Tirukkural 454: Avoiding Mean Associations

Wisdom appears to rest in the mind, but it really exists to a man in his companions.

Image of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
Nothing is more precious than the first soul-quickening, life-changing shaktipata from a guru. Nothing is more central to spiritual awakening than the progressive dikshas, or initiations, he bestows.
—Gurudeva