GURU RATING: 4 / 5 (GREAT)
Aziz Kristof (a.k.a. Anadi) is a Polish guru known for his teachings (in English) about the various states of spiritual enlightenment or consciousness. His expression veers on the intellectual but resonates with a distinct poetic quality that points to his self-realization.
As with many spiritual gurus, Aziz experienced a glimpse of his true nature in childhood. This propelled him forward. His journey took him to Korea and India.
Aziz has a special affinity for the Advaita teachings, though he is never shy to critique them when they go astray or are misinterpreted. For instance, he correctly reproaches certain Advaita teachers for not emphasizing, or even discouraging, spiritual practices. Refreshing.
The journey to wholeness
The spiritual enlightenment process, according to Anadi, is essentially the evolution of consciousness.
For instance, an animal that cultivates an ego, if that was possible, could be considered spiritually enlightened relative to its previous state of consciousness. The same holds true for people.
Aziz breaks down humanity’s evolution of consciousness into three distinct phases: enlightenment to the State of Presence, enlightenment to the State of Being, and enlightenment to the State of the Heart.
Challenge of expressing the ultimate
Is Aziz spiritually enlightened? Undoubtedly. His teachings are not for every seeker, however. Different paths exists for different types of people.
You will greatly appreciate his work if you can keep up with his writing style, which is complex, and if you have the capacity to appreciate the poetry of life.
Without the former, it may prove difficult to comprehend what he is actually saying. That’s a common criticism. Without the latter, his writing will come across as spiritual mumbo-jumbo. He’s not for everyone, but he’s certainly for some.
One imagines that these constraints would fall away were one to meet with him directly. He offers spiritual retreats that include intensive sitting and walking meditation as well as personal one-on-one meetings with him. If his writings appeal to you, don’t miss out on the opportunity.
“Beyond the turmoil of our phenomenal existence, beyond our insatiable search for happiness, lies hidden the great way, the inner way to our original state of wholeness and completion. Discovering the way, we finally realize the purpose of our creation and the meaning of our life on earth. Our true life as conscious existence dawns only the moment we awaken from the dream of the human mind and begin our journey into the heart of the self.” – Aziz Kristof