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September 28, 2016


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Faith is vilified today because the forces of evil have sullied its name -

I often see this. Someone finds a "Guru". Then they find something bad about that "Guru". (I know a woman whose "Guru" was found to be molesting children...)

Then they abandon that "Guru", disillusioned. And they're right to abandon, of course! But they throw the baby out with the bathwater, when they then dispense with faith altogether!

There are genuine enlightened people out there who can help us in the beginning, and then we have to do the work ourselves...

And even if we can't find anyone, by devotion and firm seeking a Guru will find us.

Often people think a Guru can only appear in the form of a living person, but that is not necessarily the case.

To some, it appeared as the Lankavatara Sutra. The text itself can be the Guru - not dead letters but something alive. One could place the text in home made alter and light incense to it, treat it as a deity! Why not!

I have heard of someone who couldn't find a living teacher "up to the task" and so he made the Mandukya Upanishad his teacher. He placed it in an alter, lighted incense to it, bowed to it every day - and of course (what's most important) studied it, not in a way a scholar studies it, but in a way someone thirsty for truth studies it, the thirst of someone roaming in a desert for 30 days who suddenly finds an oasis!

What I find amazing is those vigorously opposing metaphysics (aka the transcendant) at the same time peddles particlr physics and big bang cosmology (bastardized metaphysics pretending to br physics) as the onr and only absolute truth.

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