Guru is a word that comes from the Indic languages.
It simply means spiritual teacher.
However here in the West, it seems to have gone to an extreme, where people think that they know everything, throws tons of money at them, and think that they have all the answers.
I know, because I’ve fallen for it before.
And real “guru” will ask you to keep an open mind, yet remain skeptical, so you can prove things for yourself without just buying into what the teacher is saying.
Tragedies have happened in recent years, when people devote themselves to gurus who take it too far, and abuse their power.
Here’s the one that shocked many of us in the personal development world, many times over.
One of The Secret’s stars James Arthur Ray had three (3) people die, while under his watch at his retreat in a sweat lodge cleansing ceremony.
I liked the way he presented things in The Secret actually, he was one of my favorite speakers in the movie. I even bought his book “Harmonic Wealth”.
But it’s too bad he took a turn for the worse, and became abusive with his power…
I don’t believe he was always this way.
It seems that you can develop yourself mentally, emotionally, spiritually and then crossover into the ego at anytime, if you don’t remain humble.
Once you learn how to create the life you desire, even from a humble place you HAVE to watch out for crossing back over. No one is immune and James Ray certainly wasn’t.
It seems he used an ancient Native American ceremony to push the limits of human beings, which it was never designed for.
It’s hard to believe there’s been another one since James Arthur Ray’s sweat lodge incident in Arizona, but it happened again, very recently:
The power of the guru.
NEVER fall for it.
I have, and luckily they were rather innocuous, would never have pushed people to their physical extremes.
Yet still, they used and abused their power over their community to emotionally manipulate them to staying on.
If ever you hear any of your teachers say “I have all the answers” or you even start to think they do at all, and they agree with you, GET OUT.
No one individual or set of individuals has all the answers.