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When Your Spiritual Teacher Dies What Next?
Everyone will physically die. When family and friends or even those famous we are attached to leave the earth it is normal to grieve.
When a spiritual teacher leaves we may wonder whose words to follow next. If the teacher left writings or other media which we have been using anyway we may feel all set to continue on our path as is.
If we had a personal relationship with a spiritual teacher we may feel at a loss and wonder if we should turn to another person as a guide. This can work if the replacement carries the same philosophies as our teacher and we get along on a personal level.
The spiritual connection
The underlying question, though, is what is it about a person when we feel them as our spiritual teacher?
As spirit is part of the unseen world, our real relationship with our spiritual teacher is unseen, unspoken. It is the imparting of guidance, advancement vibrationally.
The spiritual state of a teacher is at least a step finer than our own, otherwise we would be spiritual compatriots, working together for the spiritual advancement of others. (And this is the goal of the pupil, teacher relationship.) Teachers love to see their students surpass them.
Deep spiritual guidance is imparted by thought, prayer, meditation. This is the guidance beyond advice over daily problems.
When we feel uplifted in the presence of our spiritual teacher or from reading their words or watching their films we are drawn to their spiritual level at least for the moment, over time more permanently. That is the spiritual work of the teacher, student relationship in action.
We are fortunate to be living in the age of technology with access to all kinds of media. We have an opportunity to read the words and feel the energy of many spiritual teachers and choose to follow the advice of those whose vibrations feel compatible with our own.
We are each at different stages of spiritual advancement. Our time on earth is a chance to learn and grow and become aware of and put into practice the highest degree of spiritual insight we can.
When your spiritual teacher dies their body may not be visible, but the uplifted connection you felt with them continues on unbroken. Then is the time to live in practical spirituality by putting what you've learned to use.
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