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July 21, 2010

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Somebody is going to quote Linji so I might as well do it first: "If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him!"

There is a great book by psychotherapist Sheldon B. Kopp, titled "If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him!" Here the back-cover blurb:

"The most important things that each man must learn no one else can teach him. Once he accepts this disappointment, he will be able to stop depending on the therapist, the guru who turns out to be just another struggling human being."

Brian I become more and more embarrassed every time you remind me what I used to subscribe too.Keep it up !

My favorite maxim of late

"You do not know the Guru you only know his performance"

What !?

No RSSB apologists !

Maybe everyone has come to accept your divinity Brian.

Use this power wisely.

Can I be a regional representative ?

Dogribb, neither my dog nor my wife have come to accept my divinity, so I remain a prophet unrecognized in my own home. But maybe the worshipfulness will start from afar and work its way closer.

Sure, you can be a regional representative -- the first. Pick your region. Antarctica and Hawaii are both open, along with the rest of the world.

Tara, absolutely. International rep you are. Just share with Dogribb if he picks Antarctica.

As usual, a thought-inspiring post, Brian.

It makes me think of philosophical discussions about whether we have a part of us that can "sense" something spiritual, and thus judge what is a spiritual experience (or guru) and what is not.

I'm also thinking of some religions' reference to miracles to demonstrate that the holy person really is in touch with spiritual reality.

Something that a friend reminded me recently is that extreme skepticism can be applied to anything and is probably unhelpful. Even if the guru did something impossible, I could still argue that it was a trick.

Pondering...

Brian,

I would love to be your East Coast representative. I am waiting for your blessings. Maybe one day i might be so blessed to have your darshan.....

David

Now I give Radhasoami Faith view of Creation Theory. In Sar Bachan (Poetry) composed by His Holiness Soamiji Maharaj the August Founder of Radhasoami Faith the details of creation and dissolution has been described very scientifically. It is written in this Holy Book: Only He Himself (Supreme Father)and none else was there. There issued forth a great current of spirituality, love and grace (In scientific terminology we may call this current as gravitational wave). This is called His Mauj (Divine Ordainment). This was the first manifestation of Supreme Being. This Divine Ordainment brought into being three regions, viz., Agam, Alakh, and Satnam of eternal bliss. Then a current emerged with a powerful sound. It brought forth the creation of seven Surats or currents of various shades and colours (in scientific terminology we may call it electromagnetic waves). Here the true Jaman or coagulant was given (in scientific terminology this coagulant may be called as weak nuclear force and strong nuclear force). Surats, among themselves, brought the creation into being.

These currents descended down further and brought the whole universe/multi verse into being i.e. black holes, galaxies etc. were born.

Me thinks Tara is the wolf in sheep's clothing; a fraud posing as somebody for his/her own peculiar reasons.

DJ, I have no idea what you mean by a "wolf" or "fraud" in reference to Tara. What she speaks about is demonstrably true. At least, no one has refuted her statements. So where is the fraud?

Having corresponded with her via email, I can assure you that this is a sincere, honest person who is knowledgeable about RSSB. We all have our own "peculiar reasons" for doing what we do. How could it be otherwise?

Brian,
Sant Mat is a path of meditation, nothing more, nothing less. The outer Master puts us on the path of meditation to discover the inner Master, who is the Shabd or Tao or Nam or God. You totally missed the whole point of Sant Mat, which is meditation to discover the truth. Buddha taught the same thing, the path of meditation. David

David Hedges,

You are ignorant and lazy for not exploring all that Brian has said on the subject of RSSB on this blog over the years. Brian was devoted to RSSB for decades, wrote a RSSB book "Life is Fair" and was an official designated satsang speaker. He has been to Dera twice and has performed many hours of seva, by his account. And you have the nerve to say that he does not understand that RSSB is a path of meditation? Ridiculous. Volumes of discussion and debate on the subject are available in the archives.

Now for another view:

I have found that following a spiritual path has no particular relevance to 'understanding' which can occur at any time under any circumstance.

A spiritual path is based on the presumption of an individual that needs to go through a variety of disciplines and correct behaviors in order to purify and get rid of the 'I' or ego, and then achieve reunion with God.

The fundamental point that is missed is that the seeker, at every stage of this quest, is already what he/she is seeking. There is no way to make the seeker any more what they already are. It is a simple tweak of perception, of looking in the right direction, which is no direction at all, to see this: to see you are just a phantom, a dreamed character in a play you are playing a role in. There is no individual. No separate soul. No ego to overcome.

There are no particular qualifications for perceiving this because Presence is perfectly present in all circumstances and has no need for special diets, disciplines or gurus.

Presence is always present HERE whether one is loading the dishwasher or experiencing a grand vison of the creation in some exotic inner region.

When this is seen, the game of the spiritual quest appears silly, like a dog chasing it's tail. There is nothing wrong with playing that game. It is your role in the play. Carry on, have fun, but none of it leads to what you already are, which you are, whether you know it or not. You are looking for your glasses all over the house when all the time they are sitting on your nose. You are searching for what you are looking through.

What you already are is the unborn and thus undying Presence that is prior to all phenomena and thought. It can't be conceived or circumscribed in any way because in doing so it would be making an object out of itself. This objectivization is how the One becomes two and creation manifests and the illusion of individuality begins.

The One is playing a game of hide and seek with itself. All paths lead to nowhere because there is nowhere to go.

As far as Sant mat is concerned I admit to a disdain even though it really doesn't matter. Being a former participant I have a certain interest born of familiarity. I see the organization as dishonest and deceptive from the very top, perpetuating the myth of a soul that needs to be saved from the jaws of "Kal" and rebirth (what is there that was born that could ever die? A concept?), that needs to get to somewhere other than where it already is, and that a master guru has the power to take charge of all this! Spiritual naivite' is taken advantage of and innocent people and their seva efforts/money are being led down the primrose path to nowhere. After a lifetime of avoiding egg whites, rennet and chardonnay they may discover they were all along right where they were trying to get to and all those vows were just an unnecessary game.

Yet, I suppose RSSB has its function. People gravitate to what they think they need at the time until they see they don't need it anymore and the organization is recognized for what it really is.


David, I disagree that the Sant Mat "shabd" is the same as "Tao," and that Sant Mat meditation is the same as Buddhist meditation. This is a large subject, so I'm leaning toward making it the subject of tomorrow's blog post.

Tucson, you're right: likely I know more about the Sant Mat/RSSB teachings than 99% of still-practicing initiates. In the course of writing the two books that were distributed by RSSB, I read every RSSB book cover to cover and took extensive notes on the core teachings. And like you said, I gave satsangs (talks) for many years.

It's ridiculous to say that Sant Mat is just about meditation. Why is a guru needed if meditation is the only important thing? There's a whole theology and set of dogmas that have to be accepted along with the meditation.

I meditated in the RSSB fashion for several hours a day for about thirty-five years. So, yes, I do know something about Sant Mat meditation.

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