--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Vaj <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>
> 
> On Jul 11, 2006, at 5:36 PM, jim_flanegin wrote:
> 
> > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Vaj <vajranatha@> wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >> On Jul 11, 2006, at 2:47 PM, jim_flanegin wrote:
> >>
> > Vaj said: They felt he was a "seller of
> >>> the
> >>>> Vedas" and thus destined for the deepest hell. Not the "saint"
> >>> some
> >>>> imagine...
> >>>>
> > Jim said: Emphasis on dogma can lead to all kinds of crazy ideas.
> > Just look at
> >>> the way the dharma of caste is often abused and misunderstood. 
Or
> >>> the state of the Catholic Church. You seem to put way too much
> >>> importance in titles.
> >>
> >>
> > Vaj said: I think the sages who said that originally saw it
> > as "cause and
> >> effect". Charging for the path to liberation was not seen as a
> > good
> >> "cause" and therefore had some bad effects...
> >>
> > I can't imagine why this would cause bad effects. Even money 
comes
> > from the same place everything else does...I suppose if they were
> > caught up into the thinking that making money was somehow
> > inconsistent with a spiritual life...I don't know, it seems 
silly to
> > me, given that a service is being provided.
> 
> 
> It's an interesting point Jim--I too have found this damnation by  
> jnanis to be bizarre--but not the point. The point was that 
Amma's  
> remarks were gentle by comparison--and the comparison to a mother  
> caring, touching to everyone (everyone has a mom).
>

I guess meditation is something everyone has an opinion on...





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