Demons of Folk Friday Tune of the Week: Robot Jesus UFO

Robot Jesus UFO

Robot Jesus UFO

(The Demons of Folk)

Flying saucers rock n roll
Ascended masters will save our souls
In gleaming starships made of gold

Can you see them
Can you see them
Can you see them
In your mind?

Robot Jesus from cold black space
Comes to save the human race
From behind the mountains of the sun
The Second Coming has finally come!

Can you see them
Can you see them
Can you see them
In your mind?

Robot Jesus UFOS
Flying saucers rock n roll
Ascended masters will save our souls
In gleaming starships made of gold

Can you see them
Can you see them
Can you see them
In your mind?

Law of Attraction, Part 19: Conclusion – Attraction or Stimulation?

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We come to the conclusion of our survey of the history of the spirituality – based idea called, the Law of Attraction. It has taken us many centuries to observe and follow its stages of development and form within the various eras, cultures and perspectives from many important figures from ancient times to the present day. We have learned how the Law of Attraction is explained as a magnetic force where ‘like attracts like’ is theorized  as a metaphysical law. The idea behind the Law of Attraction is to mentally draw to yourself prosperity and wealth, since that is what God apparently wants you to do. Prosperity and good health is considered a sign of one’s self-realization and spiritual growth (an idea promoted within the New Thought movement beginning in the late 1880s) . Manifesting a positive outcome for yourself through using the power of your mind, feelings and emotions is the secret to make all your dreams come true.

Prosperity Consciousness, is particularly as it has been marketed in America, has long been an interest of people looking for tangible ways to succeed in their lives. Books by Napoleon Hill, especially, “Think and Grow Rich” and Wallace Wattle’sThe Science of Getting Rich” has sold millions of copies. These books promote the power of Positive Thinking, faith and affirmations as key components for becoming a success in life, and are still amazingly popular. “The Science of Getting Rich” was first published in 1910, and has remained in print to this day. Positive thinking techniques, will power, creative visualization and the mental science approach to health was applied by Wattle to give readers the key into attracting wealth.

William Walker Anderson was a prolific New Thought author and editor and is credited with coining the term the “Law of Attraction.’ He writes in his book, Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World“:

“We speak learnedly of the Law of Gravitation, but ignore that equally wonderful manifestation, THE LAW OF ATTRACTION IN THE THOUGHT WORLD. We are familiar with that wonderful manifestation of Law which draws and holds together the atoms of which matter is composed – we recognize the power of the law that attracts bodies to the earth, that holds the circling worlds in their places, but we close our eyes to the mighty law that draws to us the things we desire or fear, that makes or mars our lives.

The primary equation that the Law of Attraction rests upon is the metaphysical claim that thought equals energy. This is an ancient philosophical and spiritual formula based on the assertion that the manifested universe has been created through an ineffable cosmic consciousness or “divine mind.” In his book, Atkinson lays it out this way:

When we come to see that Thought is a force – a manifestation of energy – having a magnet-like power of attraction, we will begin to understand the why and wherefore of many things that have heretofore seemed dark to us. There is no study that will so well repay the student for his time and trouble as the study of the workings of this mighty law of the world of Thought – the Law of Attraction.

Could this be true? On what verifiable foundation is this claim by Atkinson resting upon? Are there any other possible explanations why the Law of Attraction should be considered more than a pseudoscientific theory?

For Bernard Poolman, there is another explanation that seems far more plausible. Poolman was a noted businessman, author and spiritual practitioner who said he had worked with his own spirit guides and mentors before questioning the entire framework and effectiveness of the spiritual activities he once engaged in. After decades of investigation, he offered this conclusion which I share here:

So, existence exists as One Word. This is the Revelation that will be proven that existence exists. Within common sense you can work it out now – that existence exists as One Word: Stimulation.

Energy is never real, because Energy only exists when there is stimulation and the stimulation is always external and I mean if you or another person Stimulate the point and you Simulate it – that means you’re accepting it – you’re gonna have an experience, an elation in that relationship that elation is your Joy, your Love, everything. Love by itself doesn’t exist! It requires stimulation – that’s why no-one can actually stand for Life, because you want Life to be ‘unconditional’. Why do you want it unconditional? So that you can have Choice. So that you can have the choice? to be stimulated the way you want to. Bugger everyone else! It doesn’t matter what’s happening to them, they have the same power. They have Choice! They have Chosen to be Here – the fact that they’re in a country where there is no food – has got nothing to do with me! I mean, they can, they must plant something, I mean, they must not starve. I’m quite happy this side, I’m Stimulated! I know they’re not stimulated, but that’s not my problem! While I’m stimulated, I am not even aware of their existence – which is so wonderful! Please, stimulate me, then I don’t have to worry about anyone else! Just keep me stimulated!

But what about the all of these religious, philosophical and spiritual masters who claim that the Law of Attraction is a real, objective, magnetizing force operating in existence?

 They will not explain to you how reality practically works or why it doesn’t work. They will stimulate you to have an experience and tell you to not worry about reality. Christianity is doing that, the Muslims are doing that, the Hindus, every Religion are doing one thing: that is stimulating you not to care about what is going on in Reality, and it’s Stimulating you to worry about what happens to you AFTER you are DEAD. 

The Masters did the same. Did they really Master anything? There is not a Master in existence that’s mastered anything. The Masters mastered the way to stimulate their followers effectively to become mentally incapable of realising what is Here. Incapable of making any movement to actually care for Earth. That’s why we’ve created a Consumerism System.

In Spite of all the Great Masters that’s ever been on Earth – what have we done? We have not moved, we have not evolved. What is evolution at this stage? Evolution depends on Stimulation. Stimulated on how to become ‘more’. “I’m evolving! I am more Intelligent!’

Have a look – take your stimulation away, what happens to you? You’ll find you go into a depression, you go into a boredom, and you’re unable to get out unless you stimulate yourself – which is what? You’re experiencing the system dying because it’s not being stimulated. That’s what you’re experiencing when you’re in a depression and when you’re in a form of boredom – you’re experiencing the absence of stimulation!

And then you start searching and suddenly the next moment you “meet someone.” The ONE that can stimulate you. And immediately your whole body is on fire = “I’m stimulated. Please stimulate me – I don’t mind! I’ll exist as long I’m being stimulated.

That is the whole point where everyone is existing. Because what do you want? You want to be stimulated. “Give me enough stimulation and I will exist, I’m satisfied. As long as that stimulation is to my approval, the way I like it,  I’ll be Happy.

Let it not be the way I like it, and I want to discard it – I’m not Stimulated by this.” I mean, this is just not acceptable. “I want to be stimulated like THIS! I have CHOICE! I can CHOOSE how I want to be stimulated. This is the way I want to be stimulated. And that’s all I’ll accept.”

You will not move unless you’re stimulated. Which means stimulation is your God. Whosoever stimulates you, controls you.[1]

Money is what? Stimulation.

Without stimulation you will not move. Motivation is really just a nice word for stimulation.

So what is the Law of Attraction, really? 

It’s the Law of Stimulation. Everybody now gets together and stimulate each other to Focus on the Positive! So now, the positive cannot exist without the negative, you automatically stimulate the negative. Which is perfectly fitting into the End Times – which is the perfection of the whole point of being stimulated according to a particular book and a particular prophecy so that it can become true. Why was it written? To make sure you create it!

Therefore you are Stimulating the End of Existence through what? Stimulating the Law of Attraction. How do you do it? By creating the Absolute Positive Polarity and holding it in place – no matter what! So that the Absolute Negative Polarity can Manifest, because you are Stimulating both! They cannot exist Separate from each other.

Light and Darkness exists together.

Positive and Negative exist together. Because the very moment something moves through stimulation, both Positive and Negative exist. Positive and Negative requires Stimulation to exist. Without Stimulation neither positive or negative exist. Now within the Law of Attraction, we are stimulating the Positive and the Negative, and we say “Law of Attraction.” “Let’s think Positive!” –   which is, “Let’s Stimulate the Positive.”

So now we Stimulate Positive, Stimulate Positive, Stimulate Positive – I mean, you have to do it, and do it, and do it, and that it takes all of your attention, all your stimulation. stimulating it, stimulating it, stimulating – but what are you actually creating? You’re creating the stimulation which you use up  – while in waiting is the negative, waiting to be activated once the stimulation crashes, once the stimulation can no longer stand. And what manifests the negative? BAM! In one singular moment – we call it = ‘an Act of God!’ – because in a single moment, God wiped out existence. But you’ve stimulated it to be a single moment. While positive stimulation took you a long time – it was not instantaneous – it took a long time – you built up the negative to manifest itself in a single moment.

So, existence in a single moment will change through the negative, because that’s how it has been created. Which is why a market crash for instance, is something that happens fast, while a positive market is something that builds very slow. The positive is always very slow, because no one understands the Principle of Stimulation.

If this sounds like a hard teaching, it is. Bernard Poolman liked to say he was not a “guru,” but “here to bring Uhuru!” What should those of us who bought into the whole program of believing in the Law of Attraction do? How do we move beyond past our present understanding that the law of stimulation is in fact the operating princile within human consciousness under the guise of “attraction.”

Forgive all the stimulations, because the stimulations are your addictions. They are based in geometrical patterns. The Sacred Geometry! I mean, isn’t it beautiful? If we can paint a beautiful picture about Sacred Geometry so that we can justify our stimulations which is our addictions to specific stimulations that makes us “special.”

Test the shit out for yourself and stimulate it yourself to see how it works. Then find out whether you’re justified in stimulating something for your pleasure without making sure that this part of Existence that is there as you as another being – who is actually understanding what the fuck they’re doing, and what they get themselves in for and that it is possible to exist without stimulation.

We’ve existed only through stimulation.

We have not existed as Life in fact.

Life is Here. Life does not require stimulation, Life doesn’t have a Beginning or an End. Life has been stimulated into illusions and being abused as these illusion called ‘Man’ and  ‘Nature’. Everything that exists as a system is an illusion! Because the system is not aware of itself and how it functions. It is not aware how it is stimulated to get a result. You are not aware of all the points that stimulate you – have a look. You are living according to those points of Stimulation in your life that you like.

Everything in your Life exists as One Word. Who you are, is who you are right now because of how you’ve been stimulated to be. Everything you believe, every religion and every book you read is a point of stimulation. Every philosophy that exists is a point of simulation. The totality of Science is an observation of stimulation. Science is nothing extraordinary! It is people that are stimulated to watch stimulation – and according to that, they write down within their own observation of stimulation. That we call, Science! Isn’t it wonderful? It’s Profound! We’ve worked out Reality!

I mean, it’s One Word: Stimulation.

Note

[1] One of the books housed at the famous Nag Hammadi Library, “On the Origin of the World,” there is given a curious Gnostic creation myth where Adam, the primordial man, has been created by “seven rulers” (the “Archons”) without a soul. They are not pleased with their creation because the creature is devoid of life and is unable to move itself, so they abandon the man. Yet it is through the divine intervention of the spiritual feminine principle symbolized by Sophia-Zoe (Gk. “Wisdom-Life”) animates Adam by “sending her breath to him,” after which Adam is able to attain consciousness and speak. The Archons are surprised to discover that Adam has been animated and are even more displeased. They decide to place Adam in Eden, content with the fact that the man is still unable to move… until Sophia’s daughter, Eve is dispatched by her mother to rescue Adam, who can only writhe helplessly along the ground. Eve speaks and commands Adam, “Adam come to life. Rise from the ground!” Adam immediately obeys and stands up and exclaims, “You shall be called the mother of the living. For you have given me life!” Here is a clue of a half-understood principle of the Law of Stimulation, where Adam is stimulated into action.

Special thanks to Maya Harel, Bella Bargilly and Anna Brix Thomsen for their assistance.

Law of Attraction, Part 18: The Laws of Manu in the 21st Century

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“I could show you that whatever your powerful mind believes very intensely would instantly come to pass.”
- Yogananda 
Manu Smriti Agniveer
“If a woman should happen to merely to overhear recitations of Vedic mantras by chance, hot molten glass should be poured into her ears.”
- The Laws of Manu
It’s been a long ride in the history of the Law of Attraction, and we have noticed an interesting thing: namely, Hinduism’s role of providing the background and content of this New Age spirituality belief system. While the sacred knowledge of the ancient Vedic civilization furnished the dominating Brahmin priesthood with rules and prayers for sacrifice, magical incantations and the elaborate ritualism for the nature gods such as Agni and Indra of the old Vedic religion, it was the emergence of the Upanishads, the Shramanas and the Vedanta that gave us the doctrine of the divine cosmic principles of karma, dharma and moksha along with the powerful new gods Brahman, Vishnu, and Shiva.These religious tenets were further developed and articulated by spiritual leaders such as Sankara, Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, Aurobindo and many others who claimed that knowledge, yoga or devotion to the gods – were the paths to escape the illusion of the world and cycles of reincarnation.
With the Vedantic notions of the unity of the soul or Atman, being of the same substance – and thus equal to – the Supreme Brahman – is it not strange to see the obvious institutions of separation and inequality within modern Indian society? Does not Hinduism assure us of the cosmic unity of all things in existence? Then how do we explain this seeming disconnect occurring between Hinduism’s metaphysical unity and the institutionalized separation and inequality between the thousands of castes that is the reality of Indian culture?It might be instructive to turn to one of the principle Hindu sacred texts we have yet to talk about – the Manava Dharmasastra; or the Laws of Manu.
 

The Laws of Manu is claimed by orthodox Brahmins to be of divine origin that descended from Manu, the archetypal first man of Hindu mythology and like Noah, a survivor of the great flood. Manu as the father of the human race is later made Earth’s First King by Brahman. Essentially a compendium of ancient domestic, religious social customs and rites, the Laws of Manu was written and compiled by the Brahmin elite sometime around the first or second century BCE, though no doubt containing many traditions that are much, much  older, perhaps dating back to the period of the Vedic civilization 1500 years earlier. The Laws of Manu is a crucial link to ancient India’s past in the respect that it contains the legal template of the legitimization of the Varna/Caste social system as well as rules and regulations concerning various civil and criminal laws, rites, daily conduct, and basically all forms of right action that Manu laid down for humanity.Within the division of the Varna social classes, the Brahmins placed themselves at the top, the warriors and merchants classes underneath and at the bottom, the Shudras, the lowest caste of workers and beneath them, the Outcastes like the Untouchables and ‘Chandalas.’ They are to be content with “serving meekly” the higher castes without complaint, according to the Laws of Manu. Thus the Brahmins were able to institutionalize the acceptance of separation, inequality, servitude, domination and a metaphysical fear of “pollution” – which has defined the cultural traditions of India and Hinduism ever since. This fear of pollution is taken to the extreme, where a “twice-born” of the upper castes must avoid the shadow or even the appearance of an Untouchable. This preoccupation with pollution and it’s association with Hindu identity has locked in separation and unbelievable poverty and abuse which hundreds of millions of Indians are powerless to escape.For over 1500 years, the Shudras and the Outcastes (basically anyone not born a Hindu) have been considered less than human – and have been forced to exist for centuries within endless cycles of illiteracy, poverty and cruelty. As Hinduism failed to provide a sense of brotherhood and equality for all of India’s peoples, it took the Indian government to adopt the Prevention of Atrocities Act enacted in 1989 to specifically outlaw the parading of the Untouchables or “Dalits”, naked through the streets, or forcing them to eat feces, or to take away their land, or to pollute their water, or to interfere with their right to vote, or to having their homes burnt down.For the Shudras and the Outcastes, the Law of Attraction appears to be inoperable within their worldly life. According to the Laws of Manu, their only hope is to meekly accept their unforgiving fate, for they may move up to the next varna in their next life. Maybe.

 

The Dalits

20 percent of India’s population is composed of the Untouchables or Dalits. Anyone who is not born a Hindu is considered an Untouchable. Since no provision is made for the Shudra or Dalits to collect wealth thru their own efforts within the Laws of Manu, the Law of Attraction is only operable for the Brahmins and upper castes – with the Shudra’s acceptance of the enslavement and control by their masters.

Within the Laws of Manu, the Law of Attraction appears within the dynamic of a polarity, where one’s fulfilled desires must be connected to another’s unfulfilled desires. Indeed, this polarity can be seen within the Laws of Manu which justifies the removal of free will and economic security from the Shudra because “a Shudra who has acquired wealth gives pain to Brahmins.” Hinduism has comfortably conceived a unified principle of reality where everything exists on a cosmic level as “One,” but this oneness rings a bit hollow given the current reality of the Indian people today.

The World Bank estimates that 456 million Indians, nearly half of the total Indian population, now live under the global poverty line of $1.25 per day. Another study claimed that 77% of Indians, or 836 million people, lived on less than 50 cents per day. In other words, one out every third person stricken by poverty in the world, is an Indian, their innate divinity denied and ignored. Their fates and fortunes on earth determined by the Laws of Manu, based solely by their birth into a world which is considered to be an illusion. It is a convenient truth for the elites and upper varnas in India to consider the suffering of millions to be an illusion as well.

Perhaps it seems strange that Hinduism should be the birthplace of both the Laws of Manu and the Law of Attraction. As we have seen, the history of the Law of Attraction descended directly from the interplay of the Vedantic principles of the divinity and supremacy of consciousness and which were cross-pollinated by the occultism and spiritualism of the West, by the New Thought Movement, the Theosophists and the prosperity consciousness authors like Napoleon Hill, W.W. Atkinson and modern New Age figures like Wayne Dyer and Rhonda Byrne to explicitly form the Law of Attraction as we know it today.

However, what we have learned is that the Law of Attraction is inoperable for those not “free” enough to acquire what they desire. A person’s birth within the caste system fully determines their potential in one’s life. In fact, by exploiting the despised and neglected Shudra and Untouchables who have been used historically as the vehicles to fill the desires of the higher castes, the Laws of Manu and the Law of Attraction work together through the religious and cultural institutions of inequality and the suffering of hundreds of millions of Indians for the benefit of the Higher Castes. Thus the Law of Attraction operates ‘as the dynamic trajectory’ through the polarity between the ‘wealth and dominance’ of one and the ‘accepted enslavement and control’ of another, producing both the wealth and pollution the Hindu accepts as Maya.

What’s up with that?

 

Next: The Conclusion

 

Sources:

A Source Book in Indian Philosophy, edited by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and Charles A. Moore, Princeton University Press, 1957

The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

The Philosophy of Hinduism, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Writings and Speeches, vol. 3″, Government of Mahararasshtra, Bombay, 1987

India’s “Untouchables” Face Violence, Discrimination by Hillary Mayell, National Geographic News, June 2, 2003

Poverty in India.” Wikipedia contributors. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 9 Apr. 2010. Web. 9 Apr. 2010.

Caste: In India and Africa, by A. K. Ingutia © 1965 W.E.B. Du Bois Institute.

Law of Attraction Part 17: Gurus of the 20th Century

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“The syllable gu means shadows
The syllable ru, he who disperses them,
Because of the power to disperse darkness
the guru is thus named.”
-Advayataraka Upanishad

The reason the Guru is so important in Hinduism is because it is believed that only a Guru, who is considered to be an “enlightened being,” can initiate and guide others along the spiritual path. To sit “darshan” with a guru is a special dispensation that allows a person seeking spiritual development to sit in the energy field of a guru, thereby promoting spiritual growth and enlightenment within the seeker.

The figure of the Guru has been known in India since the days of the Upanishads, the mystical Vedic texts written in Sanskrit from 900-100 BCE. These “dispensers of darkness” are “spiritual masters” noted for their piety and command of spiritual wisdom. The most famous of these, Sankara, Ramakrishna, Anandamoyi Ma and others were known primarily in India. But with the turn of the 20th Century, Hinduism brought forth many popular gurus that are now followed all over the world. Desteni TV will take a closer look at the Modern Indian Guru and how their messages relate to the Law of Attraction today.

 

Ratnakaram (Sathya Sai Baba)

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We begin with one of the most popular of the 20th Century Gurus, Sathya Sai Baba, a former child wonder and miracle-worker. His message is one of “unconditional love,” equality between religions and love and service to all creatures. Sai Baba follows the typical Hindu notions that the world is “Maya” and only God is real, while borrowing Ramakrishna’s idea that all religions and prophets are manifestations and paths to the One God. Sai Baba is believed to be an Avatar by his followers. He claims to be the reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba, a famous Muslim Fakir who enjoyed notoriety as a mystical wonder in his own right.

The most controversial aspects that draws criticism to Sai Baba is his reputation for producing objects like jewelry or coins “out of thin air.” While some criticize Sai Baba’s ”works” as nothing more than the theatrics of magical trickery, Sai Baba is important to notice because of his connection to the Law of Attraction’s point of manifesting tangible things using your mental powers. Sai Baba represents the idea that one can manifest things on the physical level using will, desire, and focused energy. And that is what the Law of Attraction is all about.

 

Chandra Mohan (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh) (Osho)

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The most controversial of the Indian gurus in the 20th century was a prolific speaker and writer and former University professor, claiming to have attained “enlightenment ” at the age of 21. Eventually establishing a large ashram and meditation camps throughout India, Chandra Mohan became known in 1970 as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and towards the end of his life, as Osho. While Osho’s eclectic philosophical approach makes it hard to categorize his religious philosophy, in regards to the Law of Attraction, he did push the notion that through yoga and meditation, the cultivation of etheric and magnetic energy will make one “more sexually attractive.” It was perspectives such as these which gave Osho the notoriety of being the “Sex Guru.” But there is no need to go there. Osho was just another spiritual teacher who believed in the divinity and creative power of energy.

 

Deepak Chopra

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“You aren’t a physical body controlled by genes. You are a soul that expresses itself by creating a body, every minute of every day. The soul is connected to an unlimited intelligence and energy of the universe.. By shifting your self image to a soul image, you can reconnect with the universe and its unlimited potential.” – Deepak Chopra.

Deepak Chopra is a successful New Age author and lecturer and a highly-visible proponent of the Law of Attraction. As a successful doctor before becoming involved with the Transcendental Meditation of Maharashi Maresh Yogi, Chopra claims that stepping into a higher plane is quite possible for everyone, but one must rid the body of negative thoughts.

Chopra has written many books on reverse aging, positive thinking, and the fulfillment of desire within familiar Hindu notions of meditation, yoga and the superiority of the soul and consciousness. For Chopra, the mind is “a symbol in flesh and blood of everything you think and feel.” As one can see, Chopra’s perspective simply recycles the conception of soul as the Atman; as the human’s primary link to universal intelligence, which is a vital ingredient within the Law of Attraction.

Baskaran Pillai (Dattareya Siva Baba) 

Baskaran Pillai (Dattareya Siva Baba)We have previously stated Sigmund Freud’s opinion that the function of religion is the fulfillment of desire. A saying within the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad agrees: “You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.” Thus we exist as the embodiment of desire that must be filled, which strongly implies the Law of Attraction. Dattatreya Siva Baba, a Tamil Siddha Master residing in America, is one of the latest gurus to take on the Law of Attraction, where his technique is to reawaken your “inner power” with “Karma – busting” and “wealth manifestation” mantras. His main teachings are that the purpose of life is to realize God through meditation, yoga and service to others. Siva Baba appears to be influential with the modern New Age gurus as well.

 

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The popular New Age author and psychologist Wayne Dyer, dedicated his book, Manifest Your Destiny, to Baba Siva. Within his book, Dyer writes:

“What you desire is of central importance, though you may never before have thought of desire and higher spiritual awareness as compatible concepts. It is impossible to imagine a world without desire. To create is to desire. Even the wish to be desireless is a desire. The process of creating anything begins first with a desire. Your desires, cultivated as seeds of potential on the path of spiritual awareness, can blossom in the form of the freedom to have these desires in peace and harmony with your world.”

Here Dyer gives the classic Law of Attraction doctrine that fulfilling one’s desire is as much of a spiritual path as that taken by any world-denying ascetic. Of course, desire as enlightened self-interest is one of the main ingredients within the Law of Attraction, since desire provides the energetic fuel to manifest what one wants.

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Ulrich Leonard Tolle (Eckhart Tolle) experienced an epiphany which eventually led to Tolle writing books and holding seminars discussing enlightenment and other subjects, namely the transformation of human consciousness, which may be the highest form of human potential possible, according to these gurus.

Tolle, like everyone else involved in the consciousness-raising movent, often engages in opinion-making that he presents as fact. For example, the well-known experience of Tolle’s “epiphany” – an event which changed a once-suicidal depressive into a spiritual leader and best-selling author, has colored and informed his every perception and opinion.. So when Tolle gives an opinion delivered as “fact,” it sounds like this:

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.”

The “evolution of consciousness” is a narrative that just about explains anything. Unfortunately, nobody can prove such an evolution is happening. The trite simplicity of Tolle’s quote above, however, causes one to wonder why people choose to believe such things, as the quote  suffers badly when lightly taken apart. So when we go through our day, are we responsible for our experiences, or is “life”? And what does that imply? Is human will the directive principle, or is it “life?”

Thus the Gurus of the 20th century, representing that ancient Hindu tradition of the transmission of spiritual knowledge centuries before the time of Jesus, have been instrumental in promoting the idea of the divinity of human beings and their relation to divine cosmic principles, and we can now see that the New Age’s Law of Attraction is a result of Hindu and Western metaphysical and occult speculations, built up and amalgamated into a systematic belief structure concerning the nature of consciousness within the universe. But as we shall see, the Gurus and their message of spiritual and material abundance within the Law of Attraction, seems to have no answer to the question of why the desire of hundreds of millions of neglected and impoverished Indians for a dignified life, remain unfulfilled.

 

Next: The Laws of Manu in the 21st Century.

 

Sources:
Advayataraka Upanishad 14-18.5.” http://www.indopedia.org/Upanishad.html

Guru.” ReligionFacts, 8 February 2007, Accessed 25 March 2010

Meditation: The Art of Ecstasy by Osho. St. Martin’s Griffin

Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul by Deepak Chopra, Crown Publishing Group, 200

Manifest Your Destiny –The Nine Spiritual Principles For Getting Everything You Want By Wayne W. Dyer, HarperCollins, 2006

Law of Attraction, Part 16: Annie Besant and the Maitreya

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The leadership of the Theosophical Society, which disseminated the teachings of the 19th century occult movement “Theosophy,” had established its Eastern branch in India, but some of the locals did not appreciate the Society’s presence nor what they saw as the brazen attempt to link the Theosophical teachings of their secret Masters, or “Mahatmas,” to India’s Aryan and post-Aryan religious tradition. These Secret Masters were depicted as supermen who directed the world affairs from the underground cities under the Himalayas, as explained in Blavatsky’s magnum opus, “The Secret Doctrine”. The Brahmins largely objected to the Theosophists and considered “The Secret Doctrine,” provocative and blasphemous. Yet there were a few Brahmins who were attracted to the teaching of Theosophy, which allowed enough support to build the Theosophical Society headquarters in Adyar.

Theosophy concerns itself with the teachings of certain “Mahatmas” who allegedly form a hierarchal organization called “The Great White Lodge,” or “Brotherhood.” The most important theme in the doctrines by these Mahatmas, claimed by the Theosophists as the ‘divine wisdom’ of the Gods, is the Spiritual Evolution of Humanity which is accomplished thru the modality of multiple “rounds” or cycles of reincarnation at various points in the planetary system, forming a Great Chain of Being, allocated and adjudicated by the lords of karma who register the actions of humans – all as part of the ‘Divine Plan’.

Annie Besant

Annie Besant had converted to Theosophy after meeting Helena Blavatsky in 1887. After reading Blavatsky’s “Secret Doctrine”, Besant became Blavatsky’s principle disciple and trusted friend, with Blavatsky eventually handpicking Besant as her successor. After Blavatsky’s death, an acrimonious power struggle ensued that resulted in a schism breaking the Theosophical Society into two main divisions, which saw Besant moving to India to head the Eastern branch in Adyar. Besant was a prolific author and persuasive orator, and who had for many years prophesized the return of the World Teacher, the Maiterya, who would lead humanity into freedom.

Assisting Besant was fellow Theosophist and occultist, Charles Webster Leadbeater, a close associate of Blavatsky and member of the small circle of beings claiming they either spoke with or witnessed the Mahatmas in person. Leabeater had taken the Mahatma’s seriously and was looking for a child that the Mahatmas said would be the “vessel” of the World Teacher. One day as Leadbeater was strolling on the private beach on the Theosophical Society grounds, he happened to cross two young boys, brothers, sitting in the sand. The eldest was Jiddu Krishnamurti, born into a Brahmin family in 1895. His father was a theosophist living on the property of the Theosophical Society. Leadbeater was convinced this young boy would be the vessel of the Maitreya. Soon, Besant was convinced as well, especially after the Mahatmas verified that the boy was indeed the vessel.

Besant now took over the affairs of Jiddu Krisnhamurti and his brother Nityananda, having them educated in India and England in the finest schools under the auspices of the Theosophical Society. The Order of the Star was established as a vehicle to proclaim Krishnamurti as the prophet of the World Teacher. But years later after the sudden death of his sickly, younger brother (whom the Mahatmas repeatedly assured Jiddu his brother would survive), a grieving Krishnamurti, now a adult, disbanded the Order and renounced the World Teacher project, effectively breaking away from the Theosophists although he remained close with Besant until her death. The Mahatmas were discredited and the Theosophical Society would never fully recover its the prestige of its former stature.

 

J-Krishnamurti

“I am concerning myself with only one essential thing: to set man free. I desire to free him from all cages, from all fears, and not to found religions, new sects, nor to establish new theories and new philosophies.” -Jiddu Krishnamurti.

During his life, Jiddu Krishnamurti was not above using his profile to become a well-travelled lecturer and an influential writer. Krishnamurti focused on relationships, the nature of consciousness, calling for a mental revolution of the mind of human beings, insisting that the religious, political and economic authorities have failed their promises, causing nothing but discord and suffering. Krishnamurti spoke about the necessity of gaining freedom from the tyranny of one’s own ego, inclinations and habits. Since human beings were conditioned from birth by society – the “true religion” according to Krishnamurti, was to be able to “think with a clear, polished mind.” According to Krishnamurti, a mind that is not “clear” leads to diminishment and fear. Stilling the mind would lead to clear observation and salvation in observing correctly, the truth.

Krishnamurti advised meditation and celibacy along with finding a different quality of mind through clearing hidden patterns and compulsions. Critics of Krishnamurti complained that he lived a posh, luxurious life of fancy cars, tailored suits and lavish homes, his lifestyle supported entirely by wealthy patrons over his life, living up to his nickname as “The Rich Man’s Philosopher.” He didn’t seem concerned about the common people as previous Indian leaders like Ramakrishna, Vivekananda and Gandhi. Rumours and accusations that the self-proclaimed celibate had engaged in sexual affairs with the wife of his best friend were indications that Krishnamurti lived a double life and didn’t follow what he told others to do.The philosophy of Krishnamurti may be somewhat outside the scope of traditional Hinduism, but his philosophy still contained Brahmin consciousness. The ancient Hindu trait of giving preeminence to consciousness, is fully supported and elaborated by Krishnamurti in his works. Krishnamurti was trained to believe that his words would have an effect on the world. He remains one of the most influential thinkers India has ever produced, his books still can be found in student dorm rooms, cafes or on bookshelves of those interested in Eastern philosophy. But as he approached the end of his life, nothing of the words that Krishnamurti spoke or written had managed to change anything in the world. Jiddu Krishnamurti was left to bitterly complain that no one had understood a word he said. The Maitreya that the Theosophists and the Mahatmas had claimed to appear on earth to liberate humanity, remains a prophecy unfulfilled. According to the Law of Attraction, a clear mind that specifically and intently focuses on a desired result, will magnetically attract to you what you desire.

 

Next: The Gurus of the 20th Century

 

Sources

Krishnamurti: The Years of Awakening,”Mary Luytens

Jiddu Krishnamurti. (2010, February 3). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 08:18, February 4, 2010, fromhttp://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?tit … =341774605

The Intrigue of the Possible by Robert A. Mayer, AuthorHouse. 2007

Socio-religious reform movements in British India, Volume 3 By Kenneth W. Jones, Cambridge University Press.

Annie Besant, Heretic,” aritcle, Jone Johnson Lewis

Stripping the Gurus” by Geoffrey D. Falk.

The Life and Death of Krishnamurti” by Mary Lutyens,

Hindu Spirituality: Postclassical and Modern,” K. R. Sundararajan, Bithika Mukerji

Theosophy: History of a Pseudo-religion by René Guénon,Alvin Moore, Jr. Sophia Perrennis, 2001

Law of Attraction, Part 15: The Supermind of Sri Aurobindo

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“Hinduism…..gave itself no name, because it set itself no sectarian limits; it claimed no universal adhesion, asserted no sole infallible dogma, set up no single narrow path or gate of salvation; it was less a creed or cult than a continuously enlarging tradition of the God ward endeavour of the human spirit. An immense many-sided and many staged provision for a spiritual self-building and self-finding, it had some right to speak of itself by the only name it knew, the eternal religion, Santana Dharma….” -Sri Aurobindo

As Aurobindo indicates, the strength and authority of Hinduism carries as being the oldest organized religion in the world, is its centuries-old tradition and polymorphic complex of beliefs. Hinduism was able to survive serious attacks from the younger religions of Buddhism, Jainism and Islam by absorbing the strengths of all its rivals. The ancient metaphysical system of Hinduism was brought into the modern times by Sri Ramakrishna,  Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo, who were among the first major post-classical Hindu philosophers who were a major influence within Western spiritual circles.

Sri Aurobindo was born in Calcutta in 1872, and after being educated in England, became a scholar, writer, yogi, political activist and revolutionary against British Colonialization. His political activities landed him in prison, where he reportedly experienced a spiritual awakening brought on by a vision of the ancient Hindu god, Vasdudeva, causing Aurobindo to turn his focus towards spirituality. Like the Darwin-influenced Theosophists who were currently in vogue at that time, Aurobindo claimed that human beings were “evolving” into higher realms of consciousness – the end result being the perfection of humanity.

According to Aurobindo, the physical evolution of the human being is contingent upon the evolution of man’s consciousness, for the physical body was necessary for spiritual development. Thus the “spirit” of human beings uses the physical to experience itself. This message is a bit different from that of say, Sankara – where the goal was to acquire a saving knowledge in order to escape the illusion of the material world to unite with Brahman. According to Aurobindo, that unification with the Divine will bring forth a new species of humanity here on the physical plane; a Physical Heaven on Earth. Aurobindo pointed out that religion has failed to direct human beings towards life, focusing instead in separation within the renunciation and denial of the world. For Aurobindo, “true” religion “seeks after God.” By turning one’s consciousness “inward,” one “produces an identification of self as the “transcendent” self. By this identification and knowledge, Aurobindo says the Divine will finally be able to manifest on earth. Integration and Ascension of the Supermind Aurobindo developed a meditation technique he called “Integral Yoga” which he claimed produced a state of divine bliss-consciousness he called the ‘Supermind’ that would descend into the physical, transforming the person into a divine being.

Ignorance will be finally be overcome and liberate the spiritual essence contained within the physical.

Aurobindo claimed that there existed a “double process” of integration and ascension that explained creation and the Divine Plan behind existence.

Aurobindo explained it like this: the Divine Mind undergoes a descent into the physical while the physical ascends to the Divine. Thus the physical, which is trapped in ignorance, is redeemed by the knowledge of the Divine Mind, while the divinely-transformed physical now is primed to ascend back to the Divine Consciousness. Much like the religious system of Advaita, it is “knowledge” that transforms and redeems ignorance. Aurobindo presented an unique conception of reality when he claimed that consciousness must emerge from within the physical before the spiritual evolution could arrive to its logical conclusion. While Sankara claimed that evil was the result of ignorance within human consciousness, Aurobindo agreed, and further stated that evil was also necessary for the ego to overcome its limitations. Here Aurobindo brings Sankara’s immovable, alien and transcendent Brahman to Earth. Sankara followed the post-Vedic tradition of treating the physical as illusion, but Aurobindo pointed out that if matter exists, it can’t be an illusion, because matter is also Brahman. Therefore matter must be real because Brahman is real. Responding to the question of suffering, Aurobindo says since nothing exists but Brahman, it is only Brahman which could actually suffer.

Aurobindo claimed that the Creator’s motive for this endless divine integration and physical evolution was the pursuit of Delight. At the same time, this cosmic Delight is the only thing in existence – Aurobindo also promoted the idea that all that existed in creation was, “Joy.” While this perspective currently is used by New Age proponents in the belief that suffering isn’t “real,” this directly contradicts Aurobindo’s notion that suffering is experienced by Brahman. The major difficulty of Aurobindo’s work is that his metaphysical speculations on the spiritual evolution of mankind and the various layers of transcendent, Divine consciousness has never been verified. The Law of Attraction is reflected within Sri Aurobindo’s metaphysical dimensions of the Divine Supermind, a kind of cosmic, mental substance that is always responding and returning to descend into the human being only to be directed again as the energetic force of creation.

 

Next: Annie Besant and the Maitreya

 

Sources:

The Future Evolution of Man – Sri Aurobindo. Conclusion of Preface &Summary by P.B. Saint-Hilaire. August 1962

The Political Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo by V. P. Varma, Motial Barnasidass Publishers, 1960

The Integral Advaitism of Sri Aurobindo by Rāmacandra Miśra,

Thirty-Five Oriental Philosophers by Diané Collinson, Routledge. 1994

The Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo, Lotus Press. 1985