Being the guru: the ego's last redoubt
- There are many in the world who would offer us spiritual guidance.
Many of these teachers are quite content to sit back and let the
universe bring their students to them. Students are told to wait
and be patient and trust that the proper teacher will arrive when
it is appropriate for them to have one.
Then there are those who go about heralding their own status
as spiritual teachers. For these folk, being the guru would
appear to be everything to them.
Just have a quick browse of their posts. Notice that their main
topic of interest is themselves as the guru, whether it be talking
about their teaching or defending their definition of themselves.
This apparent narcissism seems to fly in the face of what a guru
is supposed to be. Why would someone who has gone beyond
their notion of individual self be so concerned about what others
were saying about them?
The answer appears to be ego. Being a guru is the last redoubt
of the ego. It is the last battle of identity deconstruction, and
the most difficult to prevail in once one has been bitten by the
This explains the grandiosity, the myopia and failure of insight,
and the histrionic defenses of their status as gurus.
I think it is safe to say that any guru worth having would not give
a damn about what anyone thought. They would allow missives
like these to pass without comment, because if they were really
the gurus they said they were, there would be absolutely no
reason to offer a rebuttal.