14663RE: [Meditation Society of America] Re: Stagnating the number of members and declining the number of messages.
- Feb 22, 2006Dear Bob and all,I agree with you mostly entirely. I wouldn´t pay so much attention to the issue of lessening posts. The small group of posters move from forum to forum...who knows what moves us to do so. But meditationsocietyofamerica, in my opinion, is one of the most reliable places for those seeking counseling and guidance.
I also hope in the future, more clarifying and wise words will be written and assimilated by the readers and practitioners of meditaion.Love,Maria Luisa
medit8ionsociety <email@example.com> escribió:
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "jogeshwarmahanta"
> Tne number of membership is stagnating and the number of messages per
> unit of time is declining.
> Is interest for meditation declining?
> Is success in meditation elusive?
> Is it frustrating to pursue meditation practice?
> What is the reality?
Yo Sri Jpgeshwar,
I am confident that the interest in meditation
is increasing, and has very little relationship
to how many posts this group gets or the
quantity of members we have. Our web site gets
millions of "hits" a year, and we are pleased at
the way that meditation is being found to be a
"normal" part of society's actions. I remember
back in 1987 when I first proposed teaching a
course at a local Community College, the person
who headed the adult education program said
"Well, it's a quack thing, but let's see how
the community responds". Many sold-out classes
later, virtually every staff member and teacher
at the school, as well as her own assistant had
taken our course, and we had received 100% favorable
ratings. And the pattern of sold out classes over the
past 18+ years at 5 different adult education programs
has demonstrated that there is a great desire for
meditation instruction, particularly when delivered
without any religious or cult-type obligations attached.
And I'm sure this growing acceptance is national and
international. Just last night, the Stephen Cobert
Report had Lama Suria Das as a guest (he was excellent!),
and he was treated as "for real" by the host, who usually
is one of the most sarcastic comics on TV. Also, Time
Magazine just had another feature story about a month
ago that praised and verified the medical and
scientific validity of meditation. So what I see is
that meditation has become "mainstream" and more and
more people have now found the "how-to" info and are
doing it, and the need to just talk about it via our
or other forums has lessened. And I think that is a
good thing. If you see the numbers of posts we had been
getting at some points in the past was over 1000 per month,
you could assume that there was a greater interest in
meditation, but that would be erroneous, as virtually all
of them were about which Guru was valid and which was phony.
And this still goes on (and on and on and on) at other forums.
But if you examine the actual content of the posts we get here
for the past year or so, I think you'll agree that they mostly
actually do have consciousness elevating potential. Also, as
far as the slow rise in new members, there is no need for anyone
to actually join the group to read the posts and enjoy
and benefit from the amazing resource that our archieved messages
are, unless you intend to post here. We still get hundreds of
email a week that this group and that the web site
generates, so I suspect that the number of people who are
checking out the group is great, while the number of those who
opt to join is much smaller. In any event, I'm pleased that
we have this vehicle to share techniques and concepts of
meditation, and appreciate greatly that you and others
do give your energy to making this group a highly valuable
resource for those seeking meditation knowledge.
Peace and blessings,
Bob Rose, President,
Meditation Society of America
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