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April 2001

From:JD
To: Acharya S
Subject: Mouth-dropping Webpage
Date: Sun, 01 Apr 2001 01:26:29 -0000

Really... It's awesome to meet a fellow philosopher. I am 16 years old but I don't take half the guff from my pseudo-religious parents as dogma, unlike my possessed ex-friends.

Moreover, I get sick of their "box-god" which is seemingly a small enough description where only a few people can live up to holding that box. Newsbreak - we're inside the box... and it has no walls to it, and its always open. So many people insist that "God" tell them things... like rock music…originated from devil worship (which is probably their title for African shaman village ceremonies.)

Do you know about Neopaganism? You seem to say a lot of things that we consider our theology... or "thealogy" if you will. A lot of modern neopagans focus on the Great Mother aspect of the Great Spirit since its been denied by mainstream religions for so long... Personally, I think the Intelligent Male Aspect is under attack too, so I venerate both God and Goddess as aspects of the One or "Tao" as you call it. You included "witchcraft" and Satanism as one the definitions of cult however... and that's probably true if you look up the original definition, but not "Focus on the Family's" definition of "cult"… And we have no connected to Satan or devil-worship nor do we believe in him... sacrifice animals, blast crops, boil babies, etc.… There's still evidence that Celtic witchcraft goes back to a time when Goddess-worship was still around... since it was a folk religion it dissipated when Druidism came around and some of those traditions blended with Christianity and ceremonial magick leaving only less than fragmentary rituals for Gardner to get anything out of….

… Do you think all Christianity is detrimental to most people? Some people prefer the discipline and viewing God as a stern-father figure... others ignore the discipline and just focus on the loving aspects of Jesus. Most people are really unaware of the passages telling women who are raped to marry their rapists, children who are rebellious to be stoned... so they come up with their own concepts about God even though some of their theories are probably heretical. I guess most people can't imagine creating a religion without having a 2000-year-old book to back it up….

Well I know its stupid for me to write such long letters to people who probably get truckloads of email, but I've been reading your website for so long and a lot has built up on my mind... and I'm always on the lookout for intellectual companions... people who I can talk to, I tried joining your mail list but it kept flooding my hotmail account and I ended up only reading a few things.

Blessed Be (May Happiness come your way)

Thanks. Regarding "cults," you are referring to my essay, "What is a Cult?" What you are citing is a quotation, not something I personally said. I was using it to make the point that mainstream religionists, in this case Christians, define a "cult" as everything that isn't their own braindead religion. Do I think "all" Christianity is detrimental to all people? I definitely see Christianity as detrimental to the world as a whole, so the answer to that would be yes.


Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2001 11:52:56 -0400
From: MR
To: Acharya S
Subject: No God Needed Here

…Thanks to researchers like you and others I'm out of the religion trap, still searching for what a friend of mine calls "ultimate reality". Thanks for your contribution to my real education.


From: AR
To: Acharya S
Subject: hi
Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2001 16:02:11 -0000

Your website is very good. I love you. haha I wish there were more like it. All the awakened people need to stop simply writing and unite to create a more unified voice.


Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2001 00:55:21 -0500
From: PE
To: Acharya S
Subject: I love your page!

Hello,

I came to your webpage by a recommendation from my brother after he had visited the page just weeks prior. I must say that I was very impressed with your credentials and your extensive background research on a varying array of topics. I especially loved the section titled "E-mails I have loved" about the rants back and forth between you and those who believe in some kind of Infinite (God). I especially found it amusing when you said that people should be angry at their God cause this is a pretty messed-up place, to which the response is, "Well, that is cause God gives us free will and allows stuff to happen." I found this comical, and I am sure that you know why. Because the response of man having free will is good for one argument in the screwed up world we live in, but when confronted by some believer in an Infinite being to have to believe or face a punishment, our "free will" is forfeited, negated, or simply lost.

Anyway, I love the page, and I have book marked it so that I can return to it later. Please reply back if you can cause I would love to exchange ideas with you. I am Religious Studies major and a Philosophy minor at ***. … By the way, if you e-mail me back don't worry about my trying to convert you to a religion because I'm doing the major for purely academic reasons. Not studying religions to become a minister at all! I just try to study religions in a sociological way cross-culturally and I do so only in an investigative way because I always like to learn more.


From: AL
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 09:18:00 EDT
To: Acharya S

Dear Miss Acharya:

As an independent, maverick and heretic (and I love it!), and averse to all things religious, I love your articles. They are commonsense.

However, I notice you've concentrated on Christianity - what about Islam. That "thing" that is the largest growing religion in the world, and makes of us women 2nd-class citizens. I must add: the irony is that according to the archeologist M. Gimbutas and historian M. Stone - ancient Middle East was where the populace achieved a high standard of living, and agriculture and balance under women caretakers - now this same geographical area is under Islam - and 200[M (TWO HUNDRED MILLION) women exist. And the greatest irony of all, that Islamic women INSIST on this religion (I have asked them here in ******** - at a public library - there was a young, pretty, fair-skinned woman with a white head-cover, kneeling on the floor facing East), and even struggle to advance it (as in Turkey and Egypt).

Please continue with your articles.

Blessed Be

Allat

(protesting the name "allah")

Actually, I do address Islam to an extent.


From: ST
To: Acharya S
Subject: Kudos Letter
Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2001 10:07:52

Lovely site. I've found here many things after my own heart....


From: RC
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2001 19:39:38 EDT
Subject: Your Own God
To: Acharya S

Your search for the truth will eventually be completed.


From: KT
To: Acharya S
Subject: Beautiful Acharya
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 02:11:39 -0500

These bozo Xtians, and the "scientists" with their portrait of a non-existent being. The ugliness really stands out when you shine a light on it, doesn't it?


From: NS
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 19:28:36 EDT
Subject: lurv your site
To: Acharya S

I'm an email friend of ******, whom I believe introduced me to your site. At the time I was living in NYC and I had to go store to store to find your book, as it was sold out everywhere (Christ Conspiracy). I love it. I just wanted to compliment you, as I have seen so many nasty emails to you, I figured there needed to be some more balance in what you were receiving.

What I wish some of these religious people would understand is that to have a properly informed opinion one must investigate both sides of an argument with an open mind. Don't just swing that brain open for one session. They only read about atheists or different religions from literature that is written by someone of their own beliefs. That's not groovy.

And just how the argument for GEEZUS existing is because "sooo many things have happened in my life when I was at the bottom," puhleeeeeze. There isn't one human speaking that can't say the same.

Fear drives these people more than their so-called faith. If this bible never mentioned hell, do you think they would follow it? NOPE.

If you don't believe in fear, then you don't need a "higher power." I don't care where I came from, I'm not looking for brochures as to where I'm headed either, I like astrology and believe we reincarnate, but have no spiritual basis for either. Science based views that could change if I feel so inclined.

Now I'm just flappin' the gums, so I shall conclude with a movie recommendation if you haven't already viewed it. "The Ruling Class" starring Peter O'Toole, an earl that thinks he's Jesus in 1970. Got nominated for an Oscar for it but lost to Brando, who wouldn't take the statue in deference to Native Americans. More info than needed, sorry.

I just recently moved to Florida to help take care of my parents and grandma so I have some time on my hands and intelli-speak that would be wasted on the ears in my area.

Thanks, hon. I love "The Ruling Class," particularly the part when the older woman asks O'Toole, "How do you know you're God?" O'Toole: "Simple. When I pray to him, I find I'm speaking to myself."


To: Acharya S
Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2001 03:18:37 -0500
Subject: Something to think about
From: BS

Uhoh!! Well Christians are good whenever it comes to hate. They do it so well. These Christians (and even the non-Christians) on the bolt boards are so offended by the fact that Jesus is most likely a complete myth, that is a composite off of these much older pagan solar deities from antiquity. It pisses them off because they cannot refute it. Instead, they bash me or one of my friends who posts this certain subject, and in some cases they say you are a kook that does not know what she is talking about. HA! What utter fools these infidels for Jesus is. Oh well. Take care and keep up the research.

As they say, the pot calling the kettle black. Most of the time religionists are woefully uneducated about even their own religion, much less the hundreds and thousands of others; yet, when facts are presented to them, by erudite individuals, instead of addressing those facts, they must resort to ad hominems. Of course, in general the ignorance and kookiness is squarely on their own shoulders. My site acts as a mirror to such individuals.


From: MD
To: Acharya S
Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2001 14:50:29 -0400

Dear Ms. Acharya:

I stumbled upon your website in the course of my research, and I find it completely amazing, thorough, broad in scope and totally courageous. You are to be commended.…. I've been an independent researcher into the UFO phenomenon for over 10 years, which has turned to a new direction in pursuit of answers. I am now working on my first book, which many would consider "taboo" into the exploration of who controls the world. When studying the phenomenon of where the power of the world really lies, religion comes into play because it has apparently been the most controlling force, that has spilled more blood, caused more suffering and division, and so effectively suppressed human potential, more than any other faction of control humanity has ever been cursed by. I have become convinced that the dividing and ruthless war condoning, ritual encrusted, superstitious and dogmatic religions that have, and continue to spiritually enslave man/womankind, have been absolutely by design.

The amount of information I've learned concerning the origins of religions, its roots in astrotheology, and utter myth that many take as historical fact has been literally overwhelming. A few fundamentalists that have challenged me with their nonsensical rhetoric, has simply proven to me the power of religion to entrap a mind, or rather, billions of minds. Baptists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons and the like, come to my door all the time, to do their part in saving the folks in the neighborhood from eternal damnation. They are the most closed-minded lot I've ever met, all of them. Factual information does not interest them, and as with a few of my fundamentalist friends, you'd get much further having a conversation with a concrete block.

I don't understand how so many feel that their religion can possibly be a solution to the ills of the world, as war rages across the planet to this day, due to differing beliefs. Religion is the cause, not the solution. Only until we can do away with the hypnotizing half-truths, mind-numbing dogmas and ignorant intolerance will we become free from that which enslaves so many. When we can celebrate our diversity and uniqueness within oneness, and allow others to do the same, only then will we be on the road to spiritual maturity. I didn't mean to ramble, I just wanted to say thanks. Speaking the truth and challenging existing programs and dogmas is never easy, as I have proven to myself. Thank you so much for your bold courage, it's always comforting to find out that you're not alone out there! The veil is lifting away as many truths are beginning to reveal themselves. Thank you for being a veil lifter! Your work is amazing, and I realize how difficult it is to open oneself up to so much ridicule, in the face of so much denial and ignorance.


Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2001 23:27:41 -0600
From: BG
To: Acharya S
Subject: I was really surprised!

Greetings, oh, exalted one!

Pushing the "go" button on your picture page I half expected a reincarnation of Madam Blavatsky -- and you turn out to be the sweet young thing next door! Holy sacred X-men! Looks and brains tied to a missionary's zeal for righting wrongs/pushing truth.

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