to a Friend Who Is
Disillusioned By His Guru
letter originally appeared on the HarshaSatsangh
mailing list on January 28, 2000.
Many thanks to Victor Torrico for bringing it to our
long as you are falling into the habit of deifying this
or that guru... holding them up on pedestals, rather
than understanding that they, like you or me, are merely
humans, you will fall into the sad condition of illusion,
then disillusionment... possibly deciding that they
are all frauds...
be sad to see someone who sincerely yearns for honest
spiritual insight and knowledge fall into this mind
trap. What Shirdi Sai Baba meant, and all genuine and
inspired teachers insist on, is that God is within you...
"Know thyself" as Socrates admonished. There is no ultimate
place. There is no singular person of magical or divine
attainment. It is all a journey and the trip is paved
with your own road of life.
and following. Read, respect, study, learn, yes, but
do not set up teachers as ultimate authorities, nor
devote yourself to such ephemeral abstractions. Love
those who guide by intent and also those who teach by
example or by accident. It doesn't matter their credential,
history or esteem in the Arcane World. You can learn
love from a child, from a dog, a cat, a bird. You can
find the universe in the center of a rose. Words, forms,
structures are but mental traps. Nonduality is about
the evolvement of thinking without boundaries... seeing
the universe in all things, coming to understand the
totality of all things and the deep interrelatedness
of it all.
With a sigh
a dream can be extinguished... with a breath, a world
can be saved from destruction. Every moment and thought
is precious... waste no words or efforts on rancor and
harsh labels of "fraud" or "saint" as all saints are
frauds and all frauds might be saints, too, if we understood
them. I always believe that people who can only be devoted
to abstract identities and long dead saints, gurus and
mystics have a tragic block that limits their perception
about people living in the here and now. They can love
the dead, but they can only find fault with the living.
into that trap: if you knew the dead as close up and
personally as the living you would find faults with
them, too! We must constantly guard our minds against
this form of discrimination. Learn to love in the here
and now. That is the only test of our spiritual advancement.
And when people disappoint or hurt us...
all the more...
that, my friend, is the ultimate test.
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
This page was published on January 31, 2000 and last
revised on May 9, 2000.