Nonduality/Idealism Is NOT God-Realization

By Leo Gura - July 22, 2022

Watch this, and then realize that neither of what these guys are talking about is God-Realization, and it is not what I teach:

But how could that be?!

Well… God-Realization is just way beyond what these guys can comprehend. It’s that radical.

Be extremely careful about confusing nonduality or idealism with God-Realization. They are NOT the same.

You cannot realize you are God by follow conventional spiritual teachings like Buddhism, Advaita, or any kind of philosophy. Even the most advanced teachers — the ones you think are really awake — do not meet my strict standards for Awakening. They have some tiny degree of awakening which they got through conformist spiritual work. The sad reality is that most spiritual seekers pursue spirituality for the sake of connecting with others, not for the sake of Truth. These are not the same pursuit.

I know you guys don’t like it when I say such things because it comes across as arrogance. But it is nonetheless true.

This work is far more tricky than even the most advanced spiritual students comprehend.

So my ultimate advice to you is this: don’t assume anything of your spiritual teachers are God-Realized nor understand what God is. Even if they utter the word “God”. Even if they tell you, “You are God” or “We are all God”. DO NOT BELIEVE THEM! You cannot believe anyone in this work but your direct experience. And in your direct experience you have no idea if these people know what God is, because you yourself don’t know what God is. And if you think you know what God is, I promise you, you’re wrong. “But Leo, I’ve already had some awakenings and I’ve experienced God!” Maybe so, but you’re still fooling yourself. What you’ve experienced is just the tip of an infinite iceberg, and it’s not just more of the same from here on out. Not all roads lead up the same mountain. Not all spiritual paths are equally valid. In fact, the majority of spiritual paths will never lead you to realize you are God, even if they tell you otherwise.

You really, really, REALLY need to stop assuming that your fave spiritual teachers know what they are talking about.

Of course you shouldn’t just believe me either. You have to truly test all your starting assumptions in this work. For example, you assume that The Buddha was awake. Why do you assume that? How do you know? It never occurs to a Buddhist to question that. They just follow blindly because others around them are doing it and how could so many people be wrong? That would be impossible! Or is it?

I am not saying these teachers and teachings are good for nothing. I am not saying these teachers are bad people. I’m just saying that if you want to understand what consciousness is, you will not get it through them. But you think you will. That’s the only issue here. It’s nothing personal. I say this because I have been fooled by such teachers for years and now that I’ve finally caught on to their game I would be remiss not to warn you about it, even though doing so hurts my reputation. My reputation would be a lot higher if I didn’t say these things. Nothing pisses off a spiritual person more than to tell them straight to their face that they are not Awake. How fucking cruel do you have to be to say such a thing? And yet, what do you do if it’s true? Is your goal to be nice, or is your goal to Awaken?

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