is Part 4 of Chris Tong's six-part article, Why
Great Spiritual Realization Requires a Spiritual Master.
If, as Adi Da says, Truth is always already the case, how can any process I
engage in (including a process involving a Spiritual Master) realize the Truth?
One of Adi Da's many major contributions to our understanding of Reality and the
Great Tradition of the world's esoteric practices and schools was to identify
and correct a flaw in logic that He referred to as the "Talking School" error.
The logic goes as follows: Since Truth is already the case, there is no method
one can fruitfully engage to "find" the Truth (including any process involving
a Spiritual Master); therefore, what one should do instead is simply meditate
on what is already the case (in some verbal form: for example, "I am That") until
one Realizes It. In this section, we examine Adi Da's criticism of this logic,
and why a deeper understanding actually confirms the absolute need for the Spiritual