Oh, small addition to this thread...
The 3 Gate Keepers:
1. Is it true?
2. Is it kind?
3. is it necessary? We put a governor on Gate 3 for the sake of pleasant conversation.
Gate 1 and 2 need always remain active (as we are able). May it be so, and so it is.
Greetings to my fellow travelers...What a long strange trip it...is!
I have had my own survival tussle with guru/student sexual abuse through my attraction to a Yoga Teacher, Swami Satchidananda. As others have said, I never threw out the baby with the bath water. The teachings are invaluable, the teacher can be less. Sw. S was and still is revered by many to be a life changer for them in a wonderful way. I was just a newbie (2 years in) when I first learned of the sexual history to that Sangha/spiritual community (Integral Yoga Institute). I still teach what I learned from him, as he taught. I did my own version of an "intervention" along with many other certified IYI teachers, and when the truth was swept under the rug by Sw. S I, and many others said my/their peace and walked on....I then hung out with some Ananda friends (another sexual teacher fiasco with Sw. Kriyananda) for a couple of years, then was introduced to my Sat Guru, Amma (1996). My best buddy introduced me to Her, asking if I had ever met Her. I had not....and his Guru is not Her. His Guru is Paramhansa Yogananda, who I rever much (Autobiography of a Yogi).
Having some reserve to fall at someones feet/surrender (again), it took few visits to know She is the real deal (very few given my past experiences with false prophets, etc....) Oh, there are many stories out there of people who poke at Her too....many of who fall at Her feet later when truth is revealed (some don't get that, but they are very few, indeed)...but I am learning that a real Guru does not get upset about anything. They don't need anything (what does God need?) and as they teach a deep lesson, it is done with clear vision (long view we lack) and knowledge that the learning is up to the student, not the teacher and love is always the end expression in the (ego surgery) Amma can give those who hang out long enough to find themselves in the "Kitchen" with Her. It's sugar and butter in the living room with Her for awhile, but the heat in the kitchen goes up and can be either transcending or a time to "run for the door" This is a true Guru. Amma is such. Now, the Swami's around Amma know their limited knowledge is flawed in comparison...and they continue to make mistakes and be corrected by Her wisdom. hmm...I possibly digress here....let me get back to Bo...
For me, I have never met him. I have not even finished his book, "We're All Doing Time" I do know the value of the book for those still struggling with external damnations (drugs, criminal behaviors, seeking happiness outside...)
However, I know the value of a tool....I work in jail and give this book to inmates if they want one. Bo and Sita still send me them free, knowing the work I do today with those who don't see many choices.... I don't push the river. It does not need my help. I keep a few handy for those who want one and only ask that they pass it on to the next cell when they leave jail. Simple.
Bo is like a Satchidananda type teacher. The only difference is he (Bo) claims never to have been one. Silly man! They both got caught in power ratios that sometimes hurt others unnecessarily. Therefore, they obviously have Self work to do. I still have much work to do (on self). I am an Interfaith Minister and a recovering dope fiend (see website address for my bio at bottom) who truly believes that we all will wake up one day (today) and know that we know, we always knew and always will...but the ride is interesting along the way in "dream land"....the stuff we drag behind and sometimes spew forth in front of us is both tragic and comical. Karma we have, till we settle up...in balance. Till then, we make mistakes. The article above, once again as some have pointed out, is written by someone who has been very hurt (probably uncountable times) and wants to bring clarity and perhaps closure for herself (guess it's a woman???maybe not.) and heal the wounds of past. and I do not venture to know either of their past lives and much/all of this one....I am somewhere in between I think....I have karma to balance and yet have been working on it for some time, people tell me and also have had a few twinkling moments of remembering who I really am (they don't last long....yet)....
I did learn a few tings here reading the story (did not know Neem Baba had sexual stuff going on....but not surprised.....really does not matter...on this plane....he's gone again..
I will add a bit of who I am....www.http://theinterfaithcircle.org/revatindra.htm and I invite you to look see some of me.... I think it's time for bed now...have early day tomorrow at jail doing an annual "re-entry expo" perhaps I will add more as I think about it? Ah, remember "push and river".....heh....
I will add a bit of who I am....
and I invite you to read a short story of me..... Om Shanti, Om Om Om
Rev. Atindra Gibbs
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