Within a religious tradition – I’m tempted to say any religious tradition – there are wise, seasoned guides. The ones who know from their own faithful practice what temptations and struggles the aspirant will face and how to overcome them.
Known in the various traditions as guru, swami, roshi, rinpoche, abbot, mother superior, bishop, or simply elder, among others, the best of these are adept at listening and then asking the right question.
In doing so, they hold the individual and the spiritual teachings together. As I know from my ongoing Quaker practice and earlier training.
These poems pay homage to that role.
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