--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "authfriend" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 
> --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "feste37" <feste37@> wrote:
> >
> > Well, it's hard enough trying to live a spiritual life without 
> having to turn 
> > oneself into a socialist! 
> > 
> > For myself, I think I prefer situations in which I can offer 
> > service, rather 
> > than being the one who receives the service. It seems to offer 
> > opportunities for personal growth. I remember reading the novel 
> > Remains of the Day (the one that was made into a film some years 
> > ago) and being struck by how the butler described his calling. 
> > It 'seemed very much like a master-disciple relationship in 
> > the person finds complete freedom through service.  There is no 
> > sense of injustice that "this person has much more than I do and 
> > therefore the situation is unfair and I am going to secretly 
> > resent it." It's another level of thinking altogether.

> Yes, it is.  It's odd how service is often touted here
> as the ultimate spiritual path, yet this path doesn't
> seem to encompass the *servant* role, which is perceived
> to be degrading and humiliating.  It's as if service is
> noble only if you're so well off you could choose not to
> engage in it.

> So much for the dignity of those whose means require them
> to perform humble tasks, I guess.  If they're not feeling
> degraded, they *should* be.


My guess is that the only way that the assistants/servants to 
wealthy MD can be on the program is to do these lightweight jobs for 
wealthy members, which sounds a lot less degrading (let's see, 
having to iron the occasional sari in exchange for 8 hrs of TM a 
day, with comfortable quarters and great food, not bad), than having 
to rub noses with the ignorant masses in a real job where it's a 
struggle to do two TM-Siddhi programs a day...

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