When Master comes into the world, there is hardly anyone who understands Him. It is through His radiation, which works across the oceans, that people start to yearn for such a grace above the level of their understanding. Those who understand and recognize Him, become the co-worker in His divine set-up.
Dr. Harbhajan Singh
Who is the Master of the whole creation?
There is only one Master! It is from all competent Masters, that the Christpower, Masterpower, Godpower, God-into-aciton-power is our Master. That is also called the radiant form of the Master. It is called Gurudev by Kabir. He is our Master. (The radiant form or Gurudev guides the soul within) He is the Master of all human beings. But there are hundred-thousand other "masters". Those who claim themselves as master, those who pose themselves as master - as per Holy Scriptures and as by all competent Masters - they can never be the Master. Because there can be no doer in the world. God is the doer, Christpower is the doer. No son of man can be the doer. Those who were commissioned from above, they said that they are the slaves of God, they are the borrowed servants of the Christpower, the Godpower. They never claimed themselves as Masters, because if one time they would claim, their contact of God would be broken for all the times. They can never claim it, because they see that power working everywhere. They see this power working in themselves, outside and inside. So they love all human beings because they love that power and they see that power in all human beings.
Dr. Harbhajan Singh
Stages of Mastership
There are various grades and stages on the spiritual path. A Saint of the highest order alone can safely take the jivas (embodied souls) to the pinnacle of spirituality. One who is a novice or has climbed half-way cannot take a jiva to the top.
In an educational institution we see that there are different types of teachers for different classes. In this science also there are a number of grades and degrees, as for instance, Sadh, Sant, and Param Sant.
For a proper understanding of the theory and practice of spirituality, we need the help of at least a Sant or Saint. A Sadh (one who has successfully transcended the physical, astral, and casual planes, and is above body and mind consciousness) can give us a lead, and befit us for further training from a Saint; but one who is not yet a Sadh cannot be of any help. For complete liberation from the cycle of birth and death, a Master Saint is necessary.
A perfect Master has no hallmark on his person. It is by personal contacts that one gradually begins to know something of his greatness, just as a student when he advances in studies get to know little by little something of the ability of his teacher.
Again, the Master cannot disclose all his greatness at once, but only in proportion as an aspirant shows his keenness and makes progress on the path. The Master starts just like an ordinary teacher and imparts instructions as any friend or well-wisher would do. In course of time, he demonstrates the authority of a Murshid or Master on the path, and finally is seen embedded in Sat or Truth as Satguru or the Master of Truth; until there comes a stage when he and God appear merged in each other with no line of demarcation between them.
Sant Kirpal Singh