On Spiritual Authority and the Importance of Questioning
In the most recent episode of The Freedom Place podcast, t.k. discusses the notion of spiritual authority and the value of holding an attitude of questioning. One of the teachings here is that it is the quality and integrity of the spiritual teaching that invests the teacher with authority, not the other way around. Also, it is vitally important that students and those seeking to learn not accept what they are taught at face value, but deeply consider the teachings and then ask questions to ensure their understanding.
"Do not believe in anything (simply) because you have heard it; Do not believe in traditions, because they been handed down for many generations; Do not believe in anything, because it is spoken and rumored by many; Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books; But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it." - the Buddha, excerpt from the Kalama Sutra