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Originally posted by Animal
So what are your impressions? Do you think that this experience has benefited your life?
Have you learned lots?
IS there any reason for me to fear the practices?
Masonic Light, is the BotA related to the masonic tradition?
reply to post by Tamahu
As for Golden Dawn material...
...I would stick with the works of Wynn Westcott, S.L. MacGregor Mathers, and Dion Fortune.
It seems that most other Golden Dawn writings contain too many mistakes and/or unnecessary blinds.
"Rely on the teachings to evaluate a guru: Do not have blind faith, but also no blind criticism."
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Before you decide to follow a spiritual teacher, it is extremely important to check him or her: there are quite a number of cheats around... In the old Indian tradition, teachers were often checked for 12 years or more before a student fully entrusted a teacher the spiritual guidance. It is easy to follow people blindly, especially the ones who are smooth talkers and are good salespeople. The reason why gurus are getting such bad names is because people should not have blindly trusted most of them to begin with...!
...Question: "How does one choose a teacher of spiritual subjects or know a teacher to be reliable?"
His Holiness the Dalai Lama:
"This should be done in accordance with your interest and disposition, but you should analyze well. You must investigate before accepting a lama or teacher to see whether that person is really qualified or not. It is said in a scripture that just as fish that are hidden under the water can be seen through the movement of the ripples from above, so also a teacher's inner qualities can, over time, be seen a little through that person's behavior.
We need to look into the person's scholarship -- the ability to explain topics -- and whether the person implements those teachings in his or her conduct and experience."
Originally posted by Skyfloating
Well...thats his advice.
And I have my advice, which differs from your or his advice.
Besides, the OP is not "seeking a master" but wondering what group to join.
We are all masters.
Originally posted by bsbray11
You might as well read up, as talk to someone else or join any group, because like I said, you have to do everything for yourself and internally in the end anyway.