When I was India, I was invited to a lecture of a student of Osho’s who had recently found enlightenment. I still remember the rickshaw ride to his house across the city and the sense of mystery that I felt to be in the presence of an enlightened teacher. Over the years and in different countries, I’ve been blessed to meet many great teachers and students. I learned that great teachers across different traditions have the same 3 characteristics and it helped me to know when I was with a great teacher, an enlightened yogi or both.
Here are the 3 questions to ask yourself when you are in the presence of a teacher:
1. Do they laugh? Are they joyful? And do they have a sense of humour?
2. Do you feel good about yourself around this person?
3. Does this person indicate when you are not acting with integrity?