Originally Posted by arpee
The backgrounds of Jerry and Esther, are irrelevant. It is what they teach that is important. Their teachings are what is having an effect on people's life, not their background...
This is untrue and dangerous, leading to cult mentality and hero worship. A teacher's life should be fully examined along with his teachings. The reason is because humans are so skilled in deception that it's impossible to know what a person's motivations are without this knowledge.
It is not a teacher you should be studying but life and existence and consciousness itself. Knowing the specific motivations behind teachers' actions helps in that goal, and refusing to examine them hinders.