Spiritual mouth to mouth resuscitation

nancy pro's picture

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Mouth to mouth resuscitation has figurative connotations, sexual ones. We occasionally laugh about it - "Yes, I would give this chick a mouth to mouth resuscitation if only she fainted" and so on.

What is done to save a person's life might be mistaken by a passing bystander for kissing the person passionately.

The same way, the guru's acts towards a disciple may sometimes seem inappropriate by a "passing bystander" while actually they are intended solely for the spiritual progress of the disciple.

This does not mean defending the gurus that in the name of spirituality exploit their disciples sexually or in any other way. In their case, the medical mouth to mouth indeed became something else, not only in the minds of some of the bystanders but also in their own minds.

Having said that, there is a chance, only a chance, that some of the stories we have heard about terrible deeds of gurus are actually innocent spiritually-motivated acts intended for the higher good of the disciples. It is possible that we judge wrongly some of the cases due to our gallery of connotations and our limited knowledge.

Asanga's picture

Beautiful... Thank you

Paradigm shifting thoughts...
I am, yet I am not...

Asanga | Fri, 10/30/2009 - 04:03
solo's picture

The radical is the most confusing

Moreover, that which looks sometimes as an abuse, looks that way because it is radical, because it is precisely a radical spiritual treatment - the last aid - the spiritual mouth to mouth to one who is way out of the track.

Yet, I believe that most cases of abuse are simply corrupted gurus who indulge in common sexual urges.

solo | Fri, 10/30/2009 - 09:05
Gilana's picture

Here's One

Beloved, enchanting Osho tells a story (that of course I can't find now, so I have to leave out the name of the master):

A man wanted to ask a Master the best way to meditate, to reach furthest, fastest. So he heard of a Master and went to see him. The Master held Satsang on the second story of a building and it was crowded, but somehow the man got his question asked.

The man happened to be leaning against a window and the Master heard the question, then lunged at the man. They both went out the window and landed on the street...the Master landed on the man's chest. The Master grabbed the man's head and said directly into his face, "Get it?"

(My own Master is 60 and not prone to lunging...but I never make the mistake of standing by any windows in his presence.)

Gilana | Wed, 12/02/2009 - 02:36
santana's picture

Great post, well written

It is indeed very confusing the contradiction between the so intimate relationship between the disciple and the gur on one hand and the taboos and connotations we have about intimacy on the other hand.

This post is truly directing one to a paradigm shift as someone said here.

Thank you!

santana | Thu, 04/22/2010 - 20:26