I want to try to keep you awake through this. His methods are not the usual methods. You might think him your usual fakir, like a monk or a teacher from the mountain who simply sets out to confuse, still the mind so that it comes to itself. No, his is another way. There is a way, if you can take the practice of faith. But only by overcoming the faith will you conquer the way. Because there is hard work involved, you will feel tired, and in the work there is a wisdom of experience, where learning comes in gushes and falls, like the way of gravity and physics undermining your determinacy, but all the more from you because it is your exhaustion, the sweat of your exertion. You will learn to trust yourself, but only if you first trust him.
If you take him at his word. You will fail. Some call him a charlatan, because he tells a doctor that the patient does not need treatment. She has vomited blood and you have diagnosed her with an intestinal ulcer. But you know better. He is wrong, and you take her to be treated, to have surgery. You learned to trust your own instinct, to realize when you are right and you don’t need to listen to your ‘guru’. Will you take this as a lesson? Or as a point of departure? Even if you never return to the institute, you are changed. Even if you still seek after teachers all your life, you will count your time here as a valuable learning experience. But what if they still call him a fraud?
It is not for anyone to say, except those who meet upon the way, and those who either work and overcome, or are still stuck in their ways. Even the teacher may at the end of his life say that his work was all a sham, and there was no higher purpose to any of it. Is there a real ‘fourth way’? Do all of his teaching compend into a real wisdom or is it just words and situations, just times when labors were put toward improvement and time passed in times of attempted learning. What does the real master say? What is the answer?