Urgyen Chodron wrote:
But Greg, at least they are having fun. And yes, so the Tolles and Deepaks of this world. At least these people are not out doing drugs or killing people; instead they are headed in a good direction, a spiritual high. You know, the feel goody stuff. I know because I was there. It felt good. And maybe someday they will search further; maybe not, but there is always another life. Even I don't expect this one to be my last.
Is that the goal of spiritual life? Having fun? Take the Rajneesh crowd for example (no please take them, as far away from me as possible!), they have to come up with a spiritual reason in order to have an orgy. Why don't they just have an orgy and get it over and done with? Is it really a spiritual pursuit or is that just a smokescreen for rampant sexual desire? Wouldn't it just be more honest, and even progressive, to just say: "Hey, I'm hot and horny and wanna get down and boogie!"??? See this is the problem, it's all just a disguise for consumerist dabbling: polyasian cuisine-polyreligious spiritualism. After a while it all starts to taste the same: bland, unimaginative, lacking flair, no depth or nuance.
But look at where I am. Once a New Ager and now trying hard to understand Buddhism.
Yes, but you are trying to understand, people like Rajneesh, Tolle and Chopra are not trying to understand anything: Want some sweet and sour sauce with your taco? They are bullshitting themselves and all those around them. There can be no (or very little) spiritual progress doing that. Again I would say that it would be more honest to just admit that the goal is not spiritual growth but fluffy entertainment.
And that's what I said earlier: I believe that to pass through New-ageism, to use it as a sampler or a springboard into something more serious, okay! To make it a life long pursuit? No thanks! A complete waste of time. No progress at all. Another (extraordinairly rare) human existence straight down the tube.