- Hi, Zoey!
I thought all the writers who participated in the series were quite
the real deal. I'd like to see a follow-up series with more writers.
I'd never heard of Pema either, but I have a friend who has been
reading her books and resonating with Pema's beliefs.
I think it is good to see some different perspectives on famous
individuals, and in regards to religious memes, it would seem that
a good portion of the problems with peoples of the world is that
religions are teaching and preaching some very unhealthy habits,
attributing them to being the wishes of God. People fear not
entering the Kingdom of Heaven more than they do starvation
it seems. It's all delusion.
As for bad behavior being a evolutionary process in the individual
as taught in eckankar, well, it would seem this fits in with the idea
of the spiritual hierarchy and the fake initiations. As one pays his
karmic debts, he rises higher in consciousness--but of course, the
chela can overcome a lot of his/her bad behavior more quickly by
devoting much of his/her free time in doing vahana work by either
enticing more/new seekers to the cult or defending the lies and
deceptions of eckankar by debating the merits of the teachings over
on A.R.E. Just a couple of ways of being a good little eckie--but of
course, all of this effort is done with the expectation of reward: more
initiations and the good favor of the l.e.m./mahanta! Without this
reward, I don't think any chela would waste his/her time like this.
There has to be something in it for them--it is not a pure teaching
and the evolution from bad to pure behavior will never be achieved
when the individual is looking for payback--the ridding of karmic debt
and an assurance of ascending to whereever! : )
--- In EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous@yahoogroups.com, "zoey_true"
> mish, i caught that interview between moyers and pema. i had never
> heard of her at the time, and i have to say that i was quite touched by
> the woman. very sincere. i had the sense that pema was the real deal,
> at least she was on the real deal road.
> it is so interesting that you mention mother teresa. there is so much
> we could say about teresa's strength, tenancity, work ethic, good
> works, etc. but i have never thought of her as enlightened, which is a
> whole other ballpark. her spiritual ideology is, imho, misguided all
> round. man, it's hard to say those things about mother teresa.
> another question: christians believe that sin (wrong behavior) is an
> error in the will. buddhists believe it is an error in the
> understanding. eckankar says wrong behavior is an evolutionary process
> in the individual.
> any comments?