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Re: James Swartz—What is the Truth?
Posted by: Traveler99 ()
Date: February 27, 2020 10:42AM

For Heather: “No Guru!”
For me: No Group think, and No Blind Obedience


I think Heather and I are saying exactly the same thing. As usual with James Swartz, he only does good things accidentally. Even mentioning Ramana or Shankara is a good thing to new seekers, even as much else he says is lies and drivel. In Heather’s case his misuse of Guru-ship” taught her to never put faith in any person.

I’m suspicious, too. Very. Yet there are a few spiritual teachers that I have much respect for. I attend their satsangs, or Meditations or Meetings if they’re Buddhist, whenever I can.

However, if any of them ever asked me to swear loyalty, to promise blind obedience, or to do something I believed was wrong, I’d be out the door doing my best imitation of The Flash, though maybe after a few telling words.

As every real teacher has always said, your real ‘Guru’ is All That Is. It cannot be “objectified,” and we find it looking within, not out at “other” objects.

Heather has learned that. So for her a human Guru is unneeded, even as a good spiritual teacher with wise counsel might be appreciated occasionally.

Ramana Maharshi’s Guru was the holy mountain Arunachala. If she ever does have any queries, a meditation aimed that way might be all she needs...

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Re: James Swartz—What is the Truth?
Posted by: Traveler99 ()
Date: March 02, 2020 11:34AM

Does
“The Intermediate Zone”
Of Sri Aurobindo
Explain the Crimes
And Spiritual Lies
Of James Swartz?


Sri Aurobindo’s “Intermediate Zone” explains at least some poor, half-baked, self-inflated, and badly behaving (sex, drugs, fame, power, and/or money) ‘spiritual teachers’ who are out there.

Might it explain the gaseous abscess that is James Swartz? Let us explore Sri Aurobindo’s concept to see.

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Sri Aurobindo (from a letter to a disciple)
=== Characteristics ===
Aurobindo asserted that spiritual aspirants may pass through an intermediate zone where experiences of force, inspiration, illumination, light, joy, expansion, power, and freedom from normal limits are possible. These can become associated with personal aspirations, ambitions, notions of spiritual fulfilment and yogic siddhi, and even be falsely interpreted as full spiritual realisation. One can pass through this zone, and the associated spiritual dangers, without harm by perceiving its real nature, and seeing through the misleading experiences. Those who go astray in it may end in a spiritual disaster, or may remain stuck there and adopt some half-truth as the whole truth, or become more an instrument of less


To me, the answer is “No.”

It would seem that teachers who were out there due to this concept might at least start out believing that they are awakened or even enlightened. Swartz never was. He was a fake from the get-go, and he knew it. He was a mediocre businessman who found an easy way to get money and to get laid. The spiritual teacher racket worked for him almost his whole life. Even after having been revealed as a rapist, a con man, and a spiritual fraud he is still able to keep it together well enough (that is, to keep fooling people into supporting his ‘teachings’) to make a living for himself and his apparently unstable wife.

He was never in the Intermediate Zone. He never made it even that far.

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Re: James Swartz—What is the Truth?
Posted by: Valma ()
Date: March 14, 2020 04:14PM

The other day i landed on the site of Shiningworld and read with fresh eyes an “e-satsang” by J Swartz. What I found in this text was a mixture of correct statements with untruths as well as red flag statements that should alert anyone. I am sure there are plenty examples of this in his “satsangs” and I won’t mention this particular text as I want to focus on the mechanism at play.

This is very tricky for seekers: attracted by truthful statements they won’t yet have the necessary discernment to detect what part is untrue in what is being said. But the correct truth-contained statements are enough to trigger some faith in the teacher and make you want to follow him. The question is: how can a seeker, particularly a beginner, have the capacity to know if a teacher is reliable or not? (That is why is in some traditions it is the discerning teacher who calls or decides whom he wants to train or instruct, not the other way round).

But let us follow what happens next. As a seeker wanting to know more, you will continue to follow that teacher and listen to what he says, still unable to fully discern if what he says should be trusted entirely or not. Soon enough, you are hooked especially if he has some charisma and siddhis in store; he seemed to know so much more than you do and you develop a relationship with him as your spiritual authority. Now it will be all the more difficult to question anything that may be untrue, as loyalty creates a bond which will make it difficult for you to do so as it could possibly break that bond which you psychologically cannot afford to break for whichever personal reason.

When rumors arise about possible unethical behavior, mild or gross, you will reject them as attempts to smear your spiritual hero. This is understandable because you are now fully invested in him and “his” teaching and don’t realize that you have taken on indiscriminately the true and untrue that he nourished you with. This will be all the more evident if the teacher endorses you to become yourself a teacher of your own in his school. That is how once pure teachings become over time distorted and diluted because of impure human transmission.

When I look back on nearly 20 years of following a questionable spiritual teaching a long time ago, precisely because of the reasons mentioned above, my inability to break free from it earlier were also rooted in intellectual laziness and the arrogance of believing I had found the Ultimate in terms of Truth.

In these times rife in corruption, lies and deceit, when it comes to spiritual teachings, I feel it is best to develop first a strong critical sense which helps listen to one’s gut feelings as to what is right and appropriate for us. As for spiritual teachers out there, if their life are not of high ethical standards in all their doings past or present, if we can’t find in them a natural humility and service without expectation, I consider better to avoid them entirely and follow our own quiet inner guidance wherever it takes us.

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Re: James Swartz—What is the Truth?
Posted by: Traveler99 ()
Date: March 23, 2020 10:50PM

""Do Not Let Anyone Exploit This Pandemic"
Wise Words
of Warning
During a Stressful Time



Corboy did a fantastic post regarding "Do Not Let Anyone Exploit This Pandemic."

I've broadened it a bit below.

Now, is the self-confessed criminal James Swartz doing any of what is warned about below? Is Aaravindha Himadra? Anadi? Madhukar?
My guess is that each is doing at least some of it, but it would be interesting to hear for sure.

Following is the slightly amended Post by Corboy:

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Corboy (a slightly broadened post)
If your teacher/s use the covid-19 virus epidemic to increase your fear and guilt, they are not true or worthy 'Spiritual Teachers.'

Beware and get away from any teacher, leader or group that does any of the following or more:

* Who suggest this epidemic was caused by your sins, caused by your having doubts or misgivings about the leader, the group, the teachings.

* Who exploit this to further entrench teachings that we are in the end times, the Kali Yuga, that the rest of the world is damned and that you in the group of of the Elite, and will shed your samskaras (cosmic cooties) if you pray harder and yet more obedient to the leader, the teachings, the group. This is exploitation.

And spirituality is not an exclusive country club whose members must pass scrutiny and jump through hoops and pay big bucks to join.

Spirituality is a big tent for everyone.

* Beware if they ask for increased donations and increased prayer claiming it will protect the elderly leaders who have the power to walk you through the Kali Yuga. That's spiritual slavery that will continue long after this epidemic is over.

* Exploits Shelter in Place by demanding that you view yet more videos, yet more conferance calls in ways that increse your anxiety

* Distrust any leader or group using social media and conferance calls to monitor you yet more intensively than before.

* Suspect any leader or group whose social media, conference calls, directions for increased meditation, visualization, prayer, take you away from your family when your family need you more.

* When this interferes with your taking breaks to look after yourself and do things you enjoy.

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Re: James Swartz—What is the Truth?
Posted by: Traveler99 ()
Date: March 27, 2020 01:39AM

New from Sliming World:

Swartz's Staff, and Profits, Deserting Him?

James "Criminal Jim" Swartz and Spouse,
Despite the Proceeds from their alleged Rip-offs
of people,
Now Lacking for Volunteer Help
and Begging for Donations.


I don't subscribe to the Shining World Newsletter. To me, it is "bullshit covered with whipping cream." It can appear nice, but when you go into it in any depth, you are soon very disappointed, if not outright disgusted.

However, two friends saw fit to send me a link to the newest (March 2020) version.
It seemed to be the usual Swartz-ian combination of some actual valid spiritual insight mixed with his distortions, prejudices, and self-glorification, except for two parts which were contained in a section called "An Appeal."

As one friend wrote,
"Apparently the word is out. People are realizing that James Swartz is what Heather has said he is--a fraud, a liar, a conman, and, the more they get to know him, 'yeah, he probably did rape her when she was fourteen.' Therefore, Swartz is lacking volunteers (Krishna forbid he pay anyone) to run his website, and he and his wife are hurting for money. Part of this could be because they've needed to cancel his profitable teaching visits to England, Germany, and the Netherlands, and might have to cancel Spain. It's also obvious that, due to the coronavirus and, hopefully, people getting smarter, that few if any are going to the (fraudulently attained) Spanish ashram."

The coronavirus is a terrible thing. However, that it is negatively effecting James Swartz and the spreading of his vomitous teachings is one happy side effect.

Below is the "Appeal" from Swartz.

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Shining World Newsletter -- "James Swartz needs help"
AN APPEAL
UNFORTUNATELY, TWO FACTORS impact unfavourably on our ability to continue to disseminate the peerless teachings of Vedanta: Covid-19 and my inability to maintain the website. We have been particularly blessed by volunteers so far, but volunteers have their own lives and are not always available to do timely work. Because I can’t add new content, sales of books and videos on the website are not sufficient. Additionally, there will be no income from seminar donations for the foreseeable future. We sold our flat in South Africa to pay off our Listening...Reflecting...Assimilating.The Essence of Enlightenment: Vedanta, the Science of Consciousness by James Swartz.5.
mortgage, but the South African rand is tanking as we speak, and if the global financial situation continues its downward slide, it is doubtful that we will be able to pay off the mortgage in full. We have enough savings to pay our daily bills, so the situation is not dire, and of course eventually things will turn around and go back to normal. In any case, whereas I’m always reluctant to ask, ShiningWorld needs help, so please donate.

True Vedanta is indeed not to be surpassed, but Swartz has never taught it and doesn't know it. A careful reading of this Subject on this Forum proves that he's lied about his spiritual history, his "awakening," and most other parts of his (sordid, and self-confessed criminal) life. That he has no seminar income for the foreseeable future, and that his 'volunteers' have fled the sinking ship, is, to me, justice (others would say 'karma' or 'payback').

As for Swartz's words in the final sentence, "ShiningWorld needs help", well, yes. Absolutely. But not financial help. James Swartz has "needed help" psychiatrically since at least the 1970's. Sadly, it is likely he'll never get it.

Good luck to everyone with the coronavirus and the societal and economic shock waves that come with it (well, almost everyone...).

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Re: James Swartz—What is the Truth?
Posted by: Valma ()
Date: March 27, 2020 03:08PM

Thanks for the update, Traveller 99

But honestly, if anyone needs urgently donations it is those people who are doctors and nurses who are in dire situation at the moment and lack tools, masks, beds, etc. it is hospitals and all doctors who do not follow the official rigid line and are banned or threatened for helping their fellow beings. Those need help and support before anyone else in these times!



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