I took down the title to the previous post: “Kick Andrew Cohen out of the New Age movement.” Sorry to give offense, but I think that the New Age guru circuit needs a new perspective. The figure of Cohen appeared under suspicious circumstances more than twenty years ago in the wake of Rajneesh’s murder. The circumstances remain ambiguous, up to his association with the Maharsi line, which is not really trustworthy anymore: Maharsi alive was one of the greats, but in his wake we get these plants associated with his followers, and followers of his followers. And Da Free John was the first of these that didn’t add up. Let’s forget Maharsi followers of followers.
Cohen’s claims and history aren’t even transparent and show signs of a fix. Whether that is true or not, the fact remains that he is in a muddle over his own teaching, and in general the New Age movement is suffering from malnutrition and a lack of leadership. And now we get this clearly fallacious theory of evolution from Cohen. Inflicting this confusion on the public in the name of spiritual authority is pernicious.
Let me note that Rajneesh, an enlightened sage, was extremely wary of committing himself on the issue of evolution, creationists and Darwinists equally suspect (I think, he was generally silent here). The reason is not surprising: if you examine my study of the eonic effect you will see at once the depth of complexity in the evolution question. But more than that the attempt to force a theory on the public in the name of spiritual authority is going to backfire.
The material on the eonic effect is not another theory, but an attempt to show that ‘evolution in history’ is visible to the naked eye, and a warning about false theories.
I don’t think that ‘enlightened’ men are able to resolve the question. It is unfair to expect them to. Cohen’s naive junk theory here merely exposes him as a strange amateur philosopher. And now this toxic junk is going to be normative for many. Time for a Time Out and a call on a Foul Ball.
I think Cohen should decide if he wants to be a guru or an evolutionist. If the latter he should resign as guru.
I apologize for saying this. But twenty years have been lost. Rajneesh should have live twenty more years, to produce dozens of enlightened disciples. My own path was destroyed ending up with endless emnity with a second-rage phony like Cohen. Instead we got this suspicious situation of planted fakes (not only Cohen) keeping people asleep and turning in circles. What happened to the vibrant vitality of the seventies? Rajneesh turned out three hundred books in five years and produced a movement with fifty subgurus. Then it all vanished.
I think it is time for a new initiative, and it might take the form of inviting some Indian exemplars back to the West (and/or USA) to see if something can be rescued from the destruction of the New Age movement. After Rajneesh they are understandably wary. Such people need protection, even bodyguards, and a warning about the occult war to destroy them (even enlightened yogis are often unaware of the dangers of the occult mafia here), and a study of the obvious case of Muktananda, who was clearly unable to withstand deep hypnosis in his unconscious. If you are not awake you have a problem here with potential sex scandals. The vultures are ready. Gurdjieff was the warning! In general the environment of monotheism is unsafe for Indian exemplars. It is a big chance they take to come here. A few coddled fakes is all that can seem to survive.
Obviously only enlightened yogis need apply!
Cohen is a typical fakir of the type talked about by Gurdjieff. He can be deported to India to serve out his time as a fakir outside an ancient temple.
Here is some more from this ‘evolution hype’ spiel promoted by Cohen (end of post). Beware of it, and be wary of Cohen, who I suspect, as noted here several times, is a castoff who appeared in the wake of the murder of Rajneesh to produce a phony guru in residence as a kind of ridicule of the Western inability to mound a real spiritual movement. We have seen nothing, beside this murder of Rajneesh, nothing but fakes, one after the other, from Da free John, and E.J. Gold to Lozowick and Andrew Cohen.
I am suspicious this is no accident. Something is trying to control the potential of the New Age movement. Is it hopeless? Real yogis withdraw from social illusions to find their own way.
It is time to protest this regime, along with the phony status of western buddhism. None of these movements can accomplish the simple task of producing buddhas, so the chatter about evolutionary enlightenment is garbage, a distraction.
I don’t think a buddha lineage is going to appear in monotheistic cultures, and the culture of Jews and Xtians is even more hopeless. Jewish gurus for Xtians, well, that won’t work. And vice versa. What is needed is a new New Age culture of post-Xtians and post-Jews as a vanguard for a future culture. I am sorry to say it, but the hard reality is that Jews and Christians are kept in check by a mysterious occult domination that wrecks all the hopes of a liberation lineage. As noted here, one of the first demands of Rajneesh was to ‘drop identity’ and become a new post-cultural person. Any more new age charades of jews and Xtians are going to be a waste of time, as indeed the Ken Wilbur/Cohen charade makes obvious.
The issues aren’t that hard, until you get into a situation where the hidden occultism behind monotheism starts to enforce its orthodoxy. In the absence of that the Indian culture is far more successful. No doubt the reason they get paranoid about Xtian missionaries. Rajneesh’s comments on Mother Teresa can’t be repeated in public.
Today, the notion that the evolutionary process is ultimately driven by a spiritual impulse is more popular and widely accepted than ever, with a growing number of progressive thinkers, scientists, and mystics exploring its implications. Yet to many it still remains little more than an alluring philosophy, its ultimate significance divorced from our daily lives. What would a human life based on the principles of an “evolutionary spirituality” look like? Freed from the mythic dogmatisms of premodern religion, transcending the materialistic biases of modern scientific thought, and liberated also from the narcissistic self-obsessions of postmodern spirituality, what kind of world might a universal, evolutionary spirituality—or a truly twenty-first century religion—create? As one of the few pioneers in this nascent field who is attempting to put the philosophy into real-world practice through his teachings of Evolutionary Enlightenment, Andrew Cohen is endeavoring to find out…
We cite Bennett’s idea that ‘mind’ is a construct impinging on the ‘cosmic’ dimension of consciousness.
No human phenomenon in this global age is more controversial or confusing than religion. But two things are clear: secular prophecies to the contrary, religion is not going away. And despite the hopes of certain nostalgic believers, religion will not regain, at least in the West, the social ascendancy it once enjoyed.
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The Reformation needs to come to the religious modes (if not religions) such as sufism/buddhism. But the insidious occultism of these legacies from antiquity are a tremendous threat to modernity, what to say of any radicalism. But, as we have seen here, the legacy of buddhism is that of a revolutionary movement. The status of sufism is more problematical, and we see the occult right at work in Gurdjieff.
Americans: Undecided About God? By ERIC WEINER – NEW YORK TIMES
Added: Sunday, 11 December 2011 at 6:50 AM
THE holidays are upon us again — it sounds vaguely aggressive, as if the holidays were some sort of mugger, or overly enthusiastic lover — and so it’s time to stick a thermometer deep in our souls and take our spiritual temperature (between trips to the mall, of course).
For some of us, the season affords an opportunity to reconnect with our religious heritage. For others, myself included, it’s a time to shake our heads over the sad state of our national conversation about God, and wish there were another way.
For a nation of talkers and self-confessors, we are terrible when it comes to talking about God. The discourse has been co-opted by the True Believers, on one hand, and Angry Atheists on the other. What about the rest of us?
The rest of us, it turns out, constitute the nation’s fastest-growing religious demographic. We are the Nones, the roughly 12 percent of people who say they have no religious affiliation at all. The percentage is even higher among young people; at least a quarter are Nones.
Apparently, a growing number of Americans are running from organized religion, but by no means running from God. On average 93 percent of those surveyed say they believe in God or a higher power; this holds true for most Nones — just 7 percent of whom describe themselves as atheists, according to a survey by Trinity College.
Nones are the undecided of the religious world. We drift spiritually and dabble in everything from Sufism to Kabbalah to, yes, Catholicism and Judaism.
Why the rise of the Nones? David Campbell and Robert Putnam, of the University of Notre Dame and the Harvard Kennedy School, respectively, think politics is to blame. Their idea is that we’ve mixed politics and religion so completely that many simply opt out of both; apparently they are reluctant to claim a religious affiliation because they don’t want the political one that comes along with it.
We are more religiously polarized than ever. In my secular, urban and urbane world, God is rarely spoken of, except in mocking, derisive tones. It is acceptable to cite the latest academic study on, say, happiness or, even better, whip out a brain scan, but God? He is for suckers, and Republicans.
I used to be that way, too, until a health scare and the onset of middle age created a crisis of faith, and I ventured to the other side. I quickly discovered that I didn’t fit there, either. I am not a True Believer. I am a rationalist. I believe the Enlightenment was a very good thing, and don’t wish to return to an age of raw superstition.
We Nones may not believe in God, but we hope to one day. We have a dog in this hunt.
Man Seeks God: A Guide To World Religions
We are a spiritually promiscuous nation. Nearly one out of three Americans will change their religious affiliation over the course of their lifetime. And why not? We are blessed with more religious and spiritual choices than ever before in human history. Everything from Sufism to Buddhism to Unitarian Universalism is available, often only a mouse click away. But how to choose? There is no Consumer Reports for world religions. That’s a shame. Read the rest of this entry »
Bodhi Day 2011: Commemorating The Enlightenment Of The Buddha
What a sad day! All those frozen food bodhisattwas celebrating their own hopelessness. And the disease is catching: American buddhism is a useless thing. Time to break out of the straighjacket created by the Mahayana and boot the bodhisattwas out of samsara. And while you are at it, Faustian devils like Gurdjieff, who have dressed up their reincarnation slavery with poppycock about Beelzebub in his rocket ship returning to earth.
Meanwhile, the Dalai Lama is a repeat offender here, one of the worst.