What a site! I am so very impressed with what you have written and what you have to say. Thank You for sharing your thoughts and passions with your fellow humans...
Yes. I must admit, there is this total attraction to you because not only do you appear to be brilliant but you are just simply beautiful. And the fact that you can make such an announcement and statment so lucidly - you have restored my faith in the animal known as female.
aaaahhhhh ok, stop with the pathetic adulation...
There is just no way that organized words can effectively impart what I feel about your site without losing focus (a typical problem of mine) so I'll just have to regress into a monosyllabic ancient (and sometimes present) male for a brief minute or two and just belt out thoughts....
AMAZING - I HAVE SITE TOO - I FEEL LIKE YOU DO - ALTHOUGH FLEDGLING SITE YOU MUST VISIT - WALL STREET BUT NOT COKE HEAD - MY GIRLFRIEND IS IN LAW SCHOOL - SURE SHE WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR WORK TOO - MAN YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL - GUILTY - MUSIC AFFECTS ME LIKE THIS TOO - JACQUES COUSTEAU - BOM DIA - SO NOT LIKE THE PEOPLE I MEET - LIVING IN A BOX - NIETZSCHE WAS RIGHT - LOVELY FLOWERS - INNOCENCE IS SWEET BUT LEARN HOW TO MASTER ITS SYMPTOMS - THE COSMOS
Ok, I'm better now. I discovered your site because I was looking for this other site that I ran into years ago called 'Why Christians Suck' and although I wouldn't just blurt that news out to anyone, I have enjoyed reading a lot of its passages. Honestly, I am listening to ennio morricone's better stuff at the moment. You must realize that my response here betrays my mind of sorts in that I really don't meet this sort of people, especially women, with such passion for issues that I love to discuss or think of so passionately. Even though I was not around in Marcel Proust's time, my 'god' I miss those salons!!!
Congratulations to you my dear... and Boa Sorte,
PS I have to confess that I did a little editing :-)
To: Acharya S
Subject: your wonderful new book
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 23:39:58 -0500
Thank you for writing The Christ Conspiracy'. That book has opened the door on a whole new world for me and sent me off on a new journey. When I was four years old my father joined a southern baptist (hellfire, brimstone, spit, sweat and snot flying down from the pulpit) church. The best evidence I've seen for the existence of demon possession in humans came from the inside of that church. I was able to escape when I was sixteen, but the negative effect it had on my mental and spiritual development lasted many years after that. Intuitively, I had always known there was something very wrong with that church. Now I have proof.
And I've also got a thousand more books to read, web sites to surf, and videos to watch thanks to The Christ Conspiracy. That book is the most important book I've read. It has made me thirsty for knowledge.
"Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I'm found, was blind but now I see."
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 03:05:17 -0800
To: Acharya S
Subject: Re: your wonderful new book
Amazing grace...indeed...brought a tear to my eye. Let me second that emotion.
It's so reassuring to get even one email like that...just when you think you can't dodge any more crap...someone chimes in and tells you why you bothered/were compelled to stick your neck out in the first place.
You're awesome...you've made a profound contribution in the quest to end the manipulation of spirit.
With you all the way,
To: "From Sex to Superconsciousness"
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 12:08:26 -0600
Subject: your wonderful new book
I know what this person is talking about. My parents raised me in the Catholic Church and sent me to the Catholic Academy, which was a breeeze compared to the treatment I got from my grandparents. They were Catholic too, but they were into Protestant Fundamentalism as well.
They literally dragged me kicking and screaming to so many pentacostal churches, tent revivals, and evangelical conventions that I lost count. Even at 11 or 12 years old I knew that I HATED IT!!! These people would do their best to frighten me with visions of hell, the rapture and the Second Coming.
When the preacher put his hands on my aunt she fell down in the middle of the church, twitching, convulsing and "speaking in tongues, " I thought, "So this is what hell is like." The music was so loud and the preacher was shouting at the top of his lungs. My head was throbbing with pain. Everybody in the church was shouting and chanting, waving their arms about. All those in the pews around me were pressuring me to go the altar and let the preacher put his hands on me. I couldn't see how it could get any worse than that.
They tried to get me to become one of them. It took all the will I could muster to resist it. These people tried to convince me that my aunt was feeling the "Holy Spirit " and that I should walk up to the preacher and be "healed" as well. I remember praying, "God, get me out of here. Don't let these people do this to me." Well I didn't go to the altar then and I never will. I could never, never become one of them. No one should have to go through that kind of abuse.
To: Acharya S
Subject: The Web Site
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 1999 08:12:16 -0600
This is my second visit to your awesome site. I can say that I at least see the tip of the iceberg..albeit I am still far away, and there is a heavy haze obscuring most of my view...I at least know there is an iceberg out there, ahead of me.
To: "Acharya S"
Subject: Demented Christ Conspiracy "review"
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 1999 10:38:42 -0600
Well, mental illness. I'm afraid that this world is so screwy that many MUST hold onto whatever gets them thru the day. I keep a fly swatter handy! Occasionally at work, customers ask what church do I go to. I tell them to read 1 COR 6:19 and manage to stifle the words "you fucking moron". I've decided to make multiple copies of "The Origins of Christianity and The Quest for the Historial Jesus" and hand them out like candy from the counter. I always include it when I give out your book.
Fortunately your emails are tempered with grateful, sincere hearted ones as well, those willing to look and admit they were wrong. Just the other day my own recovering Mormon sister asked for a copy of "The Naked Truth." Guilt is a powerful tool that religions use. And she, to this day, hides from her Mormon daughter and son-in-law the fact that she smokes cigarettes and has an occasional glass of wine. We had an hour long discussion on the phone 2 weeks ago about Christ con and it was one of those exchanges where EVERYTHING I wanted to say came out just right. She wants to know more. So today I make more copies. Even ****, Mr. Know-it-fucking-all, asked for copies to give out!!! It took a long time to deceive so many, but it won't take as long to undo it all, thanks to the net!!!
I still can't get over the fundamental problem with "humans"...that they have to be TAUGHT EVERYTHING, especially how to ask a good question.
To: "Acharya S"
Subject: 5 People get the book, guess who corroborates the info?
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 1999 21:30:16 -0800
I purchased 5 copies of your book The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold and promptly gave them out to 5 members of my community theatre group. One of the recipients was a Presbyterian minister who is quite liberal regarding social issues (ordaining of gay and female ministers) ... anyway he was in total agreement with your info and stated that the church knows this but will never admit this...way too much money involved. I asked him why he participates in this deception and he just shrugged his shoulders and walked away. I feel very sad for this man. Anyway you deserve many kudos for a splendid literary effort.
To: Acharya S
Subject: Y2k: 2000 years from What ?
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999 04:32:41 -0600
Thought you might find this amusing:
The Christmas Challenge
I am sending this Christmas Challenge to all the media news services for which I can find email addressees.
I like to believe that most journalists are sincere in seeking to investigate and report the truth as best they are able to determine it. Most journalists are also mindless slaves to the predominate cultural myths and propaganda, taking their fundamental philosophical and religious assumptions without inquiry or test.
I am looking for One journalist willing to use his or her own eyes and mind to investigate publicly available data sources and to report honestly his or her own conclusions.
Here is the challenge:
Find independent, publicly available evidence that the Christian "Jesus the Nazarene" actually existed.
"Independent" would mean "not Christian sources." Independent sources might include but are not limited to Romans, Jews, Greeks, and Ptolemaic Egyptians of the period, all of whom kept extensive records.
"Publicly available" would mean not in some secret, restricted-access archive that other journalists couldn't peruse.
Hint: The earliest independent evidence that I have been able to find of Christians at all is from the Romans, Tacitus and Pliny the Elder, dated a hundred years into the so-called Common Era.
Do I need to belabor why this question would be important particularly when at this time the world is spending billions of dollars dealing with the Y2k problem which might be based on a completely mythical event of a particular religious cult?
If it should turn out that there is No evidence that a Christian "Jesus" was born, then as journalists you would be professionally obliged to henceforth use such phrases as "the legendary or mythical Christian Jesus" and " x years after the alleged birth of the Christian Jesus", and "the self-named Christians".
I await your discoveries.
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999 05:22:18 -0600
Subject: Women confuse me...Not Me
To: Acharya S
Acharya, if you're an "old broad" you're one helluva sexy old broad. In fact, I think you're a "wise woman". I'd get on a plane to **** just as quick as I could to bring you flowers, fruit, silk handkerchiefs and whatever else it took to win your heart and learn what you have to teach.
PS I know I'm only dreaming but what a nice thought.
PPS Someone once told me that in India those are the customary gifts from pupil to teacher. But, I think I could show you some things too! Ahhh daydreaming again...But in any case, I think you're HOT.
To: "Acharya S"
Subject: From the song, "Now And Then I Get That Synching Feeling."
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1999 08:26:27 -0500
If the Ultimate Religious Freedom is another "arrow" for your kind of rebellion, you still have time to be the first Y2K Avatar to spread the Word about it. Personally, I cannot imagine anyone better than you for our kind of resurrection of common sense in the face of common perils. Because I cannot imagine anyone better than you for getting people to think for themselves about religion -- once they are thinking "religiously", i.e., on a regular basis, about what all religious leaders try to distract us from thinking about. In any case, I enjoyed your enjoyment.
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1999 16:00:18 -0500
To: Acharya S
Hello my friend, I hope you are well and happy.
I have been reading through your site and find it of great interest and commend you on all your research and accumulated knowledge. I was born into, raised and schooled as a Christian, I am now Buddhist as I really was even as a young child, it just took many years to break free from the silly fear that is Christianity. I also have done a great deal of research over the years on many beliefs and history, it saddens me know that so many still believe and follow this and other such God based beliefs that are of such silliness and more so anger, violence and hate. What is greatly saddening is speaking to and debating other wise very intelligent people who are still in the grip of fear and can suspend all sense of reality and logic ( oh, right "man's logic is evil" ha ha))) to believe the myths, flaws, contradictions, impossibilities and pure silliness of this believe and even more so to here them justify the violence of the Bible, more so the OT. Fear is blinding and all controlling. Sad.
The main purpose of this letter is to address your section on "Is Buddhism All It's Cracked Up to Be?".
You start off the section with the Kalama Sutta which I guess you would embrace as truth.
I am Theravada Buddhist simply "the way of the elders". As Theravada I follow only really what was the origional teachings of The Buddha and not the "other things" of Mahayana Buddhism of which I have great respect as I do for any belief or non belief that is of compassion and free of violence. While all Buddhist do follow the teachings as to the Dhammapada, there surly are sects that have added many things and some that really go against the true intention of the Buddha, such as you speak of and I will address late that of Tibetan Buddhism. You do speak of also, and in a better light that of Zen as "is relatively simple and devoid of dogma," true mostly but is still Mahayana and does delve into so things like that Tibetan Buddhism.
I am sure as learned as you are you know that Buddhism is based on as the Kalama Sutta points out, seeking truth through logic in inquiry, a belief that is truly science.
While as you pointed out about the "Hollywood elite" seeing it as "cool" I do not and it would be for "me" truth if I was the only one who believe it, for what ever is truth is truth even if no one believes it. But you being a thinker as many thinkers have forun great truth in what The Buddha said like "Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: it transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural & spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity" -- Einstein
Albert Einstein quote: "If there is any religion that would cope with modern scientific needs, it would be Buddhism."
What could show more "wisdom" insight, enlightenment to the thinking and scientific mind then a man who almost 2600 year ago explained in the nature of the universe as to how life originated here and how here originated in his Aganna Sutta The Buddha described the universe being destroyed and then re-evolving into its present form over a period of countless millions of years. The first life formed on the surface of the water and again, over countless millions of years, evolved from simple into complex organisms. All these processes are without beginning or end, and are set in motion by natural causes..
But on to my point.
You say in this section "Like all other mass movements, Buddhism has a bloody and violent history." This a great generation and one you present no fact really to back this statement up with the exception of some events in Tibet. You say that very rightly, respectably and honestly say "not ALL Tibetan Buddhists have been causing trouble behind the scenes." I fully agree and have a taste for no violence or hate of any kind. ( this comes from someone who is a former, world class wrestler, semi-pro football outside linebacker, (played until I was 40) national bodybuilding champion and someone who makes a living as a sports nutritionist, speed, strength & conditioning trainer to elite and pro athletes in many sports including extreme fighters who I still spar with all the time…haha, So I do like to mix it up, but only with athletes who are there to the same and with great respect and belief that is only the displaying of skill and means nothing more. LLO, an oxymoron some may think. ))).
There I know have been acts of violence but again, and not to defend the actions but over 1/3 of the population of Tibet has been wipeout dating back to 59. I in no way condone violence, but change must come from within, this is the great problem with many of the wars we in the US have seen the need to get into. For the sake of the suffering?? Sadly it has always been for the sake of oil etc. sad. I do have a Free Tibet bumper sticker on my car as I do free all who suffer, none is greater or more important then the other, all are life and all have the same right to freedom and happiness.
Has there been people who are Buddhist who have been fools and done foolish things, for sure, is that Buddhism, no, it was the person not the teachings. The Dhammapada is free of any words of violence, no killings no violence for any reason, no hate etc. To say "Buddhism has a bloody and violent history" is to say being that Stalin was an atheist, atheism has a bloody and violent history and atheist are killers. (well Christians do say this, but that is another story. Another analogy would be that Fred Acharya killed someone so the Acharya family has a bloody and violent history.
For one who follows the teachings of the Buddha will seek to make no being suffer as will the the followers of some other beliefs. No Buddhist holy wars, No Buddhist inquisition, No Buddhist crusades, no Buddhist convert or die agenda. Not a drop of blood was ever spilled in the spreading of Buddhism. Have there be dumb shits and actions who were Buddhist, "hell" yes, was this supported by the teachings of Buddhism?
Please do not think I am slaming the bulk of what you say in this page, you are very right where you say:
"To truly 'get' Buddhism, one needs to become a 'Buddha' and a Buddha is a free agent not belonging to any particular group, cult or religion, not separate from 'God,' and not ascribing to ritual and rote, except that which moves her/him in her/his autonomy. A Buddha is, by its very definition, a liberated being, a person who thinks and does for her/himself yet who is connected to the whole, and thus selfless and concerned with the greater good."
His Holiness the Dalai Lama said it when he said, Buddhism is not about making more Buddhist, it is about making enlighten beings.
Do I believe where you say "Buddhism itself is not free of delusion." Ha ha no. People are not free of delusion., if they were they would be enlightened. "Buddhism is not what it is cracked up to be." Well I respect your belief, please make sure you understand all of what you judge and do not judge the Thing by only looking at small parts, that is a Christian thing.
Remember I can not judge all Acharya's by old Fred..:^)
Be well and happy my friend.
Seek to have for all living beings loving kindness, respect and compassion, remembering you are also one of these beings.
P.S. Please do at least e-mail me back and say hello. Falwell, Robertson, etc etc etc never e-mail me back when I e-mail them after seeing them speak on TV and just out right lie and spin their hypocrisy…:^).. In fact I sent Benny Hinn a letter after seeing him on Larry King and miss quote the Bible, I sent the e-mail, he responded back and told me he had to look up what I had said, then never did. “Had to look up what I said”??????
Hello. In the first place, it should be obvious from the quote of mine you reproduce above and from the rest of my writings that I have studied Buddhism, more intensely and deeply than the majority of Buddhists. The quote you use reveals a "Buddhist" realization - a satori. In fact, I have experienced satori and samadhi many times over. In the second place, your "not judging all Acharyas by old Fred" argument is virtually the same as that of Christians, when they defend its bloody heritage. If this argument works for you, it will work for them as well, but I assume you think they're wrong. They would say the same about you.
Furthermore, it should not be forgotten that "the Buddha" is a compilation of characters, real and mythical, not a single "great man" who lived 2,500 years ago. Anyone truly interested in the truth needs to examine this issue of nonhistoricity.
In addition, I have provided at least one fact of Buddhism's bloody history: The invasion of Tibet and the destruction of the Bon priesthood. I have also stated that Buddhism, when considered against the rest of the major religions, is superior. But its adherents are apparently like Christians, in that they feel they have the right and ability to lecture others, many of whom are wiser and more knowledgeable than they. I have also had my share of "Free Tibet" bumper stickers and buttons, and have done activism on behalf of that nation and its inhabitants. What has happened to that beautiful country and its culture is appalling, as is the destruction of culture worldwide by fanatics of any faith or nonfaith.