Teacher/guru/filognostic: someone providing instruction in word and/or deed and who thus, by showing love for knowledge - or by modelling filognosy - forms and example of an intellectual, spiritual or else clegical discipline. The teachers, all belonging to the guidance in society (see identities) are set apart as to their source of knowledge and their discipline of vision. The three sources are:
- a) the books,
- b) the teachers or the traditions lived out and
- c) the equalminded fellow students.
Thus there are the teachers of the intuition (the 'unseen' gods manifest in the sacred books, vedical: the brâhmanas), the teachers of instruction (the authorities, vedical: the sis'ya-gurus) and the teachers of initiation, (one's elder brother or sister, one's father or mother etc.; vedical diksha-gurus). The three disciplines are those of:
- a) the impersonal (science; vedical: brahman),
- b) the personal (the tradition, the religion; vedical: bhagavân) and
- c) the local here-and-now principle (of the mystic, de gnostic, the esoteric, the meditative, the spiritual; vedical: paramâtmâ).
Thus one has following nine teachers: three scientific ones, three spiritual ones and three traditional ones.
- 1) the therapist (the 'elder one', the educator, the counselor),
- 2) the professor and his intellectuals and representatives in normal education, and
- 3) the 'Holy Spirit', the 'unseen', or concrete of the positive homological mind (the thought we may piously share and contain), or the sober sense of the knowledge handed down of the natural science which, as a person, stands for the 'Creator'.
- 4) the new age teachers of spiritual devotees,
- 5) the esoteric gurus, the spiritual philosophers, the enlightened souls and the mystics, and
- 6) the 'Son', the personality of Godhead the way we know Him from the scriptures as the leader of this or that religion who takes away the obstacles, or is the 'Destroyer'.
- 7) the followers of the tradition or the believers (often also the filognostics),
- 8) the priests and other teachers of example (âcârya's) of this or that school of learning of a certain tradition, and
- 9) the 'Father' or the 'Maintainer' in the beyond, the Original Personality of God.
Even though the filognostics are usually found among the devotees of the traditions, or under the believers, constitutes the filognostic the respect for and of the integration of all these nine teachers. The impersonation of all these teachers is called the Fortunate One, the Lord or the avatar, who is as well the intuitive as the manifest teacher, as also the pupil or devotee. The 'normal' filognostic is always part of Him, of Him as the Lord of, or the Integration of, the Filognostics.
- Caitya - the guru from within.
- Guru - discussion of the three teachers according the Lexicon of the Bhâgavatam.
- An article on gurus at the Personal department.
- S'rîmad Bhâgavatam: The Story of the Fortunate One
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