Derek White

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  1. In his recent “state of consciousness is everything” video, Leo didn’t mention/highlight that your human mind, with all its willpower and desires, is just a figment of consciousness. Since Leo uses the world Mind to refer to consciousness it could be misunderstood as the human mind. What we generally call as you, your body and mind, is not the real you which is The Mind (God, Consciousness) which imagines everything. Hope this clears it up because I thought it was left a little muddy and could cause confusion for some.
  2. Wow, this was one of the best talks I've heard of Sadhguru. I was glued to it from start to finish. Joe was so patient and asked good questions without interrupting. It was great. I learned so much. @Leo Gura You should give it a listen and learn something, maybe your "dream characters" can teach you something.
  3. I was just gonna post about it! You beat me.
  4. @Raptorsin7 Thank you and everyone else for sharing your experiences with Nahm's coaching. I remember when you were the biggest Nahm advocate, and that you were being personally coached by him. I couldn't help but noticing that you made almost zero progress and I would even say your posts indicated you went backwards. I always had a bad feeling about that. To me it seemed you just needed some practical pointers with enough spiritual understanding to steer you in the right direction in life. I would be very interested to know more about your experience, I suggest you post a review of your coaching experience with Nahm on a separate thread or on your personal journal. I would love to learn from it. I don't think we can fully blame students like yourself for paying for bad teachers. The students by definition are confused and don't know any better. We cannot expect desperate people needing help to make sound decisions. I think it's the teachers responsibility. Another point I would like to add; there is a confusion on the forum about what non-duality (a-dvaita) is. Thoughts, and things are real. The differences remain. They are true on one level and not true on another at the same time. It is called non-duality (not-two), and not "oneness" for a reason. It is not two and not one either. People who keep asserting the emptiness of things are not seeing the full picture and they are not helping anyone. @puporing Some of the guidelines are not enforced strictly enough. Like it says people with severe mental illnesses shouldn't be here yet we see suicidal posts sometimes. Leo should tell them to avoid the forum till they seek help and a build proper foundation.
  5. I agree with the decision. The things you said about conflating the absolute and the relative, and giving neo-Advaita type answers is all true. I didn't think much about it since he was so respectful and mannered. However, I had a conversation on a thread with Nahm a month back where I had an epiphany that what he was saying is harmful. We were talking about Law Of Attraction, which he mentions in his YouTube videos. I was trying to understand him more so I was asking him questions. He said you can manifest absolutely anything with LOA, including winning lotteries, changing your physical features like height, fixing terminal cancer, etc. I then asked if we can bring back dead family members. He then pivoted to Neo-Advaita and said death is imaginary... I came to the conclusion that his advice/posts can make people disappointed and give them false hope. It can damage someone's journey and lead to a lot of wasted time trying to "manifest" something impossible. I think Nahm has some good insights but is completely clueless about other things. He is a good example of someone with incomplete knowledge. It was disappointing seeing such a senior mod saying something so ridiculous as telling people you can use LOA to win million dollar lotteries. @mandyjw There is no Nahm to ban and there is no Leo.
  6. IDK why people are so offended by solipsism. To me this insight has always been relaxing to the core. It brought me serenity. It is not that hard to get either. Once get it it so obvious. How can it be otherwise. You can definitely teach solipsism, you just hace to word it properly. Maybe the problem is you have dumb audience members who want cool soundings ideas and don’t take self-development seriously.Your style attracts those types of people. Honestly Leo, you don’t even need to have a solipsism video. All your other videos basically imply that it’s true. Sometimes you have straight up said it. Like, what do people think when he say, you are God? You are everything? Lol They ignore this and cherrypick what they want to hear.
  7. My posts are on this thread. You can find them by looking at pervious posts. I talked about, along with other things, the Nellie massacre where more than 2000+ people were killed and hardly any convictions, and the anti-Sikh massacres of 1984 where thousands of Sikhs were killed again with only a handful of convictions. These show that there is a history of organized violence against specific groups with the aid of the government.
  8. @Danioover9000 The video you linked undermines your own point. The man is not giving a hate speech against Hindus, he's describing how violence against Muslims has been normalized in the country. That's not anti-Hindu. It's actually the news anchors who are calling labelling it anti-Hindu, trying to add more hatred against Muslims. You have a hard time separating actual news from propaganda. It would be hate-speech if he said to discriminate against Hindus, incite violence upon them or boycott them, like they do in the video against Muslims which Itachi shared. The possibility of genocide is not farfetched at all. I have given many examples of organized violence against religious minorities in India in my previous posts as well. If it happened in the past it can happen again. If we have to explain to you that hatred against religious minorities is increasing, specially against Muslims, then this is a waste of time. If you can't see a clear link between propaganda and genocide, that means you don't have basic knowledge. Your posts can be offensive to people who are victims of Hindu extremism. Maybe you can revise you posts as well. Maybe next instead of asking a barrage of questions you don't even want answered, only ask one or two meaningful question which the other person will actually answer. People should understand why this post is coming. This post is coming because Muslims are tired of being hated on. If this offends you then maybe try to fix the problem of Islamophobia, instead of trying to shut other people up.
  9. IDk if what he did was right or wrong, but as the name suggests, they hate him in Punjab. But there was terrorism in Punjab, mainly in response to the massacres which happened against Sikhs across India. He killed a lot (thousands) of people in the process. There is still resentment in Punjab against India. All the states where non-Hindus are a majority - Kashmir; Punjab; Northeastern states like Nagaland, Mizoram, etc. have all had insurgencies. "They continued in some areas for several days, killing more than 3,000 Sikhs in New Delhi[48] and an estimated 8,000 – 17,000 Sikhs in total were killed across 40 cities in India.[6][7] At least 50,000 Sikhs were displaced.[6]" - Wikipedia (In comparison, 2000 people died in Gujrat in 2002, and 379 - 1500 people died in Jallianwala Bagh, so like this was a big deal but it's not even talked about in India.) "Such wide-scale violence cannot take place without police help." -Jagmohan Singh Khurmi, The Tribune "On 31 October, Congress Party officials provided assailants with voter lists, school registration forms, and ration lists.[60] The lists were used to find Sikh homes and business, an otherwise-impossible task because they were in unmarked, diverse neighbourhoods. During the night of 31 October, before the massacres began, assailants used the lists to mark Sikh houses with an "S".[60] Because most mob members were illiterate, Congress Party officials provided help reading the lists and leading the mobs to Sikh homes and businesses in other neighbourhoods.[57] With the lists, the mobs could pinpoint the location of Sikhs they otherwise would have missed.[57]" - Wikipedia If there is such resentment towards the Sikhs (even though, historically both communities have been on very good terms), there is way more hatred against the Muslims. These organized killing can happen against Muslims if something happens in the future. But it's also about self-respect, I don't want to live in a place where I'm considered a second class citizen.
  10. Both the parties are complicit in massacres. If they can target the minority the population will be polarized and the majority will vote in their favor. The indifference and apathy are the biggest enablers. Most Indians are not actively engaged in violence but don't care at all about the oppression of other communities. They dig their head in sand and refuse to believe it. Denial is one of the last stages of genocide, after everything has happened. Mass murders go unpunished in India. There have been no convicts for the Nellie Massacre. "The impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators of the Nellie massacre further inspired the 1984 Sikh massacre, the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992, the Bombay riots of 1992 and the 2002 Gujarat pogrom." I fear you are going to see similar massacres in the future. This is not ancient history, all this happened less than 50 years ago. People who suffered and the people who perpetrated these are still alive. There is an entire neighborhood, Tilak Vihar, in Delhi for the widows and children of the '84 Sikh massacre. These Sikhs settled in Delhi coming as refugees from Pakistan in '47. The majority allowed more than 3000 Sikhs to get killed in the capital alone. Thousands of mothers don't even know if their children are alive or dead because they "disappeared". Thousands of people are asking for justice to be served to those who committed unspeakable crimes against them. Yet, whenever minorities try to describe their suffering they are told to "don't generalize", "<insert minority> did some bad stuff too", "majority is good", and "don't defame India". Some people don't realize their insecurity is stopping important conversations from happening. It is shameful.
  11. @bejapuskas Speaking of Assam, it may be the most prone to genocide. The laws, NRC and CAA will render millions of ethnically Bengali-Muslims as stateless. There are more than 10.6 million ethnically Bengali Muslims in Assam. The BJP is constructing detention camps to detain Muslims who don’t have documentation indefinitely. These people will also be stripped of their constitutional rights. The top leadership calls them “termites”. Assam is definitely on some stage of the process of genocide. The Nellie massacre results in the killing of 1800 to 3000 ethnically Bengali Muslims in 1983. It too was a result of an ethno-independence movement within Assam. Most Indians don’t know about it. Here is a story from that and BJP’s role at that time: https://peoplesreview.in/editorial/2020/02/nellie-massacre-of-1983-more-relevant-than-ever-today/ In Kashmir, worse than Assam, the Indian army uses rape as a tool of suppression. There have been mass graves, countless killings and disappearances in the region. All this is denied by most Indians of course. “Numerous scholars and human rights agencies assert that since the onset of the insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir in 1988, rape has been leveraged as a 'weapon of war' by Indian security forces comprising the Indian Army,[4]Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Border Security personnel.[5][6][7] However, the government rejects such charges.“ - Wikipedia (link below) Kashmir is definitely on the later stages of genocide. The government cut of the Internet, freedom of movement, expression and press are limited. Politicians and “news anchors” routinely talk about the “Final Solution” to the Kashmir problem. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_during_the_Kashmir_conflict https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kashmir_conflict Here are some other articles for some lone person reading can use to educate themselves, although may will get drowned out in the sea of negative posts: https://scroll.in/article/1013524/open-calls-for-the-mass-murder-of-muslims-are-now-an-every-day-affair-in-india http://neha-dixit.blogspot.com/2013/12/thread-bared.html?m=1
  12. @bejapuskas This thread had the potential to be about accepting the problem, coming up with solutions, and educating others about the extent of the problem and experience of Muslims. This thread instead went into the direction of reactionary stage blue. This discourages serious discourse, why would I spend time exploring a serious issue if this is the reception it’s going to get. I wonder if the OP had more to say about his experience but didn’t cause of the reception. It is something to think about from a moderator’s stand point, if you want the discussions to be at least at the stage green level in the future. Imagine if this thread was about the oppression of women, and someone kept making repeated long-form posts about how that’s blaming all men and women oppress men too. It would be obvious that they are trying to disregard and invalidate others. If it was one post we could’ve ignored them but soon the entire thread becomes about trying to argue with this one person, instead of talking about the real issue. The people saying that “India should remain Hindu” and bashing Muslims in the thread should realize this issue is not a joke.
  13. UPSC? Bro, that’s a bad move in it of itself. There is so much competition for those jobs. And even if you get the job by some miracle, it’s not a very good job, you have to be part of a corrupt system and listen to corrupt bosses. You have no independence. Plus in your case you would have to deal with the added Islamophobia. When ethic violence breaks out your job won’t matter. The pollution hits all of us equally. I would suggest looking for other avenues while you study. Maybe try immigrating to a better place? I know it may not be practical right now for some people depending on their financial situation, but you can save up or get good qualifications which would make it easier for you in the future to immigrate. Just try to research as much as possible and figure it out.
  14. Its likely that Modi will win the upcoming state elections in 4 of the 5 states (UP, UK, Goa, and Manipur). He'll lose in Punjab because it has a non-Hindu majority. I recently saw a Yogi interview, yes he has a toxic ideology but he's a good orator, he'll likely win. The only reason they may not like him is because he is trashing the economy or there is some caste politics involved in their region. Like BJP is supporting "x" caste while the other party is supporting "y" caste. Otherwise they like the idea of a leader guided by Hindu principals. IMO, if I was Muslim, I would leave the country. I wouldn't be able to live in a country where the culprits of 2002 pogroms are roaming free and get elected as PMs, where I am called a terrorist and an outsider, and where hate is spread against my people everywhere. It's about self-respect bro.
  15. Anybody who think Hindu extremism is not a problem in India, or responds with examples of Islamic terrorism is part of the problem. It’s the same energy as white Americans crying about reverse racism.