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Mantra Mania – What Good are Doctrines?

Culting of America Ron RhodesDevices such as utilizing a repetitive mantra are the means to that meditative end. The mantra allows the worshipper to take his mind out of the affairs of the world so that he can transcend into the desired elevated state. “Eastern meditation,” wrote Ron Rhodes in The Culting of America, “typically employs techniques such as concentrating on objects, exercising ‘controlled’ breathing, and uttering mantras (holy words) with a view of emptying the mind of all distractions. This supposedly enables a person to reach an altered state of consciousness – a state of supreme harmony with himself and the universe.”

This form of worship is completely false and was rebuked by Jesus when He declared, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like the pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.” (Matt 5:7 NIV) The word “babble” here is translated as “vain repetition” in the King James.

In order to enter into the divine "mysteries", the Babylonian priests utilized drugs, "sacred sex", and meditation which included incantations (or mantras) which repeatedly called out the name of some God. Thus, through these means they would be transported into the spirit world.

meditation“(While meditating),” the The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying states, “I sit quietly and rest in the nature of mind; I don't question or doubt whether I am in the ‘correct’ state or not. There is no effort, only rich understanding, wakefulness, and unshakable certainty. When I am in the nature of mind, the ordinary mind is no longer there. There is no need to sustain or confirm a sense of being: I simply am.”

So the whole point of worship to the followers of Babylon is to get your mind out of the way so that you can experience the divine. Faith preacher Kenneth Hagin promoted this mindless pagan path when he penned, “We cannot communicate with God mentally, for He is a spirit. But we can reach Him with our spirit, and it is through our spirit that we come to know God.”

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Ps 119:105 KJV) In spite of Hagan’s representation, communication with God involves mental activity. Therefore, it is primarily in the Bible that Christians find their revelation of God. In the words of Scripture can be found solace, guidance along with direction concerning the nature of God. These are the doctrines of the faith and the manner in which God has chosen to communicate with His people.

In contrast, pagans seek after revelation through mystical experiences. Bodhidharma, who originally brought Zen Buddhism to China, was quoted as saying, "If you know that everything comes from the mind, don't become attached. Once attached, you're unaware. But once you see your own nature, the entire Canon becomes so much prose. It's thousands of sutras and shastras only amount to a clear mind. Understanding comes in mid sentence. What good are doctrines?"

In another instance this same Buddhist mystic declared, "The ultimate Truth is beyond words. Doctrines are words. They're not the Way. The Way is wordless. Words are illusions. . . Don't cling to appearances, and you'll break through all barriers. . . "  Again he stated, "Erudition and knowledge are not only useless but also cloud your awareness. Doctrines are only for pointing to the mind. Once you see your mind, why pay attention to doctrines?" So, to the pagan worshipper, doctrine gets in the way of communing with God.

And today we are witnessing this same aversion to doctrine in the ecumenical Christian fold. Ecumenicalism is a worldwide effort to bring all religions together under one umbrella with no consideration of doctrinal differences. It is an attempt to instigate unity by bringing diverse faiths together on common ground. In the case of Charismatics this common ecumenical ground is the belief in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. From that point onward the entire group represents a hodge podge of beliefs that differ even on the nature of salvation.

These Ecumenical Charismatics have formed organizations such as the Network of Christian Ministry that demand that its members abstain from public criticisms of each other’s doctrines. The whole idea is, in the name of unity, to suppress public debate about doctrinal differences. Yet the anti doctrinal stance adhered to by these modern charismatic ecumenicals merely echo the teachings of the ancient Buddhist Bodhidharma who likewise failed to realize the value of objective truth.

“What good are doctrines?” the mystic continues to ask. With this in mind, it is no wonder that so much of the music that emanates out of the Charismatic Movement is vague in its theology while so repetitively directed in God-consciousness. Doctrine has not been an important item on the list of those particular Charismatics who tend to emphasize experience over biblical truth.

meditationAccording to the mystic, the knowledge of God is attained through non-thought, because thoughts get in the way of seeing God. As the Buddhist text clearly states, this non-thought is the open door to relativism: "More and more, I have come to realize how thoughts and concepts are all that block us from always being. . . in the absolute. . . When the view is there, thoughts are seen for what they truly are: fleeting and transparent, and only relative."

Therefore Babylonian worship has nothing to do with absolute truth. It shuns doctrine. It cares nothing for God’s attributes and nature because their god is a spirit only and does not have any particular characteristics. So the way to commune with the supernatural world is through getting the mind out of the way with the use of the repetitive mantra.

With this in mind the Roman Catholic Hindu mystic Philip St. Romain wrote: “I began to find mental prayer (discursive meditation) completely unproductive, and so. . . I stopped reflecting on the Scriptures during prayer. . . (which was) an immense obstacle to experiencing God. . . Only total passivity to the kundalini experience brings serenity. Only then, too, is there a sense of God’s presence.”

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