Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Nondual $tate

File under: Gurubusting and Gurus Clockin' Dollars

Guruphiliac discussion list contributor Eric Paroissien turned up with this cute little cartoon he made that says it all:

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At 4/25/2007 9:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That cartoon says it all.

There's another good cartoon and article here:

http://www.globalserve.net/~sarlo/Ysatsang.htm

Its very interesting that various and sundry teachers pop up saying they suddenly 'dropped their minds' and got enlightened--and so very few bother to ask,

'So how did you spend your time before you hit the teaching circuit? Who or what was your means of support? And..how did you get so good at working a room and doing marketing?'

Ya dont learn that in a cave.

Staging public appearances and arranging room set up seems quite simple, but its a complex skill and one has to learn it.

It takes a lot of know how to understand how to select the right sized room, figure out how much to charge based on the economic status of whatever city you visit, how to place the chairs, orchestrate the lights, pace the schedule, select the mood music and the flower arragnements.

Makes me wonder how many of 'spontaneously enlightened teachers'may have learned to fine tune that spontaneity.

Could some be keeping quiet about having learned 'guru theatre' by informally apprenticing in in other human potential groups/

Then, having learned the necessary skills, left, then changed their names, took a long break then re-emerged with new identities?

Jody's right to call it 'the siddhi of PR.'

Its applied theatre arts, with some MBA mojo thrown in.

You dont learn that in samadhi. You learn that either by taking night school courses, or discreetly hiring people who have.

 
At 4/25/2007 10:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the problem charging money for this shit? False messiahs and fake gurus have to eat too, don't they?

 
At 4/25/2007 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charging money at a reasonable rate is one thing.

Raking it in by the teetering pile is another.

I pay taxes. Thus, I indirectly subsidize those who claim tax exempt status.

So, people like me are entitled to ask these kinds of questions.

If tax exempt folks seem to be giving something good back to the community, or at the very least are not demonstrably harming anyone, and are merely making a comfortable living, OK.

But if someone tax exempt is harming people and or profiteering, not merely earning a comfortable living, they're the equivalent of athletes who secretly take performance enhancing drugs and get rich at the expense of those who play fair and pay taxes and obey the labor laws by paying a fair days wage to the hired help.

 

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