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  1. It turns out that Oneness Movement had been outed in a large police investigation few years ago. Another would-be guru pretender had decided to turn promises of heaven into a stable source of revenue. A few years ago I had discovered some very critical accounts about Oneness Movement money collection practices and their deeksha (aka "Oneness blessing") initiations, and I had been very skeptical how one of their proposed unorthodox yoga methods, becoming a "cosmic being" and staying in prolonged and seemingly uncomfortable trance, could possibly help cleanse an individual's karma. Out of respect for anyone's positive belief about the Oneness Movement spiritual practices, I'll say that these negative claims are difficult to prove. Some fairly recent news about Oneness Movement tax avoidance, money laundering, and political corruption to cover land-grabs: Wikipedia's page on the leader Vijaykumar Naidu aka "Kalki Bhagavan" is no less flattering (remember to check the sources for authenticity): I consider it to be a very serious red flag that anyone declares themselves to be an Avatar or God incarnate. All the reported issues with excess wealth on the other hand testify of ordinary samsaric greed above all. His organization also participated in the apocalyptic year 2012 scare mongering, for goodness sake! I haven't been able to vet all these sources throughout, but they offer very critical glimpses into the Oneness Movement's conduct and spiritual projects. Be mindful that some of the links on the pages are expired and must be retrieved through the Internet Archive Wayback Machine that has stored lots of old websites. Select Quotes from the above Sources To me the most alarming issue is about the practices themselves. The Oneness Movement claims to give authentic deeksha initiations that connect to God and to teach how to become a "cosmic being" by remaining in a trance torpor. The latter especially is something that I am very wary of because the Buddhist teachings point out in unison that karma of self-grasping can be only shed when there is relaxed and open ("ordinary") awareness present. Even the proper Dhyana absorptions wouldn't fit for this purpose, although they can be very useful in transforming the energy-body. (This is an important technical point concerning Form skandha vs four other immaterial skandhas, but it's beyond the current discussion.) Excerpted from Why I ended my Involvement with the Oneness Movement by Christian Opitz (Neuroscience PhD): Freddy Nielsen left the Oneness Movement after being one of Kalki Bhagavan's closest disciples for 15 years. Now he speaks out: Does Bhagavan use Tantrics to get powers?
  2. I've been pondering over the idea of 'what if I suddenly acquired lots of money'. Having read lots of posts here regarding money, I came across an interesting quote elsewhere on the net (see below). Good? Bad? Neutral? Just another form of energy? My questions: If you're on a spiritual path and suddenly acquire multi-millions in cash, what effect would it have on your spiritual developement ? Is there a threshold-of-doom for the amount of cash that one can possess? How accurate is the quote below ? I've seen many people change in personality (for the worse) after acquiring lots of cash and I've never heard of a filthy rich, enlightened one. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Money is not something that is morally neutral, a resource to be used in good or bad ways depending solely upon our attitude toward it. Mammon is a power that seeks to dominate us." "Behind money are invisible spiritual powers, powers that are seductive and deceptive, powers that demand an all-embracing devotion." "… behind money are very real spiritual forces that energize it and give it a life of its own. Hence, money is an active agent; it is a law unto itself; and it is capable of inspiriting devotion." "For Christ money is an idolatry we must be converted from in order to be converted to him." "That is why so much of Jesus’ teaching regarding wealth is evangelistic in character. He calls people to turn away from the mammon god in order to worth the one true God." "The call of God is upon us to use money within the confines of a properly disciplined spiritual life and to manage money for the good of all humanity and for the glory of God. And when this is done we are drawn deeper into the divine Center. We stand amazed that God would use our meager efforts to do his work upon the earth. . . Money is a blessing when it is used within the context of the life and power of God." (source: [2]) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------