Should One Follow a
One should follow a teacher
who gives us peace and who connects us with the Universal Truth. The
place of their birth is a secondary matter, particularly in the
modern world of global travel and mass communication. But connection
with a tradition can be important.
There is a built in safety
in following teachers who are part of greater and older
enlightenment traditions. Human personalities are always limited.
What one person has done, however right, may not be an appropriate
model for another person to follow. Whatever the limitations of the
person, the strength of the tradition and its many teachers protects
us. The tradition offers proven teachings and various examples how
to apply them which transcend the traits of any particular
There is a danger in
following self-proclaimed gurus who are not part of any tradition
because the support of the greater tradition does not exist behind
them. There is a danger in following one person traditions who have
the same basic teaching for everyone, because the limitations of the
person must imprint themselves on the teaching. There is a danger in
following one person's synthesis of many traditions because even
though the synthesis may appear broad, it must still reflect the
limitations of the person.
Most of the problems people
have had with gurus today have occurred by emphasizing the
personality of a particular teacher over the greater universal
teaching. This naturally occurs more with teachers who are outside
of any greater tradition. The teacher is just an exponent of the
universal tradition of Truth. We should never lose sight of this in
our following the teaching.