The spiritual path is all about finding out exactly how wrong you can be.
Ordinary people get it wrong by trying to live a material life. Being a spiritual person means moving beyond all that, into subtler and more profound levels of wrongness.
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Spiritual knowledge provides the false self with a new slew of tools to undermine the authentic self, and prevent it from ever emerging.
The enlightenment transmission is the only antidote to that. It’s the only thing smarter than your ego, and the only thing that can save you from yourself.