For those who don’t recognise him, that is Eckhart Tolle (above) who is widely regarded as one of the best known spiritual figures of his generation. But how much can we learn from modern spiritual figures? Are they too distant from the ancient Vedic and mystical lessons that for thousands of years gave rise to spirituality on a level we don’t widely see in modern society? There are too many things, too many cars, watches, phones, TV’s, new shoes, etc in modern society which must influence their real ability to grow that knowledge, because after all they are only human? Let’s discuss.
One of the spiritual teachers I have learnt the most from is Russell Brand (of all people) because of this ability to make me sit up and listen. The perspective of the man who been at the furtherest end of the spiritual spectrum, addiction to drugs, sex and alcohol took him to the bottom of mindfulness.
I personally have learnt so much from Russell Brand.
Yet, these days he is one of the most eloquent, knowledgeable, patient, interesting figures of my generation in my opinion. How much can we learn from spiritual figures like Russell depends on how much our minds are open to learn. Just because he was once a playboy figure in a removed world of money and fame, does that mean that we should ignore him for his ability to teach? Certainly not, even Eckhart Tolle who has had large influcences on millions of people has talked about Russell making big steps forward in spiritual understanding and awareness. If he can realise then we are all capable of realising that wisdom comes in many forms.
“All objects have no meaning, the meaning comes from the perceiver” – Mooji
MIND OPEN, ALWAYS LEARNING
I have never met Russell, or Eckhart or Ram Dass, or Mooji, I have met Sam Garrett several times though. Through his music, Kirtan, friendliness, he personally has taught me that to greet someone as ‘brother’ (having never met before) and mean it in a way that says ‘I am open to you’ is powerful. Youtube, Instagram, social media in general, podcasts, that is how I learn most of my lessons at the moment from these figures I have not met. These are the methods that modern spiritual figures use to teach and get their message across. We’ve never been more connected so it seems obvious that they would use these tools, but I think something is lost along the way perhaps.
Listening to someone speak, have a conversation, impart their wisdom on someone is powerful, no question. But something is missing, the ability to ask your own questions about your own personal journey. I may never meet these people, I might, but if I don’t how do I get answers to the questions I have outside of what they transmit to the masses?
Baba Ram Dass.
SO WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?
Trust in their teachings. Find the answers you seek in their words. Now, this is going to take some seeking and some interpretation on your part, because this is all part of you finding your way and your own path. If you came across the most spiritually aware, mystical, Vedic, powerful person in the whole world, anything they say to you is still going to take some interpretation and thinking about. So, how much can we learn from modern spiritual figures? The answer is as much or as little as we are willing to expand and free our mind. Be open to the possibility that you do not know best, that your ego prevents you from really seeing, that the things you have been taught in life might be wrong. Be free of the chains that have bound you.
“Your own path is exactly that, your own interpretation of the teachings” – Realiser
“For the ones who know, and the ones who never dare to try – My brother, don’t be afraid, death is not the ending to life” – Sam Garrett
Realiser was born from a dream to be in a realised state, a state of awaken. To be able to see the most obvious things having missed them for so many years. Subsequently I wanted to create something to serve as an example of how it could be. If only we might spend the time loving that we spend hating. Above all spending the time to be kind to others for no reason. You get the idea. I will travel around doing what I can and would love for you to join me. Follow my path here…