Written by BobbyBabes99

If Terri Schiavo,repparttar severely brain-damaged Florida woman, was your child, how easy would it be for you to watch her die from lack of water and food. If she has feelings enough to smile with her mother, then she might also have feelings enough to feelrepparttar 113445 pain of dying in this manner. Even our worst criminal offenders are fed and given water until they die. Does a harmless, helpless person deserve any less? If our Government can afford to spend millions of taxpayers' dollars feeding immigrants

Cult De-Programming?

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

The following good work from a person engaged in trying to free people from cultish programming is far better than most. It demonstratesrepparttar person is aware of mind control techniques employed in influencing people. Having said that I will now try to show how this piece is in fact an evidence of SPIN or influence thatrepparttar 105457 person engaged in doing it might not even personally realize. For example Catholic exorcists are taught incantations and rituals to use that they may not or usually will not understand eitherrepparttar 105458 derivation or history thereof.

“Psychological Manipulation and Society Cultic Studies Journal Psychological Manipulation and Society Vol. 11, No. 2, 1994 Madame Blavatsky's Baboon: A History ofrepparttar 105459 Mystics, Mediums, and Misfits Who Brought Spiritualism to America Peter Washington. Schocken Books, New York, NY, 1995, 470 pages. Reviewer: Joseph P. Szimhart

Theosophy as discussed in Peter Washington's highly informative and entertaining survey has less to do with any sophisticated notion of "divine wisdom" than it has with a host of preposterous pretenders who successfully attracted thousands of seekers devoted to experiencing and unveiling hidden truths. In short,repparttar 105460 Theosophists attempted to make occultism respectable in an age of scientism. According to Washington, these neo-occultists and their progeny have essentially failed, asrepparttar 105461 jacket liner notes tell us, in a ‘curious comedy of passion, power and gullibility.’

Headingrepparttar 105462 list is Madame Helena P. Blavatsky (1831–1891), whose colorful character ranged fromrepparttar 105463 ribald torepparttar 105464 sublime. HPB, as she has been known torepparttar 105465 Theosophists, cofoundedrepparttar 105466 Theosophical Society (TS) with Colonel Henry S. Olcott and a few others who were interested in spirit contact and psychic phenomena in New York in 1875. In today’s New Age jargon, HPB becamerepparttar 105467 main "channeler" for TS. Within a few decades TS stimulated an ever-splintering amalgam of groups and cults,repparttar 105468 more important of which Washington portrays with solid reporting from an impressive array of source material and his personal research. In each case a charismatic "guru" has either received "ancient wisdom" from some mysterious sect, self-proclaimed enlightenment, or metaphysical source, while also assuming an exalted position as guru, messenger, teacher, master, or adept inrepparttar 105469 eyes ofrepparttar 105470 disciples and students.

Following HPB and Olcott (aka Jack and Maloney), Washington tacklesrepparttar 105471 lives and influences ofrepparttar 105472 second generation of Theosophists, includingrepparttar 105473 politically motivated Annie Besant, channeler Charles W. Leadbeater, Katherine Tingley, Rudolf Steiner (who broke from TS and founded Anthroposophy andrepparttar 105474 Waldorf schools), G.I. Gurdjieff, and many of their significant followers. Jiddu Krishnamurti, who became famous for abdicating his title of "the world teacher" or Theosophical messiah in 1929, a role imposed on him at age 13 by Leadbeater, is given a thorough treatment by Washington. In contrast, he only briefly describes and sometimes only mentions more recent splinter groups and leaders fromrepparttar 105475 TS amalgam, like Elizabeth Prophet and her Church Universal and Triumphant, George King andrepparttar 105476 Aetherius Church, Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov andrepparttar 105477 Universal White Brotherhood, Lloyd Meeker andrepparttar 105478 Emissaries of Divine Light, Idries Shah andrepparttar 105479 Society for Understanding Fundamental Ideas, andrepparttar 105480 Raëlian Movement. Washington also coversrepparttar 105481 history ofrepparttar 105482 esoteric School of Economic Science founded by Leon MacLaren and his connection with Transcendental Meditation’s Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He concludes his text with a solid, dispassionate look at J.G. Bennett’s life as it was influenced by Gurdjieff, P.D. Ouspensky, Shah,repparttar 105483 Subud cult, and finally Catholicism.

Some important TS offshoots are missing in Washington’s survey, such asrepparttar 105484 Agni Yoga Society founded by Nicolas and Helena Roerich inrepparttar 105485 early 1920s,repparttar 105486 Arcane School founded also inrepparttar 105487 1920s by Alice A. Bailey, andrepparttar 105488 I AM Activity founded by Guy and Edna Ballard inrepparttar 105489 mid-1930s. To those who have studiedrepparttar 105490 history of Theosophy as it has influenced these and other groups not mentioned by Washington, these may appear as glaring omissions. Butrepparttar 105491 pervasiveness of Theosophy’s influence, especially withrepparttar 105492 thousands of New Age movement teachers and sects throughoutrepparttar 105493 world, would take volumes to merely summarize. Washington nevertheless accomplishes his mission to give us a clear taste ofrepparttar 105494 Western guru tradition, its roots, and its effects on certain disciples.

The book’s title is derived from a stuffed baboon that stood prominently among Blavatsky’s exotic paraphernalia in her flat in New York. The baboon was dressed complete with spectacles holding a copy of Darwin’s Origin of Species, mocking that controversial scientist. Blavatsky saw herself as Ancient Wisdom’s counterpoint to that "strutting gamecock" of science, whom she often railed against in her two fantastic, notoriously plagiarized tomes, Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine. HPB more than anyone has influencedrepparttar 105495 Western occult tradition withrepparttar 105496 notion of spiritual evolution as it allegedly occurs through rounds of "root races" reincarnating. Some of her racist notions later crept into Nazi philosophy, even though Hitler disavowedrepparttar 105497 Theosophical Societies.

A most revealing passage from Madame Blavatsky’s Baboon describes P.D. Ouspensky, a Fourth Way or Gurdjieff School leader, who nearrepparttar 105498 end of his life in 1947 was very depressed (confusion and depression have been common ailments of lifelong disciples ofrepparttar 105499 Western guru tradition). He took to escaping from students in his car with his cats. Ouspensky would park his car at some destination, sit inrepparttar 105500 back seat staring out of a window while cuddling his pets. "Returning home from one journey, he spentrepparttar 105501 rest ofrepparttar 105502 night inrepparttar 105503 car while a female pupil stood over him atrepparttar 105504 window, her arm raised as if in benediction. A cat would never be so stupid" (p. 337). This passage not only revealsrepparttar 105505 depths of delusion both guru and follower might reach, but it also reveals Washington’s insensitivity torepparttar 105506 perhaps deluded but nevertheless struggling, dedicated victims of such gurus.

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