In the East for thousands of years,
disciples have been sitting by the side of the master,
just doing nothing.
It looks strange to the Western mind: what is the point of sitting there?
If you go to a Sufi gathering, the master is sitting in the middle,
and all around his disciples are sitting silently,
nothing is happening, the master is not even saying anything.
It took me a while to establish whether this was a robo-blog and I am still not absolutely sure. In case it is isn’t I am sorry, but this does rather strike me as a lot of New Age tosh. I have spent a fair amount of time around people from the ‘east’ and do spend much time around westerners that have adopted systems of eastern derivation, and believe me, I see none of the described differences but the usual mix of the confused and those addicted to BS.
I do find that one particular oriental system—Buddhism—posses (for me) a clarity that is reflected in confidence and coherence in people that have adopted it, and which I have found useful—that is why I chose it and stay with it.
Aside from that there is a certain confusion that I believe can be especially tracked down to the enlightenment and given great power by the industrial revolution. I write about all the time on this blog—it is in a sense what this blog is about. I can’t see how anyone is going to be ultimately served by what appears to be content-free, mystical mumbo-jumbo.