i wonder if there may be some danger in a collective as well: **"The danger of ego inflation through inappropriate feedback, is lessened by membership in a (fairly) equal organization, with some expectations ON the spiritual teacher being imposed by the organization, and some sense of “equal brotherhood” also being imposed."**
perhaps, but it may also lead to a formation of an elitist group, eventually bound to its own internal tradition - I can see this in the natural progression of any secret society, or magickal order, and especially in the branches of specialized sciences
both rock stars & gurus should consistently believe themselves to be a fad. and if one applies N. Senada's theory of obscurity to gurus, one quickly comes to appreciate taoist hermits.
I wonder though, is ego the issue, or a false ego shell that overlays the true center of the self? in other words, are we actually talking about over-inflated personas gaining controll of the conscious self? the idea of actors worshipping the ones who've made it because they don't dare destroy their own ideal of success is a fascinating characterization, and one that will linger in my mind until I've dealt with it sufficiently