You don’t have any idea what a Spiritual Teacher is. None of you has an idea. India developed for five thousand years to come to an understanding of a Spiritual Teacher and they lost it too. It is gone. It is an antique thing.
Here in the West, a Spiritual Teacher is an Indian who came from a third world country, who is sick, who is considered a con man, womanizer, liar, who exploits and takes away your money.
When the teacher is Mahan Tantric, he feels everything before it originates, your abusive language and your abusive thoughts. Can you believe that? Oh, you think it is a bogus thing, that is another title to con you. You don’t even know what you are talking about. You think a teacher lives off you.
God’s grace lives by the grace of a teacher. Do you know that? No, you say it’s an egomaniac, phony thing, because he’s a Teacher, but he is saying, “No.” (I am translating the scriptures to you.) Almighty God’s grace lives by the grace of a Teacher and the understanding of a Teacher. You don’t even have an idea there is God. A Teacher who tells you to find God is a stupid Teacher. Never follow that.
Do you know what the relationship between student and teacher is? It is the relationship between a chisel and hammer and stone. And you know what happens when a Teacher and student meet? Sparks. Yes. You want a Teacher to have a begging bowl and a staff in his hand, and be weak and dependent, so you can run around and he just says, “Yeah, yeah, yeah.”
Qualities of a Teacher
A Teacher is a king of kings and royal of the royalty and God of the gods and self of the self. Before him the universe comes as a test and he qualifies it with his pain. He sacrifices his earth, world and heavens just to smile at it. One of the Teachers was Jesus Christ, one of the Teachers was Guru Arjun. One of the Teachers was Buddha. They owned this planet. Not you. You come here to eat ice cream and sneak a few cookies here and there.
What are those potatoes when they are hash browns? You can hash brown a teacher but you cannot touch his integrity. That is a Teacher. Don’t look for a Teacher. Look for integrity. Look for one who can integrate the totality of the infinity, reality in the finite of the self to all that and still laugh. He knows; he won’t tell. He understands; he won’t speak. Because his power is not his own. His power is in his inner prayer, which is calm, quiet and peaceful and goes with him. Word is God. In the beginning there was the word, word was with God, word was Integrity.
The Teacher cannot let his integrity go, integrity can never let the Teacher go. That’s the relationship between Teacher and Teacher. Teacher within and Teacher without is nothing but a living integrity and by the grace of that integrity, God is experienced, understood and exists. Otherwise it is a fake thought.
Whosoever has soul, has integrity of soul in it. We barter ourselves and buy and sell ourselves cheap in the hand of our feelings, emotions and our desires and our understandings. We build our paradise and our heavens and we create our hell and our pit of falsehood.