Thank you for your expansive responses.
You raise some interesting points, and I will endevour to re-read them sometime tonight. I do not expect however that I will respond further.
"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -