Balkenende of Bos: lood om oud ijzer. Wacht
de wereld niet op iets TOTAAL anders?
JA, IK STEM OP JE ALS MIJN
NIEUWE GEESTELIJKE LERAAR
NEE, IK STEM NIET OP JE
IK WEET HET NOG NIET
HET ANTWOORD OP ONZE ELLENDE?
TEGEN "BUSINESS SPIRITUALITEIT"
|Obviously, New Age is a thing of the past.
The younger generations may have never heard of it. As so often the paradigm's of this
movement has shifted from the early initiators (e.g. M.Ferguson), to small experimental
groups, and finally to society as a whole. The last category that is still involving
itself in it is.....big business. They (still) use it to upgrade effectiveness of the
company with the help of "business spirituality". It is one of the most ugly
phenomena we have seen recently. In order to save spirituality from these kind of evils in
the future I wrote a summary including some of the key aspects of the New Age movement.
Jesus had two
enemies: the phariseans and
the traders in the temple
|It sounded so promising. After 2000
years of patriarchal oppression there was a great need for an optimistic approach to life.
So an alternative spiritual subculture started flowering including practices such
as meditation, channeling, healing, psychic experience,
holistic health, simple living, and environmentalism; or belief in phenomena such as
reincarnation. To become your (Divine) Self - something that
had been forbidden for such a long time - became the core of the moment. Soon the interest
cristallized in concepts like "everything is energy" (which is not true) and
"you can create everything through thinking" (not true either),
"harmony" as the underlying force of existence, and the like.While in the
beginning these values were seriously tried and put into practice - Zen, Vedanta - very
soon less serious derivatives started to pop up: crystal healing, masters from the
Himalaya, astral projection, wishful thinking, UFO's.....To Be your Self was considered an
extension of the common self, rather than being the transcendence of the latter. The
result: a pseudo-spiritual movement where everything originated from the common mind,
focussing itself on satisfying its (egoistic) desires e.g. "making your dream come
from ignorance, egoism and business
|Two paradoxical consequences. On the one
hand escape from it all through practice of meditation and "realization", on the
other an increasing incorporation of New Age "values" into the mainstream of
society. The outcome of the former becomes more clear nowadays. Under the influence of
Asian philosophies the Divine ("Oneness", "That", "God") is
put against the world. The latter is considered transient and therefore illusory and
irrelevant. All efforts are focussed on "reaching the Other Shore" assuming that
"once arrived" you will be permanently "liberated" from "earthly
pollution", and the "shit" of your small self e.g. the personality. Not
surprisingly thus, that everything is centered upon "arriving" as the most badly
wanted goal in life. For most it has become an obsession*. To such an extent, that if not
genuinely achieved you just prentend. After the ritualistic pseudo (mind) approaches
(self-suggestion), fake guru's are the second stage of the current overall spiritual
degeneration. They have added to the confusion instead of offering liberation. It started
with concepts. Realizing Oneness with subsequent identification with it is called
"non-dualism". Wrong! Because identification with Oneness is excluding the
world, it should be called "dualism", like they say: my True Self here and my
miserable common self there. While those who accept, that after Realization the
personality is coming back - cause of a new stage in life in which the latter has to
become integrated into the former in order to finally achieve true Oneness (of the Self,
the self and the world) - are the real non-dualists.....
* I have heard that some people even tried the
"strangulation" (sex) technique as a last desperate attempt to become
Enlightened. However, only those who died reached their goal.....
Not surprisingly, considering the inherent degeneration, having set
in an early stage already, the New Age movement became an easy prey of businesses of all
kinds. First of all, the guru's themselves turned to making money. They sold their soul in
exchange for - in their eyes - fabulous incomes. "Re-integration" businesses,
the ones who's effort it is to "guide" people back to their (slave) jobs,
shooted up as mushrooms. These "facilitators" (nowadays "coaches")
became very skillful at applying all kinds of "spiritual techniques". In the
mean time the consumer-economy used all the New Age slogans to push people deeper into
their addictions with ads like: "be your self", "just for yourself
only", "be happy", "spoil yourself", "you are the most
important one" et.etc. The sad highlight were (are) the Zen teachers - coming from
such an honorable spiritual tradition - who started to offer "Zen for managers
("leadership")" sesshins. From one of their brochures: "Zen is an
excellent instrument to improve your flexibility, your innovative talents and the
effectiveness on the work floor". Or from another brochure. Zen helps you to find a
balance between work stress and personal needs. Some of the effects: more energy, better
concentration, increasing clarity of thinking, more patience (sic) and more stress
For the second time in
recent history "Zen" proves to be supporter of warmongers. Seventy years ago it
was Japanese Imperialism in WW II, now it is the Great Capitalist War against the earth.
"Zen" has learned nothing, whatsoever
These nice words have only
a (terrible) truth to hide: spirituality as a means to serve the Mammon. To this aim
"spirituality" is disconnected from its ultimate goal. It is portrayed as
something "value-free". No word about transformation of business into a more
humane enterprise*. At least that could give it some justification. By separating Zen from
its ultimate effect, the teachers - among whom renowned priests and monks, nothing really
surprises one anymore nowadays - are keeping their "honorable" status as
"spiritual leaders", as ones who represent "higher" levels of
"ethics" and "morality". No one talks about the true aim of the
businesses they serve. To ignore the fact, that "more energy, better
concentration" etc." ultimately serves profit maximalization, which leads to
more effectiveness, more competition, more growth.... and that in its turn to more
exploitation, more injustice, more poverty, more violence and more destruction of
nature.... these insights are not very welcome in those circles. To think that
"Zen" somehow could change all this - of course this is sometimes used as a
self-justification, in reality however is nothing but self-deception, an illness
(delusion) that Zen pretends to cure (...) - is at best (very) naive. It has to hide its
true aim. "Business spirituality" gratifies both teachers and students. Both are
part of the same rat race for more profits, influence, status, power.... It is the
ultimate decay of a spirituality that started in innocence some 50 years ago. Indeed,
capitalism is a monster (former German Bundespräsident H.Köhler) that eats everything
that comes in its way. It has fully corrupted the souls (conscience!) of those involved. A
tear tickles down my cheek.
* Some - in order to display a "human
face" - mention their "focussing on environmental awareness, education and
fighting poverty in the Third World" (with one hand "repairing" what the
other hand destroys). However, nowhere in their presentation they give any
substantialization of this, whatsoever.
However, there are
some who even go further. Like the Dutch priest...... who founded a "business
spirituality" faculty at a MBA school. He (knowingly?) spreads the illusion of
humanizing big business by bringing "more spirituality" into it. While it should
be UTTERLY clear, that no company on earth will voluntarily abandon the principle of
profit maximalization, putting humanistic values in the first place. Always will
"spirituality" have to serve the ultimate goal - profit - if she wants it or
not. To fight this anomaly we are still in the beginning. However, as is the case with
every suicidal system, the current crisis is doing its work by itself, already......
Read also: J.Carrette "Selling
Spirituality, the silent take-over of Religion", 2004 Routledge
CAPITALIST KILLING FIELDS
Employees, Relationships, Families, Communities, Cities, Non-
Western Peoples and Cultures, Nature e.g. the land, the
oceans and the atmosphere.....at last humanity
as a whole
|Summarizing: the New Age has degerated to
such an extent that from there no any initiative will come to renew life. However, to not
drawing too early conclusions I will turn to Buddhism as a possible "hopeful" to
this world and its possible salvation.
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HET LAASTE EN DEFINITIEVE "MARIA DOGMA"
NEW AGE SPIRITUALITEIT: HET ANTWOORD OP ONZE
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