Ahamty2 wrote:However, some of the responsibility must rest with those members of the Sydney SOP who followed them and helped them start up the SFSK.
Did their egos deceive them into thinking they would be more important in the SFSK under the Mavros, when in fact they were only being used by them for their own end. They were initiated into the SES and Study Society chain under HH Shantanand Saraswati.
I will know each and every one of them because of my position in the Sydney SOP. I remember very clearly to this day my confrontation with Michael Mavro and I warned him way back then about his behaviour. I also remember very well, being criticized, chastised and ostracized by my fellow members of the so called ‘top group’ thereafter. Those same members then stood up in Kent Street two years later to do exactly what I had done before them.
The Mavros' behaviour in the Sydney SOP was exposed in the English and Australian media as well as in "Secret Cult" long before McLaren came back from NZ to oust him.
Thank you for your thoughtful and honest post.
I presume (from years of this teaching!) that ultimately we are all responsible for all our actions.
And whether such members 'egos deceived them into thinking they would be more important' ..
That is an assumption that could very well be true, or again it may not.
Only the people in that position could answer it .. and only by being truly honest with themselves.
And hyperthetically then if it were true, I feel empathy .. and certainly no criticism toward them.
We are all tested in many varied ways during our lifetimes.
'Therefore but by the grace of God go I..'
Also in this 'hyperthetical' along with the 'importance' .. could/would be also, the love of this teaching,
which was fired in them by Mr Mavro himself.
As apart from all his very apparent faults ..Mr Mavro was a genuine seeker (in the beginning at least)
and did inspire us all by his obvious love of spiritual truths.
I especially noted your points here in relation to how I personally feel about some of my peers who I still
regard as 'good friends'.
Those whom I do not envy .. as their 'test' in this situation is very difficult.
They are those in the 'special' positions' of 'being very important' ..
Only because Mrs Mavro herself has cultivated this in them.
Not because they are super special, or more advanced spiritual beings ..
But simply because they were easy to manipulate.