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Crowley, Aleister

CROWLEY, ALEISTER  (1875-1947)
An English occultist, writer, and yogi. Calling himself “666” and “The Beast,” Crowley immersed himself in black magic, homo-eroticism, raja yoga, and summoning demons, gods, and aliens, as well as channeling, astrology, ancient occult religions, and drug-induced experiences with laudanum, opium, cocaine, hashish, alcohol, ether, mescaline and heroin. He established a hedonistic anti-monastery called the “College of the Holy Spirit” in Sicily.  He was considered a racist and a sexist by many, and took pride in the title the media gave him: The Wickedest Man Alive.

The Beatles featured Crowley on the front cover of their eighth album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Crowley greatly influenced L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, a popular religion among the Hollywood elite, notably Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light . . . who to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight,” (Isaiah 5:20).

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Crossing Over

CROSSING OVER is a form of spiritism in which a medium claims to help the soul of a dead person “go toward the light” after successfully dealing with unfinished business in this life.

Related terms: necromancy, consulting the dead, séance, ghost whisperer

Check out this wikipedia article on John Edward, the host of the TV show “Crossing Over.”

“Let no one be found among you who . . . consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord,” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).

Course in Miracles

(A) COURSE IN MIRACLES is a book of New Age doctrine using Christian terminology. These revelations were channeled to Drs. Schucman and Thetford by an entity calling himself “Jesus Christ”. The book has been popularized by Marianne Williamson and Oprah Winfrey.

Though the 1500-page original manuscript was said to be channeled directly by Jesus, the book had to undergo many edits, cuts, and revisions over several years by the authors and by Hugh Lynn Cayce, son of celebrity psychic Edgar Cayce, before it was finally deemed ready to publish.

Neither contemplative (thinking), nor prayer (talking to God), this mind-emptying meditation technique was imported into Christian practice from Buddhist/Hindu theology. Nearly identical techniques are found in all forms of mysticism, shamanism, occultism, and in at least one attempt to contact extra-terrestrials. Generally the process includes measured breathing, mantra/chant, emptying the mind, use of an amulet or other sacred object, and/or a magic circle, labyrinth, or other sacred space, the goal being to stop all thought and to achieve the experience of “union with the divine.”

See Altered State

“If you’ve eliminated all thought, how would you even know you’ve had the experience?”  —Lynn Pratt

CHRIST-CONSCIOUSNESS is a term used by Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952) and other teachers of Hinduism and New Thought to describe the divinity available to all through higher yoga practice. Imbedded in this term is the doctrine that Jesus was merely the first person to achieve Christhood.

“As your consciousness begins to bond with the Christ child, it will grow and eventually ascend to dwell on the throne of Christ.” Norman Paulsen, student of Yogananda.

Books which purport to detail the developmental process Jesus went through in finding his own “Inner Christ Self” include The Urantia Book, published in 1955, and A Course In Miracles, published in 1976 and dictated by an entity who called himself “Christ.”

The Judeo-Christian title Christ (anointed) and the name of the Hindu deity Krishna (black, dark) are incorrectly interchanged in the teaching of Christ-consciousness/Krishna-consciousness.

Author Leonard Sweet introduced the term into the Christian mainstream: “The church is fundamentally one being, one person, a comm-union whose cells are connected to one another within the information network called the Christ consciousness.” (Quantum Spirituality, p. 122)

Related terms:  Planetary Christ, Cosmic Christ, Solar Logos, Co-creator

“For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible” (Matthew 24:24).

Chenrezig

CHENREZIG (eye, continuous, look)
The Tibetan god/goddess of mercy. This god is invoked with the enigmatic chant, Om padm—, which may be translated “The jewel is in the lotus.”  According to a website for teen Buddhists, it’s beneficial to visualize this deity, or the Dalai Lama (who is said to be his incarnation) “inside or outside your body” while reciting the mantra.

See Avolokitesvara, demon possession

Buddhization

This term was coined to describe the gradual infusion of Buddhist teaching into a culture, particularly Western society.  Related term: Buddhocracy.

“Hollywood actor Richard Gere was also convinced that the transformation of the world into a Buddhocracy would occur suddenly, like an atomic explosion, and that the ‘critical mass’ would soon be reached.” —Herald Tribune, 20 March 1997.
“In the West we are fond of portraying Buddhism as a tolerant, rational, non-dogmatic and open-minded tradition.  But how much is this the result of liberal Western(ized) intellectuals seeking to construct an image of Buddhism that simply confirms their own prejudices and desires? . . . Historically, Buddhists everywhere have tended not to exhibit the pluralist, postmodern values we might imagine them to possess.  All Buddhist traditions make claims to truth, and when those claims have contradicted one another . . . prolonged, even violent disputes have ensued.” (source)

Christianity’s contribution to Buddhization? “Today teachers of Christian contemplation practice are playing an important role in spreading Buddhist meditation.” (Buddhism: an Illustrated Guide, p 231).