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Re: The Shugden Controversy: some reflections on "deva-yoga" and related matters

May 21, 1998 08:22 AM
by Pam Giese

> From: "Daniel H Caldwell" <>

In the Shugden controversy, has a "demon" been mistaken for a "protector
god" and "buddha"?  This opens up several cans of worms!!

Good post!  Discerning "good spirits" from "bad spirits" is probably one of
the harder occult skills to master --if one  ventures into those realms.
St. Paul brings this up in I Corinthians 12 and elsewhere.  He cautions
that  all spirits should be tested.  Two of the tests of good spirits were
that they 1) talked of love and did not advocate evil against others and
2)they took no credit for being the source of power themselves but
identified god as the source. These have always good guidelines to me,
especially if you interperate "god" as the "universal" or "absolute".
Personally, I've always regarded channelled transmissions that promote  a
"my way or else" philosophy or approach with quite a bit of suspicion.
(I've also come to doubt any energy that requires gifts or needs "to be
fed".)  I've found that it's easier to call energies up from lower realms
than to call energies down.  I wonder how much it's even possible to call
higher positive energies down.  I think you can open yourself up, ascend,
light the fire, whatever and see what comes, and hope they are friendly
spirits (echos of Rocky and Bulwinkle), but I don't think it's possible to
control the situation, by definition --after all, if you control the spirit
contact, how can the contacted spirit be higher than yourself?

a couple of quick thoughts.


"Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light..."

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