Friday, June 22, 2007

Ex-SYDA Swami Launches Mary Apparition Scam

File under: Satscams and The Siddhi of PR

Your meditation institute is failing. You just can't seem to sell your overpriced meditation CDs and folks are not signing up for your expensive retreats. What are you going to do to turn things around?

Why... just claim a visitation from the Blessed Virgin Mary! That's what the misfortunately-named Ex-SYDA Swami Vivekananda [Ed.note: It's a blight on the good name of one of India's greatest gurus.] is doing to get folks to show up at his Synchronicity Foundation in Nelson County, Virginia.

But wait... there's more! According to "Master" Charles Cannon, his Blessed Mary isn't just merely the mother of Jesus Christ:
"She refers to herself as the Divine Feminine, the Divine Mother, the Blessed Mother, not just Mother Mary," Cannon said recently before going to the nearby site where the visitations are said to be occurring.

"She is the divine consciousness - the essence of all those forms. What is amazing here is that so many people are seeing her, hearing her, smelling the fragrance [roses and gardenias].
Er... don't pay any attention to those roses and gardenias blooming in the garden! They are not the same roses and gardenias that smell like the Blessed Mother.

According to Charles, his Mary apparition is also much more cutting edge than those other apparitions folks go on about:
"I think these are very important messages that surround this apparition and will have a bearing on who is able to participate and get beyond their indoctrinated religious beliefs and open to the Divine Mother in ways that maybe are outside their religious beliefs.

"So it's going to be challenging and controversial, I would expect, and a stretch for a lot of people, because you have to go beyond religious conditioning and open up to this miracle that is happening, and then have your own experience of it and see for yourself."
How convenient! She cuts an edge, all right, right toward Charles' own, faltering groove.

This bald-faced attempt at flimflamming the spiritually ignorant is all the more astonishing for being covered in a seemingly normal local newspaper. For whatever reason, an editor at the Daily Progress deemed it important enough for several column inches. They must have been short a few used car ads today and needed to fill the space, because that's the only excuse a professional editor could have for exposing their readers to this utter garbage.

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8 Comments:

At 6/22/2007 5:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who could have imagined that Divine Mother would espouse the same sappy slop as "Master Charles."
Una qué coincidencia!
Es un milagro!

 
At 6/22/2007 7:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since freedom of religious expression is an American right, I guess we have to tolerate your negative, abusive, cynical, bigoted and vitriolic diatribes. Your pseudo-journalism is a joke. I prefer Master Charles Cannon's religious expression. He demonstrates what you so sorely lack -- integrity.

 
At 6/25/2007 7:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Master Charles Cannon said..."Anonymous said...
Since freedom of religious expression is an American right, I guess we have to tolerate your negative, abusive, cynical, bigoted and vitriolic diatribes. Your pseudo-journalism is a joke. I prefer Master Charles Cannon's religious expression. He demonstrates what you so sorely lack -- integrity."

I see what you mean now by "sappy slop" anonymous!

 
At 6/25/2007 7:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So it's going to be challenging and controversial, I would expect, and a stretch for a lot of people, because you have to go beyond religious conditioning"

Go beyond your "traditional" catholic conditioning to my new-aged guru conditioning!

"Since freedom of religious expression is an American right, I guess we have to tolerate your negative, abusive, cynical, bigoted and vitriolic diatribes."

Or your pet guru of choice could just be an asshole.

"Your pseudo-journalism is a joke. I prefer Master Charles Cannon's religious expression. He demonstrates what you so sorely lack -- integrity. "

Of course, every single guru out there that believes he/she is God and/or has a direct line to God is being honest and humble, and has no monetary, sexual, or fame-based aspirations.

You deluded followers attack rival guru-gangs with the same hatred that you hold for critics, so don't give us this shit about "integrity".

These are human beings, not deities. Deserving treatment and judgment as the flesh and bone that they are is not "negative, abusive, cynical, bigoted and vitriolic", it is avoiding a psychotic break with reality as you're always on the verge of.

If there is such a thing as illumination and transcendence, you're never ever going to seek it by constantly following charismac frauds and fakers.

 
At 6/25/2007 7:44 AM, Blogger jody said...

I guess we have to tolerate your negative, abusive, cynical, bigoted and vitriolic diatribes.

Yep, just as I have to tolerate a ridiculously naive spirituality which relies on fairy tale apparitions to generate spiritual understanding (and business!)

 
At 6/25/2007 3:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Yep, just as I have to tolerate a ridiculously naive spirituality which relies on fairy tale apparitions to generate spiritual understanding (and business!)"

It'd be a "miracle" if these dingbats could ever have an original thought in their head without dear leader placing it there.

 
At 7/31/2007 1:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading through your hateful, ascerbic and demeaning posts, I'd say you're as much or more of a poseur than the gurus you claim to expose. This whole forum is your altar of angst and bitterness. To have any integrity at all you would have to show us some of the respect you say they don't show to others. Since you obviously can't, your opinions remain unconvincing and shallow.

 
At 7/31/2007 1:52 PM, Blogger jody said...

your opinions remain unconvincing and shallow.

Rube.

 

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