Wednesday, May 17, 2006

a little mental chewing gum for you

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

a little mental chewing gum for you
Current mood: sleepy

A quote for you today:

". . . Meher Baba, Guru Majaj Ji, Jesus Christ and all the other holy men who amassed followers in recent times have had one gimmick in common. Each of them demanded unquestioning devotion. 'Love me with all your heart and soul and strength and do my bidding without fail.' That has been the common requirement. Well, great. If you can love someone with that completeness and that purity, if you can devote yourself totally and unselfishly to someone - and that someone is a benevolent someone - then your life cannot help being the better for it. Your very existence can be transformed by the power of it, and the peace of mind it engenders will persist as long as you persist.

But it's therapy. Marvelous therapy, wonderful therapy, ingenious therapy, but only
therapy. It relieves symptoms, ignores disease. It doesn't answer a single universal question or put a person one step closer to ultimate truth. Sure, it feels good and I'm for anything that feels good. I won't knock it. But let nobody kid himself: spiritual devotion to a popular teacher with an ambiguous dogma is merely a method of making experience more tolerable, not a method of understanding experience or even of accurately describing it. . ."

- Tom Robbins, in Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

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