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John Landon <[log in to unmask]>
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This is the wrong list for this, but in case I get murdered, it can stand as 

American Book of the Dead
by E. J. Gold, Claudio Naranjo 

     Sufistic deceptions

The status of the classic, fascinating Tibetan Book of the Dead, despite its 
reputation, remains vexed and it is finally an apocryphal and late text in 
the Buddhist tradition. Travel light and stick to basics.And beware of the 
associated abuses. 
This work by the notorious Gold, a cloned wannabe in this vein, is 
essentially a pointless text, whose core meaning might become clear if you 
have read the last paragraph of Gurdjieff's All and Everything. Be 
forewarned! And don't be caught in the clutches of these operators. It is one 
thing to groove on Sufi sayings like 'die before you die', quite another to 
take it as a form of spiritual practice at the hands of those with lunatic 
thinking in this field (bathing the ecosphere with death energy, and the 
like). I read an early version of this book years ago while interviewing a 
few of Mr. Gold's victims in a state of shock (he has plenty of groupies 
however), whose tales bespeak a singularly nutty versions of Gurdjieff-Sufism 
mishmashed. I was struck by the especial viciousness of the goings on in this 
regard, and the symbolic manipulation of the 'book of the dead' archetype. 
Sometimes posing as a Indian style guru, sometimes the Sufi sheik and/or 
'successor' to Gurdjieff, this man with no stated credentials whatsoever, 
save the clear hints of being no guru at all but a Crowley style occultist, 
has let loose some stunning and dangerous howlers in this field, and I would 
recommend staying well beyond his influence. Period. The question of the 
Gurdjieff 'school'is hopeless at this point. There is no such thing as the 
'fourth way' and the ersatz ashram in tricky combinations has drifted down 
history ad infinitum and this is no exception. You are under no obligation to 
spiritual obedience to these entrepreneurs. None whatever. Wake up and watch 
your step.

John Landon
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