It is important that we cultivate the right moved of listening especially when we are in the association of holy men. Association is available only because of the pure Grace of God. One should not miss this blessed opportunity A sage or a seer is one who has the capacity to alter the entire course of one's life. One has to develop the right mood when we are in such a holy association. The process of getting prepared is an important step even prior to meeting up with a seer or sage.
Lord Shiva is the personification of Sages. All the qualities that are to be seen in the life of a sage, Lord Shiva represents it to the fullest. If one were to develop devotion to the Lord, one has to first oneself to Lord Shiva and understand His mood of service. Only then can one qualify oneself as a devotee. Understanding Lord Shiva, through the tales of the RamaCharita Mansa can become an interesting and fruitful journey.
The story of sages cannot be complete without the story of Lord Shiva, the original sage, the master of all sages. He is the epitome of the ideal Guru. If a guru has to cultivate himself, as a giver of knowledge, then he needs to be the humble follower of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva sets the example , a prelude to the way gurus should set precedent.
Sages and Seers play a vital role in the lives of people who are at the brink of transformation. Sages are the initiators of transformations. When a person decides to seek the Truth, the first person he encounters who gives him the cues, into this exhilarating journey is the Seer. The Sage or the Seer presents milestones to the seeker and then the seeker sets off into a new journey seeking these milestones. He meets more seers who send him further ahead through their instructions. But the question is are people really interested?
Sages are the pivot that hold people together. They are the source which ignite the spiritual fire amongst the population. Without sages the spiritual landscape of any region shall be barren. Without them, life would not have that extra dimension, the dimension of the spirit. Unless one is blessed by a sage, it is verily not possible to succeed in spiritual life.