Several days ago, I was watching a documentary about a “Holy woman” who travels around the world giving hugs to the thousands of people who come to sit in her presence, but when one of her devotees said that this woman “wasn’t like the rest of us”, I just knew that this was not true. I’m not doubting the claims that others feel calmed and blessed by her, or even that her presence has dramatically changed many lives for the better, but no person is “holier” than another. No one should be worshiped or elevated to super-human status (or dismissed as unenlightened or unconscious).
The externals: titles, education, styles of worship, religious heirachy, and choice of religion (or not), have no bearing at all on who we really are. Some people are more “awakened” to their true nature (and thus become great blessings to the world) but we are all points of Divine consciousness, in the process of remembering who we are, and as this process unfolds within each one of us, we realize the equality of all.
“And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, “Stand up: I myself also am a man.” Acts 10:26