[QUOTE=cherrytree;59147]I have been studied the following:
Brahma Kumaris (Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University / Raja Yoga)
See links on page 1 of this thread regarding the above groups especially Sahaja Yoga and Brahma Kumaris.
You mentioned no one can make you believe, etc; these groups do not kidnap you and force you to believe of course but they do slowly indoctrinate you. A common denominator between all these groups is their Guru or founder holds all truth or greater truth or the ultimate revelation for mankind today.
As for saying some of these groups do not charge, true [B]but note[/B] groups like BK or Sahaja Yoga that do not charge have acquired multi millions in money, property, etc - where do you think they got it from? Answer - their followers! Basic reverse psychology don’t ask for money can often get you vast amounts people contribute or make donations to the cause. For example Scientology blatantly charges a fortune for courses to get you up the Bridge, TM - Transcendental Meditation charges a lot for courses; Brahma Kumaris courses are free - yet all of them are making millions, have millions of property around the world etc and none of them started off that wealthy!
[B]A key question - if you like the teachings of OSHO, Sahaja Yoga, Brahma Kumaris, SRF; why bother joining any of the movements themselves??? Why become a member of them[/B]
If you join Brahma Kumaris , Sahaja Yoga, etc it will restrict you in your quest for spiritual truth because you will come to believe you have it all in your movement or organisation, and come to believe the Guru or founder holds all truth or the ultimate truth for this day and age.
Someone like OSHO, I find his writings very poor, a hodge podge of different spiritual ideas drawing from different sources; nothing remotely unique or special but often very pretentious - he had an uncanny knack of making the simple look profound, or [B]had an instinctive knowing of being able to say what people wanted to hear to get their attention.[/B] His writings philosophically are very poor compared to say Krishnamurti and few serious scholars would put them on the same level; in terms of spirituality and beauty his writings are very poor compared to say Paramahansa Yogananda. That is my opinion , if others think he was something amazing that is their prerogative.
[B]What I admire regarding OSHO is not so much the man himself but the people that came after him and [U]re-marketed and re-branded Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh [/U][/B] - a nutcase egomaniac guru with a fleet of more than 100 Royals Royces (who needs over a 100, just bought to show off) with a talent for attracting the vulnerable and gullible and hoodwinking them inmto handing over a fortune hence the Rajneesh movement became very wealthy, with bizarre practices using spiritual practices mixed with psychology to give people a hit or euphoric feelings and keep them coming back for more and more importantly keep them handing over money [B][U]as OSHO[/U][/B] - the lovely spiritual master, with profound teachings, no crazy practices, or little if any mention of his wild excesses like 100+ Royals Royces, run ins with the law (or of mentioned of course he was a victim lol), no bright orange robes, etc. The make over is rather like the Divine Light Misson becoming Elan Vital.
Of course just like Scientology, the great L. Ron Hubbard; anything dodgy or illegal or any run ins with the law from his organisation or people in it - followers know will tell you these were rogue people he knew nothing about such illegal activitiesl, dodgy practices, etc. Same with OSHO poisoning the water in Oregon etc - today the movement will tell you it was done by rogue people in the organisation, good old Osho knew absolutely nothing about it lol! Of course these people knew what was going on in their organisations or movements they kept a very tight grip on them, but followers today have to be in denial and believe the founder could not possibly be so corrupt or condone or be involved in illegal or immoral activities.
[B][I]You may be able to find it online to watch - try search yourself, seek out ‘Fear Is The Master’ on OSHO http://www.jeremiahfilms.com/products/FIMD well worth watching! Includes a lot of film of him and his practices and followers from when he was alive - not just people talking now and saying this or that happened, you actually see it as it happened. After watching it you too will come to admire the rebranding & remarketing of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh as OSHO, and also see just how gullible & naive followers were in his liftetime , and even more so now - gullible enough to ignore or be in denial about many things he did or advocated in his lifetime[/I][/B]
[B]You can read up on any of these movements and practice their teachings if you want, that does not mean you have to join them though - thus giving up your freedom to completely independent thought.