Re: From Hu-chat: Is your life getting better or worse?
> Sometimes material wealth canis
> blind us and hinder us to look further, and sometimes the reverse
> true - in any case, material wealth per se does not say anythingis "spiritually
> about the character of the individual nor if he/she
> advanced" (whatever that means) or not.People continue to create yardsticks for success! That is why the
initiations are so appealing to many eckists--those who are on the
fast track in achieving them! But those who wait years and years for
this recognition are so hurt and discouraged. It is really tragic,
because of the trickery involved in giving them out. The faithful
are being abused by the initiation system.
As to monetary wealth, have you ever considered what the bigger,
more generous donations buy an eckist in terms of initiations? I'm
sure it is noticed! People with professional titles are also on the
fast initiation track, because they look good as model higher
initiates! It makes eckankar all so appealing, because "successful"
people are progressing along its path; therefore, it gives the
teachings a higher validity. It's a pretty good marketing technique
even if the head guru "humbly" wears his ugly polester suit costume
for his big show! : )
- Hi on all!
commenting about the riches and luxurious living that awaited her in
the heavens/higher planes. She said that knowing that made her
struggles on this plane much easier to bear. I thought how sad to
see life that way--and not appreciate the here and now! It seemed to
me that she was wasting her present life by dreaming about another
one to come! --------
this remember on the christian 'paradise' in former times or, in very
orthodox groups today! IMO, 'the here and now'is the only 'paradise'!
not only god, but it is! we must attempt to realise it as good!
greetings and a good 2006 christel
--- In EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous@yahoogroups.com, "mishmisha9"
> Hi, Ingrid and All!
> I saw this post as well. I wonder how this person's material
> yardstick for measuring spiritual growth over a 50 some year
> lifespan makes other people (eckists) feel about their own growth--
> especially, if they are struggling in life and don't have it as
> nice? Interesting how some think who they are is reflected by
> what "wealth" they have! Was this learned in the eckankar
> or is this just an eckist who hasn't learned much about suchmake
> things? : )
> For myself, I appreciate whatever comforts I have achieved after
> many years of hard work, but at the same time, I recognize that
> other people have not accomplished the same ease, but yet, they
> do as best they can, and they enjoy life just as much as the nextin
> guy, if not more! What was taught in the "teachings"--was it not to
> have an attitude of gratitude? After all, what does one really need
> in the material sense?--for me, it is a roof over my head, warmth
> and enough to eat to not be perpetually starving. Anything more is
> bonus to be enjoyed.
> But considering the comments by this eckist on huchat, I recall
> attending a worship service in which the h.i. facilitator was
> commenting about the riches and luxurious living that awaited her
> the heavens/higher planes. She said that knowing that made herto
> struggles on this plane much easier to bear. I thought how sad to
> see life that way--and not appreciate the here and now! It seemed
> me that she was wasting her present life by dreaming about anothernot
> one to come!
> Well, it is nice that the person with the warm garage and nice home
> is happy and appreciative, but as Ingrid points out, so what? Life
> in general has improved for many people through the years--it is
> unique, and for those who live a little less affluently--it doesnot
> mean that they are spiritually lagging either! It all has to dowith
> attitude and what we appreciate about ourselves!how
> --- In EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous@yahoogroups.com, "ctecvie"
> <ctecvie@y...> wrote:
> > Dear all,
> > this is what I found on huchat not long ago. This eckist tells
> > her life improved after having joined Eckankar. I will commentin
> > directly in the quote.
> > Quote: I was just thinking back, when I grew up in Berlin,
> > waiting for the train or the bus, shuttling around forever,
> > cold or unbearable hot, waiting on drafty train stations in the
> > middle of the night. Couldn't get out of Berlin without waiting
> > line for 8 hours at check point Charley. Walking and walking darkRight
> > scary streets.
> > ***Me: So What? That was the situation 50 years ago (this
> > is around 50 years old). I can imagine that it was no fun to grow
> > in Berlin at the time. But there were so many more people in the
> > Eastern part of Berlin who certainly had it worse - and they
> > couldn't get over that wall at all!
> > Quote: And now? A warm car in a heated garage with heated seats,
> > driving over a heated driveway and for long distance my own plane
> > and pilot.
> > ***Me: If we take this as a yardstick, many people would be very
> > advanced spiritually because many people nowadays have a warm car
> > a heated garage with heated seats! OK, not everyone has an own
> > plane, but many take a plane nowadays.
> > Quote: The first 27 years I lived in apartments, usually on the
> > floor without an elevator, after joining Eckankar I lived in
> > comfortable homes overlooking an ocean, a lake or mountains.
> > now I am living in a historic home in town, going back toyears
> > in Minnesota.
> > ***Me: Living in apartments on the 4th floor without elevator is
> > the worst thing that can happen to us! I remember fondly my own
> > apartment in the 4th floor without elevator, bathroom outside and
> > shower in the kitchen! Of course it was not as comfortable as the
> > spacious apartment I live in now, with central heating and
> > But the first time I saw it, I instantly loved it and I knew that
> > this had to be "my" apartment. And I went a long distance to get
> > and fought for it!
> > Quote: Not to mention going from no or only distant friends to
> > family to gobs of people I love and having 7,000 people on my
> > mailing list.Amazing the things you see when you condense 50
> > into one paragraph - a different picture!love!
> > ***Me: Now it seems that we finally made it to the true point,
> > which, in my opinion, should have been mentioned first - the
> > The friends, the relationships we have! That is real improvement
> > my view. Not having 7.000 people on our mailing list, but a
> > we love and trust, and some true and close friends we can share
> > happiness and our darkest hours with.
> > Ingrid
> > PS: Welcome Dolly - I enjoyed your posts a lot and am glad you
> > shared you story and your insights with us. Keep on and let us
> > how it goes!