As long as you exist you make an effort and can follow a plan or teaching.The only "path" there is is the "path" taken away from your true nature. Stop following that path and you'll return consciously to where you already are. This is what the "teachings" are for, to get rid of the paths away from our true nature that we've been unconsciously following that hide that true nature. We can consciously follow a path to our true nature, but then who is it that makes that effort?
Your already there teachings only work for those that is basically on the edge and tipping over.
It's not mine its Papajis. He says so. He also states that none of his followers was given the true teaching because he thought they were all to arrogant.And how do you know this? Can you honestly state categorically that nobody has realized enlightenment through Papaji's teachings? Can you see how you've taken on a belief here, either a conclusion you've reached or a belief someone else has stated?
Now you are putting words in his mouth. He gave different instructions depending on who approach him. Of course his preferred method was reflection on "Who am I?" 24/7, but saying that the other methods are less he never states. When people reach the final goal what does the method matter? Saying that someone ain't ready for the direct methods is just another way of saying that the method does not work for everyone. Just in a more negative way.The implication of this is that "methods" are for those who aren't ready yet for the what he calls the "direct method". He knew that some people believed they needed specific methods, and so he would tell some people to do this or that particular thing, knowing that they would eventually arrive at the realization that nothing actually has to be done. So in a round about way you can say methods are needed until it's realized they aren't.
Different teachers have different methods but yes the present moment is very common in all teachings but what you are to do in that moment is something that differs.So if someone thinks they need a method then practice one, but don't let it get in the way of the most important point while using a method, the dropping of the method altogether. Keep returning to presence, to what is simple, to what's already here. A little reminder is enough when confused or struggling, "Who is this happening to?" Allow awareness to find itself. This doesn't mean sitting on your butt and saying to heck with it; it simply means to see clearly what's actually happening right now. This is a sort of non-method method.
Soto zen claims meditation only leads to enlightenment.
Rinzay zen claims koan studies and meditation leads to enlightenment.
Ramana Maharashi claims inquiry "Who am I?" leads to enlightenment.
Sufism has one way, gnosticism has its way, kabala another, and so on.
All paths leading to the same goal but with various methods and with various success. One thing seems to be true though the more work and the harder the persons worked for enlightenment when it finally happens it has a lot more impact and more lasting effect. There are levels in enlightenment also.[/quote]