Lifting the cover for the vinegar fly

Here is a striking image coming from the Taoist tradition about the importance of having a teacher in the pursuit of freedom. As in Vedanta, the Tao Master is familiar with the methodology to employ to take the student from where he is and lead him out of his narrowly self defined universe. Indeed, the paradigm shift that is needed is radical :

‘In the (knowledge of the) Tao am I any better than a fly caught in a vinegar tank? If the Master had not lifted my cover, I would have not known the universe in its amazing integrality.’

Chuang Tzu, XXI, Tian Zi Fang

Go further with the following links to Discover Vedanta, the yoga of objectivity

[1] Vedanta is a means of knowledge

[2] The methodology of teaching

[3] The role of the teacher


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