The Great Gulf between the Ego and the Soul

By George A. Boyd ©2019

Q: What keeps the sense of ego separate from the Soul? What happens if we drop the ego?

A: I can share from my own experience how I have learned to cope with having an ego, as opposed to trying to dissolve it or destroy it.

I don’t feel cut off from the Soul, but from my egoic perspective, I recognize it as another order of Nature. So as I am anchored in human life and it is anchored on the spiritual Plenum, there is no way my ego is going to become the Soul—the seed atoms that make up the egoic complex come out of God and are placed in the helix of human life to enable the Soul to express in finite space and time, in this world.

While we can move attention into Union with the Soul and look from its perspective, and can view the limitations of the egoic perspective, the Soul does not drop the egoic atoms until it is ready to drop the body for good at the time of death.

I’ve had experiences of dropping the egoic atom and the entire complex in Samadhi. You cannot think. You cannot speak. You cannot move. You cannot breathe. This is not a very functional state.

Now we can give ourselves the suggestion that only God is real, there is only the unified oneness of the Soul. With practice, we can hypnotize ourselves into believing this for a time—but even if we can keep our attention fixed in this realization, the egoic complex does not dissolve—and to the degree we attempt to deny or suppress that complex and its needs, we only succeed in driving this underground into the unconscious.

I find that it is much healthier for me to not try to disappear the ego, but to accept its legitimate place and purpose in the hierarchy of the mind—and where possible, to take care of its needs, so it can function optimally.

I went through a phase when I was a teenager, where I went around believing I was God, but this was also a period in my life when I was not particularly functional—I would not have been able to hold down a normal job, study in school, or complete a project. I could float in this blissful state; but my life, and the expression of my Soul through my life, was not yet established.

I also had a subsequent realization that the God in me (Soul) was just a tiny atom of the Great Life that pervades all things (the Divine); this helped me heal my solipsistic delusion.

Until individuals take the First Initiation—particularly those who dwell on the Psychic Realm—they can come to believe they are the All, and conceive that the entire universe revolves around their needs.

This “spiritual narcissism” is only transcended when these individuals realize something that there is something far greater than themselves—and genuine humility is born in their Souls.

A spiritual teacher needs to fulfill the requirements to become an instrument of the Divine, and express that anointing to serve those who come to him or her. This expression can take the form of initiating, teaching, counseling, coaching, guiding, empowering, or healing others; it can be expressed through art or writing; it can radiate through their Presence.

Many spiritual teachers choose to remain much of the time in an altered state of consciousness. I do not. I do not abandon my humanness. I do not remain detached from my ego. I enter altered states of consciousness when I need to do my spiritual work; when I’m done, I come back.

This means I directly encounter my ego. I feel my suffering and my joy.

I don’t presume I am perfect; I am not. I don’t presume I know all things; I do not. I don’t presume I have miraculous powers; instead I judge whether these alleged “siddhis” produce tangible, measurable results.

As a human being I recognize I have flaws. My intuition is not always accurate. My reason sometimes comes to irrational conclusions. My senses sometimes deceive me. There are times when my beliefs turn out to be erroneous and unfounded.

I continue to quest for answers as a human being. As a human being I am not Almighty God, and I will never become Almighty God. If in meditation, I am able to unite with the atom of the Divine that dwells within my Soul, as a human being, I will never be that atom.

I call upon our brothers and sisters who have imbibed New Age teachings, I AM Movement teachings, and the teachings of the Yogi Preceptors and Gurus—who teach that you are Divine, and that your human Self and its personality and the ego embedded in your experience of your human life are unreal—to not lose touch with your humanness and your vulnerability, as you are immersed in the ecstatic state of union with your spiritual core.

There are times when we must bring forth our inner Divinity. There are times when we must function as a human being. May we find the wisdom to recognize when it is appropriate to operate in each state.

Developing the Habit of Meditation

By George A. Boyd © 2020

Q: How can I develop a regular meditation practice?

A: You need to identify a congruent strategy that enables you to sustain a regular meditation practice. Seven major strategies that chelas of different meditation traditions adopt include:

  1. Doing meditation under the teacher’s commandment (Agya) – Disciples meditate in obedience to their Guru and out of fear of displeasing their Master. These disciples develop strong discipline and use their will to overcome inner resistance or laziness.
  2. Asking intuition – In this strategy, you ask your intuition and Higher Self whether it is time to meditate. This inward-looking, curious, and expectant mindset invites the guidance of the Soul.
  3. Inspired reading – This strategy involves reading materials from the lineage’s teachers, or listening to audio or video recordings of their Master to inspire disciples to meditate. In the Mudrashram® tradition, this involves listening to the inspired guidance in our Light Sittings, listening to Question and Answer recordings, reading books channeled from the Swamis, studying the Mudrashram® Correspondence Course, or receiving a Soul Attunement Guidance Channeling. My third teacher, Sant Darshan Singh, encouraged his chelas to read selections from the writings of the Sant Mat Masters to evoke the desire to meditate.
  4. Spontaneous meditation – This meditation is not a voluntary, “choosing to meditate.” The spirit calls you to meditate and you are simply pulled into the slipstream of your spirit opening the Path within. I experienced this when I studied with my second teacher, Sat Guru Balyogeshwar Paramahansa: my spirit irresistibly drew my attention into the state of meditation, where I was led to open and contemplate the four channels of the Nada on the Seventh Transcendental Path.
  5. Planning meditation into your day – In this strategy, you schedule meditation every day, and you develop the habit of meditating at the same time. Going on a meditation retreat where there is a structured schedule of meditation can help you develop these habits.
  6. Strong devotion and longing for Liberation – Powerful Bhakti—love for God and a desire to be free from the bondage of the world—drives some disciples to meditate with great zeal. Those who have this gift of devotion take every unoccupied moment to meditate.
  7. Connection with the inner Master – In this variety, you do meditation when you commune with the guide form of your spiritual Master on the inner Planes. You might receive some inspired guidance and direction from your guide, and then, you do specific meditations, as the guide directs you.

You may notice that you resonate with one or more of these strategies. Whichever of these strategies you choose, it is important to do meditation daily. When you wake up in the morning, think about how you will bring meditation into your day. Ask yourself: “When will I do this?” Feel your motivation for doing meditation. Remember your goal for this session of meditation.

Those who first begin to meditate find there are many distractions that make it hard to pursue their contemplative practice. However, with further practice and deeper experience of the insight, love, and bliss of meditation, you will develop a strong desire to go deeper, to explore the next level, and to progress into your next level of spiritual growth.

Finding Clarity

By George A. Boyd © 2020

Aspirants and disciples often tell me that they seek clarity. Clarity comprises three major components:

  1. Intellectual understanding – This means you understand the terminology and you have a model to grasp the concepts as a whole. For Mudrashram®, this means understanding the Great Continuum of Consciousness, the four poles of being, the cutting edge of spirituality, balanced and imbalanced spiritual development, and the uses of the techniques we impart in Integral Meditation—e.g., how do you use them, and when do you use them. Much of our writing expounds and expands upon these core elements of our philosophy.
  2. Visioning – This is the experiential component. This means you go to an inner location or encounter a spiritual essence with your attention, your attentional principle, or your spirit. You see it, hear it, and feel it. So if we describe certain phenomena marking the top of the Abstract Mind Plane, you are able to travel to that location and experience it. Or if we say, a certain Supracosmic Master (Guru) dwells in the Guru Padam above the seventh Supracosmic chakra on one of the eight Paths on the Buddha Plane of the Supracosmic Sphere, you will be able to go there and gain union with this being and/or sit in his or her presence.
  3. Realization – This is the core experiential component. This occurs when your ensouling entity reaches the same level of development along its track as a location we might describe—e.g., the top of the Abstract Mind Plane—and it actually becomes one with that state of consciousness. In the case of our Supracosmic Guru mentioned above, in the state of realization, your Supracosmic Soul would ascend to the same level as the Guru. You would be as he or she is.

You develop intellectual understanding through study, reading our books and articles, listening to our webinars, and taking courses to extend your grasp of the teachings of the Mudrashram® Masters.

You develop visioning primarily through the practices of Raja Yoga, which aids in rehabilitating the meta-sensory faculties of your attention and attentional principle; and Nada Yoga, which awakens the heart-senses of your spirit. Those of you would would like to learn more about opening inner vision will benefit from taking our Vision Workshop, which is available on our Public Access Webinars under the Public Webinar portal.

You gain realization when your ensouling entity undergoes the process of Initiation, where your ensouling entity moves from one nodal point to another. You may actively produce this transformation through using a transformational technique, or you might passively receive this unfoldment through Light Immersion from a Master. You can receive your transformational mantra in our intermediate courses, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program.

You really need to advance on all three levels: gain intellectual understanding, have direct experience, and undergo transformation. If you do these things, you will become clearer—you will understand, you will see, and you will know.

How Do You Find a Genuine Guru?

By George A. Boyd ©2016

Many seekers ask, “Can you recommend a Guru?”

One of my friends says, “No I can’t recommend a Guru. Many of them are fake…” Yes, there are fakes and pretenders, but there also are genuine Gurus.

So how do you find a genuine Guru? There are really two parts of this question. One is, “What is a Guru, anyway?” And the second part is “What is it that you are looking for?”

What is a Guru?

To answer the question — What is a Guru? — You need to think about the meaning of the word Guru. One of my spiritual teachers gave this explanation: “The word Guru means one who brings the Light into the darkness.”

So where does that Light come from? It comes from God. Just like there are different divisions in school that you have to complete to move onto the next stage of your education, there are different divisions in spirituality—and there is an anointed, empowered teacher that operates at each level. The form of God that dwells at each of these levels empowers them to minister and guide others. [To understand these references described below, it will help if you read the two articles, “The Great Continuum of Consciousness,” which locates these levels on the Continuum; and “Understanding Nodal Points and Nuclei of Identity,” which explains what are nuclei of identity and how they are different than what we call the ensouling entity.] Here’s the breakdown:

  • In the Transplanetary Realm, the Adept and Adept Master has Mastery over the entire Planetary and Subtle Realm. These teachers have the ability to awaken and transform the Soul Spark (Jivan Atma) and the Planetary Soul (Atma).
  • At the highest level of the Transplanetary Realm, whose scope of Mastery spans the entire Transplanetary Realm, the Transplanetary Adept unfolds the Monad (Paramatma) to the Pleiadean Vortex, where it becomes liberated.
  • In the First Cosmic Initiation, the Yogi Preceptor, who holds sway over the First Cosmic Initiation, transforms the Cosmic Consciousness nucleus of identity.
  • In the Second Cosmic Initiation, the Light Master, whose mantle of Mastery extends through the Second Cosmic Initiation and the 4th Path of the Nada, unfolds the Cosmic Soul Awareness nucleus of identity and the spirit upon the 4th segment of the Nada.
  • In the Cosmic Hierarchy dwells the Cosmic Master, whose aegis is over the entire Cosmic Realm, translates the Astral Soul and its vehicles of consciousness.
  • In the Supracosmic Sphere, the Supracosmic Master exhibits Mastery over one Supracosmic Path, reaching from its roots in the Cosmic to the 7th Supracosmic Chakra on that Supracosmic Path. The methods this Master imparts will activate the Supracosmic Seed Atom on that Path—and sometimes, this will unfold the Supracosmic Soul, if it dwells on this Path.
  • In the Transcendental Sphere, the Sat Guru Bhagwan demonstrates Mastery over one Transcendental Path (T1, T2, T3, T4, T5, T7). He or she liberates the spirit and the ensouling entity upon that Transcendental Path.
  • Also in the Transcendental Sphere, the Multiplane Master or Adi Sat Guru’s Mastery comprises all eight Transcendental Paths (The Bridge Path plus T1 to T7), every Path in the Supracosmic, the Entire Cosmic, Transplanetary, Planetary, and Subtle Realms. He or she can liberate all 13 ensouling entities and the spirit in all 12 segments of the Nadamic Path, starting where the individual is in their spiritual journey, which we call the Cutting Edge of Spirituality. [The Master teachers of Mudrashram® are Multiplane Masters.]

So the form of God that dwells at each of these levels empowers those intrepid individuals who have completed the requirements to function as an instrument of the Light—which may include the ability to [depending upon the tradition]:

  1. Initiate – unfold the ensouling entity, nucleus of identity, the spirit, and associated vehicles of consciousness upon their Path
  2. Guide – lead the spirit and/or the attentional principle on the inner Planes
  3. Convey Path Knowledge – teach about what is in the content of the inner vehicles and the Planes that make up their Path
  4. Facilitate Discernment – bring the attention of the aspirant into union with the spiritual essence(s) that form the core identity of their Path
  5. Inculcate Virtue and Compassion – give ethical teachings to inspire the aspirant to lead a moral and compassionate life, and to reform character
  6. Train – teach the aspirant how to meditate and pray and commune with the spiritual teacher and the Divine on the inner Planes, and show them how to carry out inner ministry
  7. Awaken Awareness, Enlighten and Empower – activate the Kundalini Shakti and raise it to the spiritual essence that is cultivated in their Path, and unite attention with that essence

So these anointed and empowered beings—who are the genuine “Gurus” at each level—are ready to serve whoever comes to them. But they don’t teach the same thing.

Like in school: if you go to a chemistry teacher, he or she will teach you chemistry; or if you go to an economics teacher, he or she will teach you economics. Each of these different orders of “Gurus” is going to teach you something else.

What is it you are looking for?

This brings us to the second question, “What is it you are looking for?”

  • If you want to learn to go to heaven after you die and live a good, moral life while you’re alive, a Christian pastor, a Catholic priest, a Jewish rabbi, a Muslim imam, or a Hindu Brahmin priest will be what you need.
  • If you want to learn how to gain psychic powers and commune with departed spirits, angels, “Ascended Masters,” and extraterrestrials, a Psychic Guide will serve you well.
  • If you want to learn about the arcane teachings of a Mystery School, you need to find a Hierophant of that Mystery School.
  • If you want to tune up your Solar Angel and ascend to higher vibrational levels, you could seek an Ascended Master to show you how.
  • If you want to just complete the Planetary Initiations and become an Adept, you could locate an Adept or Adept Master [e.g., an Adept Master is one whose Monad had ascended into the Planetary Hierarchy; an Adept is one who has united the Soul with the Monad and has become fully realized at that level—at the ground state of the Monad.]
  • If you yearn to realize the Supreme Self (Brahman) and ascend as cosmic consciousness into the Presence of the Lord of the Yogis (also called The Supreme, Yogeshwar, or Ishwara), you need to get hold of a Yogi Preceptor.
  • If you want to ascend as the spirit and unfold your Cosmic Soul Awareness through the 22 worlds of the Divine, acquire a Light Master.
  • If you want to unfold your Astral Soul through all five Initiations of the Cosmic Sphere, search for a Cosmic Master.
  • If you wish to realize one of the forms of the Divine that dwell on the Paths of the Supracosmic Sphere, you need to hunt for a Supracosmic Master who specializes in getting you to that form of the Divine [e.g., there are 64 active Paths up here, so you have quite a variety of conceptions of the Divine from which to choose].
  • If you wish to realize the Light of God from which your spirit was born on a Transcendental Path, look for a Sat Guru who has returned to the Source of the spirit on that Transcendental Path.
  • If you want to complete your spiritual work on all of these levels, then seek out an Adi Sat Guru.

What Guru you’re going to seek depends on what you want. If you want to go back to Sach Khand (the highest Plane) on the Second Transcendental Path, you’re not going to find that if you go to a Kundalini Order Yogi Preceptor. You have to look in the right place.

Criteria for selecting a Guru

So the first thing to ask yourself is, “What am I looking for in a teacher? Where do I want to go? This is going to determine what tradition you investigate.

The next thing you want to determine, “Is the tradition empowered? Is the Light of God working there? If they are just offering ancient rituals, sacred ceremonies, long pilgrimages, and sonorous prayers, having you read scriptures and holy books, and maybe having you sing some nice songs—but the ethers are as dead as a used up coal mine—you might want to go somewhere else.

Next, you need to check in with your conscience to discover, “What are your criteria for a spiritual Master?”

  • Does he or she have to be alive?
  • Does he or she have to have a sinless and spotless character? Or can he or she still have some quirks?
  • Does he or she have to talk about God that looks like [fill in the form of God you want]?
  • Does he or she have to give discourse on specific spiritual Planes [fill in the cosmology you want]?
  • Does he or she need to have reached a particular stage of spirituality [fill in what that looks like]?
  • Does he or she need to manifest a guide form to accompany you through the inner Planes?
  • Does he or she have to remain merged with a state of ecstatic consciousness 24/7, or can the teacher also be a human being?
  • Does he or she have to manifest miraculous powers [e.g., flying instead of driving]?

But it also might be that you don’t know what you want or what to look for. That’s OK. Just start with where you are… in your confusion… with all of the yearning inside… with an open mind and heart… and listen. Notice what resonates… what lights you up inside… what makes you say, “YES!!!!!!!” in the very core of your being. And go there.

Maybe you’ll find some fakes, some frauds, some people who are just out to make money on spirituality… get involved with some cults… in the process. In spite of this, resolve you are going to find that Path that is right for you… no matter how long it takes.

Because that’s what it means to be a seeker or aspirant. It’s not easy. There are genuine Masters. And yes, dear aspirant, there are fakes.

But because there are fakes, frauds, charlatans, and cults, it doesn’t mean you should slam the door on the Light… on your Soul and spirit… and just wait out in the darkness for death to come.

It means you will not let go of the hem of the garment until the Master reveals Him or Her radiant being to you, and you know you have found what you have been looking for.

And if you’ve made some detours… taken some side roads… wasted some time… it will be worth it when you have found the True One you’ve been looking for—and you see, and hear, and taste, and smell, and touch, and know that you have found the Living Light… you will know it was well worth the ordeal you have undergone.

What is a Lineage Holder?

By George A. Boyd © 2020

Q: What is a lineage holder? How do people become lineage holders? Are there bogus lineage holders?

A: A lineage holder carries forward a spiritual tradition. He or she may continue an existing tradition, or found a new one. There are ten major types of lineage holders. The first three of them are not empowered; the fourth develops subsequent empowerment, but it is not passed through the one that initiates him or her; and the remaining six of them are Divinely empowered through the Initiate that supervises them. Let’s examine them:

  1. Imaginary Lineage Holder – As the result of visions after taking a psychedelic drug or receiving guidance from spirits in the Psychic Realm, someone believes he or she is the representative of a lineage—based on visions and voices. This individual is clearly delusional, and no spiritual power is conferred upon him or her.
  2. Ceremonial Lineage Holder – In groups that conduct sacred, spiritual rites, an individual may be appointed or elected as its leader. For example, the Pope in the Roman Catholic Church or the Grandmaster of Masonic Lodges are installed in this fashion. No Divine Anointing occurs, however, but the individual may assume a teaching and leadership role, and pray to the Divine on behalf of those in the group he or she oversees.
  3. Spiritual organization successor – These ones take over stewardship of a spiritual organization to preserve revealed teachings. The organizational successors may act as teachers and interpreter of these writings, but they do not formally initiate anyone. Those who lead the Theosophical Society or the Lucis Trust are examples of this type of organization successor.
  4. Independent Disciplic Preparation – This occurs when an Initiate prepares a disciple to achieve a similar state of spirituality as the Initiate has attained, but the Divine anoints the disciple—there is no passing of the flame of anointing from Initiate to disciple. These types of preparation for Mastery with direct anointing from the form of the Divine at the level the disciple achieves occur at the stage of the Occult Adept, the Saint, the Ascended Master, the Adept, the Adept Master, the Cosmic Master in the Cosmic Hierarchy, and those who assume stages of Mastery in the Supracosmic and Transcendental Hierarchies.
  5. Yogi Preceptor Successor – Upon the disciple’s attainment of the Hridaya Chakra in the First Cosmic Initiation on any of the nine Yogi Preceptor Platforms, an established Yogi Preceptor can pass the power, so the disciple can teach, guide, and initiate disciples of his or her own. These create networks of lineages on each of these Yogi Preceptor Platforms. For example, there are many Kriya Yogi Preceptors who can initiate others into Kriya Yoga—and each Yogi Preceptor may pass the Light and empower several others to become Kriya Yoga Adepts. These second generation Kriya Yoga Adepts likewise initiate disciples, and may empower some of these to become Kriya Yoga Adepts.
  6. Light Master Successor – The current Light Master selects one disciple, whose cosmic soul awareness has reached the 22nd world of God, to carry on the work of the Light Master. The current Light Master anoints this individual to initiate, guide, and teach at this level. The cosmic soul awareness of those disciples in the Second Cosmic Initiation, who are not chosen to be a Light Master, pass into the abode of the Liberated Ones.
  7. Supracosmic Master (Guru) Successor – The Guru of a Supracosmic Path passes the Light to one disciple, whose Supracosmic Soul rises into the Guru Padam above the brain chakra on a Supracosmic Path, to carry on the tradition. Two conditions must be met for this transference to occur: (1) the disciple’s Supracosmic Soul must dwell on that Path, and (2) the disciple must have liberated the Supracosmic seed atom of that Path at the top of the Supracosmic brain chakra.
  8. “Low Throne” Transcendental Mastery – There are orders of Mastery on T1 to T5 at an advanced stage of the Path that are below the highest stage. A “Low Throne” Master can initiate, manifest a guide form, and can lead the chela to the same stage of the Path he or she has attained. On T1, this is the Subud Master. On T2, this is the Shabd Master, who operates in the Brahmandi Man above the top of the Second Plane. On T3, this is an Initiate who has attained the first Mental Plane. On T4, this is the Maharaj stage, above the seven Superuniverses. On T5, this is the Madhis, who has ascended to the Soul Plane. In each of these stages, an Initiate of this stage passes the Light and the Divine confirms the new Initiate. Like the Yogi Preceptor Platform, these Initiates can create their own lineages—each newly empowered Initiate can similarly empower a successor to succeed him or her.
  9. “High Throne” Transcendental Mastery (Sat Guru) – These are beings who have liberated their spirit and their ensouling entity has risen to the origin of the spirit on T1 to T5. One individual is chosen as the successor to the current Sat Guru to carry on the lineage. These “High Throne” Sat Gurus have all the abilities of the “Low Throne” Transcendental Adepts, plus they can lead the spirit back to its origin and liberate it. These include the T1 Sat Guru, the T2 Sat Guru (Sant Sat Guru), T3 Sat Guru (Perfect Master), the T4 Sat Guru (Paradise Master), and the T5 Sat Guru (Mahanta).
  10. Multiplane Mastery (Adi Sat Guru) – These are stages of Mastery on the Bridge Path, T6, and T7 that appear as a lineage on the highest Plane of the Bridge Path, Adi Sat Guru Desh. The representative of these Multiplane Masters is directly below this lineage—this is the living lineage holder for the Mudrashram® lineage.

In the future, as our most advanced disciples reach Multiplane Mastery, they will form a network with the original lineage of Mudrashram® Adi Sat Gurus and with other beings who have ascended on the Bridge Path to the Transcendental Hierarchy.

Q: What constitutes genuine assumption of the state of a lineage holder?

A: We can characterize seven markers that are associated with a lineage holder, which vary according to the tradition:

  1. The Supervising Initiate’s and Divine acknowledgement of attainment of the state of consciousness of the lineage holder. This can be publicly proclaimed or announced, or the disciple rising to this station on the Path may receive an inner confirmation, taking the form “Thou art [state of consciousness].” This state of realization and identification precedes empowerment.
  2. Passing of the flame of anointing from the Divine and the Supervising Initiate. This enables the disciple to teach, guide, and initiate on behalf of the lineage.
  3. Assignment of a dispensation and/or taking responsibility for the spiritual development of the aspirants and disciples that this lineage serves.
  4. Authorization to lead the organization supporting the lineage. In most lineages that have established temples, schools, retreat centers, or ashrams, the lineage holder will assume leadership of the organization.
  5. Ceremonial installation as the lineage holder. In some lineages, quite elaborate ceremonies have been instituted to acknowledge the formal passing of the “Rod of Power.”
  6. Passing a symbol that represents lineage empowerment to the successor. This might be a crystal, a thunderbolt wand (dorje), a turban, or other object that carries the charging of the lineage. As the successor takes possession of this object, there is a shift of the etheric resonance that transfers the fulcrum of power from the current lineage holder to his or her successor.
  7. Putting on ceremonial garments that are reserved for the lineage holder. In some traditions, there may be special robes and power objects that only the lineage holder is authorized to wear.

Markers one to three comprise the core authorization and empowerment of a lineage holder. Mere attainment of the state of consciousness of a lineage holder (marker one) is not sufficient to establish a disciple as a lineage holder; the Initiate and the Divine must also convey the Divine anointing and give the disciple responsibility for the lineage’s dispensation and those who are within its mantle of ministry.

Assuming responsibility for an organization (marker four), or any of the ceremonial elements (markers five through seven) do not make someone a lineage holder—as there are individuals who could seize power in an organization and proclaim themselves as its lineage holder. They might show evidence of his or her leadership role; undergo the installation ceremony; take possession of the lineage’s power object; and don the robes or talismans reserved for the lineage holder.

Only the living transference of Divine Power and Grace, and ownership of the teaching and ministry of the tradition genuinely establishes someone as a lineage holder. If markers two and three are not activated and functioning in you, you are not a real lineage holder.

When you asked what constitutes a bogus lineage holder, look to see if he or she has the genuine anointing; he or she is engaged in active teaching, ministry, guiding, and initiation; and he or she is working on fulfilling the Dispensation bestowed upon the lineage holder [if this is part of the lineage’s Divine Plan]. If that’s not there, you have an organizational leader, who has been inducted into the role of a lineage holder through ceremony—either conveyed through misguided disciples or usurped.

A ceremonial lineage holder can sustain a movement, but the actual power of transformation—not just the recitation of prayers and credos, inculcation of moral values, discourse upon the scriptures, and ritual invocation of the Divine through worship ceremonies—has to be there to for the lineage to truly awaken, enlighten, and unfold the spiritual potentials of its adherents.

We encourage you to reflect on these ideas. Whatever Path you embrace, we urge you to work with a genuine lineage holder and not waste your time in rituals and ceremonies.