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Church of the Churchless

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

Located in Salem

Last update: August 20th, 2019 at 08:57 pm

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Preaching the gospel of spiritual independence

It's amusing how some commenters on a recent blog post where I shared an opinion piece about India trampling on the rights of people in Kashmir (who are mostly Muslim) are claiming that Hindu nationalism is "fake news." Actually, Hindu...

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I've been saying "No lions" to myself quite often the past few days. Not because there aren't any lions in my life, because there also aren't any elephants, black holes, or starfish in my immediate vicinity, and I don't go...

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Hypocrisy is rampant in every religion. When love is preached from the pulpit, hate often is in the minds of believers. When humility is set forth as a virtue, egotism frequently is on actual display. Here's an example from Radha...

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I make no claim to being an expert on either the history of India or current happenings in this vast, complicated country. But news stories I've read about India's crackdown on Kashmir, which historically has enjoyed a large degree of...

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Today a commenter on this blog shared a link to a Business Standard story that can only be read in its entirety by subscribers. But since it deals with a subject that's I've written about frequently -- the financial scandal...

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I just uploaded a video to accompany the Amazon listing of my recently-published Break Free of Dogma book. Here's the You Tube version. Remember: this book is a great gift for the spiritual-but-not-religious person (or people) in your life. Which...

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Today's visit to our mailbox was both exciting and a bit scary. I knew that Amazon would have delivered a print copy of my new book, Break Free of Dogma, which consists of 93 posts that I selected from the...

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Osho Robbins is a frequent commenter on this blog who enjoys asking the guru of Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB), Gurinder Singh Dhillon, probing questions. Me, I'm not into gurus anymore. But I realize that many people who visit this...

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Astoundingly, I'm enjoying a book about calculus, Infinite Powers by Steven Strogatz. The subtitle is the reason: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe. Hey, I'm all in on having the secrets of the universe revealed to me. Especially...

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Last year I noted that "Mindfulness has become my meditation." That's been true for quite a few years. For a long time, over three decades, I was a believer in a mystical form of meditation aimed at detaching one's consciousness...

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I think the guy in the green shirt honed his circular debating skills by being a religious person who comments on my blog posts.

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I'm fascinated by the subject of free will. Or more accurately, the lack thereof. As noted in countless (more or less) blog posts I've written about free will, the arguments in favor of determinism strike me as much stronger than...

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A few days ago, in a blog post I shared a report of what Gurinder Singh Dhillon, the guru of Radha Soami Satsang Beas who has been accused of financial fraud and death threats, said in a talk in Petaluma,...

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Perusing news about an upcoming VW crossover, I noted the Motor1 comment policy. Nice. I couldn't agree more. Hope Church of the Churchless commenters feel the same way.

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Here's some reminders to those who leave comments on Church of the Churchless posts. I've been loose on these guidelines, because I support free speech. But I'm going to be a bit stricter from now on. -- Try to comment...

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Following up on my post earlier today about raids by the Enforcement Directorate, which enforces economic laws and fights economic crime in India, a new story in the Indian financial press indicates that the raids are not only on Malvinder...

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Thanks to those who have shared links to stories in the Indian financial press about new developments in the financial fraud involving Malvinder and Shivinder Singh, along with Gurinder Singh Dhillon, the guru of Radha Soami Satsang Beas, and the...

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Well, I guess this is a compliment, more or less, from Gurinder Singh Dhillon -- the guru of Radha Soami Satsang Beas who is speaking this week in Petaluma, California at the RSSB center there. This afternoon I heard from...

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Since 1970 I've been a vegetarian who eats some dairy products. But over the years I've eaten less and less. Currently I use soy milk and basically only consume dairy in the form of a daily serving of yogurt and...

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Wow, if true this tweet by Lana Puckett would be depressing news for progressives like me who detest Donald Trump. I emailed the tweet to myself after I saw mention of it in a separate tweet by George Conway, a...

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Last Monday night I learned that it isn't only religious fundamentalists who don't care about the rights of LGBTQ people. (Since this blog is read by people all around the world, some of whom may not be familiar with that...

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I believe it was in a comment by Amar on one of my blog posts that I learned about a great book by Mark Williams and Danny Penman, "Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World." I've...

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Here's a message I got today from a regular Church of the Churchless visitor, Osho Robbins. Since Gurinder Singh Dhillon (GSD) refers to the One in the message, this gives me an opportunity to plug my book, "Return to the...

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Sometimes, well, often, I wish that everyone who comments on this blog used their real name and shared personal details of their life -- much like Facebook does, or at least was supposed to do. But once in a while...

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Great comments from Church of the Churchless visitors keep on coming to this blog. Here's one by "j" that consists of a letter to the editor about Gurinder Singh Dhillon, the guru of Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB) who is...

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Thanks to Amar, a regular commenter on this blog, I learned about this amazingly creative, well-done, and generally accurate animated depiction of the financial scandals involving the Singh brothers (Malvinder and Shivinder), Gurinder Singh Dhillon (the guru of Radha Soami...

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A well-written, thoughtful, truthful, and provocative recent comment deserves to be made into its own blog post. Here's what Amar said. "HC" refers to High Court of Delhi, which has frozen the assets of the RSSB guru and his family,...

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Today Sonya, a regular commenter on this blog, noted that the "scary," "evil" photo of Gurinder Singh Dhillon, the guru of Radha Soami Satsang Beas, actually is an official photograph that can be downloaded from the RSSB web site. But...

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Today I got an email from someone who didn't want me to quote them directly regarding their view of Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB), the Indian religious organization headed up by a guru that I was a member of for...

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Please sign this petition I just started to support the Salem Human Rights Commission in its stand against the City of Salem leasing a building from the Salem Alliance Church to temporarily house the public library. Click on this link...

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