When the entire universe is looked on as pervaded by the sivaguru, what mantra can fail to achieve its purpose of the shishya? When the satguru is present, neither pilgrimage nor purification bath. What he speaks is as scripture.
Feel one with your guru and not separate from him, and do good to all as your own. Whatever is beneficial to yourself, term that beneficial to him. Whether moving or standing, sleeping or waking, performing japa or making offerings, carry out only the injunctions of your guru with your inner dwelling in him.
As in the vicinity of fire, butter gets melted, so in the proximity of the holy Sivaguru all bad karmas dissoble. As lighted fire burns up all fuel, dry and moist, s the glance of the Sivaguru burns up in a moments the karmas of the shishya. As the heap of cotton blown up by a great storm scatters in all the then directions, so the heap of negative karmas is blown away by the compassion of the Sivaguru. As darkness is destroyed at the very sight of the lamp, so is ignorance destroyed at the sight of the holy Sivaguru.
I tell you now that there can be no Liberation without diksha, initiation. Nor can there be initiation without a preceptor. Hence the dharma, the shakti and the tradition come down the line of masters, called parampara.
Without a satguru all philosophy, knowledge and mantras are fruitless. Him alone the Gods praise who is the satguru, keeping active what is handed down to him by tradition. Therefore, one should seek with all effort to obtain a preceptor of the unbroken tradition, born of Supreme Siva.