~ The Death of the Guru ~ Being Human is Divine ~
You may have seen increasingly in the media and all around the demise of the guru. Sexual abuse is rife where there are people, men in particular in positions of authority.
A guru is said to be a person who brings spiritual light to the dark of illusion.
Gu denotes the spiritual ignorance that most of humankind is in.
Ru represents the radiance of spiritual knowledge that dispels the spiritual ignorance.
Throughout the world there are many who have had this title bestowed upon them and have stepped up to this role.
I am personally fortunate to have a guru who has done nothing but good for me. He blessed me with Shaktipat Initiation and has always been there for me during difficult times. Despite this, I know he is not perfect and I do not place him on a pedestal. Why not? You may ask.
To me gurus are still human. This does not excuse the abuse that has been happening within lineages and followings of guru’s. Clearly, as a human you are still responsible for your actions. However, I do wonder what the dynamics were for people to be placed in such vulnerable positions looking up to another, only to be abused by them.
In all honesty I never took to Mooji and I have never met him, so this may be a little unfair, but I could never settle with his energy and frankly I wouldn’t have wanted to be left alone with him. What does that tell you? I appreciate his teachings have helped thousands, if not millions, but even that doesn’t warrant the title of guru.
So, what does warrant the title? Personally, at the very least I would want for a guru or any other leader / expert to be fully in alignment with themselves. Their beliefs, words and actions should link up and be ever present. I’d want them to step up; to say and do the difficult things we all shy away from. I need them to embody their philosophy in a grounded manner. They should be residing in truth and demonstrating it sometimes in the most radical ways.
Is this unreasonable of me? As I stated before they are only human, but if they want the title of guru, they should be able to ‘walk the talk’.
I still believe even the worst offenders amongst the spiritual community have served a purpose. They surely have brought light to where there once was darkness.
My own experience of being around a guru is that they significantly bring up your own ‘stuff’ and darkness in the most dramatic ways. If you aren’t equipped to deal with this, should you be around them? There is no vetting you before you become a follower or member of their lineage. Maybe there should be!
A big chunk of my darkness is insecurity. I want to be loved. I want to know I am worthy of being a healer. So can you imagine how easy it would be to use that against me if you didn’t have morals or I wasn’t able to hold my own? Jeez. No wonder there has been dreadful abuse and misuse of power. I am not suggesting at all that the victims are to blame here. The guru or leader holds the power and position of authority so they have to take full responsibility.
From the little I’ve read on the subject, the person in power has manipulated the most delicate of their students / followers and lied about sex healing them. Don’t get me wrong, sacred sex can heal but only with the purest of intention and awareness. Not with a yoga teacher who has just finished using their last student and not with someone who allows the title of guru to be placed on them whilst simultaneously lying and cheating.
Do you think that maybe we are being directed in this new spiritual paradigm to be our own guru’s and leaders? That we are being shown that falsehood can never survive, so the only way to live is as fully authentic as possible? To follow our own inner knowing?
Could this be the death of the guru as we know it?
I certainly believe that we are all human and that we don’t get to escape that whilst alive here on earth. So why escape? Instead why don’t we embrace our messy humanness and accept that being human is both divine and enough?
Surely, this is the greatest gift of freedom we could give ourselves and then the guru, as we know it, will also be set free.
This has been written with the greatest love and respect for all guru’s and teachers doing their best to support us in this ever evolving spiritual time.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and your experiences about this, so please join in and leave a comment.
Lots of love,
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