He who is the preceptor is Siva and he who is Siva is the preceptor. Whether the preceptor or Siva the same person is stationed in the form of knowledge.
As is Siva so the knowledge. As is the knowledge so is the preceptor. The benefit is similar in the worship of Siva, knowledge or the preceptor.
The preceptor is in the form of gods and the mantras. Hence every endeavor shall be made to accept his behest with a bent head.
The seeker of welfare shall never even think of transgressing the commands of the preceptor, because only he who carried out the behests of the preceptor attains the wealth of knowledge.
He shall not do any without the permission of the preceptor, nor even walk, stand, sleep or eat.
As the piece of gold sheds off its impurities when put in fire, so also the disciple sheds off his sins due to the contact with the preceptor.
The disciple shall never incite the anger of the preceptor mentally, verbally or physically. Due to his anger (the preceptor's) the longevity, prosperity, knowledge and sacred rites all these are burnt.
If a man is intelligent and seeks welfare he shall not act falsely to the preceptor mentally, verbally or physically.
Whether expressly bidden or not, the disciple shall perform what is beneficent and pleasing to the preceptor.
A piece of rock cannot take another piece of rock across the river. The Guru who has attained self-realization can alone help the aspirant in acquiring it.
If the preceptor is nominal, the liberation too is nominal.
Even if when rebuked or beaten (by the preceptor) if they do not feel distressed they shall be considered self-controlled and pure and hence deserving consecration of Saiva rituals.
Even though he may resort to another preceptor, he (the disciple) shall never dishonor his previous preceptor, his brothers, or sons or illuminers (one that illuminates him) or urgers (one who urgers him).
Having satisfied the Guru and having received this highest of mantras (i.e. Om, aim, klim, strim), in the proper way, and performing its repetition in the way laid down, with mind concentrated, even the most heavy-burdened with past Karmas attains success.
(Note only after the disciple pleases his Guru, and receives a mantra personally from his Guru, is a mantra usually potent, which also destroys negative past Karmas).
The preceptor shall be one who has understood the tenets and the meanings of sacred texts, who has mastered Vedanta; who is an ascetic and the most excellent of intelligent men.
The disciple shall realize that the preceptor is Siva and Siva is the preceptor.
To Siva in the form of the preceptor he (the disciple) shall give Daksina (fees) according to the scriptures.
The teacher shall take the white ashes from the Viraja fire and smear it over the body of the disciple.
Repeating the mantra "Agniriti" etc. (the preceptor) shall make the three marks of Tripundra on his (the disciple's) forehead.
He the person (Guru) authorized is the ascetic engaged in the pious activities of self-restraint, the master of Vedantic knowledge and free from rivalry.
Only the knowledge imparted by a Guru through his lips is powerful and useful, otherwise it becomes fruitless weak and very painful.
Undoubtedly if the preceptor is satisfied, Brahma, Visnu, Rudra, Devas and sages are also satisfied and they bless him.
Perfect knowledge is obtained by personal contact with the preceptor and not through words in fact.