One of the great impediments on the road to spiritual development is the feeling that I am better than others ~ ‘holier than thou’ as the old saying goes. Most of us have it to one degree or another ~ and if not, then it’s an indication that we are in pretty good spiritual shape. Continue reading Can A Leopard Change His Spots?
Who doesn’t like to try their hand at philosophy every once in a while? Not only among those who are interested in spiritual development, but even those who aren’t – so many people like to give their opinions. It would be a very rare person, who in the midst of some philosophical discussion, has never ventured forth with something to the effect of – ‘do you know what I think’. Continue reading Beyond the World of Opinions
I was recently asked a question about the importance of having a spiritual teacher. This provided a nice opportunity to explain in some detail that, yes, according to Yoga teaching it was important for a person wanting to advance in spiritual understanding to have a teacher.
In modern times however, the concept of a spiritual teacher is oftentimes unfortunately viewed with significant misgivings if not absolute dread. One of the major reasons for this kind of reticence is arrogance – not wanting to accept that someone else may know more than I do. Another reason is that many people have been put off by their knowledge or experience of charlatans of one stripe or another.
The matter of arrogance is something that each of us should try to become aware of in our own lives, and hopefully to see it as something that is undesirable. It’s not such an easy thing to do, but nevertheless we should try as much as possible to overcome our arrogance otherwise we will surely be deprived of the opportunity to gain spiritual knowledge. One aid in overcoming arrogance is to appreciate that in any field of knowledge or expertise we need a teacher who can provide us with information about that particular field. Continue reading A Question of Influence