has to notice the moth's
movement. That's the real value of the guru, being around to
point out what's sitting right in front of our face, closer than
our own breath. Letting people believe that you are giving them
something they already are may get you lots of fans, but it
doesn't get them any closer to the truth.
– Jody Radzik
Because you cry in your dream, I shake you and try to wake
you up. You may ask someone in your dream, "Please give me
some method or some technique which will awaken me!" If
that someone answers you and gives you some techniques, he and
his methods are also part of the same dream. In fact, he only
can shake you and wake you up. What technique can be applied in
– Kiran Kanakia
Transmission takes place when two people, or a group of
people, see completely eye to eye - one single eye seeing. I'm
not talking of sharing the same opinions or traditions, but
being free from conditioned opinions and traditions at the
instant of seeing. When the tight enclosure of self-delusion
becomes luminously transparent, narrowness is replaced by
vastness - there is no one there to be anything, nothing to get,
nothing to know, nothing to pass on. What is there to transmit?
To whom? We're not divided from each other! I give you a hug.
Did I transmit love to you? Or is it here, flowering joyously?
– Toni Packer