Abrahma Kumar wrote:Personally, I have never ever listened to the Murli with it's references to omnipresence (as cited in the earlier post) and thought for one minute that the BKWSU once taught omnipresence as part of it's doctrines. Therefore the way that we interpret the words attributed to God seems a very, very important matter and one in which great care ought to be taken or else we run the risk of defaming the so-called Godly clans through failing to realise that our (and even to some extent the respective institutions) understanding of God's words is an 'evolving' thing.
"Evolving" seems to have entered the BK lexicon as an excuse for "re-writing" in their PR spin which is quite different.
- Again, I hark back to 'documenation'.
If we take a simple non-controversial example, e.g. the soul being taught to be the shape of a thumb, then an egg, then a point of light etc. Yes, sure, the teachings evolved. And we had, or used to have, some documentation of the gradual changes. My supposition is that some humans have retro-spectively edited the Murli to remove the fact that this god Shiva, or Lekhraj Kirpalani, evolved and present it now as a complete and wonderful "Knowledge". Let us examine bigger questions such as The Cycle or Tree of Religions, did Bap-Dada just have to work it all out on their feet as new individuals joined the Yagya. I remembering this being said to by the Seniors, e.g. Baba never mentioned Sikhism until a Sikh came along ... and then elements of Sikhism were incoporated into the Murli.
Now, if it goes as far as to call itself a "University", why is there not an accurate, academic documentation and study of this? And why is there instead all the subterfuge and obfuscation?
You know, like software releases; v.0.8, v.1, v.1.1, v.2, security patch 108, as bug fixes are slowly released. By hiding the code, and hiding the development process, they stop others seeing how it developed, and how to develop it, and maintain their position of power over the consumers of the code. They are, in short, the Microsoft Corporation of spiritual software attempt to foist their buggy code into user's computers
Personally, I think one of the reasons for this is that the self-elected leaders are neither too bright nor that honest. What the PBKs say is that they are not actually the original deveopers of the code but have just taken it from elsewhere (Even if there are some paragons within the system). For me, they are rather more like the Stalinist generals driving the troops on, losing hundreds of thousands of lives here and there, re-writing their battle stories and publicising themselves. It is not in their interest to have an independent Politburo nor to be held accountable to one. To go back to the original metaphor, it is not in their interest to have an "open source" spiritual software everyone can see ... hence the Murlis being locked up and away, and the history being hidden.
The PBKs say Sevak Ram and others had some part to play in the development of the BK Operating System and that even Lekhraj Kirpalani was not that great a spiritual software engineer. You will have to ask them about that, I do not know.
Now, if god Shiva and his teaching did evolve ... and it did under the stimulation of worldly influence ... that is an interesting element in the equation of understanding him. Also, by excising the development period from historic view and taking credit for the "completed edition", the Seniors can pull this wonderful bunny out of their hat and say, "ababacadabra ... allahkazam ...
" appearing to be wonderful magicians. We see this in Andrey's posts where he asks, "where did this teaching come from?". Well ... it slowly evolved from external influences, did it not? Otherwise, why was it not carved into stone blocks right at the beginning or delivered all at once?
On top of this, obviously, they are continuing to do exactly what god Shiva or Lekhraj Kirpalani did ... absorb external influences, digest them and incorporate them. Which, in my opinion, leads us to question the source, the nature of the source and what the true essence is. Look at the recent trend to quote Copper and Iron Aged gurus in their service plans (... nevermind the self-fertillising Dadi Yoga stuff).