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Sarlo's Guru Rating Service

Post by Aemilius » Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:07 am

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Re: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service

Post by Simon E. » Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:26 am

Its perhaps useful to know that Sarlo is, in fact, Swami Prem Sarlo a veteran follower of Rajneesh.
His view of any teacher should be seen in the light of his history.
If you use the word 'mind' without defining your terms I will ask you politely for a definition. :smile:
This is not to be awkward. But it's really not self-explanatory.

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Re: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service

Post by amanitamusc » Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:54 am

This may be even less reliable than the tabloids in the checkout line at the market.

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Re: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service

Post by Grigoris » Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:02 am

You know it is wrong, when Osho and Krishnamurti get a top rating.
"My religion is not deceiving myself."
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Re: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service

Post by Simon E. » Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:01 pm

Grigoris wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:02 am
You know it is wrong, when Osho and Krishnamurti get a top rating.
Aye.
If you use the word 'mind' without defining your terms I will ask you politely for a definition. :smile:
This is not to be awkward. But it's really not self-explanatory.

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Re: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service

Post by Wayfarer » Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:24 pm

Interesting to browse but he sure could use some basic web formatting skills, the site looks like all websites used to in 1996.
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Re: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service

Post by Norwegian » Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:26 pm

Wayfarer wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:24 pm
Interesting to browse but he sure could use some basic web formatting skills, the site looks like all websites used to in 1996.
Classic Geocities / Angelfire look.

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Re: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service

Post by SunWuKong » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:37 am

I think Wayfarer is wrong, the website is very cool. But in all honesty these many traditions, although i respect them all, have very little to do with each other and ARE NOT but many manifestations of the same Path, they are DIFFERENT PATHS.

So comparing gurus is comparing apples to oranges.

Rather, I find it necessary to explore which works the best for me (sorry about that) Yoga, Zen, Tibetan, Pure Land, Taoism, Sufism, Gnostic, etc. etc. then narrow these down until I arrive at a practice which becomes my core practice. Then base my affiliations (teacher/sangha) around that, then add a few things, vegetarian, QiGong, etc.
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Re: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service

Post by Grigoris » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:46 am

One may ask: What are the criteria for rating the teachers?

To which the reply would be: whatever pleases the blog owner (or fulfills his agenda).

Especially given:
Where I'm Coming From
First off, and most important i suppose, my religious history. I was raised as rather an agnostic Canadian, with but one perfunctory effort on the part of my parents, also agnostic, to make me have a taste of the local church. Boring! But okay, that out of the way. My early forays into "alternative" paths consisted of trips to India, a "back-to-the-land" phase, lots of drugs though no addictive ones (save alcohol and cigarettes, now finished), dabbles with Paramahansa Yogananda and a few others and finally (seeing the light?) a long-term (since 1978) relationship with a master, Osho.
In which case: WhyTF should I care?
"My religion is not deceiving myself."
Jetsun Milarepa 1052-1135 CE

"Butchers, prostitutes, those guilty of the five most heinous crimes, outcasts, the underprivileged: all are utterly the substance of existence and nothing other than total bliss."
The Supreme Source - The Kunjed Gyalpo
The Fundamental Tantra of Dzogchen Semde

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Re: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service

Post by Aemilius » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:45 am

Don't take it too seriously. There is a lot of work behind it, I am sure. The sheer number of the gurus is stunning. Hundreds of them, whom I have never heard of, or maybe even close to one thousand. There is a message in their number, and in the attitude and treatment of them.
You could never do that, could You say something nice, or something that is even approaching some kind of objectivity, about Your favourite unpleasant objects?
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Re: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service

Post by Grigoris » Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:14 am

Aemilius wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:45 am
Don't take it too seriously. There is a lot of work behind it, I am sure. The sheer number of the gurus is stunning. Hundreds of them, whom I have never heard of, or maybe even close to one thousand. There is a message in their number, and in the attitude and treatment of them.
You could never do that, could You say something nice, or something that is even approaching some kind of objectivity, about Your favourite unpleasant objects?
The blog writer needs to be objective about his favorite pleasing objects. For me it is easier to be objective about things I do not have a positive regard for than it is for objects that induce a pleasant feeling.

Seems that the blog writer has the same problem.
"My religion is not deceiving myself."
Jetsun Milarepa 1052-1135 CE

"Butchers, prostitutes, those guilty of the five most heinous crimes, outcasts, the underprivileged: all are utterly the substance of existence and nothing other than total bliss."
The Supreme Source - The Kunjed Gyalpo
The Fundamental Tantra of Dzogchen Semde

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Re: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service

Post by Simon E. » Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:15 am

Aemilius wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:45 am
Don't take it too seriously. There is a lot of work behind it, I am sure. The sheer number of the gurus is stunning. Hundreds of them, whom I have never heard of, or maybe even close to one thousand. There is a message in their number, and in the attitude and treatment of them.
You could never do that, could You say something nice, or something that is even approaching some kind of objectivity, about Your favourite unpleasant objects?
How about the fact that if you are a 25 year old first becoming interested in all this, you could well be sent on a wild goose chase that could last at least a lifetime?

It happens.
If you use the word 'mind' without defining your terms I will ask you politely for a definition. :smile:
This is not to be awkward. But it's really not self-explanatory.

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Re: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service

Post by Jesse » Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:31 pm

Simon E. wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:15 am
Aemilius wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:45 am
Don't take it too seriously. There is a lot of work behind it, I am sure. The sheer number of the gurus is stunning. Hundreds of them, whom I have never heard of, or maybe even close to one thousand. There is a message in their number, and in the attitude and treatment of them.
You could never do that, could You say something nice, or something that is even approaching some kind of objectivity, about Your favourite unpleasant objects?
How about the fact that if you are a 25 year old first becoming interested in all this, you could well be sent on a wild goose chase that could last at least a lifetime?

It happens.
Worse than that can happen. Practicing spiritually in a very dedicated way with no idea what your doing can have horrible results... Especially with meditation, and with certain Vajrayana methods being openly available to practice, god forbid drugs.. people can do themselves, and others alot of harm.

You know Charles Manson pretended to be a guru of sorts.
The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.
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Re: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service

Post by DGA » Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:38 am

Norwegian wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:26 pm
Wayfarer wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:24 pm
Interesting to browse but he sure could use some basic web formatting skills, the site looks like all websites used to in 1996.
Classic Geocities / Angelfire look.
I remember finding and having a laugh at Sarlo's guru rating site in the late 1990s. It's somewhat refreshing to see that it persists.

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