Re: Chris Butler, Jagad Guru, Science of Identity
Date: July 10, 2021 08:42PM
There is no such a thing as a free lunch in this ruthless jungle.
The so called devotees get many advantages too.
Bliss, security of having a community, inner peace, a strong prefabricated belief, some bread crumbs mystical synchronicities aka Krishna’s arrangement, promise of going back home for good (be it true or a lie), burning off Karma, protection from the mind (by being busy beyond 24 hours a day)...
Be it all a fantasy or real, it is a safe haven that comes at a price.
If the guru and other devotees are decent, then the price to pay will just be the austerities of following the regulative principles, chanting x number of rounds, Kirtans...
Getting up early... accepting that guru will need to give you permission to breath...
In the case of SoI, the price to pay is much higher because the leader is not so Kosher.
They must deal with abuse, anger, partialities, suicide, fear, slavery in the name of devotional service.
However as I said it many times, the rewards are possibly greater than the pain.
When I see people crawling back like submissive dogs after being put in the dog house for few years, it shows me that the addiction to the spiritual crack and the sense of security is all that counts.
Why should I even respect beings who have no respect for themsleves.
Because this process kills the sense of self and encourages one to give, give, give, give. It is just way out of balance.
It is like the life of caregivers who end up in burn out and depression.
Because they have no time to take care of themselves.
One should pay all respects to others and expect none in return. It is all about others and paying slight attention to self is seen as being self centered.
It encourages very destructive self talk: I am fallen, I am a demon, I am this and I am that.
Once a person gives away their identity like this, they will depend on the group and guru to exist.
If they enjoy the life of JOB. Being tested over and over again every day, then let them enjoy that.
It is a blissful form of masochism.
I do not encourage selfishness. I admire acts of kindness and generosity.
But this process is way too out of balance in a society where even devotees and spiritual masters can be wolves.
I am all for exposing the lies and abuse.
However am done feeling sorry for those who enjoy being locked in a spiritual mental hospital.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/10/2021 08:43PM by Truth wins.