Re: Article: Transmission in Aikido by George S. Ledyard
To prevent references to the great teachers and saints like Christ, Buddha, Mohammed and others, please consider that in most of the cases the considerable part of their lives has not been covered in the books which mostly discuss their teachings. In Buddha's case you can find some information about his experience involving teachers in Asvaghosha's works, in the case of Ramakrishna there are at least two (documented) gurus who lead him - woman and an ascetics. As I can remember, the time before Jesus started to teach, he was absent for pretty long time and this time is not documented. I assume he could be learning and he could do it not alone... I'm not familiar with Islam, so no comments here.