Gurus: Masters Are Transmitters, Not Saints
25, 2:22 PM
Mr. Gerchmez makes the point [letter, January
22] that, like it or not, people look to gurus as examples for
behavior. I absolutely agree that people do just that. I would add
my view, though, that this is precisely why people do not realize
the unique value of the guru. They look for words and behavior while
the guru offers transmission. Inevitably, such people walk away
from gurus embittered or disappointed because the guru doesn't live
up to their expectations. This is the basis of so many anti-cult
and ex-this-or-that-guru movements we see proliferating on the internet
Gurus do and say inexplicable things. But it is the rare disciple
that can remain focused on what the guru is, rather than what the
guru says or does. Those who walk away shaking their heads may feel
justifiably angry or indignant, but that doesn't add up to realization.
Gurus: Masters Should Be Saints
22, 1:10 PM
Regarding your link
to the article Experiences
with famous Gurus and a previous letter
commenting on it, I thought I'd send this one as a sort of counterpoint,
In my opinion, what
we really need are gurus who are also willing to be saints. Like
it or not, people look up to the guru as an example of how to behave.
This may be "right" or it may be "wrong," but it seems to me that's
often the way it is. Sri Ramana Maharshi and Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
are the two gurus I can think of who were the closest to saints
in their behavior. You might also include Swami Vivekananda in this
list. Admittedly, gurus have their human foibles, but that doesn't
excuse the possession of fifty silk-lined Rolls Royces, sexual abuse
of female disciples, and other excessive and/or illegal behaviors.
I have to ask myself, for example: Why didn't Osho sell some of
those Rolls Royces and donate the money to feed the starving of
India? He himself said that when the belly is empty, all a person
can think of is food, and self-realization becomes almost impossible.
When a guru talks out of both sides of his or her mouth, I have
to wonder what's going on. Without judging, I have to wonder if
gurus who engage in extremes of excess consider themselves "above"
the "average person," and if there might not be some ego-tripping
Love to All,
For more information
about gurus mentioned in this letter: Ramana
Cat: The Master Kept Reincarnating as Cats
20, 1:12 AM
Laura, darling, may I share some thoughts re: Ritual
1. The master showed a lack of understanding. He and his disciples
should have been able to meditate in spite of the noise from the
cat. The cat is just another obstacle on the path; turn the noise
into music. Actually, the cat was a Himalayan and was chanting om
mani padme hum.
2. The master showed a lack of compassion for all sentient beings.
The master's comfort was more important than the cat's. Notice how
the master dies before the cat. He probably reincarnated as the
second, and the third, and the fourth cat.
3. Maybe the cat was hungry. Be sure to feed the cat, go to the
bathroom, and turn on the answering machine before meditating.
4. This is really a story about cruelty to animals and after the
PETA people get ahold
of this, they will hack into your website and plaster it with photos
of how to transform happy little minks into a fur coat.
Gurus: Masters Are Not Saints
The article Experiences
with Famous Gurus should be renamed, "A Part Can Never Really
Understand the Whole."
18, 3:30 PM
This kind of attempt to debunk gurus or get the "real" story out
just proves that some people judge the enlightening beings of the
world by their outer expressions. As if behavior patterns or personality
traits suddenly merge into Light the day one awakens, and from that
day onward, a saint stands where once stood an ordinary person,
warts and all.
Hello? It doesn't work that way, and if you're looking for sainthood,
you are setting yourself up for a very disappointing life. The fact
is (and it is actually quite heartening), a master is not a saint.
Saints do good works. Masters transmit. Two very different things,
with vastly different ramifications for the interested parties.
Real masters, like Muktananda, Osho, Papaji, Nisargadatta, and
all the rest, are vastly powerful transmitters of spiritual energies.
Standing anywhere near them would practically knock you over, or
at least leave you feeling opiated beyond all concern. This happens
constantly in the source field of an authentic master whether they
are laughing, yelling, cursing, throwing stones, or sleeping. That
energy will, depending upon how you make use of it, eventually transform
you into a transmitter yourself. This has happened eternally. It
is called the master-disciple relationship. It may not be the only
way, but it sure works.
Saints, on the other hand, can speak only truth, do only good,
etc., and nothing around them really changes at all. But people
respect and honor them because it inspires them to believe that
good behavior will save the world. It will not. Nothing will...
but so what?
Gurus, on the other hand, are maligned. This is because people
cannot accept that anyone who behaves in a "human" way, for example,
sexually, could ever be worthy of respect or honor.
I guess the point is, what we reject in others is what we have
not accepted or embraced in ourselves, and that goes double for
gurus. If you cannot accept another human being acting in human
ways as a master, you are not ready for mastery yourself.
See a Neurologist
11, 2:21 PM
As a result of my earlier letter published on your website, I received
a long letter from [name withheld] stating that there is no such
thing as Kundalini, and that the symptoms are from epilepsy. This
person says I have a neurological disorder and that I should see
a doctor immediately for certain tests. Have you heard from this
person and do you know anything about what he or she is purporting?
I would appreciate any information you have on this. Obviously if
this person is right, this is very important to know for anyone
experiencing what they think is Kundalini.
We agree that people with Kundalini activity should consider
seeing a neurologist to rule out epilepsy or other diseases. We
are about to publish an article by somebody with severe epilepsy
whose condition became worse because for years he kept provoking
seizures with meditation instead of getting treated for his disease.
1, 5:59 PM
should avoid placing articles [Enlightenment:
You're Already There!] on your page from people who follow the
principles of doublethink.
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Power
Being Enlightened is not being Enlightened
a fine writer, but we're in the mood for Milton today. "The
mind is its own place, and in it self Can make a Heav'n of Hell,
a Hell of Heav'n." --Editor