Thursday, August 04, 2005

The False Guru Test

File under: Reference

One of our favorite posters to Sarlo's GuruRatings list shared this yesterday. While we find many more indicators of false gurus than are listed here, it's a good overview of what makes up the difference between self-important narcissists in love with their self image and those who simply see the truth and share it outside of any lust for name and fame. We especially like this advice:
Avoid any group that focuses on the "master" themselves rather than the teachings or spiritual practices. This will be a hindrance to your self-realisation for your focus will be drawn outside of yourself, and usually indicates that there is not a lot more on offer than guru worship.
The ugly specter of occlusion that is guru worship in the West exposed as a primary impediment to self-realization. Good stuff.

9 Comments:

At 8/04/2005 10:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Guruphiliac,

You reference the author(s) of this blog in the first person plural.

How many of you are there?

 
At 8/04/2005 10:55 PM, Blogger jody said...

We are as many as we need to be.

 
At 8/04/2005 11:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That answer is disappointingly evasive, Mr. Radzik.

 
At 8/05/2005 9:45 AM, Blogger jody said...

Sounds like it was a question you didn't need to ask.

 
At 8/05/2005 1:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a question regarding style rather than substance.

Or perhaps not.

Could your use of 'we' reference some metaphysical notion regarding the nature of the self?

 
At 8/05/2005 5:55 PM, Blogger jody said...

Nope. I'm simply emulating my blogger heroes, Mark Lisanti of Defamer and Ana Marie Cox of Wonkette.

 
At 8/08/2005 7:19 AM, Anonymous Sara said...

I figured it was the royal "we."

 
At 9/13/2009 7:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

which this may be
what a waste of time

 
At 9/13/2009 7:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

comment moderation or fear of overexposure?

 

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