to know of the existence of a genuine spiritual practice requires a Spiritual
Teacher. It is because of the Teaching of my Spiritual Master, Avatar
Adi Da Samraj, that I am able to write this. Had I never been Graced to
encounter the complete Teaching of One who is seeing "the whole Elephant" all
the time, I'd have spent my life (in typically American, do-it-yourself fashion)
picking up this teaching here, and that method there, and trying to piece together
some kind of complete picture and practice out of that; and, most likely (to draw
on a metaphor I've used elsewhere),
I'd have ended up with a "Frankenstein monster" without knowing it.
once the genuine spiritual practice is begun, there are many potential pitfalls
and sidetracks. There are so many ways to misinterpret what we are experiencing,
and to get stuck at some point, and not grow further. Or, worse, like blind men
who, not knowing any better, walk over the edge of a cliff, we might end up exploring
avenues that not only are not constructive but have a negative impact, traumatizing
the body-mind (e.g., because one has idealistically embraced disciplines too quickly,
disallowing the necessary period of adaptation; or because one has opened oneself
to all kinds of psychic realms and forces for which one was not properly prepared;
etc.), and patterning it to henceforth react against any attempts to find "God"
or come into contact with "Spiritual reality".