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Re: Spiritual groups

May 05, 1997 04:51 AM
by M K Ramadoss

At 09:43 PM 5/4/97 -0400, you wrote:
>Alan wrote:
>> The real work is very possibly already in the hands of "other oufits."
>> It is even possible that the work is being done by individuals rather
>> than organisations as we know them.  All of the names of innovators of
>> their day (Buddha, Jesus, Shankaracharya and others) are those of
>> *singular* individuals.  That various movements and organisations
>> followed upon their work has all to often proved to be a mixed blessing.
>People will always want to share their spiritual lives in groups. Even
>Nietzsche's Zarathustra could not glory in his own singular achievement,
>but had to go down from the mountain:
>"... at last his heart turned - and one morning he rose with the dawn,
>stepped before the sun, and spoke to it thus:
>Great star! What would your happiness be, if you had not those for
>whom you shine! ...
>Behold! I am weary of my wisdom, like a bee that has gathered
>too much honey; I need hands outstretched to take it ...
>Bless the cup that wants to overflow, that the waters may flow
>golden from him and bear the reflection of your joy over all the world!"
>That groups have failed should not discourage us. I would only say that
>smaller groups are more likely not to become corrupt. In larger groups people
>that rise to the top are frequently the most aggressive and self-promoting,
>not the most spiritual.
>Regarding founders, it is true that if they are exceptional souls they
>show their merit and charisma early in life. But they do not get dumber
>with age!
>Doss wrote:
>> If we look at TS, in most countries is lead rarely by anyone young. It
>> appears that in the minds of some people, age and grey hairs are equated
>> with wisdom. It may equate with the practical machinations of the day to day
>> world and experience with playing the tricks that you normally see in the
>> business world and not any wisdom. I am sure all of you have seen this. I do
>> not have to give examples.
>My own spiritual teacher became more wise with age. Her most important
>writings came later in life - as did the writings of many other great
>men and women.

I was speaking of generalities. There are always exceptions to any rule. I
agree with what you say.


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