mr green wrote:I think the practise of offering Bhog and sending good wishes to departed souls is lifted straight from Hinduism, as is most BK dharna.
As is calling the spirit of the deceased back into a medium. Not universal but still practised.
I also think, historically, the "sending positive thoughts" has seeped in from the Westerner New Agey elements of the BK family and is not "traditional" or Murli based. It has been avidly adopted by the SS as it looks good and keep the congregation happy/occupied/feeling important and as if they have done something. I will stand corrected if I am wrong. I have distinct remembrances of the faux sincerity and solemn profundity around such occasions. People snivelling that really ought not to be ... and no extra halva.
Meanwhile 40% of the world's poor live on in India. The children keep starving and dying of simple diseases that plumbing, sanitation and hygiene would avoid ...