In this case, I have put myself under the guidance of someone who has shown me that he has mastered a question, the understanding of which I felt I should master as well. Even in the case that such mastery becomes my own, I will continue to refer to this master in the same way, simply out of respect, for such a gift would not go unappreciated. My master at times is dubious about the term, "teacher," but terms are variable and fickle. Even contexts are slippery and mutable.
When the OP said, "I used to be really into Buddhism. One of my friends thinks that my 'third eye' or whatever opened and didn't shut properly. I've heard that there are dangers to pursing intensive meditative practices without the benefit of a teacher," I took it as a serious inquiry and offered the "teacher" whom I have found to be the master of such questions of awareness and consciousness. It didn't take him long to judge by his own predetermined criteria that I had been drawn into a cult and was unaware of my own bamboozlement, saying, "So I researched him. Maybe you could too. If you did you'd see that tons have been written about his cult. And that is all it is. Just another cult."
I had some fun and put the terms, "Mooji," and, "cult," into a search to see a few links. It's funny, but reading some dismissals of Mooji as not being of the level of Ramana Maharshi brought to mind that there was a time in Western academic and philosophical circles that Maharshi received the thumbs down in the high judgment of the muck-a-mucks of that day. There was someone who was once, as the story goes, nailed up to die who said, "come with an empty cup."
Ultimately, and this my master has shown me, the true sat guru is in all of us. This one inside does not speak in words, does not rely on reason and rationality. This one is not two, and even one disappears in It.
In post #8, the OP cited all the injustice and said, "...I'm almost afraid to allow myself to get into a good mood as then some shit will go down." If we come to base our states of being on what is only held from our perspective as a separate conditioned point of view, what the masters have called, "the dream," I see the only way out is to see this dream for what it is, and isn't. In seeing what is not, one discerns more about what is. But a mere intellectual grasp of a concept will fall short, will just become another philosophy, or perhaps, even a dogma. Freedom is not there. If the world is happening to me, I am trapped. If the world is just a seeming happening, I am free. To someone else, I might be thought to be caught up by a cult. But they will not be able to show this, any more than my words can show otherwise.
If my words, or anyone's words, can point you beyond the limitations you/anyone have accepted of your perceived world, then it was your own sincere opening that allowed you to move toward and into your own inherent freedom. It will be you who decides to be done with the illusion of your picture of reality, your story of everything.
Namasté (The divine in me bows to the divine in you.)
Edited by Alder Logs, 19 February 2017 - 10:57 AM.