“Hey man, I am like a truly spiritual being. I am in touch with the oneness of the universe and sit at my guru’s feet. Like I have been on retreat with guru Dev and Nicolai Rinpoche. I do twenty minutes of yoga every morning butt naked under a waterfall. I never eat the flesh of the sacred beings who walk this our Mother Earth with us. No wine passes my lips and I don’t smoke herb. All my clothes are ethnically and renewably sourced. I am surely on my way to enlightenment. I am way more spiritual than you, look at my New Age CV bro’. I am here to save you from your wicked ways.”
Have you ever met one of these? Perhaps I am one?
There is a real EGO trip associated with spiritual endeavour, it is easy to become holier-than-thou. It is easy to imagine that one is already a proto-Arhat and thence bestow your wisdom on lesser beings. One becomes swollen with premature omniscience.
“Like, I am one of the chosen disciples and I know best. You could not possibly teach me because I am already way more enlightened than you are.”
Having cued this up one question:
Do I ever feel this holier-than-thou vibe?