by Reb Gutman Locks @ The Mystical Paths Sweat Lodge
A Hindu priest was escorted into the Kotel area yesterday. His Israeli host was trying to protect him from me, but I pushed him aside.
“I know your religion very well,” I told the priest. Obviously, he was both surprised and skeptical. I went on, “I even had one of the siddhis.” He quickly realized that I was not inventing something to impress him.
Siddhis are the spiritually unclean mystical powers that can come from certain idolatrous practices. Gurus wildly seek these powers, because anyone who gets one gains instant fame. Although these powers are often spoken of, it is very rare for someone to actually have one.
“Which one did you have?” he asked.
“Forty years ago, I was in India for two years, and I got one of those powers. For years, wherever I went, people would experience a mystical, spiritual feeling around me. This happened without me saying even a single word! They would ask, ‘What is this power that we feel coming from you?’”
I quickly changed the subject. “Whenever a Jew comes to you, you must send him or her away, just as it says in your religious book.”
He doubted what I was saying, so I explained, “In the Bhagavad Gita there is the story of a man who was born into the warrior caste. His name was Ajuna.”
“Ajuna, yes” he agreed.
“He was told by kishka (who is the particular “god” of this priest’s sect) that he had to follow his owndharma (“natural universal principles”). Ajuna’s caste family was going to war against his adoptive family, andAjuna threw down his bow, refusing to fight. Kishka told him that he had to fight in that war, even against his adoptive family, because he was born into a certain caste/tribe, and if that tribe went to war, then he had to join them in that war. He had to follow the ways of that tribe. Kishka told him that this is why he was born into that particular tribe, and in order to find his spiritual salvation, he had to follow that particular path. This was his dharma.”
The Hindu priest agreed that this was a teaching of his religion.
I went on, “Jews are born into a specific tribe for a good reason, too, and we must follow the ways of our tribe in order to succeed spiritually. This is our dharma. As a Hindu priest, you have to send away any Jew who comes to you. You must tell them to come here to Jerusalem, and to follow the ways of the Torah.”
Will he listen to what I said? Had I told him to send the Jews away without giving him the reason that I did, I doubt that he would have sent anyone away. He thinks that his job is to gather souls, not to send them away. But since I was able to show him where his own religion teaches that he must send Jews away, I think that he definitely will tell them to seek their spiritual life in Torah, and not in Hinduism.