Friday, August 11, 2006

The Forensics Of Occlusion

File under: Gurubusting

Today we ended up at nonduality.com, the website of the Nonduality Salon Yahoo! group maintained by Jerry Katz. While perusing the highlights from October 26, 2004, we happened upon this quote:
Our true nature is not limited ... it is like the vast ocean. ... When we touch Supreme Consciousness through meditation, then we are boundless, we are everywhere, we are eternal.

- Amma Karunamayi
Besides being just another cookie-cutter devi running around playing God, Ms. Amma K. shoves a shovelful of bullshit concepts into the heads of her followers with this nauseating bit of fanciful nonsense.

While it is true that Brahman is limitless, boundless, everywhere, eternal, etc., saying these kinds of things in this context is exactly what gives rise to the birth of occlusion. "When I come to know myself as Brahman, I will know it because I will feel limitless, boundless, gigantic, huge, eternal, blah-blah and fucking blah. A guru said it so that must be what they feel."

Brahman has as much to do with the experience of feeling any of these adjectives as it does with our dog's ass. They are the traditionally poor attempts to describe the indescribible, but all they do is fill heads with concepts that will prevent the truth they are trying to point at from ever being realized. Instead, those concepts take up residence in the minds of those who've adopted them, essentially blocking the ever-present, ongoing truth from actually being known in the context of the aspirant's life.

So bravo, Amma K.! You've just bent your devotees over your dais and fucked them right up the ass as far as their own self-realization is concerned. It makes you just one more of the many pedestal-pracing promulgators of poisonous spiritual pabulum making the rounds in the world today.

2 Comments:

At 8/12/2006 7:21 AM, Blogger jacflash said...

I think you mean October 26 2004, not 2006. :-)

Also, yeah. Very well said. Of course, even some otherwise half-decent teachers -- people who Get It, and are well-meaning -- put out oceans of this crap, too. I've found that Jed McKenna's first book is a pretty good tool for getting (some) people past this slop, but I'm always on the lookout for others.

 
At 8/12/2006 6:18 PM, Blogger jody said...

Thanks for the correction and appreciation.

U.G. Krishnamurti is also on the bus, as well as a number of realizers I know in the discussion groups. I usually find that is it those who know who are not trying to tell everyone about it that have the right stance. It is the people who promote themselves as gurus that are the source of the problem. They all seem to feel the need to "sex" it up in their efforts to attract students and income. Thus, devotees get screwed as the gurus maintain their lifestyle.

 

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