To all who may feel a bit let down or disappointed by the behaviour and/or actions of their spiritual teachers, here is the title (plus link) of an essay with valuable information that may help to bring some clarity about this phenomenon:
“Why There Are No Perfect Teachers
Essay by Jerry Freeman “
Some Quotes from the essay:
“Yes, there are enlightened teachers, but there are no perfect teachers. Contradictory though it may seem, enlightenment does not confer perfection.
This is hard to take. When seekers of Truth discover the truth about teachers, it can shake them. It can leave them discouraged, angry, cynical. They’ve been sold a bill of goods, it seems, and there will be hell to pay. The reality does not match the expectation.“
“The sense of a separate self dissolves. But still there remains operating somewhere inside that great Unity a little “me,” a sense of individual identity. Now however, it is abstract, and it is no longer experienced to be one’s center of being. It may seem to be almost nothing, just a lingering fragrance so insubstantial it’s hardly there at all. That is why it’s called “leshavidya.”
Lesha: A small bit or portion, a particle, an atom, a very small quantity.
Leshavidya: The faint remains of ignorance
Leshavidya maintains just enough of the illusion of individuality to allow an enlightened human life to continue.“
“The important thing to understand is, we are all human. We all have some matters still to be attended to, some issues still unresolved. All of us do, including some of the greatest teachers who have ever graced this Earth. That is necessarily so; it is the definition of leshavidya.
Knowing this can protect us from getting carried away. It can protect us from becoming disappointed, angry, cynical. Teachers are human. If we understand that fact going in, from each teacher we encounter we can take whatever is helpful, whatever is valuable, and we can set aside whatever is not.
If what is not helpful outweighs what is helpful and valuable, we can move on from that teacher. And we can do it without becoming disillusioned, because we have understood that by its very nature enlightenment does not confer perfection.“
Hope the information in the essay will be of some use for you - as it definitely was for me!
I remain, nevertheless, very grateful for the work and teachings of Shunyamurti.
Thank you all for your openness and for your sincere posts and best wishes for further growth.