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genuine difference of opinion to be an attack on their mastery. There is another type of spiritual arrogance which we have called in our Game of Life as sadahankara. The arrogance is such they consider themselves to be guardians of divinity and almost stake a claim of possessiveness over the Lord. This impurity once developed does not go easily and one has to learn the necessary halls of learning.
Spiritual arrogance makes one think they know everything that needs to be known. There are two major defects arising out of this attitude:
It inhibits one’s development. When we already know everything, there is no room for additional wisdom. This should be self-evident: but just giving the appearance of knowing everything can deter people from sharing their knowledge. This shuts off sources of new knowledge. It is wise to remember that a wise man can learn more from a fool than a fool from a wise man: the ancient Vedic wisdom says ‘ let wisdom come to me from all directions.’
This attitude of spiritual arrogance wastes energy. Anyone who has staked out a position as a guru is forced to conform to this new self-image. This places an unnecessary burden on them. Why
anyone should himself with having to live up to the 195

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