Harold wrote:Thank you but it still does not answer my question about people self declaring themselves as regents.
Harold, you are a bit angry and it doesn't help you at all.
People can do whatever they want to do as long as they follow the law of their country. To the best of my knowledge there is no law that stops people from proclaiming themselves Napoleon or calling themselves the reincarnation of Napoleon or the regent of Napoleon. It also happened in Tibet, of course. Right this moment there is a Tibetan that self-proclaimed himself a major Tulku after a longer retreat. All his Gurus told him he was going crazy and that he should get a grip on reality, but to no avail. He is now traveling around in grand style giving empowerment's that he have no qualifications to give and many people think he is a fantastic lama. These things happen everywhere and there is no law against it.
So, there is an inherent issue in your religion, in all religion and actually in any group of people sharing any kind of belief, people can and so certainly also will abuse it when given the opportunity. They will do so because they are crazy or hungry for power or 100% sure they are right or any other reason or mix of reasons that makes sense for them. So is there anything you can do to change this when you feel your particular religious group is behaving as they were crazy?
Yes, you can leave them.
Then for the sake of your own sanity, please let go of your own disappointment.
"The direct, hard to understand, subtle field of knowing, the Great Path, is non-conceptual (akalpana), and entirely beyond the grasp of intellectual thought. Divorced from verbal ideation, it is difficult to point out and as difficult to enquire into. It cannot be communicated through words and [therefore] is not within the scope of the neophyte (adikarmika). Nevertheless the path is to be approached through studying scriptures (sutra) of the World-Teacher and following the personal instructions (upadesa) of one's Guru-ji."
Bodhicittabhavana by Acarya Sri Manjusrimitra