Spiritual Teachers and Gurus
One of the most controversial and essential themes of spiritual
development is the relationship between gurus and devotees,
masters and chelas, teachers and students etc. This theme has been
commented on at various places on this website and from various
spiritual perspectives. On this page you will find the
pro 's and the
con 's from Sufism,
and Jiddu Krishnamurti.
feel the quality of a spiritual teacher?, Katinka Hesselink
- I got a book for review recently that I put down within a few
minutes because it made me all jittery. A few days ago we had a
spiritual teacher do a lecture at our local theosophical lodge,
and he turned the room quiet. We didn't even have questions to
last the full time set for that stuff.
best fresh?, Katinka Hesselink
- I dreamt of fruit going bad last night, so I wonder: are
spiritual teachings best 'consumed' fresh? What do you all think
are classic spiritual books for instance of the same value as
say the fresh teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, Eckhart Tolle and
the Dalai Lama?
increases stress: about the teacher, Katinka Hesselink
- Yoga is generally sold online and off as a great stress
reliever. I can vouch for that: with the right teacher, yoga can
be very healthy emotionally. I've often come away from a yoga
class with a great big smile on my face that was certainly not
you ready to be a spiritual teacher?, Katinka Hesselink
- Two people recently made the same remark to me. They both
complained that they weren't getting through to people. That
they were getting negative responses to their spiritual path.
They were rubbing people the wrong way.
the Masters or the Great White Brotherhood, Katinka Hesselink
- An anonymous reader asks my opinion on the Trans-Himalayan
teachings, as they've been called, going from H.P. Blavatsky to
Mabel Collins Cook to the Temple of the People to Agni Yoga to
Alice Bailey etc.
beginners a mistake? Katinka Hesselink
- Whether beginners are practicing virtues or not is their
problem not yours. Believe in no teachers, trust your own logic,
your own experiences, make your own mistakes, learn and grow.
Have a courageous attitude and be inwardly prepared to die.
That would be all nice and dandy if all I cared about was
myself. But I also care about beginners. I care about what
effect spiritual teachings have on other people. I care about
whether people make themselves and others happy or sad. I care
about a lot of things. And I don't feel I need to let go of that
in order to 'grow spiritually' - and if I do, I'd rather not
grow 'spiritually' at all.
- The Mahatma Chela
Relationship, by Katinka Hesselink (classic theosophy)
- Chelas and Lay Chelas, H.P.
Blavatsky (classic theosophy)
to a Spiritual Teacher: Building a Healthy Relationship,
Alexander Berzin (free ebook, external website, Buddhism)
- Quotes by Blavatsky, the
Mahatmas and W.Q. Judge on Mahatmas. (classic
like to think of their teacher as perfect, Robert Frager
of the Sufi Lineage, Robert Frager (sufism)
- Occult Status, Hugh Shearman
A Curriculum of a School, Idries Shah (claims sufi
April 2012: On my position in the
theosophical world and the future of this site.