Other than sex, power is the most sought-after Tantrik commodity. What kind of powers? Well, the usual ones: the power to get women to have sex with you, the power to get rich without working, the power to show everyone that you are powerful. Sound like Self-realization to you?
I could tell you stories about practitioners who have gone mad with power or become possessed by other beings in the pursuit of power. But let me tell you this story, instead.
When Swami Vishnu-devananda was a young man, he heard of a famous Guru in Rishikesh: Swami Sivananda. He traveled to the ashram there, and although he sought teachings, also in his mind was the thought: “I’m not going to bow down (prostrate) to any man!” As a young spiritual go-getter, Swami Vishnu-devananda had a lot of pride.
For several days, he did not meet the Guru, but always in his mind was the determination not to prostrate himself no matter how great a being this Guru turned out to be. Then one morning, as he rounded a corner of a building, immediately in front of him was the imposing figure of Swami Sivananda. Those of you who know Swami Sivananda know how tall and large a person he was. Before the young man could decide how to get out of the way, the Guru threw himself at the student’s feet in a full prostration. Swami Vishnu-devananda’s heart melted. His painful feelings of pride vanished in an instant as he received this life-changing transmission of understanding and compassion. (“How I met Master“) Read On…