The disciple Parvati asks her Guru and husband Lord Shiva about the condition of the one who approaches a Guru who teaches the wrong path. Mahadeva says, “O Shining One, listen to the truth of what I have to say. When a man withdraws himself from the matters of the world completely he is considered a Vairagi. The Upanishads say that such a person is a fit vessel to receive the truth of existence. When this dispassion has dawned, he gets a preceptor who shows the way to the single limitless essential truth which is eternal, free and does not contain any disease. This teacher tells him that this truth cannot be found anywhere but within one’s own self.
Just as the ocean is the emperor of all waters, such a person who shows the true way to one’s own self within is the lord of all Gurus—the Parama Guru. This supreme Guru is free of all delusion and is eternally in a calm state of mind. He is ever content and does not depend on anything. He considers being a creator or preserver as just straw. At all times and in all places and countries, he is independent, steady and always at ease. He is content with tasting the limitless essence of existence within his own self. The Parama Guru is free of the concepts of both duality and non-duality. His mere existence exudes his experience of the self within. He destroys the darkness of delusion in the minds of all those who gather around him. This knower of all is the Parama Guru.
Beholding him, our mind attains its natural state of cheer and well-being, and attains fortitude and peace by itself. He is a Parama Guru who considers all the magical gimmicks of Siddhis such as walking on water or swallowing fire, performing yogic feats with mantras and syllables as insignificant as blades of grass. He is a Parama Guru who looks upon his own body as a mere shell and his true self as the self of all, who has destroyed all delusions and attitudes of looking upon women and gold as objects of lust.
The knower of this truth expresses it in two different ways —one as a mouni or the silent one, while the other eloquently expresses the truth to genuine seekers. However, to this world, there a mouni is of no benefit. Though he has realised the supreme self, it remains only his personal experience and nobody else is aware of it and can gain from its wisdom.