What is a spiritual teacher?
None of you have any idea about what a spiritual teacher is. In India, it took five thousand years to come to an understanding of what a spiritual teacher is and now they have lost it too. The relationship between student and Teacher is like the relationship between a chisel and hammer and stone. Do you know what happens when a Teacher and a student meet? Sparks. Don’t look for a Teacher. Look for integrity. Look for one who can integrate the totality of the Infinity with the reality in the finite of the self, 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 his own inner prayer, which is calm, quiet, peaceful, and goes with him. Word is God. In the beginning there was the Word, the Word was with God, the word was Integrity.
What is the job of the spiritual teacher?
My job is not to fall in love with you and sympathize with you or feel good about you. My job is to blast your ego and bring you to a balance of understanding and project you on a path so that you can save your day.
The trouble is that you are blocked. Break the block, face the trouble, find the way, get you out, and get you to move on. That is the job. I cannot be a romantic partner of yours. Neither can I be a paid counselor.
My job is very simple: that your life may keep on running better and more successfully, and you have the experience of the birthright of happiness and you should be happy.
The trouble is that ninety-nine percent of you don’t listen to me because I happen to be a male and you have no experience with a spiritual teacher. In the West, obedience or surrender does not exist. It’s considered a sign of weakness. Actually, it’s a sign of strength. You cannot obey if you don’t have strength, if you don’t have intelligence. My problem is not to gain good will for me. My problem is to gain your good will for yourself.
How do you teach your students what they need to learn?
Poke, provoke, confront, elevate. First I must wake you up. That harshness you face from me, which is sometimes to the point of rudeness, is to wake you up from your spell of arrogance in which you have lost the game to begin with. After that, I get you into a dialogue. Third is to give you a reasonable experience so that you can move out of it and gain your life as it is, and be on your way. The process is not to make you my “clients.” That’s not the process here. The process here is that you have the right to happiness and you have the right to success. Therefore, you must work to achieve it.