11 On the Guru and the Student


Know that the Guru transmits the key to reaching the Mahamudra.
By showing you the nature of yourself, by showing you your own reflection, the Guru gives you the means to centre your being.

The student in turn must show discipline and effort, as well as devotion and gratitude.
Of these, the first two are essential if any progress can be made, and the lack of the last two is a sign of a barrier in the student's own consciousness.

One who is a student should not be overly proud, but also should not be overly humble; the Guru has chosen you because he saw in you the means to be taught.
Remember this when your work becomes difficult.
But the responsibility for using the gifts given by the Guru is entirely the student's.
Remember this to avoid becoming lazy.