Can enlightened teachers help ‘others’ to awaken; and if so, how?

Yes.  By just being around them…and/or pointing at the illusions of the mind.

The whole idea of a “guru” is about an enlightened one helping others to awaken.  The whole idea of “satsang” is about sitting with an enlightened one to help awaken.  For both ideas, the top person (i.e. the enlightened one) is called a teacher.  In this way a hierarchy is created – teacher and students…the have and have nots (of enlightenment).  The trick that the enlightened one has to pull off is getting you to realize there is no difference between you and the teacher…and that you too are already the Self.  This involves seeing through the illusion of “me”. Continue reading Can enlightened teachers help ‘others’ to awaken; and if so, how?

Is a living guru required to awaken?

Let me start by saying I had no guru or teacher (living or dead) that gave me, lead me, or otherwise helped me to awaken.  I just read a whole lot of books on various spiritual topics and did many different kinds of practices, only to spontaneously wake up one day and realize something totally different from what I had read previously.  So based on my experience, I would have to say – no…a guru is not required to awaken.

Could a guru help?  That is a totally different question.  The answer is possibly. Continue reading Is a living guru required to awaken?