Here is a link to one of the best website on spiritual matters, which I hope many of you are acquainted with:
One of it's many pages is one about the
, which is the practitioner who has
achieved the highest levels of attainment.
As Spirituality is subtle or intangible in nature, it is difficult to identify with certainty who is a spiritually evolved guide or Guru. A Guru is
very different to a teacher or a preacher. He is a beacon of spiritual light in our world, and teaches us the universal spiritual principles that
underlie all religions and cultures.
The site proposes that spiritual level can be described on a level from 1-100%.
A person is characterized as Guru at 70%, and the site estimates there to be 500 between 70-75 worldwide, 50 between 76-85, two from 86-90 and two
more from 91-100.
That's 554 worldwide guru's, folks. In a population of seven billion, it comes out to one in every 12,635,379.
As of today there are 267,553 members on ATS. A little over half have posted, and the vast majority who have posted are under 20 total posts. We have
less than 35,000 who could be considered regular posters (criteria more than 20 posts)
Now, this forum is can be of special quality when it comes to spiritual knowledge, but you see a good handful of people who seem to post as if they at
the highest level of enlightenment.
If there are ten true Gurus on this site that would be astounding, and more likely there are zero. We have to be careful of listening to people
overstating their enlightenment. This is highly deceitful may be a more damaging lie than for example, a political one, because you are shaping your
overall world view based on it.
There may be a higher potential for saints, which by the site's estimate there is a little over 10,500 worldwide. Some saints are at equal level as a
guru, but the guru is more effective in managing that high level. Check out the sites.
Any members of high enlightenment willing to identify themselves?
Or general discussion about the measurement system on this site...can a spiritual level be quantified at all?
How about speculation on breaking down the 554 gurus by nationality? Any in the US? Can you name any? Eckhart Tolle? Deepak Chopra? Would they