Constrasting Spiritual Teachers Essay

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Sometimes words can be "over minced". Distinctions can be created in disproportionate ways to make a point that may not be so major of a point to anyone except the one making it.

Yet Cohen does set himself out as a spiritual teacher. I think that there are those out there that are inspirational without being teachers. To cross the line from entertainer to teacher is problematic. Even with Watts, I had to always be looking in the rear view mirror until I realized that he was actively avoiding being a teacher, and I just could not catch him otherwise. Or Joseph Campbell, his biases were just so obvious in the way he committed to the academic discipline. But folks who have followers, a center, who give personal spiritual direction to those closest to them in that kind of relationship that evokes authority are dealing in a poison that is inherent to the act. The act itself is poison. No one involved in the act is safe. Even psychotherapists and psychoanalysts who tread this path get infected.

So, Andrew and others like him DO have insights, but it is a pain listening to them when you always have to be on guard for the part of their existence that is a lie, a part of them that has been poisoned. Watching the video contrasting Chopra and Cohen is interesting in this regard. Chopra is enamored of his Hindu tradition, but the serious factor at least is deflected away from himself. Chopra doesn't seem to take himself all that seriously, nor does he project that energy...

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