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It's Too Perfect

The following is a quote from Jeanne Mills, a defector from Jim Jones' Peoples temple. She was murdered a year subsequent to the Nov. 18, 1978 Jonestown suicides/murders of 911 children, woman and men. She wrote this shortly before being murdered. Listen to what she is telling the world:

"When you meet the friendliest people you have ever known, who introduce you to the most loving group of people you have ever encountered, and you find the leader to be the most inspired, caring, compassionate and understanding person you have ever met, and then you learn the cause of the group is something you never dared hope could be accomplished, and all of this sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true! Don't give up your education, your hopes and ambitions to follow a rainbow."

- Jeanne Mills


Mata Amritanandamayi

The Female Indian Guru:

a.k.a. "Amma", "Ammachi" or "Mother"

Thursday 30th May 2002
By Saadya

Amma in Sanskrit means mother and is the affectionate way which she is referred to by her followers.

During a vacation of mine Amma visited Melbourne, Australia. I went to see her while she was there. This was an open event, which consisted mainly of two parts. The first being a study session. The second being Amma sitting and giving a hug a candy and sometimes a kiss to hundreds of people lined up on their knees to receive her "divine hug" and "loving-compassion". Throughout the second part, on the stage behind Amma live music was being played accompanied with Sanskrit chanting. This went until about 1-2 in the morning.

I had never heard of or seen Amma before this time and anything I know about Amma and her organization was learnt strictly through this experience.

I took notes during my visit and expounded on them immediately afterwards. This is some of what I had written up at that time.

Causes for Concern:
Young girls are on world tour with Amma. They wake up at 8:00am and go to sleep at approximately 3:30am. I met a 20 year old with her younger sister of just 15 years of age. I met friends of theirs with the ages of 18 and 16. They sleep at assigned houses of people they have never met (strangers) who are a part of the organization. They do laborious work after Amma's appearances, the putting up and taking down of props, setting sales tables up, stripping tape, packing up and loading cars. This takes place mainly in the early hours of the morning, usually between 3-4 in the morning.

Thoughts to be considered:
The following definitions have been taken from Webster's New Illustrated Dictionary of the English Language:

Loving adj. feeling affection; manifesting love
Compassion n. sorrow for the sufferings of others; pity

Is Amma really the "all-loving and compassionate mother" she has promoted herself to be?

Pain and suffering
I was told that Amma could and does heal all pain and suffering. If so why doesn't she? I met a girl who is rather "close" with Amma (having grown up at her feet practically) and has a friend with a clinical disease. I suggested to her that she should perhaps ask Amma to heal her friend. She replied that there is no need to, that if she is sick it must be her karma and therefore her time to die. I then asked, "Why then can Amma cure if she doesn't utilise that power to do so? If Amma is a supreme being and master over all then why did she create pain and suffering or doctors and medicine if it truly is some ones karma to die?" They were dumb founded and were unable to answer my questions looking at the 20 year old for an answer or perhaps a way to divert that line of questioning. What I was finally told by the 20 year old was "I don't ask questions".

"I don't ask questions". Informed decision? Or not?
The doctrine of not asking questions and a "just do it" type of environment is one that calls for some more attention. A few points may be raised when pondering on this attitude and psychological stance.
A. When one is involved in something it is only right that they know what it is they are doing, why they are doing it and what practical ramifications such involvement will have on one's life i.e. relationships, education, time, finances, life goals, diet etc.
B. One should be able to critically analyse, question and understand with their own intellect that which is being taught, that which is happening, further requirements related to membership, donations, volunteer hours, and the putting aside of ones intellect, rational and logic (all conveniently coined "the ego" within the group).
C. Who gains from such an approach? The members, the community or the leaders?
D. How can one make an informed decision or/and learn and grow when questions are not only not encouraged but on the contrary they are discouraged and frowned upon in the community.

"People learn through suffering" - A 20 year old female devotee from America (in regards to a friend of hers who is suffering from "C".)

Is that at the core of "loving compassion? If one personally feels that for ones own advancement, spiritually or otherwise, that learning through suffering is true, although that may be viewed as extreme and misguided, there is really nothing wrong with it. However, teaching and more importantly, feeling this way towards and about others is - from what I have seen in life and from what I have been taught - the very antithesis of love and compassion and is immoral.
Has one inquired with an open yet critical mind the following claims?
"Amma is full of loving compassion"
"Amma is a realized being"
"Amma is omnipotent"
"Amma sees all things at all times"
"Amma funds many charitable organizations including an orphanage and hospital in India"

Questions to ask oneself in an open and inquisitive manner:
What practical good can be accredited to involvement with Amma?
Has or will one be able to live in and interact with others (non-members) and the world at large while still receiving these practical, tangible results?
Can others who are not involved gain these results?
Has it enhanced your sharing (i.e. time, energy, money) capabilities?
Even with non-members?
Even with others whom have their own religious conviction?
Can one give help and love to another without attempting to recruit them?
Have previous relationships grown deeper and more meaningful or are they becoming increasingly superficial?
Has more or less time been spent with family and friends?
More or less open communication?
Has the dialogue been other-centered i.e. focusing more on the others goals, aims and needs or more self-centered i.e. focusing more on your agenda, the group's goals, aims and needs?
In our relationships, are we genuinely interested in the other or do we have ulterior motives and perhaps a hidden agenda to eventually recruit them or otherwise?
Do we view the other as a human being with - only natural - frailties and insecurities and we are still excepting of them as they are or do we view them as an object, a goal or a target i.e. a potential recruit?
Do we reflect our goals, feelings and views on others irrespective of the others feelings and personal uniqueness?
Do we believe others could be and/or are greater than us or do we view them as somehow being inferior, of a lesser calibre and association?
Have we helped bring less poverty, hunger, pain, and/or family disputes to the world?
Are we becoming more unique as an individual or is our uniqueness and individuality being degraded and shunned?
Are our unique abilities and talents being stressed or is conformity the new style?

Read an insiders view of Amma's 'love and compassion' (Posted 13-Dec-02)

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