Written by Devon Love
Sections on Babaji, How To Pick (Or Not Pick) A Spiritual Teacher, and Conclusion written by Christine Breese, D.D., Ph.D.
Throughout time, many spiritual masters have offered teachings in service to humanity. Many who have been inclined toward self‐realization have, through a wide variety of different paths, reached this goal and gone on to teach others. This process remains a mystery to most, and yet many people at some point in their lives begin to question who they are and seek out teachings to help them answer this question. There are multitudes of different ways that spiritual information is passed on and shared with others. In this course we will explore the many different categories of spiritual masters and teachers throughout recorded history. Review Of Literature (Exam questions are not drawn from the Review Of Literature section.) Tao Te Ching (1963) translated by D.C. Lau from Lao Tsu’s original words is a translation of the Chinese classic. The Tao Te Ching rings clearly through the ages as a Great Pearl of timeless Wisdom. All serious metaphysicians should study this work, and meditate on its teachings. Like all great spiritual texts, the Tao Te Ching, when deeply contemplated, reveals the true nature of the universe. Peace Is Every Step: The Path Of Mindfulness In Everyday Life (1991) by Thich Nhat Hahn is a wonderful book. Thich Nhat Hahn is a Zen Buddhist monk whose teachings come straight from the heart. Those who have discovered his work have likely been transformed by it. His words are filled with compassion, humility, and purity. In Peace Is Every Step, Te (teacher) as his students refer to him, teaches of awakening to the joy of now, the loving presence of life. He speaks of finding joy and peace wherever one is, in looking at flowers, at the blue sky, or into the eyes of a child. Thich Nhat Hahn’s teachings apply to everyone, and this simple book is an excellent introduction to his work. The Miracle Of Mindfulnes (1975) by Thich Nhat Hahn is another beautiful gem arising from the consciousness of Te, this is a Zen masterpiece, reminding us in simple, economical, and flowing words of the wisdom of being present to life. Using anecdotes from his life, Te tells us to wake up and consciously experience each moment as the precious gift that it is. From washing dishes to drinking a cup of tea, he encourages us to be fully present, awake, and aware, to be fully in our bodies, and experiencing the actual physical sensations of breathing and movement in these acts, this being the key to fully realizing ourselves. The Heart Of Buddhaʹs Teachings:Transforming, Suffering Into Peace, Joy, And Liberation (1998), by Thich Naht Hahn, presents the teachings of Buddha in a simple and lovely way. His understanding and interpretation of these teachings is flawless. He speaks of his own relationship with suffering, and how he merged with Buddha through this. He goes to the heart of Buddha’s teachings on suffering and non‐suffering, misery and happiness, and how these each exist only with the presence of the other. From chapter 1: Buddha was not a god. He was a human being like you and me, and he suffered just as we do. If we go to the Buddha with our hearts open, he will look at us, his eyes filled with compassion, and say, “Because there is suffering in your heart, it is possible for you to enter my heart.”…If you have experienced hunger, you know that having food is a miracle. If you have suffered from the cold, you know the preciousness of warmth. When you have suffered, you know how to appreciate the elements of paradise that are ...