Spiritual Teachers, Transparency and the Internet

A Gateless Gate (at least for cows)

A Gateless Gate (at least for cows)


January 10, 2017 11:06 AM

I came across this video this morning of David Bowie discussing the future of the internet back in 1999. At around the 1:50 mark he says, “there’s a new demystification process between the artist and the audience,” in reference to how the internet is affecting music.

The same, I hope, can be said for the future of spirituality, particularly the “worship” of many of today’s spiritual teachers. Francis Bennett recently posted his frustration with this very topic and I’ve been talking about it for years (my original(?) post on this subject was back in 2010).

Enlightenment—the ability to unite the personal and the impersonal on demand—no longer needs to be viewed as special. Nor should the awakening of Cosmic Consciousness (the Divine (seriously, God) within).

Isn’t that ironic? Spiritual seekers often worship their teachers (I’m currently recalling the audience at the Amma event I attended) and as it turns out the Divine has been in us all the time. We have the potential to experience Her in every moment as our everyday love of self and others.

All of us are human—opaque spiritual teachers included (though as Bennett suggests, their livelihood may depend on the mystification of their private lives).

We are all human, but all of us are the Divine incarnate too. Human and Divine. All of us. Teachers, students, terrorists, and politicians alike. Divine and Human. Nothing special. Nothing unusual. Nothing to be worshiped.

Isn’t that wonderful?

There’s a new demystification process between the artist and the audience.

— David Bowie

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