In English, when one says "historically" it also includes the current historic epoch, like ongoing history.Aemilius wrote:The persecution is still happening: in Irak after the fall of Saddam they soon whipped and jailed about one hundred sufis, and their lawyers too!!
We cannot be 100% sure about anything, BUT when for 8 Centuries Sufi Dervishes have been "whirling" counterclockwise and then Rajneesh and his adherents, to make a buck by appearing radical and revolutionary for naieve westerners, tell people to spin clockwise, well...Why do we trust the "lineage"? How can we be sure about it?
No. Innovation in spiritual matters must serve the purpose of spiritual development. Most so-called "innovators" are merely out to make a grand show of their individuality and greatness (and to make a quick buck). Their theories and practices normally die out quite quickly and/or are confined to small irrelevant groups. They die out quickly because they are not based on Vajra Wisdom, they are confined to small inbred groups because the majority of people out there, through their relative or common wisdom, easily see that they are a crock of doo-doo.You nevertheless accept innovation in matters spiritual, don't you? If that is old enough, like the Buddha.
The tales that are ascribed to Nasreddin Hodja are timeless and have wide popular appeal because they have real, obvious, universal and clearly apparent meaning. Now if somebody tries to cash in on them they will initially have some success, but the fact that they are merely exploiting them will soon become apparent. And then...
And that is the problem with the New Age movement: the personalised exploitation of traditional wisdom for monetary gain and acclaim.