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June 06, 2007


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What if your guide points you in the direction of the darkest patch of forest?

Ashwin, I guess it depends on where you want to go. St. John of the Cross, Meister Eckhart, Ramana, Rumi, Plotinus, many other mystics--they pretty much do just that: point you toward the darkest patch of forest.

You have to get there yourself, though. If a guide comes along you'd be aware of a lighter presence--the guide.

For all the teachers and tutors I have had in my life, either assigned, persuaded or discovered, not one was permanent or even assumed so.

Spiritual contentedness, gnosis, can not be tattooed from the outside, it has to be grown from the inside. During struggles or quests, when the student is ready, the teacher disappears. New sets and settings bring new insights, new peace.

I have the sense that someone else needs to judge in order for me to be measured on a road to enlightenment. Without that outside, fixed and arbitrary guide, (or guidepost,) I am simply a spiritual being, not traveling a path at all, not coming from a "less than" to a "more than" purity or state of grace.

Others are not reliable enough to give me that judgement, so the whole guru/guide process will not help me. That process can only help the guru/guide.

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