Saturday, February 11, 2006

Slinging Kracki On The Corner In Austin

File under: Satscams and Gurus Clockin' Dollars

Licensed counselor William Cooper of Austin, Texas, is a king pin in the Bhagavan Kalki's, aka the Kracki's attempts to sell his "deeksha" hysteria in the U.S. His primary targets appear to be satsang junkies, as they are the most desperate to get something from their imagined enlightenment. Cooper's method is chillingly simple. He asks the junkies to sell it for him by including their expressions of hysteria in his sales spam communications:
If you would like, you could email me about any subtle or not so subtle changes you may have noticed since the energy transfer. Although "the seed of enlightenment" will continue to grow and it is still early, I would like to hear about your experiences. One woman told me that she was still to start with but has found that it is deepening, another has noticed synchronicities becoming more obvious and frequent. Someone else says that their merging with silence and nature is becoming deeper and more common place. Others may find that it is too early to tell yet what is happening. I find that my psychological self continues to melt into the vast fullness of emptiness. When this melting occurs, muscle groups shudder as they release great amounts of old stored up tensions. As these tensions are released, it seems as my nervous system is expanding to convey greater amounts of energy which flows in from the vastness. My body feels more and more vibrant and alive.
As you might imagine, folks write back with all kinds of kooky nonsense, all cut from the template that Cooper provides them as he administers deeksha:
If you received the initial diksha well, it will continue to grow. It is a process that happens over time and is automatic. How can you tell if you received it well....are you seeing some changes happening. Can you feel old stuff starting to dissolve? Having said that, I and others have received multiple dikshas and I feel that it has compounded and speeded up the process. Everyone's results are different. Your path is your path. Many love to get diksha as often as they can. That is up to you and what you feel you need. Most important is your permanent awakening! You can trust your intuition on that. There is no fear as to missing anything....only following your inner voice to your total and permanent awakening when you are ready for it.
Another prong in Cooper's psych ops is to provide "scientific" evidence to support his claims of the miraculous power of deeksha by way of a NewAgeâ„¢ quack and neuroscammitist known as Christian Opitz:
The production of oxytocin is severely hindered in most people today and this often starts at birth. In the late 1940s, medicine began to use drugs at birth as if it was some kind of disease. Among those drug, petocin (synthetic oxytocin) is used to induce contractions and thus birth, on the hospital's schedule instead of following the natural interaction between baby and mother. Whenever we receive a huge dose of a synthetic version of a hormone, our receptors are overwhelmed and the body's own production can be compromised. If this happens at birth, there can be permanent damage and a life - long pattern of producing too little oxytocin. It does not help much that the most important bonding phase between mother and child right after birth has become a medical procedure of taking blood, measuring the baby, cutting the umbilical cord too early and not allowing the baby a direct bonding with the mother and thus a gentle entrance into this world. The combination of petocin and the lack of empathy for the newborn baby in medicalized birth procedures is almost certain to severely compromise oxytocin production.

It is interesting to note that heavy drug use at birth, from petocin to pain killers to even some psychedelic substances that are no longer used, was introduced after WWII. When the first generation of babies who came into this world on drugs had arrived at young adulthood in the 1960s, they where the first generation to seek a deeper meaning of life through drugs. I believe the lack of natural oxytocin caused by drug use at the entrance into life can set up a strong recapitulation pattern of seeking life through drugs.

Although it is very difficult to measure hormones and neurotransmitters in the brain directly, electromagnetic signature testing allows for some conclusions about the effects of diksha in this regard. One of the main effects I have found with people who have been receiving diksha for a year or longer is a regeneration of receptors for both dopamine and oxytocin. This automatically leads to greater efficiency of these neurochemicals and a decrease in cortisol production. Diksha can also regenerate the substantia nigra, where dopamine is produced and this directly shows up in changed electromagnetic brain patterns. Many times I have observed a natural release of addictive patterns through diksha that where clearly related to low dopamine levels. Another interesting parameter is the electromagnetic communication between the brain and the heart. This seems to progressively get stronger in people through diksha and is one of the most important energetic correlation's of the flowering of the heart and true compassion. In some of the Dasas and in Ron Roth, this connection was off the charts when I measured them. Oxytocin is the biochemical bridge between the brain and heart. From the data I have gathered so far, diksha seems to be effective in strongly enhancing oxytocin in the vast majority of people. I also believe that this is one of the aspects of birth trauma that can be healed through diksha and that this effect makes diksha so worthwhile for children. Even though children are not supposed to enter into an enlightenment process, growing up with lots of oxytocin will give them a much more beautiful life experience.
We are very happy to offer, as a service to our readers, the thoughts of a university professor at a major research institution with a PhD in neuroscience:
Although the author does a good job describing the basic actions of several neuromodulators and neurotransmitters, he also makes several leaps of judgment based on the scientific data. Many of his claims are inflammatory and self-serving. For example, the author claims that synthetic oxytocin used to induce birth contractions drastically alters either the receptor density or endogenous levels of oxytocin production postnatally. There is no evidence to back up this claim. The author further states that the use of exogenous oxytocin after WWII created the "first generation to seek a deeper meaning of life through drugs." First, there is no evidence that children born after WWII or babies exposed to exogenous oxytocin are neurologically different than previous generations nor unexposed cohorts. Secondly, in almost every culture and historical period narcotics and/or alcohol were used in and for religious rituals. The desire to seek altered states is nothing new.

In all fairness, the author's unsubstantiated claims may be correct but should be tested. However, making these claims without supporting data seems to be used as a scare tactic used to make readers feel victimized by Western Science/Medicine who then may be compeled to seek "healing" from the author through diksha.

The most questionable aspect of this diatribe is the author's claim that he has tested alterations in neurotransmitters, hormones, and receptors via electromagnetic signature testing. There is no scientific data to support that this technique is viable. There are other, well established, means of testing changes in neurotransmitters and hormones via blood and saliva testing. There are also newer techniques using magnetic resonance spectroscopy, similar to a MRI, to test alterations in neurotransmitters and receptor turn-over.

There is some very good research that has and is being conducted demonstrating that meditation and prayer can have profound effects upon stress hormones and even upon the immune system. However, abuse of scientific data in the hands of a pseudo-scientist or false guru dilutes the power of the authentic research and the fascinating discoveries these studies produce.
She could be talking about any number of gurus and satscams that use so-called "scientific" studies to support their contentions and sell their products. And as any good snake oil salesman knows, there's one born every minute. They may get a bit of peace and joy, and that by itself is a good thing. But the clarity clouding assertions about enlightenment, how it happens and what it results in, is doing more to prevent self-realization than all the drugs and bad hormones this world has ever known, accumulatively.

The Kracki is truly an evil force on the planet at the moment. His platitudes about love, oneness and God energy hide an insidious attempt to destroy a person's ability to come to their own self-realization, and this plays right into his hands. He and his minions like Cooper are getting people hooked on a false, yet seductive idea about enlightenment, one which keeps 'em coming back for more, which is what every crack dealer in the world dreams about.

15 Comments:

At 2/11/2006 7:46 PM, Blogger facedog said...

I agree with Jody about this guy being evil. Sounds very much like the kind of deceiver the Anti-Christ is supposed to be. Makes me wonder if dontbullme is secretly working for the Kracki.

 
At 2/11/2006 8:09 PM, Blogger jody said...

The Kracki is insidious evil, ignorance incarnate. But dontbullme is just another asshole, just like you and I. Let's keep the attacks aimed at the flimflammers and satscammers and leave each other alone.

 
At 2/11/2006 10:35 PM, Blogger arunachalesha said...

Jody,

There are several old-timers i know who are now having grave doubts about the whole thing, and are (possible) one push short of leaving.

However, some of them keep repeating one story that is keeping them there, keeping their belief up.

Appa in many homes, the photograph of Kracki and his wife, has exuded rice, kumkum, or honey. Whenever people start thinking he is fake, this point is raised, and i have no answer.

Let us just for a moment assume that there is some truth in this. Can this be attributed to what are called "siddhis"? Have you heard of this kind of power anywhere else (commonly). Is this like 'tantra'?

What kind of answer would you give to someone who believes in a guru's spiritual power based on some such 'miracles'. In such a situation saying that you doubt it happened won't work because there are too many people claiming. What is the next line?

cheers

 
At 2/12/2006 7:33 AM, Blogger arunachalesha said...

Houston, we have a problem. And Kracki is the only solution!

Here's what we find on this blog this blog http://sunyata.blogsome.com/
or Kalki saves Earth http://sunyata.blogsome.com/2006/02/12/there-is-a-problem-i-am-the-solution/ .

 
At 2/12/2006 9:24 AM, Blogger facedog said...

There are many people claiming to be the Kalki Avatar or to represent him. Someone should go around and interview these kalkis and get their opinions of the others, then publish the findings. Individually, these guys would all believe that the others are as full of shit as I think they all are.

I challenge this Kracki/Kalki, if he really is God, to strike me dead right here, right now...or save my ass and make me enlightened right now. Surely he has the power to do this, if he is not just another con man, as I believe him to be.

Jody, I'll let you know if he enlightens me. Or, if you don't hear from me again, know that the Kracki/Kalki is my killer.

PS In case I am to die today, I want to apologize to dontbullme for having had fun at his/her expense.

 
At 2/12/2006 10:12 AM, Blogger jody said...

Let us just for a moment assume that there is some truth in this.

That's an assumption I'm not willing to make.

What kind of answer would you give to someone who believes in a guru's spiritual power based on some such 'miracles'.

Unless this "phenomenon" has been duplicated under controlled, laboratory conditions, with proof on unaltered video tape, it's a hoax as far as I'm concerned.

 
At 2/12/2006 10:43 PM, Blogger arunachalesha said...

Unless this "phenomenon" has been duplicated under controlled, laboratory conditions, with proof on unaltered video tape, it's a hoax as far as I'm concerned.


Two things. 1) my point was not whether it is true or false, but more what to tell others who don't buy the above line. Since you are more knowledgeable than I am, i am asking whether these "siddhis" are actually things that people who are in this line acquire.

2) I actually met a lady from Maharashtra, who was talking of great miracles happening in their cities, and even in her house. The usual ... stuff pouring out of Amma and Bhagavan's pictures. When i asked her if they had called the press, she said they did. But the press insisted that the photo be cleaned. they inspected it. Then they all sat and waited. The devotees kept chanting the mool-mantra all day, and nothing happened. So the press gave them negative coverage.

But here's the punch line. She explained to me that Bhagavan does not need to prove himself and so he did not exude rice, kumkum and honey. He only does it for believers. There's always this line about "Bhagavan does not having to prove". And even educated people hear this and are taken in. (I, too, lapped up this bull _with pride_).

 
At 2/12/2006 10:56 PM, Blogger arunachalesha said...

I challenge this Kracki/Kalki, if he really is God, to strike me dead right here, right now...or save my ass and make me enlightened right now.

dear facedog,
First of all, nice name. Beats "scarface" :-).

Do you know what Kalki has to say about this ... If He tries to enlighten you directly, his power is so great that you will die. Something like "your fuses will be short-circuited" (see links below). Thus he needs to go through these dasas (whom I could keep praising till the cows come home.)
If he has not been able to enlighten his dasas (who have been with him for over five years), what hope have the rest of us who go over for a couple of weeks a year.

He says he is ready for any kind of test ... but ofcourse you have to pay huge amounts to meet him, and first go through his process. You cant just meet him like that. If you want to know more, the links are here:

http://www.spiritwheels.com/writers/kiara/articles/janfeb05/DARSHAN%20WITH%20BHAGAVAN.htm

http://www.spiritwheels.com/writers/kiara/articles/janfeb05/Conversation%20with%20Bhagavan%20Oct%208,%2002.htm

Enjoy the krack. Don't die laughing.

 
At 2/13/2006 8:11 AM, Blogger facedog said...

Dear ananda,

Thanks. I had to settle for "facedog" since "dogface" was taken.

All these guys like Kracki and Maharishi have to do to get money out of the rich is pamper their egoes. Many, many of the same rich people who used to get their spiritual bjs from Maharishi are now getting them from the Kracki, at a small percentage of the cost.

How many Indian motels does one guy need to own? You would think that Maharishi would be satisfied by now.

The Kracki can kiss my backside!

 
At 2/13/2006 1:43 PM, Blogger jody said...

i am asking whether these "siddhis" are actually things that people who are in this line acquire.

There are always people going on about siddhis, but they're almost always either bigtime gurus pimping themselves or hapless devotees looking to escape their sad little lives by imagining themselves as bigtime gurus with siddhis.

Personally, I think they're 99% myth with a bit of fact thrown in. In other words, some folks may find themselves a bit more intuitive. But levitating? No fucking way.

I actually met a lady from Maharashtra, who was talking of great miracles happening in their cities, and even in her house.

Sounds like a case of her own self-suggested hysteria.

There's always this line about "Bhagavan does not having to prove".

Of course there is. That's how he gets away with the miracle-mongering. He makes outrageous claims he doesn't have to prove because the duped devotees will believe anything he says.

 
At 2/13/2006 2:03 PM, Blogger falseguru said...

In 34 years of meditating, taking "sidhi" courses, being around a number of saints and yogis, I have never come across a single "miracle" that I would believe. This was a hard thing to accept because I wanted so badly for them to be true.

Very decent spiritual people exaggerate things incredibly, even unconsciously, to glorify their teachers. You cannot believe one thing that a true believer says about their teacher. In fact, you can't believe one thing that your own senses tell you. That is one of the amazing things about the times we live in, and Jody is doing his part in this. So many lies and so much crap that has been presented in the name of God or Truth, is being exposed as false. People who live by belief or some form of false faith will be forced to go deeper in their search for what is real. It is very painful, like the rest of life.

 
At 2/14/2006 10:14 PM, Blogger arunachalesha said...

Very decent spiritual people exaggerate things incredibly, even unconsciously, to glorify their teachers. You cannot believe one thing that a true believer says about their teacher.

You have put it very accurately about exaggeration and glorification. The reason i was inclined to believe some miracles was because the people were very decent, for example the lady in Maharashtra.

Even her kids were with her. And i often used to think - surely if they were ripping us off they wouldnt put their kids through it. And that brings us to the next line of yours, again a great observation.

In fact, you can't believe one thing that your own senses tell you.


Clearly you aren't a "falseguru", you are way better than Kracki!

 
At 2/15/2006 7:58 AM, Blogger falseguru said...

Thanks, ananda.

Re the kids: When Jehova Witnesses come to the door, who do they bring with them, whenever possible?

Their kids. because it's harder to set your dogs on a child than an adult. Before you can deceive another, you have to fool yourself. Fooling one's own children is an easy first step. It's terrible but look at the way Indians and western parents fed their children to Sai Baba, knowing in their hearts that he is a pedophile.

 
At 7/29/2009 2:38 PM, Blogger adwords said...

I believe that the true "scientist" would refrain from making assumptions about a phenomenon and go and test them out for him/her self.

Everything that we have so called "proven" by science existed before we devised ways of measuring and "proving" them.

Based on this very obvious fact it stands to reason that certain phenomena do indeed exist however we do not yet have the tools or comprehension to measure them. Any opinion otherwise is quite possibly arrogance or bald faced fear.

Go and find out for yourself.

 
At 7/29/2009 2:40 PM, Blogger jody radzik said...

Go and find out for yourself.

Been there. Done that, so no more need to waste my time chasing pipe dreams.

 

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