Worthy Of The Wall
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A new commenter named Jeff has arrived:
The path to communion with the Divine is littered with boons and traps, and it is ultimately left to the seeker to discern which is which. For ultimately the experience of Oneness is the dissolution of all else - the seeker can become just as easily trapped in either or both.Our way of saying that is: even very bad gurus can work great for good devotees. But that doesn't mean we can't label them as 'bad' anyway. Our beef with the myth-enshrouded big-time gurus is simple: they provide a false impression of self-realization. Now it's true that every impression of self-realization is false, so what these gurus should be doing is disabusing folks of the very myths they instead promote about themselves.
Miracles, phenomena - they are neither the harbinger of the Divine experience, nor the vehicle to the Divine experience. The reported experiences of others are simply that and nothing more. The role of guru is to raise the disciple above him or herself on the ladder to God, not to keep them bound in obeisance or servitude.
Shaktipat is a flashy trick, but ultimately is a useless and irresponsible endrun around the natural and timely process of kundalini awakening - even moreso in the absence of the structure and guidance necessary to ensure correct and harmonious process.
But likewise don't fall into the similar trap of judgment and dismissal of those who seek to 'lead' through manipulation and glamour - they, too, serve as milestones and provide many lessons on the path to the ultimate Self Realization.
All in all, it's pretty f'ed up, because these myth-impelled false impressions prevent self-realization. They are memes which infect the mind and obscure inner truth, rather than leading to it, until one finally gets wise and drops all that nonsense.
So, while we take Jeff's words as sage counsel, we'll keep trying to entertain you by hitting ourselves with a hammer over and over as we take our teaspoon to the ocean of ignorance that is otherwise known as spiritual culture.
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