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  1. The problem is so widespread that the word Guru is now suspect in common parlance. Clearly the people who abuse their position and commit abuse aren't genuinely good. They have had some spiritual experiences and are good communicators and have charisma but haven't done enough emotional work and still have a dark shadow side. Meditation or other practices might give us experiences of Nonduality, the Holy Spirit, Samadhi or whatever, but guess what it doesn't cure things like narcissism so easily. Not all religious leaders are abusive of course, but it takes some experience to spot who the cult leaders are as they tend to be sneaky. Naive people don't spot the signs and go into denial. I think there are laws for safeguarding vulnerable people in the UK, especially for children. Yup, it's not just religion which has a cult problem, basically the perpetrators try and get access to victims wherever they can. The irony is that all the all the talk of spiritual levels and initiations is baloney, we're all as important as each other, but get brainwashed to think we need to achieve something. Children and mentally ill / disabled people are automatically vulnerable, they have some legal protection already in the UK. I'm not pointing a finger at any particular teachers, but in situations where adults have access to children and power over them there should be systems in place, like DBS checks. Religious groups with children in are no different from youth clubs like the boy scouts etc. Deciding when your child is old enough to go out to the shops by themselves for an ice cream is a big decision for a parent, but with clubs and church groups there is some assurance that there's systems in place so you can safely take them there.
  2. It's hypocritical. And a common way of damaging the local industry when you're allowed to import goods which are banned to local farmers. We have similar tactics aimed at English farmers who have tighter rules on animal rights and which chemicals they're allowed to use than the foreign produce we import. I'm all in favour of treating animals well and avoiding toxic chemicals but that good intention is weaponised to put pressure on our people.
  3. I've noticed in the neo-advaita scene, other guru scenes, and the New Age that there's personality cults around individual teachers who set up on their own like Mooji, Rupert Spira, Jim Newman. So you're right the responsibility is on the seeker (caveat emptor) where there's no-one else to keep an eye on things like with a religious denomination that has a hierarchy. Trouble is if some of the seekers are vulnerable or naive. They can attract people with mental health problems or children so things like police checks are important. But as we all know, even with these safeguards there are scandals like pedophile priests within large churches. Hopefully the rules have tightened up enough now.
  4. I usually get more catarrh when I have a lot of dairy products. So I cut back with black coffee etc.
  5. What would you say is the "experience of I"? I thought many people's practice of self-inquiry leads to not finding the I.
  6. I'm not sure if smart meters still count as new tech, they seem like it to me as I've refused one since they came out. But I'm seeing more cheap tariffs coming from the energy suppliers only if you have a smart meter. There was one on the radio this morning from Ovo energy. It's a stealthy way of forcing the smart tech onto us without actually making it compulsory.
  7. @Mr H I was wondering what you mean by self-actualisation so thanks for that. People use the phrase in different ways, for example I've come across it as a level in Maslow's pyramid which puts it in a context of the other stages of development.
  8. Yes I get the idea of nonduality, it's rather like monism in western philosophy. It was Mooji who I'm not too familiar with. I've seen a couple of his youtube videos but I'll leave it to others to debate him. You are discussing two rather different issues: whether nonduality meditation is unhealthy; and abusive cults within religion in general. Perhaps there's some overlap if people become suggestive from the states of mind resulting from religious practice: but as you say that can happen in other religions too. I would just reiterate my earlier point that leaders need accountability; so any organisation like a guru ashram or a church which lacks governance and puts the guru in a position of absolute power is a big red flag. I didn't say 'others do it too' as mitigation, of course it's all abuse; but earlier you were pointing at one nonduality guru in particular to evidence a general point. I'm not turning away from it, I agree that we need strict safeguarding rules and monitoring.
  9. It's funny how whiteness alternates between being real and a social construct when it suits them.
  10. Yeah, it's like our side doesn't try very hard to help ourselves, from a common sense notion of national security.
  11. I was recently invited to try Taekwondo at our local club and my first thought was there's no point. I'm too old to do something that looks like a younger person's fighting sport. And I'm not very competitive. But perhaps there's other benefits like keeping my coordination and muscle tone and reaction speed. So I was wondering what's the attraction of these things for you, are you interested in self defence, other physical fitness stuff, or is it to do with mind and energy work?
  12. In academia those are called social constructs, with a view to, as you rightly say, hypnotising us with uprooting our regular common sense. That may be different to what you mean. But in any case, from your perspective of these things not existing, what do you suggest we do about it? How do we live without countries, politics, religious or secular philosophy etc? You may have broken the spell but aren't we still a social animal which needs some collective action and organising into groupings and communities?
  13. I'm guessing this is supposed to be a bad news story, because there's sanctions against Russia and North Korea. But something doesn't seem quite right. It's bad for 'our' components to go into 'their' missiles because it might help them. But when it's 'their' (ie Chinese) components going into 'our' 5G networks and nuclear power stations, and 'their' software in 'our' social media (Tik Tok) that's a security threat for us. It's a lose-lose for the west. Presumably it's too risky to use Chinese parts in our missiles but we would never think of spiking their missiles by sending them dodgy components? What's the message here, that the west (as the global policeman) is too virtuous to use dirty tricks and so are fighting the new cold war with one hand tied behind our backs?
  14. "Why are male members of the royal family circumcised by a mohel? Prince Harry's new memoir confirms he was circumcised, but has it always been a regal rite of passage? Prince Harry’s newly published memoir “Spare” has made a string of revelations about his royal's private life, including confirmation that he and his brother were circumcised, but why do male members of the Royal Family undergo this procedure? " ...... "In 2013, the head of the Initiation Society Dr Joseph Spitzer offered to carry out the procedure should the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decide to maintain the practice with Prince George. The London Jewish community’s official Mohel Jacob Snowman performed the surgery on baby Prince Charles in Buckingham Palace, days after his 1948 birth. Princes Andrew and Edward were also circumcised. It is not uncommon for Mohels to offer circumcision procedures for non-Jewish babies. Extensive commentary has claimed that the circumcision of British royals began due to Queen Victoria’s belief that she was descended from the biblical King David. There is also a separate idea that the tradition that King George I imported the practice from the German city of Hanover, where it was popular amongst the upper classes. " https://www.thejc.com/news/why-are-male-members-of-the-royal-family-circumcised-by-a-mohel-qlc8hezk
  15. Focusing or concentration type meditation was what I originally learned using things like mantras and breathing. You focus on one thing and let go of everything else. I haven't come across a nondual teaching to focus on being the one, it's more about giving the focussing a rest for a while. Then I find the self re-emerges quite unharmed. But it is quite a powerful experience if you're not ready for it, having spent all our previous life building up the sense of self. I would say that before getting into advanced mystical spirituality like that you first need to have achieved a healthy sense of self. If you're prone to something like depression or dissociation then deal with that before trying to find enlightenment. I have heard a bit about Mooji but not enough to judge him. There are very many gurus, meditation teachers, spiritual groups and writing them all off, or a whole way of thinking, based on only one example isn't being fair. There are cults around all over the place. Eastern spirituality isn't immune, but it's not alone. You refer to meditation being able to create relaxed or hypnotic states, happiness etc. Surely if done in a good environment these can be positive things, if done with a trustworthy professional teacher, or by yourself. As a general rule, if you see a professional for some service it's good for them to belong to an institute or association to give oversight. I used to be an accountant and belonged to an association to govern the profession - why not have a similar thing for meditation and mindfulness.
  16. It's getting exhausting trying to keep up with some of these people's subversion and cloak and dagger tactics. All the infiltration and smoke and mirrors to degrade everything, so that we don't know what's true and authentic any more, we don't know who we can trust. Just like how the intelligence agencies work. I just want things to be straightforward and simple and have a traditional life where I can support my family, my tribe, my nation, my race etc and everything works together to promote a fulfilling life. But there's always someone working away behind the scenes to make things fall apart. It's not that I'm into MAGA but I can see where the ordinary Americans who support it are coming from, but to see their genuine patriotism messed up like this is so irritating.
  17. In short I mean the correlation between enlightenment and survival/thriving here on Earth. Which there isn't one necessarily. Your mention of a solution to suffering brings to mind the Buddha who claimed to give a path to the way out of suffering. Well even if he did, here we are 2500 years later and the world is just as messed up as it was back then. Even Buddhist countries where a majority of the people practice his way. All religions claim to be working for a better world or better people. Even the WEF claims that 'you will own nothing and be happy.' As long as we want to remain human we're part of this struggle and it involves suffering and pleasure, defeat and victory. What you're suggesting reminds me of the Hsin Hsin Ming poem: "The Perfect Way knows no difficulties Except that it refuses to make preferences; Only when freed from hate and love, It reveals itself fully and without disguise" Ie to be free (in the Zen pov) you need to let go of preferences and attachments and accept the present moment. That's never going to happen for the whole human race. Only a few sages. Imo the rest of us need to make an accommodation between the spiritual life and the worldly life.
  18. Some feedback from my checking it out. When thought goes and there's just perception and sensation, then the self-reference "I" isn't present (in my experience). Conclusion: I am the self-referential thought. My thoughts, my perceptions, my sensations, my emotions, my mind, my soul, my self, it's all "mine" however deep I go. How can a word like "myself" make sense? It's self-referential, a paradox. Awareness can be formed into a dual structure with directions: outwards and inwards. "Self" is when awareness is pointing inwards. "Other" is when it's pointing outwards. Like when I focus attention on an object (a part of the whole) and everything else becomes the periphery (like the foreground and background of a painting). That distinction is of course made up by me. What happens when I don't make a distinction between inside and outside, foreground and background; with the collapse of the duality the self is nothing/everything. Can awareness point to itself? Awareness of awareness, is what I understand by self-inquiry.
  19. Ok but this is a forum, it's where people come to talk. People are doing some things, and not doing other things to disengage from the agenda. Most of us are doing something as isolated individuals though so it doesn't seem to add up to much in aggregate. When people do get organised, is when there's a backlash because that's seen as more of a threat. When you say saviour do you mean a leader? Yes I recognise there's risks to that too. It's a big dilemma, to get behind leaders and organise ourselves or to stay as we are, atomised.
  20. I get what you're saying yet I don't see a correlation between the kind of self-actualisation you're talking about and the types of conspiracy theory we get here. Maybe it's a case of birds of a feather flocking together, the other spiritual forums I belong to which promote things like self inquiry are mostly populated with much more left wing and globalist minded. Being spiritual doesn't lead most people in the direction where they would consider reading up on David Icke. What 'stories' are you referring to? For me, the things which motivate me to come here, the attacks on our freedoms and communities by powerful interests won't go away by doing self-inquiry and calling them stories. Not that we shouldn't self-inquire, meditate do yoga or whatever practice we want, but those things won't save us from the attacks.
  21. The ban on petrol and diesel seems so ludicrous to me that I can't imagine the politicians actually believe it's possible. Maybe it's my age and I can be dismissed as a crusty old boomer, but I just can't see it working. It looks more like a planned failure that feeds into a scenario of energy scarcity and maybe the great reset will feature a global energy war between the west, the middle east and Russia (users and producers). China is on target to reach energy self-sufficiency by the end of this century so they can afford to sit on the sidelines while the rest of us destroy our economies and then become the dominant power to roll out their technological gulag to the rest of us.
  22. Agreed. Though what's significant is that those two possibiities can now be clearly seen in the MSM, you no longer need to be reading the dissident media to know that something is terribly wrong in Western Europe.
  23. Yes for sure, if we passively believe what we're told or read then we're under a spell. Easily done though because it takes work to investigate and find out what's true.
  24. It doesn't only come from David Icke. There's a couple of episodes of Ancient Aliens which goes into some evidence going back to old civilisations about contact between reptilian looking aliens and humans, including cross breeding. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKcKjzRKMBM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q30UFr_5ltA https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Aliens
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