Shining On The World Of Neo-Advaita
File under: Gurubusting
Today we endured a gentle slap from a reader named Gregory. But then he turned us on to shiningworld.com, which is the work of one James Swartz, a guy seemingly as fed up as we are with all the nonsense the big-time gurus keep trying to shove up our asses:
I'm still paying off my Visa for all the weekend enlightenment intensives I've taken the last few years. And it so happens that everyone I've met who has had an awakening has fallen back to sleep, myself included. Maybe you'd like me to become a 'devotee' of one of the recent crop of avatars? Don't bother. Avatars are a dime a dozen it seems. Every person with a couple of epiphanies under his or her spiritual belt is an an avatar these days. I also hope you're not going to try to sell me on tantra. I fell for that in India in the Eighties and all I got for my trouble was veneral disease, a lot of heartbreak and a unholy cravng for sex. And for God's sake don't tell me there is someone out there who can 'transmit' enlightenment at will; if that were possible the whole world would be enlightened by now. I've been blessed with more than my share of shaktipats, satoris, epiphanies, and fleeting samadhis direct from the third eyes of all the so-called 'great masters'... and I still don't know who I am. Finally, if you ask me to 'surrender' I may become violent; it's one of the most despicable cons in the guru's bag of tricks.We likey, especially the part about that falsehood known as the transmission of enlightenment.
James seems like our kind of guy at first glance. Please let us know if you find anything contrary to the stated goals and principles of this outfit.