Monday, March 18, 2013

Training the Mind: Verses 5 & 6

When others, out of jealousy
Treat me wrongly with abuse, slander, and scorn,
May I take upon myself the defeat
And offer to others the victory.

The point that is made here is that when others provoke you, perhaps for no reason or unjustly, instead of reacting in a negative way, as a true practitioner of altruism you should be able to be tolerant towards them. You should remain unperturbed by such treatment. In the next verse we learn that not only should we be tolerant of such people, but in fact we should view them as our  spiritual teachers.
It reads:

When someone whom I have helped,
Or in whom I have placed great hopes,
Mistreats me in extremely hurtful ways,
May I regard him still as my precious teacher.

In Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, there is an extensive discussion of how we can develop this kind of attitude, and how we can actually learn to see those who perpetrate harm on us as objects of spiritual learning. And also, in the third chapter of Chandrakirti’s Entry to the Middle Way, there are profoundly inspiring and effective teachings on the cultivation of patience and tolerance.

Next week - Training the Mind: Verse 7

Bad Bad Thing Award Goes to Charisma Magazine’s Steve Strang & Paul & Jan Crouch

By Kirby Robinson

Steve Strang, Charisma Magazine
Paul and Jan Crouch

This is why cultists and cons continue to thrive…

I came across this post on Charisma Magazine’s website by the publisher and founder: Steve Strang.

I had a meeting with Paul and Jan Crouch back in the early 1980s. Back then, I was spiritually searching for a place to land. They were visiting with a well-known pastor who has since passed on. The pair happened to walk by a room in which I was sharing stories of the Four Gospels with others. I was soon to learn that they stood in the hallway and listened to my teachings.

Afterwards, they invited me out to dinner at a nice little steakhouse. To make a long story short, they said that if I molded my message and let them run things, they assured me I could become one of the top preachers in the nation and strike it rich.

Being that I am not nor ever will be a preacher, and that fame has never been my goal, I turned them down and thanked them for the meal.

Steve Strang does a very poor job in conveying the account as he fails to bring up the whole story he references in the post.

“I went on record defending Paul Crouch several years ago when he was accused of homosexuality by a former employee who was also an ex-con. I said Paul has been a longtime Christian leader, so how could we believe the word of an ex-con over Paul’s word that the allegation was absolutely a lie?” Steve Strang

If he had bothered to check, a simple look into the Los Angeles Times database would’ve revealed that Paul/TBN [The Trinity Broadcast Network] paid the man for his silence.

That being said, Paul and Jan are now cult leaders and engage in false teachings.

Here are some videos exposing their dirty work:

Great report on Paul’s gay sex scandal with Enoch Lonnie Ford:

Here is where your money is going. Not surprisingly, people at TBN love the good life!

Hear the truth from inside TBN

The truth of Name It and Claim It.

More info and some candid photos concerning the Crouches:

As long as the bad reporting continues within the Christian community these fakers will keep on taking the public’s money.

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