Nearly 200 years ago, Richard Francis Burton, an Englishman who was familiar with the Islamic world, wrote that there was a warning proverb for travelers:
"Conceal thy tenets, thy travel(itinerary) and thy treasure."
Banditry in cities and outside of cities was rampant. No effective policing.
You did not tell anyone about your funds, wise travelers pretended to be poor and unprofitable to bandits-bandits in the caravan and bandits on the road.
You concealed your beliefs or lack of beliefs because sectarian hatred was rampant and murderous.
Lastly, you did not reveal your itinerary or intended destination. You did not want your enemies or thieves to know where to set an ambush on the road.
Via social media, we risk setting ourselves up for plunder.
Today, via your trustful openess on social media, guru recruiters can learn all sorts of things.
* Your tenets/beliefs. You mention advaita, yoga, your interest in Ramanaashram
on social media. Bang, you've revealed you are a worthwhile prospect.
* Your travel itinerary. You mention which places you want to visit or have previously visited, places you hated, places you loved. Suppose you give lots of postive reviews to ashrams, mention bliss openings you experienced on yoga retreats, how you hope to make a career as a yoga teacher. A guru recruiter can tell the guru all about this. The guru will mention his yoga teacher training program or tell you he needs someone to help him create a yoga teacher program and asks you to help. Bang, you are hooked!
* Your treasure. The hotels you mention on social media, yoga retreats, events you attention will reveal your funds. You mention staying multiple days at Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai, that instantly reveals you have more funds than someone
roughing it in a backpackers hostel.
5 Disturbing Ways Narcissists Use Social Media To Terrorize You
A small excerpt.
Imagine that narcissists are like trained spies in the figurative Trojan horses that are social media accounts. They want to know anything and everything about you, so that they can later use your wounds against you. Having access to your social media accounts can give them an easy way to find out more about your likes, interests, hobbies, and desires. Remember, it’s possible for even a complete stranger to find out your life story should they do the due diligence of looking through your photos, your tagged posts, even your ‘About Me’ section. These investigative digs are crucial for the narcissist’s love-bombing stage, where they are first pursuing you with ardent fervor and need to unearth your vulnerabilities to do so.
It is also valuable for the devaluation stage, as it allows them to assess whether you’d be a viable target for their pity ploys and mind games. Solution? Don’t give them much access in the first place. Be selective about who you allow into your online spaces and make your privacy a top priority. It’s a good rule to have regarding anyone, regardless of whether or not they’re toxic, because it allows intimacy to unfold naturally at its own pace. By doing this, you communicate an important boundary to those around you: trust has to be built organically and cannot be earned blindly.
“Manipulative love bombers don’t just walk up and say: ‘We belong together.’ They have to give you evidence that it’s true. That’s why they target the vulnerable. Masquerading as ‘good listeners,’ the bomber gathers intel on your likes, dislikes, insecurities, hopes, and dreams. Before you know it, they’re saying you have so much in common, therefore you must be soul mates.”- Dale Archer, M.D., Why Love-Bombing In A Relationship Is So Devious
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