The Inner Teacher Is Not Our Spiritual Advisor
The teacher shows you something.
The advisor tells you something.

Once we realise the clarity of the unconstructed nature of mind, the inner teacher is the mind’s mistaken constructs: we are thus constantly reminded to drop these like a hot brick. Like a smudge on a mirror, we see that our clear view is obscured. We, the student (essence), learn something; “There’s another obscuration!”

The clarity of recognition is reminded of its pure, conscious awareness. Now, through empathy, the student utilises this realisation for the benefit of others, and becomes the teacher. This is essence love. We now know the answer to the question, “What’s wrong with me?” The teacher is the irritating grit; it’s the obscuring smudge.

Any attempt to comfort ourselves in justification automatically separates us from reality. That is the role of ego, our spiritual advisor. Our comforter.

from “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism:
by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

“We have come here to learn about spirituality. I trust the genuine quality of the search but I must question its nature. The problem is that ego can convert anything to its own use – even spirituality. Ego is constantly attempting to acquire and apply the teachings of spirituality for its own benefit. The teachings are treated as an external thing, external to ‘me’, a philosophy that we try to imitate. We do not actually want to identify with or become the teachings. So if our teacher speaks of renunciation of ego, we attempt to mimic renunciation of ego. We go through the motions, make the appropriate gestures, but we really do not want to sacrifice any part of our way of life. We become skilful actors, and while playing deaf and dumb to the real meaning of the teachings, we find some comfort in pretending to follow the path.

Whenever we begin to feel any discrepancy or conflict between our actions and the teachings, we immediately interpret the situation in such a way that the conflict is smoothed over. The interpreter is the ego in the role of the spiritual advisor … (my italics)

“ … It doesn’t matter what we use to achieve self justification; the wisdom of sacred books, diagrams or charts, mathematical calculations, esoteric formulae, fundamentalist religion, depth psychology, or any other mechanism. Whenever we begin to evaluate, deciding that we should or should not do this or that, then we have already associated our practice or our knowledge with categories, one pitted against the other, and that is spiritual materialism, the false spirituality of our spiritual advisor. Whenever we have a dualistic notion such as, ‘I am doing this because I want achieve a particular state of consciousness, a particular state of being’, then automatically we separate ourselves from the reality of what we are.”

(Different teachers employ different methods of expression which satisfy those of a particular temperament. This is why it’s important to take a good look at the outer teacher – and their students :D)

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