April 10, 2017
A number of people, over the years, have asked my opinion of the late H.W. L. Poonja (1910-1997), commonly referred to as Papaji. In my opinion, Papaji, unlike his guru Ramana Maharshi, was not an Enlightened Heart Master. Moreover, none of Papaji’s disciples who became big-name gurus (Andrew Cohen, Gangaji, Mooji) impresses me.
Herewith, in order, are my Amazon reviews of Papaji’s “The Truth Is” (two stars), Andrew Cohen’s “Evolutionary Enlightenment” (two stars), Gangaji’s ‘Freedom and Resolve” two stars), and Mooji’s “Breath of the Absolute –Dialogues with Mooji” (two stars).
Adyashanti-Level Advaita Vedanta
I first read this book about ten years ago, and I recently received my copy, which had been in storage since before Barack Obama took office. Unlike the first time I read it--when I quickly motored through it because I thought it was mediocre--I decided this time I would really read it. Well, to make a long story short, it didn't happen, and it didn't happen because this time I found the late author-guru Sri H.W.L. Poonja (1910-1997), known as Papaji, to be an unstomachable read.… Read the full article
March 18, 2017
[This is my just-posted at Amazon one-star review of Bentinho Massaro's text "Super Accelerated Living."]
In my 45 years of spiritual study and practice, I have read more than 3000 texts on Awakening -- and Bentinho Massaro’s “Super Accelerated Living” might be the worst of these. I have, in my Amazon reviews, categorized some of these texts as “bottom of the barrel,” but Bentinho deserves his own category, which I’ll now designate as “beneath the bottom of the barrel.” I have umpteen pages of notes from my read of this text, but because this is just a review, I’ll focus on just a few of the innumerable notes that make clear just how out of touch from reality Bentinho really is.
Bentinho says, “There is no external reality. There has never been a reality “out there.” There has never been another person you have interacted with. There has never been an actual physical world that you have been a part of. You are not a part of anything. You are the Creator of the entirety of the Universe, of All-That-Is… Are you ready to leave behind the thought that you are the receiver of reality and realize fully that you are a God —the creator of reality?...… Read the full article