12923Re: Siddha Yoga
- May 26, 2004--- In email@example.com, "Vladimir Hristov"
> Hi everyone.Twice I've attended gatherings of Siddha Yoga folks.
> I wonder what is your opinion on Siddha Yoga meditation
> and our Guru: Swami Chidvilasananda as I did not find
> any posting on that subject.
> Is Siddha Yoga meditation unpopular or banned or
> Thank you in advance.
The first time was in Oakland for a satsang with Swami C.
I was with some folk who were very intent on getting me
to sign up. Too intent. They were over the moon about
their guru, when I personally wasn't at all impressed with
what she was saying.
However, the really scary thing was seeing all those
people shaking and swirling their bodies around. They
were supposedly under the influence of kriyas, but all
I saw was a kind of spiritual competitiveness. If you
weren't twitching, you weren't getting "it". And because
people want to be known for getting "it", everyone was
twitching and swirling like crazy.
My second visit was a small gathering of devotees on
a Sunday morning to chant the Guru Gita. There was
a TV monitor where Swami C would usually sit, and on
that monitor was a satellite-transmitted image of Swami
C. She wasn't doing or saying anything, just smiling.
To this image on the TV screen, devotees were chanting
the Guru Gita. I thought this was preposterous.
In my opinion, way, way too much emphasis is placed
on the Swami. It's a personality cult, and those are
the worst venues of all to acquire spirituality, IMO.
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