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The Student

As defined here, a Student of a guru or spiritual teacher or teaching, may be a follower of that teacher, but generally does not adopt the uncritical and literalist or fundamentalist attitude to their teachings (although some students do), and does not worships the personality of a the guru with the single-mindedness that a devotee does. However, the student still feels a strong affiliation with, or resonates closely with, the teachings of the guru.

Although a student may equally follow a fake or a genuine guru, because their is less devotionalism the level of discrimination tends to be higher than that of the average devotee, and hence they are more able to recognise abusive behaviour when it occurs, rather than rationalise it away or go into a denial the way many devotees of abusive gurus do.


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