Tim Robinson asked me several questions on my last posting on this blog site and I thought it might be a good idea to reveal both the questions and the answers right here:
"Hi Doug, I couldn't resist your invitation for a conversation on the topic of self-knowledge.
What do you think of Scientology?
My discoveries in this area have blown me away. It makes me wonder if Barry Long ever heard of L Ron Hubbard, even though he was one of the most popular spiritual /religious leader of the previous century.
Well, after 50 years his words are for the taking: download U-Torrent Software, go to www.piratebay.org and download the complete written works of L Ron Hubbard, millions of words, thousands and thousands of dollars worth, all about life, love, truth, death and god.
Who would have thought, maybe the best things in life are free (courtesy of Anonymous)? What do you think? Where douse one draw the line between freedom of information and copyright law (where it concerns a spiritual teaching)?
Also, why do you think Barry Long's autobiography hasn't been published yet by his successor (whoever, or whatever it is)? Do you think its being delayed for a some sinister reason, or am I just being silly?
At this rate, we probably won't live to see it (I guesstimate 50 years), so we'll have to pass on the intrigue to our children. What do you think about communicating the truth to the next generation?"
30 March 2009 04:55
"Ha, ha . . here we go again Tim . . thanks for commenting and for the questions.
Who hasn't heard of Scientology and Ron Hubbard? Ok, quite a few people I guess, but I'm not one of them.
Way back, in the early days of my spiritual awakening and growth, I explored the works of very many spiritual teachers and teachings. Hubbard was amongst them, I didn't pursue his teaching because it did not 'resonate' within me in the same way that Yoga, Vedanta, Taoism, Krishnamurti and Barry Long (amongst others) DID, at differing stages along 'The way.'
There are many teachers and teachings to explore, eventually one has to find 'The One' that really does 'resonate' with you and stick with it until the moment when you no longer need outside teachers or teachings because you eventually reach a point in the 'self-realization' process where you and the teaching are 'one!'
Tim, did you ever see the film 'The Matrix?' If you did you'll know that the central character is called Neo, yes? And Morpheus tells him he is 'The One', right? Well . . . the film is just entertainment, but just like all 'myth' there are things to be taken from the storyline, I hope you see my point. Actually the name Neo is an anagram of the word 'One' . . perhaps I should call myself 'Eno?' Maybe not! So, what is my point?
The self-realization process leads each of us to the point where 'Oneness' or 'Unity' is realized. So, my point is that 'Tim' is 'The One', not Barry Long or Ron Hubbard or Krishnamurti or . . . .
. . you understand . . ?
What do I think of Scientology? I have no opinion. I do however have a question. Does Scientology awaken the individual Man/woman and then open the consciousness to a point where that individual realizes a deeper 'Reality-Truth-Integrity' than was previously perceived? Does it guide you into the state of 'oneness'? If the answer is yes then Scientology is of great value to mankind. If not then it will still have a value. Every teacher/teaching has a greater or lesser value and every student is attracted to the teacher/teaching they are ready to embrace at any one moment in time.
You ask 'Where does one draw the line between freedom of information and copyright law (where it concerns a spiritual teaching)?'
An interesting question Tim . . and a difficult one to handle where the internet is involved but ultimately it all comes down to the individual and their state of 'integrity', doesn't it? Integrity precedes 'honesty' and without one the other suffers. Perhaps it is true to say that 'We, each of us, get away with what we can' (as Barry Long told us), but the integrated individual, being whole and complete (a state of Unity and Oneness), will act in the world from that state.
The whole Barry Long thing! Again, I really do not have an opinion . .
. . . and I am no longer in touch with what goes on within the Barry Long Foundation. I do promote his books, along with the work of other great teachers and teachings who point people towards a greater 'Reality-Truth-Integrity', but that is where it begins and ends. If there is anything 'sinister' going on then I am totally unaware of it and happy to remain so (written with a smile). I suspect that you are simply taking an interest rather than being 'silly' Tim . . but maybe I should reserve judgment . . not that I'm making one!
Your final question was 'What do you think about communicating the truth to the next generation?'
Each of us has the responsibility to do so. There are always a handful of self-realized men and women on the planet at any one time doing just that, but the final responsibility, in your life, rests with you. In my life it rests with me because in my life 'I am The One' and in the life that you are living you are 'The One.'
Actually Tim, Oneness, Unity, wholeness and completeness of being, which is the 'integrated' state, is all you need. Once realized the questions come to an end and everything else falls into place. The next generation is not really our concern, they'll be taken care of, for sure. You simply have to realize the enlightened state of liberation and freedom from all false conditioning for yourself . . and then pass it on to those who are ready to listen.
Does that answer your questions fairly enough for you Tim? I hope it does, but if clarity is required, well, you know what to do. Thanks for your participation, much appreciated."