Tirukkural 557: The Cruel Sceptre

As is the world without rain, so live a people whose king is without kindness.

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.