MD Mysticism or Cosmic Debris?

From: Mark Steven Heyman (
Date: Sun Dec 19 2004 - 06:16:01 GMT

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    Hi all,

    I've been enjoying the recent spate of posts re mysticism, and must
    admit I'm attracted to the idea that, from time, Reality drops her
    drawers, if ever so briefly. I know I've experienced this, and I
    can't imagine I'm all that different from the rest of humanity,
    although my covivant promises me I am, I am (or to put it in her
    words, "You have NO idea!").

    However, I'm a little skeptical of the "professional" aspect of the
    revelation process. Whether it's DMB's recommendation of the web-
    omnipresent Wilber or Sam's preferred hierarchy of power and ritual,
    or Maharishi Mahesh Yogi taking beneath his wing the Fab Four, there
    is to me a slight sense of hucksterism about anyone suggesting an
    extremely low ratio of shepherd to sheep, and, little lamb, have I
    got the shepherd for YOU!

    I don't want to seem overly cynical about this, but it seems like the
    paths to guided enlightenment are directly proportional to one's
    disposable income, I just don't get the sense that the gurus are
    working the ghettos. Here ya go:

    The mystery man came over.
    He said: "I'm outta sight."
    He said: "For a nominal service charge
    You could reach Nirvana tonight."

    If I was ready, willing and able
    To pay him his regular fee,
    He'd drop all the rest of his present affairs
    And devote his attention to me!
                    Frank Zappa - Cosmic Debris

    Anyway, I've started this thread so as not to sidetrack the ongoing
    valuable discussions of mysticism. Thoughts? Comments? Attacks or

    Mark Steven Heyman (msh)
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