Each of us uniquely combines laws of nature. This is designed specifically to contribute another perspective to the whole. We’re designed to be distinctive variations on a theme.
What I recommend will support many paths, but we each have our own journey to take. What will support your journey will also be distinct.
Some of us find an obvious line early on. Others need to sample from different approaches, perhaps to find a groove. Or we’ll shift at different stages of the journey. What we need to learn is also distinct.
For teachers, it’s natural to share what worked for them and recommend it as The Way. That was true for them. If something has worked well, they may not have been exposed to much else.
The Way is compounded by sayings like:
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”
– John 14:6, New International Bible
Jesus was not referring to himself personally but in the cosmic sense, as the son of God. But if we have lost the experience or understanding, it’s natural to make this personal and literal.
I recall going to an interfaith event and the Anglican host referred to Jesus as the only way. I don’t think he realized what a faux pas it was in the circumstances. It was how he normally talked about it. A habitual religious bigotry.
When I was younger, if you met someone from a different lineage, they often viewed you with suspicion or would try to convert you. The Internet and rising awareness has softened those divisions, but resistance can remain. Other perspectives can seem like a threat when our beliefs are part of our identity.
The challenge for many spiritual teachers is taking students beyond concepts.
“It has been the misfortune of every teacher that, while he speaks from his level of consciousness, his followers can only receive his message on their level; and the gulf between the teaching and understanding grows wider with time.”
– Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Preface to his commentary on the Bhagavad Gita.
Certainly, some awaken from the darshan of a teacher’s presence. But that doesn’t lead to widespread shifts, nor a sustained approach that will outlast the teacher.
More rare among spiritual teachers is not just the enlightened vision but also a knowing of the means to help others awaken. You’ll know such teachers because there will be awake people around them.
Maharishi wrote how a major proponent comes along periodically and supports many people into enlightenment. After 3-400 years, the core understanding of the means gets lost and people stop becoming enlightened. It devolves into religion, beliefs, and then dogma. This has happened repeatedly, East and West.
Ultimately, all paths lead to the same place. All pure faiths point to the same Divinity, expressing in many forms.
This is literally true. I have met beings described in the traditions of India, Persia, First Nations, China, and the Mediterranean. They stand together, all as expressions of the One.