From the very first step on the path right now, all the way until you have reached the final end, it is of vital importance to rely on someone who is better than yourself. This is in order to direct your mind towards the spiritual practice of past masters and to raise your own level of experience and realisation.
Those who begin by being content and knowing “just this much” and cling to it, whatever insight it may be, will never reach the end of the path, even if they practice in solitude, and will therefore not notice any sidetrack or delusion. Other people may see you as a spiritual person, but for you personally there will be no progress.
from the book Jewels of Enlightenment: Wisdom Teachings from the Great Tibetan Masters
translated by Erik Pema Kunsang
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