Jan 14, 2017
Benchmarks and yardsticks are as useful in spiritual matters as
they are in other tasks. The term "benchmark" comes from the
measuring marks which artisan and craftspeople would make on their
workbenches. A yardstick is, of course, a measurement tool
most often associated with dressmakers and tailors because of cloth
being sold by the yard.
Most of us probably have the basis for making similar measurements because of the books and other literature we've collected. It is sometimes said that a spiritual "real one" can sometimes be identified by their collection of literature. If you recognize what kind of writings your personal library includes, you'll see how they can be used to measure what people say in the name of deities or spirituality.
Armed with that, you might be able to tell if someone is following the path they claim, if they are diverting for a valid reason, or if they are simply doing their own thing while using a label that does not belong!