Wow, nice job, Dave.
I found the page most interesting, especially the part where Lane says nice things about me and this blog. For some (obvious) reason I found this particularly persuasive.
Lane is a bit more positive about the India-based spiritual/religious organization we both have belonged to, Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB). Which is led by a guru, Gurinder Singh.
We do share skepticism that the guru, or any guru for that matter, has supernatural knowledge or powers. Where we sort of part company is whether the meditation practice taught by RSSB, Surat Shabd Yoga, has anything special about it.
Leaving aside supernatural claims made by RSSB, such as that the guru connects an initiate with a divine energy at the time of initiation, the meditation methods are commonplace.
Basically, repeating a mantra and then engaging in open awareness of what is present in consciousness after stopping the mantra repetition. Supposedly inner sights and sounds may be seen and heard.
If this were an exercise in marketing, I'm not sure what RSSB's "product differentiation" is, given that many spiritual/religious paths promote the same sort of meditation practice. I find it difficult to understand why the same methods would lead to different results.
Which for me, during 35 years of daily meditation, included a better ability to concentrate, control unwanted thoughts, sit quietly for several hours, and be aware of what remains in consciousness when the outside world and inner mental chatter fade away temporarily.
As Lane says in The Guru Question:
It seems wise to me, in light of Near-Death Experiences and the plethora of other meditation accounts, to inspect how we see and hear during our inner voyages of light and sound. Then we may be able to understand why such experiences can occur to almost anybody, anywhere, anytime.
...It turns out that almost everybody has the inherent ability to see inner light and hear inner sound. Moreover, almost everybody has the capacity to have an out-of-body experience and behold wondrous inner visions. You don't need to go to an Indian guru to have such experiences indeed, you don't need to go anywhere at all.