When we denigrate others, especially spiritual teachers, we create heavy karmic load for ourselves. What is happening is that we are fearing our own reactions in the mind. It is this that is causing us problems, and not what is going on outside.
Every situation has something to offer in the way of spiritual development: a reminder not to just react, and develop genuine confidence. We are putting our reaction to our reactions to the test.
Teachers come in all sort of shapes and sizes, and express or manifest in different ways (as we all do!) Some fit us, while some do not. If something is not clear, then ask. If the answers are not satisfactory, be at peace and move on, with a clean break and no comment. Then a new door may open. However, the problem may be within our own capacity, and if we hang on to our bias, we will merely find ourselves going through the same door again…again…again
Our path is to uncover our confusion, and in order to do that, we have see through the emotions, especially pride.
The Buddha said, “Place no head above your own.” He warned us that the spiritual path has to be travelled by ourselves, and not to rely merely on books and hearsay. We must experience for ourselves the truth of any teaching. Others’ views, though inspiring, have absolutely no value unless we make the journey ourself. But this does not mean we need to make the journey alone.
“Place no head above your own,” may be misleading when taken out of context. Our problem, in this modern “self-help” world, is that ‘my way’ is what has been preventing spiritual advancement.
We need to trust in our own awareness. The habitual mind will come up with righteous aggression, causing us to react, and then we become a caricature, a type. Trust in recognising that reaction, and stay sane. This is a Samsaric world, and it is crazy – but it is here that we progress, and even become enlightened!
Complaining about a samsaric world
merely reveals our own madness!
Samara is the activity of running around,
looking for our self.
The samsaric world feeds our desire for comfort.
But a moment of realisation can be devastating.
The world is not all soft and fluffy:
sometimes it is through intense anger and pain that realisation dawns.
A teacher merely points us in the direction
of our inner teacher.
It it up to us to recognise that.