Friday, September 12, 2014

The Guru Principles Continues

I've written about the guru principle before but it's worth revisiting, and often. According to Thomas Ashley-Farrand, "The true guru is a principle that resides in your own heart and will lead you as you are ready, on your spiritual journey of many winding paths. In Sanskrit, this guru principle is called the upaguru, or the 'teacher without form.'"

I'm at another B.E.S.T. training this weekend and as usual, there are parts of it that I truly resonate with and parts I truly don't. I love the expression "Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater;" and I'm not going to dismiss all of the good stuff I'm learning because parts of the training feel flawed.

Farrand continues, "The main point to keep in the forefront of your mind is that any external teacher is useful to your spiritual progress only so long as he or she presents an accurate reflection of what your inner teacher is trying to show you. The moment the outer teacher does not reflect the inner teacher, then the outer teacher is a hindrance."

That's right kids, outer teachers are there simply to put us in touch with our inner teachers. Farrand closes us out with, "But never forget that even the greatest teachers are merely servants of your own inner guru."

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