A spiritual seeker seeks one thing above all: relief from the futility of existence.
An enlightenment teacher who offers that relief is a peddler of meaning. Yet an enlightenment teacher who doesn’t offer that relief will not be in business for long.
Therefore the true teacher seeks to invalidate all teachings (spiritual meanings), and also himself or herself, in the shortest possible time.
In the realm of teaching enlightenment, therefore, to succeed is to fail, to fail is to succeed.
In fact, there are no teachers of enlightenment, only students, and these are almost as rare.
PS. I am not 100% sure if students exist, either.
If there are no teachers, then are no students. Only spiritual buddies…. 🙂
Last night I was reading 48 Laws of Power (which somehow made it onto my bookshelf), Law 2: Never Put Too Much Trust in Friends, Learn How to Use Enemies. “Be wary of friends — they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy. [Y]ou have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.”
(Not advocating this philosophy, just pointing out the coincidental timing.)