If that is my job, then I should be able to tell people what my profession is. If I choose that path as mine, then is it not a lesser crime to be able to talk about what one does for a living than to be silent about it because some doctrine says that I should be humble?
The act of being consistent with a principal because it is labeled as “good”, or from a mindset that “defying it implies threatening honor and integrity” is an action inherently rooted in ego itself. Although this practice certainly can promote spiritual growth, as it is in essence a form of discipline, we eventually want to move past this stage, past the attachment to what is “good” or “bad”. Ultimately, if a belief is the source of motivation and drive for one’s manifestation in this hyper-dimensional existence (and hence one’s expression and speech), then there are undoubtedly going to be limitations on one’s life. A belief system (in this case: the idea that we must be humble at all times and at all costs) that is held as an absolute truth without question is nothing more and nothing less than a construct of the mind in the form of a system of values… a program that runs on a loop in the same way your computer works.
I would argue that in this case it is absolutely not egotistical to refer to oneself as a guru, if in fact that is the Truth….
In fact… in the case that this is the Truth, and none other than the Truth, then the ability to see past the social expectation of you to be humble and reserved and to wave the flag of truth despite the fear of being criticized and ostracized for your arrogance is in reality the complete opposite of an act of ego: it is an act of sacrifice and austerity. It is an act of pride to try to make sure that you are appearing humble to all of your onlookers. Swallowing that pride and allowing the Truth to flow freely from your mouth–even and ESPECIALLY if it is regarding yourself–is the ultimate act of humility.
This year I am confirming that my profession is as a Guru of Tantra.
It is who I am. It is who I was born to be. It is the state for which I sacrificed an entire life, education, and material existence to embody. (Read more) A state of being desired… now acquired.
Om. Om Om.
Hari Om Tat Sat.