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Dear Miami Dade College
 Posted by: Rjchinook
 Date: 05/26/2005, 13:18:52
 Original URL: Click here (However, the link may be stale.)
Dear Miami Dade College: I have worked in higher education (I still teach part-time) and I just found out that your college PRESIDENT, Eduardo J. Padronm, has invited the Maharaji, also known as Prem Rawat, to speak at your college on June 16, 2005. As distinguished people of higher education who are responsible for educating young minds (our future leaders) WHY ARE you NOT aware that the Maharaji is the diabolical leader of one today's most dangerous cults? How could your college give this kind of exposure to such a well-known cult? I wonder what higher education institutions nationwide would think of your decision? I believe the media, especially national network news stations should be informed about the college's sponsorship of this man.      
 
I am appalled that your college would allow such a well known cult leader, who destroyed many peoples lives by robbing many of them from their youth in order for him to live a very luxurious lifestyle. A man that use to claim he was GOD, and after losing many of his followers in the 70's & early 80's, he has reinvented his image as motivational speaker, but with the same underlying goals as cult leader.  
Please inform your students not to attend this presentation and please visit these web sites to educate YOURSELVES about this very destructive, dangerous & diabolical cult leader, Prem Rawat:
 
The truth about Prem Rawat today: http://realmaharaji.bravepages.com/Truth/truth.htm
 
Web site developed by ex-followers: http://ex-premie.org/
 
 
 
Yet another one: http://gurumaharaji.info/
 
Education about cults: http://www.fwbo-files.com/CofC.htm
 
Thank you for your time.
Sincerely,
 
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Re: Dear Miami Dade College
 Posted by: eileen
 Date: 05/26/2005, 14:20:15
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Aren't you the guy who just heard about Prem Rawat 4 days ago and signed up for the Keys program because it sounded so good to you?  Now you are informing the world that there is a dangerous cult leader on the loose based solely on what you have read here.  What's it going to be tomorrow?  Are you that easily persuaded?



Re: Dear Miami Dade College
 Posted by: Rjchinook
 Date: 05/26/2005, 14:46:56
 Original URL: Click here (However, the link may be stale.)

For one thing I am not a guy I am a woman. Another thing as you can see I AM NOT easily presuaded, because if I was I wouldn't be at this forum    

May I ask why do you come to this forum if you had such a good experience when your were a follower of the Prem Rawat? Opps excuse me I mean GOD, didn't he think he was GOD back then?   




Eileen, you might .........
 Posted by: NikW
 Date: 05/26/2005, 14:52:09
 Original URL: Click here (However, the link may be stale.)

get a better handle on where people are coming from if you actually read the responses to your posts and attempted to pursue dialogue by answering those responses - instead of just targeting one poster with your criticism.

If you want an argument - make it with those of us who've had plenty of time to figure out the Rawat deception - or is that too demanding for you ?

N




Re: Eileen, you might .........
 Posted by: Rjchinook
 Date: 05/27/2005, 00:48:12
 Original URL: Click here (However, the link may be stale.)

Eileen wrote: "You've got a person professing to all the media (though she forgot Good Morning America and Oprah) "

Excuse me? I did include Good Morning America & Oprah, however, they were included in other E-mails I sent. 

Eilleen wrote: "And you think that's normal just because she agrees with you? And you want to argue with me and wonder why I don't want to pursue dialog?"

Aren't you the one that started the dialog by responding to my post? If you truly believed in your own BS you wouldn't be here trying so hard to defend it. 

As far as my 4-day crash course on the about Prem...your right! But I've found a lot more TRUTH here than I ever found on any of Prem Rawat web sites. 

As far as the so called ex-premie lingo you said I was using your wrong! I have done a lot of research about cults and after I researched & learned the TRUTH about this particular CULT...guess what? The use of lingo like "today's most dangerous cult" just naturally came to mind. And by the way, ANY so-called "NORMAL" person would agree with!       




Re: Eileen, you might .........
 Posted by: NikW
 Date: 05/27/2005, 01:19:14
 Original URL: Click here (However, the link may be stale.)

>And you want to argue with me and wonder why I don't want to pursue dialog? <

That is the point  of  a 'forum' - if you are not willing to engage in some meanigful exchange what is that you are doing here ?

N




Re: Eileen, you might .........
 Posted by: MarkT
 Date: 05/27/2005, 02:22:57
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Eileen, Maharaji did say he was greater than God by stating that the Guru Maharaji was greater than God and accepting the title of Guru Maharaji for himself.  I have not discovered any other religious leader that made such a claim whilst also declaring he would establish "world peace".

Then in the 1980's Maharaji declared that "world peace" had been established as the framework (Elan Vital) for "world peace" was in place.  That is quite a climbdown and amounts to nothing other than "shifting the goalposts" to avoid the issue altogether.

Now, all he appears to have established is bitterness amongst many that he attracted, indifference by the majority of those he attracted and continuing devotion from a relatively small minority but no world peace.  The only real success has been the aquisition of substantial personal wealth.

It may take the minority that are still devoted longer than 4 days to realise the danger that such a person presents to the younger, naive element of society but I am sure someone who has never completed the process of becomming an active follower is quite capable of comming to their own conclusion very quickly if they have access to the truth contained on EPO.




Re: Eileen, you might .........
 Posted by: Jonti
 Date: 05/28/2005, 05:47:03
 Original URL: Click here (However, the link may be stale.)
I am sure someone who has never completed the process of becomming an active follower is quite capable of comming to their own conclusion very quickly if they have access to the truth contained on EPO

Half an hour or so, in my case.

Of course, I had the benefit of having met a few premies ... so I had some kind of notion that something was rotten in the state of their guru ...

Jonti-- never a premie




Re: Hey Eileen!
 Posted by: Pat W
 Date: 05/27/2005, 05:05:07
 Original URL: Click here (However, the link may be stale.)
You really crack me up. You've got a person professing to all the media (though she forgot Good Morning America and Oprah) in total ex-premie lingo that she knows first hand about "today's most dangerous cult" after a four day crash course on the ex-premie website. And you think that's normal just because she agrees with you? And you want to argue with me and wonder why I don't want to pursue dialog?

Hi Eileen,

I must admit that it is unusual so far for a newcomer to so quickly be come as extremely reactionary to Maharaji. However in RJC's case it seems that she has done quite a lot of objective looking into cults and religious groups and so I think this is the reason her judgements about her Maharaji are more than averagely informed and she feels so strongly. Of course none of her judgements about Maharaji's particular brand of self-knowledge are made from her own experience of having become a premie etc. but we have to accept that objective valuations are not invalid. Wouldn't you agree?

I don't think anyone here (ex-premie) is going to overlook the fact that RJC has no historical personal beef with Rawat. Should we disagree with RJC or tell her she is disingenuous for embarking on her own crusade to stop what she sees as a 'diabolical cult' simply because she hasn't become a member or 'tasted the fruit'?I think it is far more appropriate, decent and tolerant to accept that she has her own reasons for making the judgements she has and to wish her luck obtaining in drawing truthful conclusions for herself.

As for the ex-premie lingo. Might I suggest that 'anti-cult' lingo is not something that is exclusive to ex-premies by any means. RJC is someone who has researched cults and is obviously somewhat disgusted at certain aspects of them which she now sees present also in Maharaji's organisation.

And you want to argue with me and wonder why I don't want to pursue dialog?

The natural conclusion to anyone coming here who does not pursue dialogue is that they really don't want to, and just want to sling shots or state their POV without any accountability. In a forum where you avoid answering people it generally means you have no reasonable answer and the other person's point of view is more reasonable. So if you read this please would you mind answering the questions I've taken the trouble to put to you above. (They're easy to spot -there are question marks at the end of the sentence




Re: Hey Eileen!
 Posted by: eileen
 Date: 05/27/2005, 10:49:52
 Original URL: Click here (However, the link may be stale.)
"Of course none of her judgements about Maharaji's particular brand of self-knowledge are made from her own experience of having become a premie etc. but we have to accept that objective valuations are not invalid. Wouldn't you agree?"

Yes I agree.

"Should we disagree with RJC or tell her she is disingenuous for embarking on her own crusade to stop what she sees as a 'diabolical cult' simply because she hasn't become a member or 'tasted the fruit'?"

No you don't need to - I already did and that's why we are having this discussion.

"The natural conclusion to anyone coming here who does not pursue dialogue is that they really don't want to, and just want to sling shots or state their POV without any accountability. In a forum where you avoid answering people it generally means you have no reasonable answer and the other person's point of view is more reasonable."

That is not my reason for not wanting to pursue dialog. This is not personal, Pat, but you posed the question so I will try to convey my feelings about this forum. Have you ever tried to pursue dialog with a Jehovah's Witness, or a born again Christian? They are radical, pigheaded & unwavering. That's what it is like for people coming here who don't feel the same way you do. There is no winning an argument here. Your responses are always the same and nothing anyone says is going to change your mind. YOU ARE VICTIMS - YOU ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE VICTIMS!!! Maharaji ruined your life - it is all his fault that you are failures. I see so many people here who would have made great litigators - you can argue your points flawlessly, and have the expertise of the world's greatest psychoanalysts to back you up. Why would I try to argue with that? Livia just spent several days trying to convey a point, which I think could have actually helped people here to move on, but she was basically called a "LOOSER" (loser) quite a few times and finally left. And anyone I have ever seen come here to try to make a point has always been reduced to a brainwashed cult member loser.

I have been reading here for a couple of years maybe longer on and off. I originally came here by accident looking for an elan vital website. And I have read EVERYTHING that has been posted here. Nothing that was written here was anything that I hadn't heard before. (Not peoples personal experiences but general accusations about Maharaji). The only reason I posted here at all this time was in support of what Livia was saying. That I don't blame Rawat - I blame ME for the extent to which I was involved - for how much I hurt family members and friends by ignoring them when they were in trouble and close to death because Maharaji called, and that was my first committment. I spent years sacrificing time and energy for things that I now look back on as ridiculous. But maybe it was all part of the plan for me. Everyone's lives are filled with learning experiences, and I spent about 25 years in this one. I do regret many of the choices I made, but they were my choices. Alot of good came from it too, which is what you all seem to forget. That is why it is so unhealthy to spend so much time here reinforcing the negative. You've got one guy here who keeps coming up with pictures & quotes of Rawat when he was just a child - and everyone comments about it again and again. And continues to relive all of those times you are trying to leave behind. Many of you seem to think that you would all be rich & successful if you had not been involved with the "cult" all those years. How could you know that. You could have been working for some ass hole who would wind up firing you after 20 years & you'd still be without a retirement plan. Or you would have gotten involved with some other type of spiritual group. You have to admit, we weren't exactly mainstream people who's desire was to buy a house and start gaining equity. Most premies or former premies that I know did do something with their lives - the ashrams closed in the early 80's which was over 20 years ago. Most of us were only in our 30's at the time - definitely not ready for retirement. All of the big honcho premies started businesses, law practices, medical careers. They became wealthy first, and are now the main contributes to Rawat's work because that's what they want to do with the money that they have earned. Alot of others became successful and left and nobody has heard from them since. I thought we were being encouraged to do something with our lives, to get ourselves in a position to be financially stable. I went back to school and got a degree along with getting married, raising kids and working full time.

You say you are here to help others who want to exit, but you are TOO radical, TOO hateful, and rational people can see that although you may think you have rock solid proof that Rawat is some maniacal cult leader, there is still something a little off about your behavior. You really are not helping people, and you are certainly not helping each other, but are reinforcing yourselves to remain entrenched in something that you say you have left behind. You can do what you want with your lives, but some of you are still here and seem to be stuck in the same spot you were in when I started reading here years ago. Still complaining that Rawat is rich and you are not. That he stole your youth. Most of us were the most heavily involved in our 20's. And what was the rest of the world doing in their 20"s?Most likely not contributing to their 401K's. I know some who were fighting wars, living thru abusive marriages, living thru drug rehab programs. And what were we doing? Exactly what we wanted to be doing, regardless of all the friends and loved ones who tried to convince us that we were wasting our lives in a cult being brainwashed. But we knew that it wasn't true because of the **BEWARE CULT LANGUAGE** "incredible experiences" we were having. And anyone who was involved for 30 years and wasn't having an experience - SHAME ON YOU!! You have nobody to blame but yourself for that.

So I hope I have answered some of your questions. I honestly don't know why I come here. Maybe I just want to state my point of view without accountability like Pat said. I think other points of view are necessary in all situations. It gives people something to react to. I appreciate all of you who have contacted me privately - please continue to do so if you wish.




Err pardon me Eileen
 Posted by: hamzen
 Date: 05/27/2005, 13:36:35
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but you do seem pretty sure of peoples motivations for being here.

I know for a fact that a lot of people who are here, are here for completely different reasons.

Quite a few people have left because of the sites, including a number who post here, also quite a few people who were half getting sucked in have avoided it.

Personally I've always fought injustice and fraudulence when it turns up in my life, and I also feel a need to balance the books to friends and family.

Career wise I have no gripes with Rawat, my gripes are about his lack of ethics, complete shamelessness and peddling his whole mission on a straight faced lie, that the techniques of meditation were uniquely his. Personally also, and even more than the Jagedeo issue itself dfor some reason, is the way he got his lieutenants to pimp for him.

His treatment of these women was not pleasant. Bearing in mind the way he was revered then, it's a SERIOUS abuse of power for which he has never been accountable, and although not illegal, well you get my drift.

It's because people don't challenge stuff like this that we have the world we have at present.

You also seem to have no understanding thatmany of the people who do resent the most went on fairly successful careers too where bweing ten years behind the game seriously affected them, however good they were. For others less successful there was the whole thing about the world, careers and mind, Some people obviously took him literally. It can take years to shake that stuff out of their heads.

For some who talks like a positive thinking is the only way counsellor you do seem rather as judgemental as you accuse people here of being.




Re: Err pardon me Hamzen
 Posted by: eileen
 Date: 05/27/2005, 14:39:47
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Now hold on. I've been accused several times this week of not answering the questions and engaging in conversation here. So I answered all of Pat's questions (only the ones with the questionmarks) as honestly as I could. I gave my reasons for why I think it pointless for me to converse on this forum. I don't see how that makes me judgemental. You all pride yourselves on your independent thinking and yet I see it as a kind of "Group think" here. You all say the same thing in very sophisticated ways, but it is still the same thing. I don't know if you feel like you have to make up for lost time with your minds and over analyze everything, but you take it too far. That's what I see. And you have all been very forthcoming as to how you see me. Basically we disagree. It would be great if you could switch your intensity and go after George Bush - Now he REALLY is a threat and does have the power to carry it out. Rawat doesn't have any power. His days of hurting people are over.



Er actually I was referring to that one post
 Posted by: hamzen
 Date: 05/27/2005, 14:59:13
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You've done it again, who's to say what is over analysis, where is the divine geiger counter that points to exactly the right amount of analysis.

I was specifically referring to your generalised description of ex-premies in any way.

I don't feel a victim at all, it had no effect on my career because the pursuit of truth consciousness and bliss was my career before I'd even heard about maharaji, and I knew it would remain the cornerstone of my life again before meeting premies.

In fact my whole journey through premie dom was pretty cushty, since I felt no pull from with in myself to join one, so I missed the heavier indoctrination. But one of my closest friends did suffer walking away from the whole Rawat system of belief and thinking, out of respect for our friendship is one of the reasons I still post here.

Re Bush, say I even agreed with you politically, where could I put my energy that would have any effect?

I'm a community based person, and I deal with smaller things that I know help, I no longer do global. Are you saying I should change my way of life?

Oh by the way, just as another personal addenda, I loved meditation, still do, though I do it less than when I was a premie.




And the irony of you having a pop at Pat W
 Posted by: hamzen
 Date: 05/27/2005, 15:29:03
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is that he quite often finds himself in the position you are now in in very general terms, and has taken a lot of flak for it over the years.

Is it just possible that things around here are not quite as black and white as you think?




I think Pat is great - wasn't aware of any pop.
 Posted by: eileen
 Date: 05/27/2005, 15:47:14
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YOU ARE VICTIMS - YOU ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE VICTIMS!!!
 Posted by: hamzen
 Date: 05/27/2005, 16:17:00
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I assumed since you were talking about all exes here that included Pat W

To me a victim is someone who suffers in silence.

Don't you feel it was a cult then?




Complete and utter nonsense, Eileen!
 Posted by: Jim
 Date: 05/27/2005, 16:52:26
 Original URL: Click here (However, the link may be stale.)

That is not my reason for not wanting to pursue dialog. This is not personal, Pat, but you posed the question so I will try to convey my feelings about this forum. Have you ever tried to pursue dialog with a Jehovah's Witness, or a born again Christian? They are radical, pigheaded & unwavering. That's what it is like for people coming here who don't feel the same way you do. There is no winning an argument here. Your responses are always the same and nothing anyone says is going to change your mind.

You couldn't be more wrong here, Eileen.  It's not the strength of someone's convictions that determines if they can be talked to but rather their willingness to discuss matters thoroughly and rationally. Jehovah's Witnesses, born-again Christians and other people slavishly bound by faith are difficult to dialogue with because they will not fairly argue the issues by simply, unflinchingly examining the evidence in a fair and reasonable fashion. 

Premies are terrible offenders in this regard.  Mind you, that's hardly surprising when you see what an evasive and cowardly role model they have in Rawat, a man who hides from his past and only comments on it with the occasional self-serving lie or two.  Thus, for years now already, premies have made half-hearted forays into rational discussion about Rawat here only to retreat one way or another in the face of real evidence.  The forum's colourfully stained with the various skid marks they've left as they've driven off in a huff, making excuses as you have just now, for jumping out of the ring.

 




Re: Hey Eileen!
 Posted by: Jonti
 Date: 05/28/2005, 05:54:16
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PatW: Should we disagree with RJC or tell her she is disingenuous for embarking on her own crusade to stop what she sees as a 'diabolical cult' simply because she hasn't become a member or 'tasted the fruit'?

Eileen: No you don't need to - I already did

And, I guess, you stand by what you said. Correct me if I'm wrong, but are you really telling me that I have no right to criticise the methods and manners of Prem Pal Rawat, as I have never been his devotee? That's absurd. Would you say *you* have no right to criticise *my* methods or manners, as you have never been my devotee?

It seems to me that you are, perhaps unconsciously, giving Rawat some special treatment in your mind. You're cutting him way more slack than you give the ordinary folks here, who he suckered. I wonder if you see that now, and if so, I wonder if you also see that you are holding Rawat to be in some way special, that he should be absolved from normal criticism?

Jonti--never a premie




Eileen here's my reply
 Posted by: Pat W
 Date: 05/28/2005, 06:00:15
 Original URL: Click here (However, the link may be stale.)
So I hope I have answered some of your questions. I honestly don't know why I come here. Maybe I just want to state my point of view without accountability like Pat said. I think other points of view are necessary in all situations. It gives people something to react to.

Hi Eileen,

Thanks for taking the time to respond at such length, I think I understand where you're coming from. Yes I did understand that your post was mainly a general take on the forum here and not aimed at me in particular. I actually have no problem with your posting your POV without having any actual obligation to defend it. I do think that if your POV is challenged intelligently then you might look a bit of a fool if you can't though. But there actually is no obligation here for you to dialogue unless I've missed something. Actually in the past I quite often posted (er..'ranted') here and people would ask me questions which I would tell myself I really coudn't be shagged to answer. It was true I couldn't.

I think that your generalisations are quite severe, like when you say:

YOU ARE VICTIMS - YOU ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE VICTIMS!!! Maharaji ruined your life - it is all his fault that you are failures. I see so many people here who would have made great litigators - you can argue your points flawlessly, and have the expertise of the world's greatest psychoanalysts to back you up.

Maybe in some respects we are and will always be victims. This, by definition, is a place where people who feel that Maharaji 'conned them' to some degree, talk about it. We are not victims to the degree of say Holocaust victims but nevertheless we could still well be described as victims - but hey, we get on with our lives. Look around there's plenty of succesful, happy professional types here as well as people who feel they haven't achieved as much as they might have and blame M from a little bit to a lot. There is no good reason why a victim of any sort should, at any stage of their life, not be free to bemoan their past. I'll just speak for myself here although I know that plenty of people who post her feel somewhat the same. I don't think Maharaji ruined my life nor do I consider myself a failure. Around 1997 I started to find following Maharaji was going against the grain. I definitely later went though a very angry period and felt quite radical that somebody should stand up and challenge what I saw as falsehoods and hypocrisies. OK so after 5 or 6 years of going through the passions and emotions of 'exiting' or whatever you want to call it I can tell you that, although technically I might always be a victim I don't propose to let that ruin my life but neither do I feel the need to forget about it or stop protesting. This is my way of protesting that Maharaji is not really having to account for the negative controlling stuff he put people through whatever good stuff he and others feel he's done. For me it is personal and ethical.

And anyone I have ever seen come here to try to make a point has always been reduced to a brainwashed cult member loser.

The question is.. are people made to look a 'loser' because of they can't bear the weight of ad-hominem attack hurled at them? Or did they genuinely fail to come up with a reasonable defence to their point ? In which case they may well be described perfectly politely as the loser of that particular debate. This brings me to your next point:

Have you ever tried to pursue dialog with a Jehovah's Witness, or a born again Christian? They are radical, pigheaded & unwavering. That's what it is like for people coming here who don't feel the same way you do.

If you turn the tables you can see that this is the reason why some ex-premies prefer to even rudely dismiss premies or people who parrot 'premie wooly thinking' rather than attempt what they see as being a distracting impossible dialogue. Personally I actually like to take on this stuff as politely as possible. Just my preference.

That I don't blame Rawat - I blame ME for the extent to which I was involved - for how much I hurt family members and friends by ignoring them when they were in trouble and close to death because Maharaji called, and that was my first committment......

If you don't mind me saying so I don't think that your blaming solely yourself is a particularly correct, healthy or balanced attitude. Maharaji himself is apparently quite adept at blaming others for his own mistakes and God knows what a crazy situation it would be if everybody around him just lay down and accepted that. Well I guess that's pretty much what happens a lot of the time.

The other thing is that, reading between the lines of your statement here I sense that you have some regret and emotions about how your commitment to M hurt others etc. I frankly find it very hard to believe that underneath you don't feel that you have some unresolved issues with the guy who you evidently now feel did not warrant that degree of commitment. Was your commitment to Maharaji entirely unnaffected by Maharaji's demands and 'Agya' to surrender etc? Did you invent your own reasons to commit and sacrifice so wholly? I very much doubt if anyone can honestly say that they would have given up so much, surrendered their lives or behaved so unsensitively towards their family etc. if it hadn't been made such a condition and so much emphasis had not been put on 'surrendering' and prioritising Maharaji in your life (to the exclusion of virtually all else.) This came from Maharaji so how can you just blame yourself entirely? I don't get it.

But maybe it was all part of the plan for me. Everyone's lives are filled with learning experiences, and I spent about 25 years in this one. I do regret many of the choices I made, but they were my choices. Alot of good came from it too, which is what you all seem to forget. That is why it is so unhealthy to spend so much time here reinforcing the negative.

When people say 'it was a part of the plan for me - it was meant to happen' they are often choosing to denying or ignore all the down-to-earth reasons why things have happened in the way they did. We are so eager to be positive that we can be afraid that to 'look at the negative' is going to be unhealthy. I disagree. I think that facing all sides is the way to good health. In fact the singular pressing reason why I stopped going to see Maharaji was that I truly saw that it was making me physically ill. My body was the first to tell me that I needed to back off and do a reality check or I was going to be a sick person. Actually my health improved as a result of confronting the so-called negative stuff. I got terrible knots in my stomach. However when I dared to confront my fears about Maharaji and find the truth I made some big breakthroughs and the knots were replaced with a new confidence.

You say you are here to help others who want to exit, but you are TOO radical, TOO hateful, and rational people can see that although you may think you have rock solid proof that Rawat is some maniacal cult leader, there is still something a little off about your behavior. You really are not helping people, and you are certainly not helping each other, but are reinforcing yourselves to remain entrenched in something that you say you have left behind. etc.

To be fair a lot of the people here are still smarting badly from their experiences and the hate they express is one way of dealing with the split in their relationship with Maharaji. That is to be expected in my opinion. Rational people can surely see that this is what's going on here and not necessarily just dismiss them as self-obsessed professional apostates. I simply don't agree with the way you tar everyone with the same brush.. Whilst there are obviously some people who may conform to your general description there are plainly plenty who don't. I mean there are currently some people who've cruised in here to talk- for the first time- who just want to talk about their experience - no great agenda- but maybe for them it's simply nice to talk with people who have some empathy and who accept that it's OK to express your misgivings about Maharaji - whatever they are- and even to be passionately vengeful if that's been your reaction. Remember there is no room for that in Maharaji's court.

Finally, I think you have either missed or ignore what is the proclaimed reason why loads of us continue, even after we have actually 'moved on' in all other respects, choose to actively protest, criticise, comment upon or oppose Maharaji. I am talking about people with ethical reasons and those who acknowledge the 'good stuff' but don't agree with way Maharaji is promoting it.

I feel that I have ethical reasons to continue to comment on Maharaji. I didn't post here for quite a long time and was happily just getting on with my life when I learned of the dreadful revisionism that was going on. Well, I was there in those past days and felt some obligation to add my voice to the people who were attempting to correct this.

Another thing is that I feel that the meditation side of 'knowledge' is essentially a good thing. (I accept there are pitfalls but in itself I continue to experience it as something that enhances my life- that is now I have at long last largely managed to disassociate it mentally and emotionally from being something to do with Maharaji). Knowing something of the history of the techniques I would like to help explode the myth that these techniques are the magical, mysterious secret of so-called masters who inevitably show themselves to more or less capitalising on a tightly protected monopoly on such information and being themselves quite hypocritical characters. Whilst I accept that some encouragement and helpful instruction on such matters may be useful from a teacher I would like to see the day when the teacher is not such a central controlling, exclusive and fear-mongering part of the equation. In short rather than it being a pathetic obsession to comment ad infinitum on Rawat, I quite enjoy and am pleased that I have enough experience and conviction to in some small way help bring about these changes of attitude.

So the fact remains Elaine that you have come here, although you say you're not so sure why. I would hope that in addition to your making largely negative comments about the forum and it's occupants, you may also inadvertently find that some of the dialogue here will soften your judgements and that you might broaden your perspective.




Re: Hey Eileen!
 Posted by: Sulla
 Date: 05/28/2005, 17:20:27
 Original URL: Click here (However, the link may be stale.)
Hi Eileen,
 
I believe regrets manifested when we realized we had been duped. If we hadn't been, who would care about what we did or not with our lives? Do you think that premies care? I think they will have  regrets as we did, when they find out, and accept the truth, that we were all duped. It's a consequence. If that dream, which for us became real when we encountered M and his K, was really real we wouldn't have regrets or we would rationalize them, as it is for premies now. And it's alright to have regrets of what we did or didn't do while we were living the lie, because even if we will never know how it would have been for us if we hadn't followed M, only we, each of us know, how it was and what we did or not because of Maharaji and K.
 
Are you still a premie? Why do you feel sorry  for ignoring your loves ones, when they needed you? Why didn't  you feel sorry then? Is it because then you knew M was God  and now that Maharaji decide not to be God anymore, you blame yourself for believing he was, and because of that you ignored your family? If he would  really  be God would it be alright to ignore them?




Some answers for Sulla and others
 Posted by: eileen
 Date: 05/28/2005, 20:27:56
 Original URL: Click here (However, the link may be stale.)
Hi Sulla,

I would say that I am no longer a premie. And I do feel a great amount of regret for what happened with my family. I knew it was wrong at the time but I did it anyway. That was my first clue that something was wrong with my relationship with M, and others in the organization. It was in the late 80's, and not going into details, that was the first time that I saw that M and the PWK's really didn't have much compassion. But even though I knew then that it was wrong, I made the choice. I have been reading the long list of responses to my posts saying that I think I am better, smarter, healthier etc. than everyone here, and that I am here tooting my own horn. That is not my feeling at all. All I am saying is that I made the choices that I made, and the responsibility was mine. Wherever the rest of you are on your individual journeys, you need to work that out however you choose. I see that I really have no right to comment on it, and since I can't respond to everyone individually, I'm saying I'm sorry as a general statement. However, I don't have any intention of jumping on your bandwagon and trying to bring M down. I have been going through my own healing process for many years, and feel that I am at peace with it. As for the God question - I don't think I ever believed that he was god - I wanted to, but I don't really think that deep down I did. God and my experience with him has always been very personal, and internal and I was experiencing that long before I heard of M.




Re: Some answers for Sulla and others
 Posted by: Sulla
 Date: 05/28/2005, 21:53:51
 Original URL: Click here (However, the link may be stale.)
Thanks for your response, I respect your point of view, but, what I don't understand is why if you can blame yourself for what you think you did wrong , we can't   blame Maharaji for what he did. Maybe we are responsible for some choices we made , and he is responsible for some choices he made, like not telling us the truth when he found out that he was  "Mr. Nobody". Don't you think? Why  are you afraid to bring him down? He  is already down!  Are you sure you never, ever believed he  was God? I'm sorry Eileen but I don't believe you. Nobody does what you did for a simple human motivational speaker. Think again! 



Hmmm.
 Posted by: Jonti
 Date: 05/28/2005, 23:57:20
 Original URL: Click here (However, the link may be stale.)
I would say that I am no longer a premie.

But would other people make the same assessment, or would they conclude that you still think Rawat is above the normal moral codes?

There can be little doubt as to the answer to that question while you claim that only those who have been devotees can criticise the methods and manners of Prem Pal Rawat. If you had really gotten the poison out of your system, you would never have implied such a thing. Yet you not only implied it in your post to Rjchinook which questioned her right to campaign against Rawat, you explicitly confirmed that position in reply to PatW, when he asked you to clarify the specific point.

Listen, I have never, nor am I likely ever to become, a devotee of Mr bin Laden, and his peculiar interpretation of Islam (or, come to that Mssrs Sharon and Bush, and their peculiar interpretations of Judaism and Christianity). But that does not mean I cannot criticise these man or their methods, or indeed, their moral sensibilities. I am sure you find that absolutely clear and easy to understand.

That you accord considerable moral leeway to Rawat that you do not afford to others shows that you are still in his camp. It's not that surprising -- I find many who say they are not Christians, nevertheless irrationally argue for Christian beliefs. My take is that you are in a like position. You say you are not a premie, but nevertheless irrationally argue for, and support at least one core premie belief.

And that is that neither Rjchinook nor I should not work to spike Rawat's racket simply because we never became members of the cult. Sorry Eileen, but that's just a tired old premie line, and a really weird thing to say

As someone who was never sucked into the delusory belief system, let me assure you that you have yet to fully extricate yourself.

Jonti--never a premie




Re: Some answers for Sulla and others
 Posted by: Rjchinook
 Date: 05/29/2005, 01:53:30
 Original URL: Click here (However, the link may be stale.)

Eileen, I read your last post & want you to know that I respect where you're at in your own journey & healing process. I am just very grateful that I didn't disrupt my own journey by falling victim to Prem Rawat & his cult. 

The stories I've read here truly touched my heart. I can identify with many of the stories, though obviously from a very different context. I truly believe what Prem has done in the past & still continues to do is VERY WRONG, and he needs to be stopped! Its okay if you don't want to "jump on the bandwagon"  But just because you don't it doesn't mean its not an important thing to do. I don't believe in the war, but I'm not out there protesting everyday.   


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