Finding the Right Teacher
Finding a Teacher
The path to this kind of learning is not for the fainthearted.
When the teacher is genuine there will be no false promises, celebrity endorsements, scores, likes or followers.
Is There Someone Who Knows?
How does someone come to know? Through their experience. The truth of a Teacher is in the knowledge of their experience.
There once was a young Indian boy named Narada who knew many things. His knowledge was extensive and broad but he had not obtained success. He liked to travel and heard about the knowledgeable sage, the Venerable One.
Narada, approached the Venerable One, Sanat Kumara, and asked him to teach him. The Venerable One replied, “tell me what you know, and then I will teach you what is beyond that.”
“I know the four Vedas, Rig, Yahur, Sama, Atharva – and the epics, called the fifth. I have studied grammar, rituals, mathematics, astronomy, logic, economics, physics, psychology, the fine arts, and even snake-charming. But all this knowledge has not helped me to know the Self. I have heard from spiritual teachers like you that one who realizes the Self goes beyond sorrow. I am lost in sorrow. Please teach me how to go beyond.”
“Whatever you know is just words,” said Sanat Kumara, “names of finite phenomena. It is the Infinite that is the source of abiding joy because it is not subject to change. Therefore, seek to know the Infinite.”¹
Finding this kind of Teacher will depend on what depth of learning you desire. It does not matter what age you are or where you grew up, what matters is that you are at the point of really wanting to know as Narada did.
¹ Chandogya Upanishad (188). Easwaran, Eknath. The Upanishads. Translated for the Modern Reader. California: Nilgiri Press, 1987. Print.