By Swami Shrutananda
There are pastry makers, ones who are skilled in making bread. There are peace makers, ones who bring about peace. Also, there are God makers, ones who reveal your own God-ness, your own Divinity, to you.
You, an ordinary human being, can be transmuted into God. This is described as changing ordinary metal into gold. In the Middle Ages, the so-called “philosopher’s stone” was the most sought-after substance in the world of alchemy. Through it, alchemists could reach the legendary goal of turning ordinary metals, particularly lead, into gold.
However, alchemy was a spiritual path, a Kundalini path, which predated medieval times. It originated in India during the pre-Vedic times more than 20,000 years ago. The teachings were written in a code language. The veiled meaning was transforming the human being into the Divine, God. The metal that was to be transformed was the human being — your body, mind and heart.
During a Weekend Workshop, I gave a talk on “You are Divine.” As I was giving the teachings, a student kept interrupting and asking questions. She was being a little aggressive, and other students were becoming uncomfortable. Plus, they could not hear the teachings I was trying to give them.
More and more frustrated, the vocal student finally blurted out, “Are you trying to tell me that I am Divine?!” I said, “Yes!” Then she sat quietly and listened through the rest of the talk. Something shifted inside her. What you believe will determine who you will become.
You have all experienced your God-ness. This is certainly true if you’ve received Shaktipat. Yet it is also true if you have not. Watching a sunset, upon first seeing a loved one, or listening to your favorite piece of music — any of these open your experience of God:
Unfortunately, most people have only a momentary experience. Mysticism is about the difference between experiencing God momentarily compared to always knowing that you are God. And yoga is pure mysticism.— Gurudevi Nirmalananda 
In yoga, through the Grace of the Guru, you come to live in this knowing you are God. Who is the Guru?
The texts are clear: the Guru is God. So are you, but you don’t know it all the time, not yet anyway. How do you understand someone who lives in the knowing, who settles deep within — into being the Self and never loses it? What would you want to call that person? Even from ancient times, they have been called the “God-men of India,” tracing back to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians as well as those from India.— Swami Nirmalananda 
The Guru lives in the knowing of their own God-ness. The Guru’s job is to make you into Himself — into that which the Guru has already become. That is God. This process unfolds from the inside out.
In Kashmiri Shaivism, the pivotal point is whether or not the Guru can give Shaktipat. A Shaktipat Guru is a God maker. God makers are very rare. Swami Nirmalananda is such a Guru. When you receive Shaktipat, your Kundalini is awakened. Kundalini is the energy of revelation, ready to flow up your spine from tail to top.
This profound movement clears away all that gets in the way of knowing you are God. Your thoughts, the way you use your mind, your memories and feelings, along with your physical body are transmuted. Through Kundalini, you are uplifted and purified. Through this transformation you come to know you are God, you are the Self.
Our meditation system comes from a lineage of God makers. They support you in your meditations, so you experience the depths of your own being, your own Self. I had a very tangible experience of this in meditation. As usual, I began meditation by repeating the mantra given to me by my Guru. I was carried deep within by the mantra.
Then I saw a God maker. It was Nityananda, another Guru from this lineage. He was walking on a dirt path away from me, walking through the mist.
I kept repeating mantra and got on the dirt path to follow him. I wanted to go where he was going. I knew where he was leading me, to my own God-ness, my own Divinity, my own Self.
As I followed him, I was propelled even deeper within. I was immersed so deep within that I couldn’t remain conscious at that level of my being. When I surfaced from that deep plunge within, and I opened my eyes I felt more like my Self. I was sitting in timeless space, settled and expanded at the same time.
Once you have received Shaktipat, your most important practice is meditation. Meditate every day. Every meditation is alchemy — transmuting, transforming you.
When do you become God? You are in charge. Do more yoga.
 Enlightenment in the Midst of Life, Lesson #1: Stepping Into Life (Downingtown PA, Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram, Year-Long Programme 2018)
 Guru & Self, Lesson #5: Guru is God (Downingtown PA, Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram, Year-Long Programme 2014)