|Date: August 28, 1997|
The date was december 1972. I was 18 and had been working and saving all the previous summer. I had 1500$ Canadian (which then was worth a little more than 1500$ US) in my bank account. The place was Montréal. The Mahatma was Fakiranand. The guy who, I was told, was later sent back to India after he beat-up a guy with a hammer for throwing a cream pie onto the guru’s face. He had a reputation for hardcore devotion. He asked all of us aspirants if we were willing to devote ourselves to our guru. Of course. We were there to be initiated. He then asked us how much we had in our bank account and to bring a check for the same amount if we wanted to receive k the next day. I did as everyone else in that k session. Maybe the Mahatma had streched the rules a little just this once. I thought I was told receiving knowledge was to be free.
It was in 1974. Guru Maharaj-ji had married and a family feud had followed. Suzan Butcher who, until then had been Canada’s DLM director was said to be in India with Mata-ji and the rest of the holy family. «Suzan, you are a butch» was her favorite Mata-ji quote. I was living in Montreal’s ashram. Everyone had left for New-Brunzwick (or was it Nova-Scotia) where Raja-ji was having a program on that three days week-end in September. I stayed behind, I had some service to do.
C... and S..., two « sisters » from Toronto popped-up. They had left their jobs and moved to Ottawa where they had rented a house and getting it ready to receive Mata-ji. I gave-in, sent a letter to my boss and took-off with them. It wasn’t long before we received a visit from a mahatma. He had been sent directly by the Guru to ask us to renounce our project. We agreed. Mata-ji was to fly two weeks from then. C... and S... moved to Toronto’s ashram while I did move into Ottawa’s ashram. To this day, C… does not want to discuss the incident. The landlord did not like it a bit. I hope he forgot about it since.
The last time I saw Guru Ji, it was in May 1996 when he came to town. It is not that I am especially fond of the chap. It rather is that Judith who still is a devotee after all these years and lives in Toronto came to Montréal for the program. She called and invited me to join her for dinner. How could I resist an invitation from the "housemother" I once was madly in love with. Once, I must insist. The darn woman had even better looks at 43 that she had at 23.
If there was such a thing to be called "spirituality", I then thought, it must aim at having me fully occupy my shoes (be in contact with oneself, appreciating one's worth, know one's own values and stand by it, listen to one's heart, know one's self, being sensitive to the invisible and all these sort of things). From this point of view the rip-off may be subtle, yet well orchestrated. We must be in contact with "this most beautiful place inside", invest where it really counts and tutti-quanti, it remains that Guru Ji is promoting his own ideology in the process. I understood on that day the contributing premies were too much alike each other not to be suspect. A useful spirituality isn't one. While at it, what is Guru Ji's ideology?
If she exists, God should do something about the chap. I got the thing and offer it to you for free. Enjoy it - and you may not use it very long without joining the cult. He even mentioned about the following program in Miami.
Lately, through this site, I came in contact with a lad who wanted to improve his chances to seduce a premie he has a crush for. I gathered for him the below lexicon and advised him to use it to impress her. The poor guy needed help to make sense of her queer behaviour and language. I’m posting it here hoping I’d be useful to more of us, premies included.
To be confused: She probably agrees with a dualistic interpretation of herself. On one hand there’s her
limpid soul, spirituality gives her access to and on the other, mind and illusion. To be confused, is to be «
into one’s mind », to lose focus from « this most beautiful place inside », this crystal boulder
where calm and solitary her soul is resting. Try this one, you’ll be glad you did. 25 points easily scored.
Not to listen to the inner voice (or « not to listen to the divine voice within »): The sin only practice of knowledge could protect against.
To be in contact with…: Universal formula that justifies the best and the worse. Baptist have a delicious formula for this that have them pretend « the devil made me do it. »
Concepts: Obstacles to a completely harmonious life. Push this a little and intellectuals and scientists are out to lunch.
You are a beautiful person inside: Sure bet. « My interest for you is of the noblest nature. I love you for spiritual reasons. » A proved technique to have girls fall into your arms. Many teenagers wouldn’t exist without it. 35 points.
To be detached: A dignified goal to aim at since everything except - the guru – is illusion. Bonus points if you pretend the numerous letdowns she laid on you lately had you grow into understanding you were attached to her. From then on, you’re playing « run after me and I’ll catch you. »
Karma: Good shots, bad shots, destiny, the idea that states every action provokes a reaction, consequences from past lifetimes.
Having faith: Since fear seem to keep her from letting herself indulge into having a relationship with you (details deleted), call upon her faith into Guru Maharaj-ji’s grace (Maharaj they call him nowadays) and she’ll be impressed. In your case an understatement would be advised. I suggest you tell her about her faith into her good star. This would dodge her suspicion.
Saint Kabir: A spiritual writer from antique India her Guru cites regularly. Quite somniferous. You’d get scores just as high by asking her where you could find a copy of his texts. She’ll probably get it for you for Christmas in which case, you’ll have another chance to… never mind.
Death: An illusion, a passage towards a better life, a liberation, the right moment to think of the guru and be in contact with the crystal boulder where calm and solitary her soul is resting.
Body: An illusion, a carnal envelope, a tool, a vehicle and sometimes an obstacle, soul’s reflection.
Sex: An illusion which could be transcendent if souls are in contact with each other. A condom still wouldn’t keep her soul from getting to yours.
Truth: Dogma, soul, knowledge.
My favorite Bertrand Russell Quote: « I wish to propose for the reader’s favourable consideration a doctrine which may, I fear, appear wildly paradoxical and subversive. The doctrine in question is this: that it is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true. »
From « Introduction: On the Value of Scepticism », Sceptical Essays
My favorite Bertrand Russell sites:
The Bertrand Russell society
The Bertrand Russell Archives at McMaster University
My favorite Bertrand Russell writing about faith and religion:
Am I an Atheist or an Agnostic?
A Free Man’s Worship (1903)
Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization? (1930)
What Is an Agnostic? (1953)