The Varieties Of Space-Daddies
File under: Gurubusting
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Today, David "The Blade" drops his science about space-daddies and mommies, a term we coined to describe the make-it-all-ok with a [insert your guru's shtick here, be it a look, gaze, glance, hug, squeeze or whatever other nonsense they've come up with]-type gurus that are making the rounds in the world today:
The Blade's Space-Daddy/Mommy Glossary with ExamplesNow we have a taxonomy of space-daddies & mommies. As soon as we read the description of the space-daddy repudiator-cultivator, Swami Nithyananda's noble, yet somewhat comically stereotypical Hindu visage jumped into view. A perfect example of what "The Blade" has shared with us today.
Makes it pretty clear that he is to be your space-daddy, and if you know what's good for you, you'll be his little chela.
Examples: Adi Da, Andrew Cohen, Sai Baba, Sri Chinmoy, ...
Space-Daddy Silent Cultivator:
Never claims space-daddihood explicitly, but cultivates it through his organisation
Example: Maharishi, [Ed.note: And Sri Sri!]
Explicitly tells you not to make him a space-daddy, then makes himself a space-daddy by cultivating it through his life and organization, just like the silent cultivator.
Example: J. Krishnamurti, [Ed.note: And Swami Nithyananda.]
The above show people whom I believe fit decisively into those three categories. Other people skirt the categories, in certain aspects or times behaving as if they belong to one category, then moving into another category in another aspect or time.
Most space-daddies these days (except the extreme explicators) have some element of 'repudiation'. If you are getting into the game, this is important to know because many people think that when they hear a little repudiation of space-daddihood from their space-daddy, that he isn't a space-daddy. Don't be overly impressed when you hear something like 'You mustn't put me up on a pedestal. You must think for yourself'. Or credit being given to your own nervous system or Guru Dev. Think again! Think like a woman thinks when she hears 'I don't go after women for their bodies'.
The lower down they are in those categories, the deeper is the denial of the followers that the person they are following a space-daddy.
So today the turban comes off so we can take the dust of the feet of "The Blade".