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Originally posted by GrandCourtJester
I'll refer you to a book , by Hugh Milne, called "Bhagwan:the God that Failed".
also the Aum Shin Rikyo "nerve gas' cult in Japan.
As an Ordained Swami (teacher) of the Advaita Ishavaravada Agami Tradition, PIOUS Order, I can tell you that when ones consciousness begins to expand and other realms of reality are experienced without the guidance of a qualified teacher, they can be very upsetting.
Practices designed to raise the kundalini, without proper foundation practices have been known to take people into madness. That is one of the problems with those who have not walked the path themselves exposing others to dangerous practices, or with trying things one reads about without the proper guidance and preparatory practices.
I don't see anyone getting hostile though; is that a perception I'm missing?
Defensive, then. Isn't that low key hostilty. Perhaps saying "Any one who doesn't think yoga is great is crazy" is merely an opinion? Besides, "Am I missing some perception' is a sly schizophrenia shot. Thanks Mahatma Ganhdi.
You still didn't address the other statement - you've bougnt into something, I don't want to hear criticisms.
what do you think would happen if you or I appeared at a hospital emergency room saying we could levitate, dematerialize, walk through solid objects, read other's thoughts and direct their actions through mental telepathy? We would be held for observation.