The Evolution of the Guru
A year ago I posted the below interview between Andrew Cohen, my friend Shankarananda, Chetananda and Brother Charles. At this time we were in the midst of looking for an LA Ashram location. I thought these guys were utterly arrogant.
A year later, I have learned so much. Listen especially to Chetananda. He is the guy on the left. Shankaranada is next, then Andrew Cohen, then Brother Charles, who I thought was certifiable. Yet, even he had something to say that was true.
The guru just wants to share his or her joy and to play, but the people who come have little joy and little playfulness. They come with expectations which the teacher and others are always failing.
As one of my students said, they think you know everything, including what you want, and they want you to drop that in their lap immediately instead of spending 40 years like I did.
You see, there is a lot of expectations about what a guru is and how they are supposed to act, but students hardly ever put any boundaries on themselves. They usually don't ask, "What is expected of me? What is my part and my burden?"
Really, watch it twice and watch it again tomorrow.