Looking for a Teacher: Where Gurus go Unemployed
Where Gurus go Unemployed
[Oshana] Hi M....,
[M....] I found your list by following a link on the Non Duality Salon site. I like your style; straightforward, casual and free of jargon.
My question is pretty common: Is a teacher (in the flesh) necessary for awakening?
[M....] I've stumbled on the advaita teachings in the last year or so, and they have really changed my perspective. Sometimes I think I may be on the verge of a true awakening, but I don't really know. I've met a couple of teachers, but none to whom I could get close enough to establish a genuine relationship. And, as indicated above, I don't really know if I need a teacher.
[M....] I also like the way you are unabashed about your own awakening; some people seem to like to hint around that they are enlightened but not really say it. This can be confusing for the student; one wonders if it really exists; sometimes we are told we already have it, etc.
[M....] At any rate, a little simplicity is refreshing.
[Oshana] Alas, I could probably get more simple. Working NightClub crowds tends to bring out the Jesus Christ Superstar Complex.
[M....] I'd love to meet you, but I'm very far away (in Oregon, USA), so don't suppose that would be practical right now. I can't afford to come to England, etc.
[Oshana] Do you own a phone?
[M....] If one hasn't found a teacher, should he keep looking, or just wait for the teacher to appear? I like many of the teachers whose writings I read, but wonder if reading is enough.
[Oshana] Now, I am surprised and a little confused. Do you need a teacher or not? Truth is - you can't help seeking and you can't help teaching.
[M....] Can you give me any guidelines or advice?
[Oshana] Do what you have to do!
Thanks a lot,
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