Re: Mooji a cult?
Date: August 05, 2020 06:26AM
Hello friends! Here's something that's doing the rounds online today from the wonderful and wise teacher Stephan Bodian.
(I've put the MANY things I think apply to Tony Moo in bold)
Reflections on the integrity of spiritual teachers by Stephan Bodian:
"Recently I learned of yet another teacher who had lost sight of her function as a spiritual guide and begun imposing her personal agenda on others. I first became aware of the numerous ways a spiritual teacher can misuse their power when the Zen master I’d been studying with turned out to be an alcoholic who was propositioning students in the interview room and having an extramarital affair with his principal female disciple.
Since then, I’ve watched a series of teachers take advantage of their position and leave confused and disillusioned students in their wake. Fortunately, there are also some excellent, ethical, wise, and compassionate teachers in the nondual tradition. But as students we would do well to to keep in mind some basic principles when we interact with those who offer us guidance. Here are a dozen guidelines I’ve gleaned from my years exploring this issue, framed as a description of the teacher who lives in alignment with truth."
- The true teacher doesn’t need anything from you, including your love, admiration, veneration, power, or money.
- She/He does not require your loyalty or allegiance to anything but the truth of your being as you understand it.
- His/Her primary purpose is to further your spiritual unfolding, not to build her organization or expand her popularity on social media.
- The teacher does not attempt to organize, orchestrate, or control your personal life and does not purport to know what’s best for you on a personal level.
- He doesn’t take himself to be a teacher and doesn’t take you to be a student, except as temporary roles in the dance of existence. In the absence of any projection, you’re free to realize who you really are.
- The guru is an archetype or energy, not an individual person. Be careful about projecting this archetype onto a fallible human being, it’s a set-up for disillusionment and exploitation.
- The true teacher doesn’t take himself to be a guru but points instead to the true guru inside you.
- The true teacher is aware of the tendency among seekers to idealize their teachers and project their own assumptions and expectations upon them. Knowing this, the teacher doesn’t (mis)use these projections for their own personal gain and aggrandizement.
- The teacher realizes that “enlightened person” is an oxymoron and does not take possession of this identity. In the presence of enlightenment, the ego is absent—that’s why it’s called enlightenment.
- The teacher is merely the finger pointing at the radiant moon of your true nature. Once you’ve glimpsed the moon, you needn’t focus on the finger.
- The realization “I am That” reveals that there is only That, not that there is only me. The first is called awakening; the second is called narcissism.
- The teacher has a responsibility to be impeccable in their dealings with students, because they represent a world of meaning that the student reveres and aspires to understand.