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by bonsai
Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:22 pm
Forum: Housekeeping
Topic: Shutting down
Replies: 14
Views: 6234

Re: Shutting down

My main sadness in this decision is that it reinforces the SES's and its affiliates to just tough it out and all the critics will fade away. What this forum has done, with Mike Gormez previously and Daffy to date, is phenominal. But has it been enough? Yes the damage of the past has been documented ...
by bonsai
Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:38 pm
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: How Cults Rewire the Brain
Replies: 28
Views: 9550

Re: How Cults Rewire the Brain

The difference between that and brainwashing is that brainwashing prevents you from thinking critically or reasoning effectively about the thing you're being taught. If someone teaches you to think: "don't question my authority", they're setting you up to accept absolutely anything they s...
by bonsai
Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:11 am
Forum: St James and St Vedast
Topic: St James Senior Boys has a new headmaster
Replies: 6
Views: 5702

St James Senior Boys has a new headmaster

http://www.stjamesschools.co.uk/seniorb ... 89&catid=2

David Boddy is retiring as the end this year and a new headmaster David Brazier will take over from next year.

Anyone know if he has connections with the SES?

Bonsai
by bonsai
Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: An End to the Usurpation by Daffy
Replies: 16
Views: 6228

Re: An End to the Usurpation by Daffy

Hi Daffy, Contributing my 2 cents worth. On the whole I am content with the moderation of the board and the fact that most of it is allowed to run freely. I do however feel that there has been poor respect shown towards plenty of participants on both sides of arguments, as highlighted by Middle Way,...
by bonsai
Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: An End to the Usurpation by Daffy
Replies: 16
Views: 6228

Re: An End to the Usurpation by Daffy

Deleted as I seem to have posted the same thing twice
by bonsai
Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:01 pm
Forum: St James and St Vedast
Topic: EXPERIENCES AT ST. VEDAST (now St. James) AND THE S.E.S
Replies: 604
Views: 342994

Re: EXPERIENCES AT ST. VEDAST (now St. James) AND THE S.E.S

The ones that spring to mind right away are:
Pausing
Sanskrit Prayers
Sanskrit as a whole - because it is taught with the intention of being key to self realisation
Golden age decline to iron age

Bonsai
by bonsai
Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:30 pm
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: Mistakes against the Shankaracharya Tradition
Replies: 116
Views: 28024

Re: Mistakes against the Shankaracharya Tradition

They are a shining example of what SES does not want to know -- that is if someone is meant to take up a spiritual way in their life - they will find it without SES's help. And I presume also, that implicit in this there is nothing "wrong" with not following a spiritual path, be that by c...
by bonsai
Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:20 am
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: Mistakes against the Shankaracharya Tradition
Replies: 116
Views: 28024

Re: Mistakes against the Shankaracharya Tradition

Thanks Dr Alan for starting this thread, which was born out of you first post. So I have to respond and acknowledge this, make some observations from my own experience of the SES and ask some questions. I recognise the second mistake very clearly. It is probably most clear as a pupil of St James and...
by bonsai
Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:16 pm
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: Logical Fallacies used in the School
Replies: 3
Views: 1817

Re: Logical Fallacies used in the School

The only one that isn't used is the "middle ground" argument. My experience of the SES is that they are uncompromising in their views of things even in the face of very strong evidence.

Bonsai
by bonsai
Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:43 am
Forum: Cults and religious organisations generally
Topic: ABC - Compass "My Brother's Cult"
Replies: 4
Views: 3225

Re: ABC - Compass "My Brother's Cult"

Unfortunately the program being streamed from their cannot be viewed outside of Australia.
by bonsai
Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:42 am
Forum: Cults and religious organisations generally
Topic: ABC - Compass "My Brother's Cult"
Replies: 4
Views: 3225

Re: ABC - Compass "My Brother's Cult"

Do you know if there is anywhere where this can be viewed from outside of Australia? I'd love to see the program and to see how other countries' media tackle such issues.

Bonsai
by bonsai
Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:49 pm
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: Donald Lambie
Replies: 16
Views: 12329

Re: Donald Lambie

Welcome Landgirl, And well done for having the courage to post this time, and also the last time when it all got lost. It does take a huge amount of courage to leave such an organisation and to stand up a tell one's story. What you wrote last time is not entirely lost because you got to express your...
by bonsai
Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:23 pm
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: 'Secret' mantras
Replies: 50
Views: 20786

Re: 'Secret' mantras

actuallythere wrote:"I realised that School actually keeps you more asleep, than actually helping you to wake"


And engender acceptance and dependence whilst trying to say that they encourage and require discrimination

Bonsai
by bonsai
Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:46 pm
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: Re: School of Practical Philosophy - Ballarat, Australia
Replies: 7
Views: 3998

Re: School of Practical Philosophy - Ballarat, Australia

Hi Misled Welcome to our forum. What the SES/SOPP and its associated branches spout is generally conservative and often quite backward. You describe a situation that very much represents the problems with the organisation. It tries to promote itself as an organisation that is welcoming and open, whe...

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