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Church of the Churchless

http://hinessight.blogs.com/church_of_the_churchless/

Located in Salem

Last update: August 9th, 2018 at 11:53 pm

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Preaching the gospel of spiritual independence

People are different. This is a truism that bears repeating, because we all tend to think that other people think like us. After all, the only mind we're directly acquainted with is our own. And even that mind we know...

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Today's Daily Calm guided meditation on my iPhone app was called "Beautiful Imperfection." Below is a transcript I made of how it ended. I really liked the call for less judgement and more connection. This is tough enough to do...

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Billions of people believe that God is real, even though there is zero demonstrable evidence of God's existence. So there must be something in the human mind that produces the illusion of God. In his engrossing book, "Finding Purpose in...

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Leave a comment on this post about anything you want to talk about. Though I haven't been doing too well on this, I'll try to remember to always have an Open Thread showing in the Recent Posts section in the...

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Well, Gurinder Singh Dhillon and I have something in common: we both enjoy looking at naked women. But the difference between us is that Gurinder Singh is the Radha Soami Satsang Beas guru, so supposedly is "God in human form,"...

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It looks like the financial misdeeds of Shivinder and Malvinder Singh, nephews of the Radha Soami Satsang Beas guru, Gurinder Singh Dhillon, are catching up to them. This morning someone emailed me a link to this India Business Today story,...

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Hey, I've become a believer. In God. Who is a woman. The lyrics explain this profound theology: You, you love it how I move you You love it how I touch you My one, when all is said and done...

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Here's a perplexing question: Why are so many people convinced that they've had an experience of God, or some other supernatural entity, when there is no demonstrable proof that these things exist? Are these people lying? Some probably are, but...

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I don't believe in mantras any more, having found the wisdom to deconvert from an Indian philosophy that espoused repeating some supposedly holy words silently in one's head not only during meditation, but as much as possible throughout the day....

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I like to hear from people who read my blog posts -- especially when what they say is supportive of my churchless un-preaching. Here's an email message that I got today from John. After I asked if I could share...

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Over on this post of mine there's been a comment conversation about enlightenment. "JB" left this cogent comment, which I agree with. Tim Rimmer said: "Wasn't that the nature of the Buddha’s realisation? - All is Dukkha, yet ‘one’ is...

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People often make spirituality into something complex, argumentative, esoteric. They consider there's a right and wrong way to meditate, to worship, to live life. I used to be one of those people. I'm a lot less dogmatic now. Recently, like...

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There's a well-known Carl Sagan saying, "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." So if someone makes a claim about having experienced a supernatural realm of reality, that extraordinary claim obviously requires extraordinary evidence in order for it to be believable. And...

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Some visitors to this Church of the Churchless blog have problems with leaving a comment on a post. Usually this is due to the comment being identified by Typepad, my blogging service, as "spam." When this happens, I need to...

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I'm a big fan of Stephen Bachelor, who writes about Buddhism from a pleasingly non-religious, non-supernatural perspective. I didn't like "Confession of a Buddhist Atheist" as much as his other books, but some quotations from this book that someone emailed...

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Today I got an email from someone who said: Well, here in your blog itself, you have all of these people sharing their experiences. Huge voluminous paragraphs detailing all kinds of dramatic experiences, with stars and moons and spatial flight...

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This morning someone emailed me a link to a juicy story, "Brothers Singh and the squandering of a business empire." The brothers referred to are Malvinder and Shivinder Singh, the nephews of Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB) guru Gurinder Singh....

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With the author's permission, here's a highly thoughtful, well-reasoned, nicely-written email message I received recently that presents a stark, but persuasive, perspective on the human condition. I enjoyed reading about what led this person to change from a hopeful spiritual...

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Well, not really mail (who writes personal letters these days?), but an email. I always like to hear from people who feel supported by what I write on this blog. I enjoy speaking truth and exposing the falsities of religion....

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Someone just emailed me a link to a BBC News story, "Haynes Park Science of the Soul fined after man's death." Science of the Soul is another name for Radha Soami Satsang Beas, a spiritual group headed up by an...

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Ah, the stories we tell ourselves. About our self. Likely on planet Earth only we humans do this. Somehow our brains have evolved the capacity to conjure up stories featuring our favorite subject, Me, that often, if not usually, are...

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Gurinder Singh Dhillon is the current guru of Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB), a spiritual organization headquartered in India that has a worldwide reach. In this post I'm sharing 27,000 words worth of comments left on this blog by "Tara,"...

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I'm not a fan of Hobby L0bby, to put it mildly. When they opened a store here in Salem, Oregon, I did some research on the company and wrote a blog post that listed five good reasons not to shop...

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Since there are quite a few devotees of Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB) who use the comment sections of my blog posts as sort of a Sant Mat discussion venue, I wanted to revisit the question of how the current...

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Several years ago "Tara" left quite a few comments on this blog. Looking at them recently, I found them interesting and have some questions for Tara. So if you're still reading this blog, send me an email, Tara: brianhines1@gmail.com

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As noted in a post three weeks ago, I've gotten God's Whisper, Creation's Thunder back in print, even though I no longer believe in much of the mystical/spiritual aspect of the book. Spencer Tepper, a frequent commenter on this blog,...

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The older I get -- I'm 69 -- the more I resonate with the Zen story of a man who had a bad day when he was chased by a tiger. Which turned into a much worse day when another...

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There's religious, spiritual, philosophical, and mystical writings. Then there's The Book of Chuang Tzu. It stands apart, because there's nothing else like it. This Taoist classic is humorous, crazy, confusing, paradoxical, entertaining, wise, weird, and so much else besides. I've...

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Many religiously-minded people put a lot of stock in feelings. Meaning, those intuitions that appear full-blown in the mind, seemingly from out of nowhere, that just seem So Absolutely True, they demand to be believed. Like, God is love, Jesus...

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Just came across this piece by Jesse Bering in Skeptic, "No, Being Religious Will Not Save You From Suicide." Well worth reading. Makes some great points. Here's an excerpt. Among the more obnoxious things I’ve read in the wake of...

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