“[G]reat adepts and ancient sages… saw into the core of human beings and discovered… the ultimate Ground of Being, not only of humans but of the entire manifest universe… they saw into the very essence of an ultimate reality that not only anchored all of manifestation but, when discovered… acted to introduce them to their own True Nature, known by many different names, but pointing to the same groundless Ground—Buddha-nature, Brahman, Godhead, Ayn Sof, Allah, Toa, Ati, Great Perfection, the One, Satchitananda, to name but a few… By performing the specific practices and exercises, an individual could… [gain]… a direct introduction to ultimate Reality itself… it was said to be the discovery of the timeless and eternal, spaceless and infinite, Unborn and Undying, Unlimited and Unfettered, the… One and Only, ultimate Reality itself. All in all, they represent one of the great and extraordinary treasures of human history… But they are… becoming less and less influential…. One reason… is that, in the one or two thousand years since these Great Traditions were first created… a more truly “Integral” spirituality speaks compellingly to [the modern and postmodern] demographic.”
- Past spiritual leaders were great. But how does spiritual discovery indicate greatness? Isn’t this an attempt to manipulate people by glorifying the thing you want to partly promote?
- They found the ultimate ground of being for the entire manifest universe. But how could you prove that? Where is the evidence? The bigger the claim, the bigger the evidence needs to be.
- They saw into the essence of ultimate reality and found that their true nature is Brahman, etc. The dictionary defines Brahman as “the ultimate reality underlying all phenomena”, so how can a mere human claim to be that?
- Spiritual practices lead you to gain ultimate eternal reality. But wouldn’t it be more important to question your motivation for pursuing that grandiose unprovable goal and then to question your assumptions about it?
- The great traditions are great treasures. Isn’t this just praising the thing you want to partly promote and improve?
- Ken’s integral spirituality is the next step in this endeavour. Isn’t this self-serving and grandiose? If the ancients found “Godhead”, then why didn’t they know about integral spirituality? Is Godhead’s knowledge limited?