File under: The Art of Guruing
Lately, we've been following the thread of an discussion about gurus on tribe.net. Today a gal named Fifi came up with this nugget:
A teacher of any kind who considers any questions about their beliefs and intentions as an attack upon themselves, is mistaking a belief system for themselves and essential being. This shows an attachment to a belief system that will override any ability to simply see what IS or to BE because all phenomena will need to be explained within this belief structure (or rejected) so that the adherent who mistakes his beliefs for himself can retain that identity. In the case of the guru who makes this mistake - and the student as well - this would mean giving up a sense of superiority, specialness, entitlement, group belonging, and rightiousness...and, of course, the false power that an aggrandising ego mistakes for true self empowerment.We believe she captures the essence of the occlusion principal rather well, that tendency to mistake what one believes for who one is, and she's certainly nailed down the culprit who spreads the ignorance.