PM5433: Contra Guruism

I want to speak against the practice of Guruism - the worship of one's human teacher as divine.

Now, I do teach that the human and the divine are ultimately one in essence - divinity being the full expression of that essence, humanity a more limited expression thereof - and that some humans may express that essence more fully than others, and thus be nearer to the divine. Those assumptions would seem to support guruistic practice.

But the mistake the guruists make is to identify the possession of wisdom with the fullness of divinity. This is a mistake.

Who among those upon the earth (or earths) is nearest in their own being to the divine? The blessed ones, whose lives are perfect in every way - for whose sake, and for whose sake alone, the many worlds are brought into existence. Yet, are they among the wisest? No; many among them are entirely ignorant of the true nature things - but they dwell in the beauty of ignorance. The earlier blessing, which is apart from the cause, is blessed with holy ignorance; the later blessing, which is becoming one with the cause, is blessed with holy wisdom. But the holy ignorance of the earlier blessing is greater in divinity than the wisdom of the unblessed cause.

And this is the error of the guruists - the teacher has the wisdom of the unblessed cause; we should worship, not the teacher having that wisdom, but they who have the holy ignorance of the uncaused blessedness. (We ought not worship those of the blessed cause, for they are beyond our time, and beyond the imagination of this here present.)

And as the roots are many, so are the ones who ought to be worshipped as divine on account of the roots. Beware those who speak of the unity of the roots - for although such unity is, there are many who think they have found yet have found it not; what they have found, is not the unity of the root, but a false allegiance to one root which must totally deny the others, in a way which even true allegiance does not.

Finally, we must consider the grave risks, to both teacher and student, which guruism represents. Guruism encourages in spiritual teachers narcissism, arrogance, haughtiness, hypocrisy, deceit. The student will inevitably and eventually realise the guru is not as perfect as they once thought; discovering this, the student will feel spiritually betrayed and exploited, and will turn away from the spiritual path.

Yet the worship of the non-causal blessedness poses not these risks - the worshipper sees the blessed not as a source of wisdom, but rather as the beauty of the holy ignorance which they have not been given.