From his transcendent station, the Lord in the form of the Guru frees one from all bondage. (1) ... The Guru is the means [to enlightenment]. (2) ... Initiation [by the Guru] is the first ladder to the terrace of Liberation. (3) ... The touch of the hand of the Guru destroys the impurities of the world and converts the base metal [of the disciple] into gold. (4)

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