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Pink Panther

Re: Veerendra Dev Dixit in trouble

21 Jan 2018

no 'other side' to the reports. Small cults tend not talk to media, unless they are seeking to promote themselves. They lack the sophistication and resources and community identification that bigger groups can muster. They retreat into themselves. The Australian Royal Commission into institutional ...

Re: Overconfidence and the Attainment of Status in Groups

10 Jan 2018

I'd still like to know the Hindi word they use [for ego]. In the 5 vices, they name ahamkara . i was however wrong to say they list it as #1, that position belongs to kaam. The BK five vices are a carbon copy of the Sikhs' five thieves. I remember it was said that the ordering of 1-5 was going from...

Re: Life and the Different Moments We Move Through

10 Jan 2018

Welcome Nathan. There is no greater spiritual practice than being honest with oneself. There is no braver act than to leave the comfort zone we created for ourselves and inhabit through our desire for that to be true, especially when we have lived in that space for so long and, with our submission, ...

Re: Overconfidence and the Attainment of Status in Groups

10 Jan 2018

Ego is who I think I am, not the actual self but my sense of self. It is neither good nor bad. Ego is a necessary function of the psyche. It is a construct. Ahamkara is also exactly saying that - it is the ”I am” (aham) that I have constructed (kara - made, done). It is the BKs, purported guardians...
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Re: Janki and the Professor

10 Jan 2018

Arbit, I agree with you that the BKs on the whole are not intentionally malevolent. But I think most of us ex-BKs, many friends and relatives of BKs have experienced the whole BK project as a manifestation of Samuel Johnson’s famous aphorism: ”Hell is paved with good intentions” * That is, good inte...
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Re: Veerendra Dev Dixit in trouble

08 Jan 2018

The first more serious investigative report I have seen has been published, giving a little more background to Veerendra Dev Dixit's life story, Hardlook: The cult of self-styled godman Virender Dev Dikshit. All I can say is after reading that is - wow! It is interesting how after all these years, ...
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Re: Veerendra Dev Dixit in trouble

07 Jan 2018

Is this all about exposing the PBKs thereby making the BKs look like the good guys? A public PR campaign? No doubt the BKs are slicker and better organised with a lot more expertise and ”friends” to draw on. Does that extend into the media? Will this end up being counter-productive in an increasingl...

Re: Overconfidence and the Attainment of Status in Groups

04 Jan 2018

I have no idea if the Brahma Kumaris discuss such issues. They certainly don't publicise their discussion of such issues. BKs do not need to. They list ego as one of the 5 vices, ‘nuff said. While at the same time teaching (as taught by ”god” in the Murli) that as BKs they can have ”pure ego” of be...
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Re: What do you believe now?

02 Jan 2018

I enjoy my life as a bench scientist and teacher. Great post GuptaRati. I think its fantastic that you realised that true contributions to humanity come from acting rather than ”wishes”, no matter how ”good” they are. For me, I’d have to say the thing that brings me the greatest joy, enjoyment, sat...
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Re: Good quotes

01 Jan 2018

FAITH Stephen Colbert and Ricky Gervais Debate the Existence of God Matt Wilstein MATT WILSTEIN 02.01.17 10:38 PM ET Typically, the question “Is there a God?” does not come up on late-night TV. But Wednesday night was different. Stephen Colbert is one of comedy’s most devout Catholics—he even teach...
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Re: Good quotes

01 Jan 2018

There have been at least 3000 Gods so far but only yours actually exists.
The others are silly made up nonsense. But not yours. Yours is real - Ricky Gervais
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Re: What do you believe now?

01 Jan 2018

and I only do what inspires and feels right A word of warning with that: habits are easy and feel as right as old slippers that have taken on the shape of the foot. Changing direction, being circumspect and judicious in self-examination takes effort, and has the paradox of the judge judge him/herse...
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Re: Janki and the Professor

01 Jan 2018

I read Jagdish's book around the time you read it and was convinced for a while. Family members in my home studied hatha Yoga and I studied some of the books, dismissed by the BKs as Bhakti and physical. As the years of my BK studies increased, I observed the BKs did not have much to offer, which c...
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Re: What do you believe now?

01 Jan 2018

. The old Sindhi/Hindi model of BKism has been very resistant to innovation initiated by Western BKs. It is the case with any school of thought, usually a religion or cult, which has emerged from a ”revelation” granted by a ”divine authority”. It is why Islam and Christianity struggle to evolve to ...
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Re: Janki and the Professor

01 Jan 2018

GuptaRati 6666, You may remember the book by BK Jagdish Chander called ”The Way and the Goal of Raja Yoga” which is essentially an apologia* justifying the BKs' stealing the term "Raja Yoga" for their practice. In that book he compares Patanjali’s 8 limbs of Yoga to BK practice. I read it ...
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