In life, we are all students of the world. Not only of the world, but of the vast construction of reality. Here, in this sphere, we are free to explore its truth and indulge in its wonders.
Many self-professed “teachers” often come to us through various ways; mostly through the classroom as deliverers of knowledge, which is nothing more than that simple definition. They have credentials that say they are fit to teach, and this is good.
Of teachers, there are those that flex and display their credentials, as if to say: “I can teach you because look at what I’ve accomplished, read, experienced, or where I lived.” This display denotes the assumption that one is superior to the other; that you should listen because you have no experience; that they have figured something out completely. This is an improper method for teaching, and stems from a judgemental persona. Though the awareness of the individual may be enhanced in certain arenas, this conduct of character does little for a seeking spiritual mind. I’ve often found that those who claim to be well-traveled–those who shine a spotlight on their accomplishments–usually have learned little on their journey. These are those that try to teach, but do not succeed.
The greatest teachers understand that they, too, are simply students. They understand that one is never truly a teacher until complete non-dual awareness is attained, and even then they remain a student. In this respect, those who claim to be enlightened because of “this or that” fail to see beyond their furrowed brow; missing the essence of what reality truly is. This–reality–is different for all sentient beings. We all have our own paths to follow; our own philosophies that we care to hold as truth. We all understand concepts in a myriad of intellect and pondering. We all learn at different rhythms and rates.
I do not claim to know any answers, nor do I claim to seek them. Instead I seek the truth hidden inside the question; the subtle fabric of an infinite facet.
Know your sphere, learn of others. Understand that one is not like the other, but also realize that–at the ultimate purpose–all are interconnected in such a way that is incomprehensible to even the greatest student.