Selling Water By The River
While gurus and teachers can all be essential catalysts for one’s awakening to higher levels of consciousness the serious aspirant should exercise due diligence to ensure the teaching and teacher actually bear the fruits of awakened mind and heart. What are these fruits? As both Christian and other sacred teachings have taught us, some of these fruits are; love, joy, peace, and kindness.
There are other valid hallmarks of authentic, higher consciousness teachings but the aforementioned are excellent indicators of a teachings true ability to liberate one to higher levels of consciousness. The internet is proliferated today with false gurus, teachers, and teachings that only serve to bind one to lower levels of consciousness and many actually serve only to create and build up the spiritual ego.
While it’s natural to adore and respect gurus and teachers one should ideally always be looking inward towards one’s own Self and seat of consciousness. Ultimately it’s the inner teacher or Satguru (true inner guru) that will liberate one and guide one once one is established in beingness. Christ referred to this inner one as the Holy Spirit and it is indeed the spirit of truth and wisdom knowledge.
All the great masters have pointed us within. Until we go within we go without and are like beggars looking to buy water at our own rivers. Buddhas don’t ferry Buddhas to the shore of liberation. If you use your mind to look for a Buddha, you won’t see the Buddha. As long as you seek Buddhas outwards, you’ll never see that your own heart is the Buddha.
Christ also clearly stated that the kingdom of heaven is within. His teachings in their essence and core instructed us to go within and eschew all idolatry – (the worship of someone or something other than God as though it were God). Bodhi-dharma has also said even a teacher that can explain thousands of scriptures, sutras, and shastras, unless that one has seen their own true nature, it is the teaching of a mortal, not a Buddha.
Don’t let someone pickpocket your own watch and sell it back to you. You are the immutable, ineffable, pure consciousness dancing in duality. You are the Self.