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Being the guru: the ego's last redoubt

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  • jodyrrr
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 15, 2003
      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
      guru bug.

      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.
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