New-Age BS

In a comment to my Metaphysical Bloviation (II) article I found the following, an extract from Meditation is a Revolution in Religion:

Intuitive Intelligence

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.
hours pass…

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.

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One response to “New-Age BS

  1. If somebody tries to interpret it intellectually, he has missed the point from the very beginning…

    wake up!!!

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