The way I see it is, anybody who judges another’s practice or meditation, is just advertising their ignorance. The Way is not “one size fits all.” There is no concept in Buddhism that says “if you do it like this, then this will happen.” Or if there is, it comes from some man’s mind. Buddhism is a set of guidelines, a road map for the purpose of awakening to the possibility of knowing the truth. Actually “seeing the waterfall” is very different than continuing to study the map that will take you there. I see so many people forgetting to first wake up. They seem hung up on the maps and methods. I’m not saying that the maps are not valid.
We are like fingers on the same hand, all plugged into the hand, but each operating independently. On the surface, we have species commonality, but that’s about it. Anyone who judges right and wrong, with regard to practice, no matter what they have personally experienced is acting from ego. None of us really know what is true for someone else.
Our minds are limited, just as a dog will never be able to grasp the concept of Algebra, even with the eloquence and detail of the explanation. We can’t know what is true for someone else. We attribute our “puny” mind to be at the top of the chain. Not so much, really. But we rely on it so dearly, giving it the highest honors. We give it divine properties to say what is true for somebody else. The truth, as I experience it, is that we are not the mind, or even the body. The actual truth is something so foreign to us that our mind cannot begin to comprehend it. I have the “gut or heart” feeling that it is wonderful, but like everybody else, “I don’t know.” It can’t be explained in terms of atoms, which is the substance of this universe. We can’t get there by thinking, practicing or study. It seems to me, once you are established, it happens by letting go of those very things.
The concept and precepts laid out in Buddhism, are what worked for some people and because we are all connected species wide, like the finger on the hand, there is some probability they might work for another person to have this awakening, especially if they are drawn to it by their karma. Again, to me, it is the giving up, letting go and “the ultimate sincerity “ of the practitioner that move him/her along. It seems to me that at their core, all major religions teach the same concepts. Don’t lie, cheat or steal, be kind to others, don’t kill, don’t attach, trust, etc. It isn’t the hours they sit for meditation or whether they are vegetarian or not, but rather the underlying sincerity that they apply the concepts to the way they live their lives. Seekers keep reminding themselves to “wake up” to what is. We are all connected (fingers) on the same hand (self). We are all brothers/sisters under the Self. Judging is foolish. Only provide help where you can, with the depth of your sincerity.