--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "authfriend" <authfriend@...> wrote:
>
> --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "John" <jr_esq@> wrote:
> <snip> 
> > Outside of the TMO, many saints in the Catholic Curch were
> > known to have levitated, including St. Teresa of Avila.  So,
> > levitation or flying can be used as a criteria to determine
> > one's state of consciousness, specifically that of
> > enlightenment.
> 
> John, this is way too simplistic and creates significant
> confusion.
> 
> The saints had no *intention* of levitating; it was
> involuntary, and in many cases unwelcome--frightening and 
> overwhelming. Teresa actually prayed that it wouldn't
> happen.
> 
> Any devout Catholic, moreover, would be appalled at the
> idea of such performances being used as a criterion of
> spiritual development; that would be strictly against
> Church doctrine. And the saints would never want to
> attract attention to themselves in that way.
> 
> Aside from the issue of whether levitation is possible,
> there really isn't any commonality between the
> significance of levitation in the Western (Catholic)
> tradition and its significance in the Eastern tradition.
> You can't use one to justify the other.
>
Judy,

Levitation is the quick test for those who claim to be enlightened, in 
particular, those who follow Osho's techniques and philosophy.  Otherwise, it 
may take a very long time to prove conclusively that a person is enlightened.  
Specifically, the Vatican has a very exhaustive method for canonizing a saint.


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