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Check and Balance Through Guru-Sadhu-Shastra
In the Vedic method of receiving knowledge, there is also a check-and-balance system called guru-sadhu-shastra. The teachings of the guru must correspond with the teachings of the sadhus (the past and present spiritual masters in the disciplic succession), which, in turn, must all correspond with the direct meanings of shastra (the scripture). This is the proof of perfect knowledge.
Intellectual brilliance notwithstanding, a man of dubious personal character, who is attached to selfish gratification and self-interest, cannot be a spiritual master. The origin of disciplic succession is God, who alone is capable of giving absolute knowledge. And because the knowledge comes down through the disciplic line without adulteration we can understand the Truttf by hearing from a bona fide guru and make our life successful. It is the duty of every civilized human being to accept such a bona fide authority, gain spiritual knowledge, and thereby make his life perfect. Just like a dark room becomes illumined by switching on the light, so also our ignorance is removed by the light of transcendental knowledge. Having obtained such knowledge, we attain eternal happiness.