Barking up the wrong tree, as usual
Jul 09, 2009 09:48 PM
Ok. The World Teacher thing is fun but the truth is that Theosophist have
been flying the wrong carpet on it since the idea floated out of Annie and
the Bishop's hats.
First, there really has never been an identifiable person who could be
considered a "World Teacher" who had any serious impact in his lifetime. The
Buddha was just another local nutcase and Jesus got himself killed. So
this business about finding out who the next "World Teacher" was going to be
makes about as much sense as trying to find out who will be the next Michael
Jackson (in the hope of aborting him before he can appear) and all the fuss
over whether it was Krishnamurti or Aleister Crowley or even L. Ron
Hubbard is missing the point.
We can ignore crooks like Sai Baba Booey and crazy old Ben Creme for the
If there were to be a world teacher, that individual would not have to
appear in public at all. He could be totally obscure, sitting in his living
room, watching reruns of old game shows on cable, an putting the information
directly into the minds of the people prepared to receive it without them
even knowing that he exists or that the information, the ideas as it were,
came from any source other than their own minds. The techniques are
certainly simple enough. Anyone can master them in a few days. Which is why the
dugpa stuff is so silly. There is nothing they can do that anyone else
cannot do and probably are.
It is obvious that the idea of a World Teacher, wandering the earth
spreading teaching to the hungry masses is a simple failure to understand how
information can be spread. It is from a mindset locked into archaic and
fundamentally clumsy means of communication, voice, the written word, personal
appearance, even video. There is no need for any of that and one wonders
why those called masters of the wisdom, who frankly do not, in retrospect,
seem to have been masters of much of anything but falling off their flying
carpets, would not have realized that.
The search is a waste of time and energy. If there really is a world
teacher running around loose somewhere, he has no need to be found, no desire to
be public. That would just get in the way and be a distraction.
It is time to face reality and forget all the nonsense that has been
written in the past by people who either did not know what they were talking
about or who had a vested interest in public ignorance.
Chuck the heretic
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