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10390Re: [Meditation Society of America] Ego and Guru

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  • Bruce Morgen
    Aug 27 10:09 AM
      Since my words are paraphrased
      out of context here by Jeff, I
      figured it might be helpful to
      link to a more extensive
      exposition on the (seemingly
      eternal) topic of "ego":


      On Wed, 27 Aug 2003 15:35:29 -0000 "Jeff Belyea"
      <jeff@...> writes:
      > Recently, someone emailed
      > with a question about the
      > guru and ego. Because I've
      > mentioned several writers
      > on these sites (GR and NDS)
      > ...and for the joy of
      > espousing...I'm re-posting here:
      > Hi ________ -
      > Yes, the ego subsides but rises
      > again, even in an enlightened one,
      > as does the former personality --
      > with its impatience, sarcasm and
      > other, what we would call negative,
      > characteristics.
      > For those who have tasted the
      > realization of enlightenment, the
      > ego is at first both relieved that
      > it did not expire as it feared, and
      > excited with the new clarity of mind
      > that enlightenment brings.
      > And for a time the enlightened one
      > is so awash with peace and love and
      > pure joy that the ego and personality
      > is softened and sweetened. The feeling
      > of confidence and trust in what is
      > seen as a benevolent universe once
      > again, overrides the former fears and
      > doubts. But over time, the ego begins
      > its attempt to assert its role as
      > master, as it had done before.
      > This is a battle that the enlightened
      > one sooner or later recognizes, and
      > faces without any fear or doubt. The
      > realization and enlightenment has become
      > the core and center of their being,
      > but...and a big but (if you'll pardon
      > the expression) is the reality that
      > the ego will rise again, as will old
      > personality traits.
      > Stabilizing in enlightenment, the
      > sahaja nirvikalpa samadhi, takes some
      > time and experience to mature. As I
      > wrote, at first consciousness that
      > has been "sweetened" as Mark in
      > NDS writes. is absolutely crystal clear,
      > and that clarity never leaves.
      > However, if an enlightened one either
      > does not recognize the wiles of the
      > ego (St. Paul said in scripture that
      > as long as we are alive, "the flesh
      > (our ego and analyzing, critical mind)
      > wars with the spirit (our enlightened
      > ity) or dismisses what is
      > happening, there is soon trouble afoot.
      > As Bruce Morgen writes, when the ego
      > rises, as it invariably will, the
      > question is, will it rise as servant
      > or master. Keeping the ego in the
      > servant role is one of the great
      > values of meditation and spiritual
      > practice. The value of holy company,
      > the company of seekers and enlightened
      > ones is another way to stay in touch
      > with our true home, our true Self,
      > our Source, from which love and tenderness,
      > caring and compassion flow.
      > The other area that can create a
      > dangerous pitfall is the mythologizing
      > of masters, gurus, enlightened ones into
      > these "perfect, sinless, impeccable,
      > beyond error" beings. This is just not
      > so. Enlightened Ones may speak to ideals,
      > but to profess that they live them
      > perfectly does not square with reality.
      > If an enlightened one buys into
      > this and begins to present as a
      > supernatural being of perfection -
      > exit stage left.
      > One other "red flag" comes to mind.
      > This is one Sarlo is very sharp to
      > pick up (and sometimes too quick to
      > attribute): the strong attachment
      > to a model...at the exclusive of
      > others. The old fundamentalist
      > view of having an exclusive
      > understanding of infallible truth.
      > This is found in just about every
      > tradition I've looked at, to my
      > surprise. I thought it was
      > peculiarly to the pop-cultural
      > Christian, but there are tight-ass
      > fundamentalist in the other major
      > religions as well. This is the
      > genesis of war and terrorism,
      > in great part. One side is
      > fighting the infidels on the
      > other side, and each side
      > uses propaganda to demonize
      > their enemy.
      > This attachment to a specific
      > model even extends to the division
      > between those who are comfortable
      > with spiritual models and theistic
      > language (as I am) and those who
      > find spiritual trappings irrelevant.
      > Truth is truth, words are words.
      > Words cannot express the truth of
      > spiritual awakening or nondual
      > realization.
      > When your guru goes sour, back away.
      > If your resonance with their teaching
      > is beautifully attuned, you will allow
      > them their humanity and not lose sight
      > of the fact that they are "qualified"
      > guides to the door of realization. They
      > can only bring you to the door. Any
      > suggestion of supernatural powers, or
      > emotional manipulation are, in my opinion,
      > wiles of the ego.
      > Osho is an example (reportedly) of a
      > beautiful, clear mystic who, for a variety
      > of reasons -- many more than I know, I'm sure,
      > went sour and became manipulative and...
      > well, you can read about him on a variety
      > of sites. His early teachings were gorgeous
      > and crystal clear.
      > OK. I have rambled.
      > Hopes this helps,
      > Jeff

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