In the Eastern traditions like Hinduism and Buddhism initiation into any one or more spiritual practices is strictly reserved for a select few who the Master considers ready and worthy. Anyone who wishes to be initiated into spiritual practice usually will have to wait for weeks, months or years before the Master grants permission and initiates him/her as a disciple. Sometime it never happens. Upon acceptance of the student as a disciple, the Master guides him/her through the practice. If the disciple develops a spiritual ego, the Master is there to correct it.
With the commercialization of meditation, mindfulness and yoga, anyone can now start practicing meditation, mindfulness and yoga without a spiritual Master. In such an environment, the prevalence of spiritual ego among practitioners is to be expected.
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