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They are not sects, they are traditions - all equally valid and wholesome in how they guide students towards realization and discovery and maturity. Each appeals to different personality types, but if authentic, they should be similar in realization.

Aversion to chanting and forms etc. is just another aversion. This perception, I feel from where I sit, is a little one sided and drier than my experience of Buddhist traditions.

There's a reason that all spiritual traditions including Sufism, Christianity etc. utilize chants and the like - because it takes one of oneself - and in that there is commonality.

JL

I personally have found chanting a mantra to be very effective in reducing mental activity to one uplifting thought and, from there,to eliminate that one thought to enter the stillness.

My teacher once instructed me on the value of rituals. For those who cannot enter easily into the stillness of the clear vision, rituals focus all the senses on the "divine" throughout the course of the ritual and can be very effective in elevating such people to a higher level of spiritual consciousness.

I was taught not to criticize the chanting and rituals of others.
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Seems to me being a "spiritual teacher" is everyone's destiny. To mentor and guide those who are lacking in some awareness or understanding, but I must be what I want to teach in some very advanced way I think. To where I am not teaching or expressing what I know, but am instead, teaching or expressing what I am.

Wonderful point ! "Teaching" is simply "expressing what I AM".
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Wonderful point ! "Teaching" is simply "expressing what I AM".


Then we have some who teach what they pretend to be
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