When we wrote about how the Guru doesn’t necessarily need to be right about everything (just about the teaching), we got responses on the post and privately that it is important to see the Guru as greater than normal, or superhuman.
We still fall to Eddie Stern’s way of thinking — that it is the teaching that is perfect; the Guru likely will show some human frailty, but we need to understand that that fault lies within the person, not within the teaching.
Chances are we feel this way because our teacher, Tim Miller, isn’t afraid to show off his own frailties, or put another way: his human side. And from our perspective, this helped to deepen the “guru-student relationship,” and not vice versa. Always curious to hear from others who feel differently.
This week — on the occasion of Fat Tuesday — we get another glimpse at the human side of Tim Miller:
For many years I have observed the tradition of giving up something for Lent. This year I’m thinking of giving up giving things up for Lent, although it would be nice to be able to do some of those poses again that have slipped away over the winter—marichasana D, supta kurmasana, pashasana, tittibhasana, etc. The list seems to get longer with each passing year. One of my fellow teachers at the Ashtanga Yoga Center, Natasha Teran, is always after me to practice with her like we used to in the old days. “Let’s do third,” she says, and I have to remind her that I am 63 years old and getting fat. She tells me it’s all in my head.
Somewhere I suspect he’s hearing his own voice: “Avoidance is not the answer.”
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