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In my wandering across the Internet I’ve come across a place called Actualized.org, which is a forum on how to become enlightened. They are very non-buddhist, there are lots of threads on various guru’s and also a large section on psychedelics and “trip reports” where people compare their most successful substance-powered excursions into enlightenment. It made me laugh, or at least smile a lot.
On that site there are also a few people who say they are enlightened, but they behave in a far-from-perfect way. What’s your take on people’s behaviour post enlightenment?
I can think of a few cases such as George Gurdjieff, who used to drink and play pranks on his followers, or Osho who on occasion would do some pretty wild things like tell a woman follower to find a lover by tomorrow or buy expensive Mercedes cars in 1970’s India. Then there was Chogyam Trungpa who drank quite heavily or the Zen monk Ikkyu who had a scandalous affair late in life with a blind dancing girl and wrote rather pornographic poetry. All with quite serious reputations.
Perhaps in another few hundred years people will be talking about some of the people who are now smoking DMT or taking ayahuasca as pioneering mystics. It boggles the mind.