Re: cult leaders-evil or misguided
Date: December 05, 2008 10:53PM
I think it's a combination of the two... I'll try to explain what I am trying to convey without this in any way meant as those reading here, assuming them to be unaware or ignorant. If they were, they wouldn't be on this forum in the first place.
Certainly, from my own observation over the years with various so-called "new age writers/teachers", starting with Louise Hay (though I doubt she was the first one, but in my limited curriculum, that's where it started for me anyway), crossing the borders to the religious, ecological gurus (Al Gore), or whoever else feels, at least at the onset, very passionate about a theme, doctrine or - maybe in more plain sight & view, the likes of Lee Iacoca, Warren Buffet, etc. - their career & their credo for making it 'big', they, by the very intensity, enthusiasm, fervor & consistent input (in the multifarious forms as this forum so beautifully puts on display!), almost, by some oddball 'Law of Attraction' kind of energy, "affect" their immediate environment.
Whether it is Paramahansa Yogananda, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, any 'preacher-teacher-political horse' or 'business guru' "out there" drumming up "support for their cause", it ends up, feeding in on itself - i.e., it becomes an independent, autonomous movement that feeds off itself & has taken on a life of its own. There is a dynamic that develops in spite of itself, simply because, to a certain degree, that is the nature of 'energy in motion' (e-motion).
Most of those being too much out in the public arena, whether they be 'stars' (an area that creates its own cults by admission) or political 'heroes' (to apply with extreme reservation & caution in this context because most of them are not kosher). The Obamania-cult comes to mind here, religious leaders such as the Dalai Lama who is a funny little man allright & who I saw in London way back, cracking jokes all the time, which doesn't really entice one to take him seriously (apologies to those I might have treaded on their spiritual toes - warning - I'm not finished with sweet but cheap little DL)... I'll get back to the DL later...
What I'm getting at is, that a lot of these people at the outset might have had good intentions, if not necessarily with the required awareness to deal with the 'onslaught' of the followers & the consequences such a self-fulfilling 'prophecy of succes beyond my wildest dreams' might bring with it...
I have seen it time & again that the people who are the 'spider in the web' so-to-speak, didn't necessarily go out on purpose to create ill-gotten movements, but that in a paradoxical "falling back on itself" "re-action*, they've become a victim of their own success. Elvis was prime example of this. And although there are certainly individuals "on the circuit" that have, by nature i.e., by natural inclination a much greater tendency to endulge their depravity, their base urges (it's a zoo all right!), there are those who simply cannot deal (are unable to cope) with the demands of what their 'fans', 'followers', 'groupies' want or expect of them.
*Re-action as I would like to emphasise it within this context is that rather than taking action out of a conscious, clear-headed mindframe, someone thrown into the maze of an emotional "pool of feelings" - mixed with ego, their conscious as well as their un-conscious motives/drives - much like a steered, remote-controlled object, as in the case above, ends up becoming a "pawn" of their own ill urges & 'hidden agendas', a.s.f.. Hence, the emphasis on "re" as it would pertain to a 'response' rather than the one making a deliberate, focused choice to act with an ethical sense of responsibility.
This in itself creates a kind of counter-cyclic effect on the 'leader' in question. Be they 'hero', star, political horse, new age guru, business guru, preacher, teacher, etc - 'titles' which are interchangeable because they have the exposure & the 'projection canvas of expectations' in common.
[This, also, is by no means trying to be a 'cult-leader apologist' - nothing could be further from my intention. As I have stated elsewhere, I am allergic to anyone who tries to 'sell me' their "brand" of "living the life as I tell you to!"]
So, if, by natural tendency to be narcissistic & feed one oneself, yet at the same time being confronted with all the demands being made on them from the "outside", they, (I intuit) go into a kind of "flight "re-action mode". Somehow, it seems to me, that they feel very pressured to uphold the image their ilk (groupies & the public at large) have of them so in a kind of knee-jerk reaction, in order to cope with an ever increasing (but humanely unmanageable) expectation to be a "super-human" (projection canvas), they end up going off the rails, taking ever more outrageous 'liberties' not just for themselves (though primarily so), but the "chosen" ones who have been given 'permission' to be "near" the cult figure in question.
I've noticed time & again that if those people take "groupies' baths", they end up losing themselves. Ironic as it may seem, they no longer are able to hear their own voice (too much chatter, energetic begging, wanting, asking to give of themselves from those around them), much less have clarity of what is 'appropriate' &/or a "no-go zone". Those that have a strong, emotionally mature & self-developed sense of Self (or, plainly put, are on a whole, a balanced individual), that know how to curb their base instincts (insatiable powertripping, giving in to greed, lust & their ego), are, IMO, much better equipped to avoid jumping on the "megalomaniac ego trip" that his 'followers', by circumstance, feed...though it still isn't a safe-guard for the 'trappings' of power & success & 'being in control'.
Gandhi was known to be a terrible father & a philandering husband. ML King had his dalliances, too & as has become known, he was in genuine conflict with himself & the 'message' of human rights he was spreading shortly before he was assassinated. JFK was, as far as I know, a sexual addict. Not to mention his dependency on medication drugs.
So even so-called 'clean' "gurus" (leaders, etc) are often "less than" what we have been 'fed' through the official information sources.
As uncomfortable as it may seem, it is always a 'feeding off' each other. Whether it is in a 'singular' relationship or in a 'group-frenzy' environment. Unfortunately, all too often, as has been observed here on the forum by various posters as well, those 'in the limelight' are often nothing but empty shells & by default, an ideal, if seriously dangerous & misleading projection canvas for the unfulfilled wants, needs & urges that are our own, but which are easier to "put over" on somebody rather than go inside of ourselves... Again, this isn't a "fit for all" module to apply to all & sundry whether it is within a cult or an individual relationship.
Although I am careful with throwing around too readily available 'terms' of "new age lingo", I do feel that there is some truth to the saying: "What you don't want to see in yourself (be that good or "bad"), is easier to throw at somebody pulling a bad trick on you".
This is not to say that those who have been born into a cult, or have been seriously abused by self-acclaimed gurus & the resulting movement that grew out of it (which is all too often the rule rather than the exception), are to be 'blamed' for having been born to followers of dubious characters. I do feel it is important to differentiate between two extremes. This example is one. Another would be the hype around the Dalai Lama or Obama.
As disrespectful as this may seem to some readers here, the DL has become browner in spite of his genetic origin (I dare say so given I'm Asian myself! Thank you very much!).
What I am trying to say is that his constant brown-nosing to the "high & almighty in (especially US) politics" (Sarkozy is another one to observe with extreme caution & suspicion!) has led to him making a joke of himself as a bona fide spiritual & religious leader. The Vatican is no better. Different garb, same BS. I find it disgraceful & seriously embarrasing that somebody like the DL who claims to be 'so enlightened' feels it necessary to be on every talk-show circuit, selling his spirituality to the highest bidder in La-La land (Hollywood).
It's revolting & utterly cheap. The lowest common denominator one can go down to. Is that evil? Certainly for somebody trying to be authentic, it certainly leaves a very high probability factor for the genuine seekers who would pursue that avenue of spiritual practice to wonder what all that circus is about. Like I said to someone else recently: "Do they really need to do this? How much more watered down can you get?" It's like pouring dioxin into clear stream of water. Poisonous.
Maybe, when I saw the DL in London, that was the sign of things to come (back at the end of the 90s). If I'm not mistaken, he was there as part of a "new age/spiritual expo" or some such similar blurb. Come to think of it, why wasn't the pope there? He's certainly DL's equivalent for the Christian indoctrinated crowds?
Speaking of the pope, if ever there was a genuinely evil 'messianic leader' out on the world stage fooling the sheep by the masses, it certainly is our dear little Nazi pope, 'Cardinal Rat-singer'. So, evil, as well as 'good' has a lot more faces than one might be inclined to think. The Vatican has had ties with Mafia that go way back. Andreotti was running the Italian parliament for a long time with the generous help of the Mafia & the 'support' from the Vatican. It's the Vatican, too, that allowed a lot of Nazis to make headway to South America as well as the US (Project Paperclip) because they collaborated with the Nazis throughout WWII & they had the power to give out passports to the Nazis. And, I hope that the readers here are aware enough to know that this was all 'approved of' by the pope himself.
The most 'obvious' evil-intended projection 'screens' (i.e., cult leaders) are not always the most powerful. Opus Dei is very good example of this. So are the Jesuits. All cult-like 'movements' fully integrated within the Vatican.
Nothing is as obvious as it seems. That is certainly one thing I've learned on my many "hit & miss", "trials & errors" on my path to find true & authentic spiritual guidance.