One of the joys of writing thousands of blog posts is reuniting with one of my long-forgotten creations.
Today I saw that a new comment had been submitted on a post.
This is hilarious! Love it!
Naturally I had to check out what was so hilarious and lovable. Unsurprisingly, after I read what I'd written seven years ago I thought to myself: This is hilarious! Love it!
Check out "Top ten signs you're a fundamentalist Satsangi." It will make more sense if you know something about the Indian religious organization I used to be a member of.
But the inspiration for this post is religious hypocrisy. And that's a virtually universal phenomenon among faiths, whether of East or West.
Here's a sampling of the ten signs:
(4) You have worked diligently for years toward merging your soul with God’s spirit, establishing a direct personal relationship with the divine. However, if an impulse or intuition comes to you that isn’t given a thumbs-up by the Sant Mat books, you’re afraid it’s a trick of the “negative power.”
(3) You are grateful that you’ve broken free of traditional religious dogma that required you, without evidence, to have faith that a dead Son of God will save your soul after you die. Yet the only difference is, now you have the same unfounded faith in a living Son of God.
OMG those ten plus the additions are so perfectly right on! I so wish i had duscovered this blog while I was married to the mob. It would have saved my sanity!!!
Posted by: Skeptic | June 07, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Keep calm. No one is in charge.
Posted by: Ultra Monk | June 07, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Oh yes, I love your "top signs" too!
Every religion makes you feel guilty. It's an indoctrinated guiltyness from the cradle.
I heard Alan Watts say in the video I posted yesterday:
"Christianity makes you feel you've crucified Christ"
Every master/guru puts up barriers for you which you have to surmount; there are restrictions imposed, requirements to fulfill. They just don't want you to realize that it is enough to be what you are.
Or maybe better said: the human himself wants to make it difficult, feels that it is necessary to pay a price for everything. And the gurus just make use of this attitude.
So everybody should get rid of this burden.
Posted by: Sandra | June 08, 2013 at 12:09 AM
For me what was crazy making being married to one of these satsangee nuts was the hypocrisy. I don't think I would have minded the commitment to irrational rituals and rules if there was a modicum of self awareness and reflection that allowed him to realize the similarity with other religions. Instead there was always this attitude that unlike Sant Mat religions were stupid and irrational brainwashing filled with useless rituals and rules.
Posted by: Skeptic | June 08, 2013 at 06:44 AM
You don't have to go there
You don't have to pay a cent
You don't have to read anything
myself I read Adi Granth but that's from
another school of thinking
You only have to repeat these words 24/7
and be attentive for some sound stream
and everything follows automatically
Posted by: 777 | June 09, 2013 at 03:34 AM