originally posted by: Missmissie173
a reply to: hounddoghowlie
Was my first thought too...wonder if any of those 70's bands learned anything when they sought "enlightenment" in Nepal and India. Or I guess more
to the point, did it change their lives?
Hmm, I think that you are phrasing the question incorrectly. Did anybody find enlightenment or spiritual growth from "going somewhere?" No,
excepting perhaps life experience as mental, spiritual, and philosophic experience, or even professional. Seeing a third world ancient part of the
world is profound.
A better question is: Did some band members, hippies, new agers, or seekers find spiritual growth or even enlightenment by PRACTICING the paths of
yoga, meditation, mysticism, esoteric Buddhism, etc? And some went there to study that.
I did this, and went to both India and Nepal. I stayed in an Ashram. Ironically, and true to the teachings, it became apparent that the only spiritual
truth I had to learn strongly there was that I never had to leave the US to find enlightenment, because it was within. Even many of my Indian teachers
there, were not as good as many of the teachers I had in the US (some of whom were Indian and some not).
Case in point. I was sitting on the Ganges having secured a long sought after goal: sitting in a private meeting with an Indian yogi at an ashram, and
getting to discuss things. It was good. However, when I asked him to point me to a "true teacher," he opened up a giant book, found an entry for a
friend of his, and said "this is a good teacher."
It was a ex-corporate exec white dude from California (where I am from). The message was two fold: Never judge spiritual teachers or their level by
race, look (hippy versus preppy), location, and two, you never had to leave your home to find true teachers and spirituality.