A passionate question came to this blog today, over at Perspective on the Sex Scandals of Great Enlightened World Gurus.
New commenter at this blog, SINDWA KANYIMBA, asked this:
“From your article, I conclude that being enlightened does not make one to be more morally upright and does not build ethic.
“If so, it’s of no use and I see no need to pursue practices leading to enlightenment.
“Most of these gurus were meditators. This to me implies meditation does not make one a better person in society.
“Why the hype on the benefits of meditation since it does not confer high moral/ethical standards?”
Let’s try this experiment, Blog-Buddies. How about YOU answer this, one comment at a time?
Only let’s provide an alternate version of the question, in case you prefer to answer that. My reason for the following variation?
I haven’t taught Transcendental Meditation since 1986 (with one exception, my son, who did it very, very briefly — exactly what I hoped would happen; I wanted him to experience it just a little.)
And in serving as an Enlightenment Coach, I don’t necessarily recommend meditation. Today, in fact, I’ll be doing a dress rehearsal for tomorrow’s next-to-last meeting of the Enlightenment Basics Teleseminar Series. My students have many choices about how to design a unique, effective, plan for personal growth.
To me, meditation isn’t the point of SINDWA KANYIMBA’s question. Striving for Enlightenment, any which way, is the point.
So feel free, Blog-Buddies, to answer this question instead.
A thoughtful person might wonder, since some public figures in Enlightement have been caught up in scandals, whether that state of consciousness means a person is morally upright.
If striving for Enlightenment doesn’t make a everybody perfect (by my standards) what good is it?
Go, Blog-Buddies! What do you think?