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, tygerpurr <no_reply@...> wrote:
> It's kind of like the power of Suggestion. We quite often see what
> expect to see or what we have been conditioned to see, hear, feel.
> Also, it may simply be wishful thinking or what we want based on
> denial of what really is. Children do this a lot as a way to cope.
> is normal to do this, but in a Cult environment the members are
> encouraged to create a world that is unreal. When you leave the
> at first it is scary because all of this delusion starts to go
> like the invisible picture. For myself, I learned a form of
> that involves just letting go and observing the flow of thoughts and
> feelings, 'til they just dissolve and disappear and my mind and body
> go into a state of deep relaxation that feels very free and
> What Eckankult does in their "spiritual exercises" is the opposite
> freedom. It is a practice in self-conditioning and an induced trance
> state based on preconceived Cult thinking, the worst of which is
> Harold Klemp's face as your object of devotion. Yuck!
> QUESTION AUTHORITY!!!
> Tygerpurr ; )
I agree, Tygerpurr! The way I tend to see this, the infinite no-thing
is a blank slate. We see in it what we want to see. And people are so
certain that what they see is the only correct vision. They will go
to war over such certainty, just as the fictional characters in this
excerpt began to fight amongst themselves!
Eckankar's vertical ladder of its value judgments regarding other
religions, with itself at the top is illusory. More and more, I see
instead a horizontal relationship between religions. In other words,
religions might have at least some merit, and they all often have
detrimental aspects that people should beware of, as well. They each
can provide, maybe, a little piece of the puzzle (being generous
here). I'll take a humble philosophy that doesn't lie over a
grandiose one that lies through its miserable teeth any day, that is,
if I choose any religion at all!
But I don't at all agree with the vertical hierarchy that some
teachings claim. What nonsense!
And I do think that science has its place in the world. Reason and
logic also can be useful, to state the obvious.
And I agree, question authority!!!
I hope all is well with you and family, Tygerpurr.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "tomleafeater" <tianyue@>
> Re: Images of our own making
> It seems I can't spell. Correcting the title, for what its worth.
> "There was once a painter who traveled into the cordillera in order
> to paint an invisible picture of Christ. When he finished, the local
> Indians scrambled up the rocks to examine it and found that it was,
> in fact, a picture of Viracocha. A Chinaman passing by went up to
> see what it was that was causing such excitement and found to his
> surprise that on the rock was a picture of the Buddha. The painter
> stuck to his assertion that it was Christ who was invisibly
> portrayed, and a loud and rancorous argument developed. In the midst
> of the altercation one of the Indians noticed that the picture had
> erased itself.
> The truth is that the mountains are a place where you can find
> whatever you want just by looking, as long as you remember that they
> do not suffer fools gladly and particularly dislike those with
> preconceived ideas."
> -Louis de Bernieres, in The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts