Ramana Maharshi and Adyashanti. On Gurus and Enlightenment.
Q: What are the marks of a real teacher (sadguru)?
A: Steady abidance in the Self, looking at all with an equal eye
unshakeable courage at all times, in all places and circumstances.
Q: There are a number of spiritual teachers teaching various paths. Whom should one take for one’s Guru?
A: Choose that one where you find you get shanti [peace].
Q: Should we not also consider his teachings?
A: He who instructs an ardent seeker to do this or that is not a true master. The seeker is already afflicted by his activities and wants peace and rest. In other words he wants cessation of his activities. If a teacher tells him to do something in addition to, or in place of, his other activities, can that be a help to the seeker?
From Be As You Are
Edited by David Godman
Note : There are many many folks who claim to be enlightened. If you are looking for a Guru, do not overthink it : your heart will ring like a giant bell when you do encounter him or her. These words by Ramana Maharshi point in the right direction. As do these two quotes by the beautiful Adyashanti:
"Do not think that enlightenment is going to make you special—it’s not. If you feel special in any way, then enlightenment has not occurred. I meet a lot of people who think they are enlightened and awake simply because they have had a very moving spiritual experience. They wear their enlightenment on their sleeve like a badge of honor. They sit among friends and talk about how awake they are while sipping coffee at a cafe."
“The funny thing about enlightenment is that when it is authentic, there is no one to claim it. Enlightenment is very ordinary; it is nothing special. Rather than making you more special, it is going to make you less special. It plants you right in the center of a wonderful humility and innocence. Everyone else may or may not call you enlightened, but when you are enlightened the whole notion of enlightenment and someone who is enlightened is a big joke. I use the word enlightenment all the time—not to point you toward it but to point you beyond it. Do not get stuck in enlightenment.”