Particularly among baby boomers, many people have had relationships to a spiritual teacher, joined a community (or Sangha) and subscribed to a particular philosophical orientation. A relationship with a teacher can be many things. It can lead to dependency on things outside yourself. It can lead to a craving for approval, fitting in, and a fear of missing out. A relationship with a teacher can easily become a way to make up for what we didn’t get with mommy and daddy.
Also (sadly, not always) a relationship with a great teacher can become a catalyst for real freedom.
Until his death in 1997, thousands of people came into contact with H.W.L. Poonja. Many met a sweet old man (or sometimes a very abrupt and confronting lion), and then moved on. Many had strong peak spiritual experiences which then dissipated, and they also moved on. A few people, experienced a deep and abiding shift into freedom: into knowing their true nature beyond discursive thought and reactive feeling.
Please enjoy this very warmhearted conversation with Isaac Shapiro.
5:35 — New ways of seeing, new ways of being (Isaac meets Papaji)
18:03 — New ways of seeing, new ways of being (Arjuna meets Papaji)
30:25 — The service of being present — the journey of teaching
39:31 — How discomfort leads evolution and the importance of leaning in
60:15 — Keys to awakening for the sake of contribution