Vipassana, Mind Control & George Orwell

by eurybates

A couple of years ago I went on a 10 day meditation retreat.  It is called vipassana meditation; they claim that it is the technique that Gautama Buddha used to become enlightened.  Vipassana is taught by S N Goenka, who is an ethnic Indian who was an ‘industrialist’ in Burma but eventually he emigrated to India after the Burmese government nationalized his company following the 1962 military coup d’etat.

According to the official story he was a rich young man but he started suffering from extreme migraines.  Seeking a cure he travelled abroad to various countries such as Japan, Germany, England and even the US but nobody could cure him.  So he went back to Burma dejected.  A little bit after he returned someone said that he should try this meditation technique because it could help cure him.

Mr. Goenka went to a meditation course offered by a high-ranking Burmese government official by the name of  Sayagyi U Ba Khin who was, according to the official story, a pious and virtuous man.  At that time Burma was an extremely corrupt country.  During his lifetime Mr. U Ba Khin never accepted bribes and he didn’t tolerate any…

…corruption in his department.  Mr. Goenka attended a ten-day course and although he considered leaving after a couple of days he managed to complete the course.  He was cured of his migraines and eventually became Mr. U Ba Khin’s disciple.  That is basically Mr. Goenka’s background.  He was a materialistic young man whose ‘soul’ and ‘karma’ influenced him to seek a more meaningful life and he has spent the past 40+ years spreading the message.  There are now meditation retreats all over the world in large part because of Mr. Goenka’s efforts.

Mr. Goenka taught hundreds or maybe even thousands of courses in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  Sometime in the early 1990’s he recorded one of his courses and those audio and video recordings are what they use to instruct the students nowadays.  In the course that I attended we watched a video every night for an hour and a half.

Basically it is a silent retreat and you agree to not speak to anyone during the course;  you sign a form and promise to follow the rules and you meditate all day long for 10 days.  You ‘meditate’ for about 10 hours each day and there are breaks and vegetarian meals are served three times a day.  In the evening Mr. Goenka explains the technique and the history of the technique and that sort of thing.  He ‘knows’ what you are going through.  Some days are tougher than others.  (Sitting in the same position for even one hour can be ‘painful’.)  You can ask the instructor questions regarding your progress in relation to the technique during the lunch break.  The course is staffed by volunteers and if you ‘benefited’ from the course you can donate money if you choose to.

India has a long history of spirituality and oratory.  At one point in the course Mr. Goenka says that some students ask if Vipassana is “brain washing.”  At the time I hadn’t studied rhetoric but it has been recognized for a long time that tone of voice and delivery are very important for an audience to be receptive to a message.  Mr.Goenka flat out says, “Yes – it is brain washing.  Your brain is dirty.  Your are lost.  But your previous lives and karma have brought you here.  You are the elect.  If you practice this meditation technique for the rest of your life you will be incarnated into a better life next time.”  (Something to that effect.)

I read the book, “Siddhartha,” by Hermann Hesse quite a few years ago and when I heard Mr. Goenka’s discourses he sounded so sure of himself.  He is a gifted orator and his conversion rate reflects that. He speaks very confidently in steady and calm manner.  One part of me was saying, “this is it, this guy knows what it up,” and another part of me was saying, “are you sure?  How do you know?  Can what he is claiming to be true be proven empirically?”  I really wanted to believe . . .

Since going to vipassana I have studied rhetoric and logic a bit and it has given me some insights into the different techniques of persuasion that have been used for thousands of years.  Mr. Goenka’s arguments, according to rhetoricians, would probably be classified as emotional arguments.

George Orwell and Aldous Huxley are similar to S. N. Goenka.  They are revered by many in an almost religious manner.  They are often referred to as prophets.  They are your ‘friends’ . . .

I tried reading 1984 years ago – which I didn’t finish – because I didn’t care for Orwell’s writing style.  Something about him . . . I watched the movie instead and it was alright, I guess.  It didn’t exactly inspire me, though.  I recently read, “Animal Farm,” for the first time and it didn’t inspire me either – it’s alright – but most of the characters do not solve any problems or overcome any challenges.  Most of the characters’ lives just go from bad to worse.  I have never been into the horror genre.

I read Huxley’s, “Brave New World,” a couple of years after watching 1984.  I remember thinking to myself, “this guy’s a genius.”  It has been quite a few years since and I can safely say I don’t feel the same way anymore.  Huxley was educated but I wouldn’t call him a genius.  Homer was a genius – Huxley was a hack.  He was probably a member of the Fabian Society or something . . .

Everyone reading this piece is probably familiar with the power of suggestion and with projection.  Check out this video from Brazil, released by the PCC, a couple of years ago.  Those Brazilians use more than just words to get their message across.

The elites don’t discourage you from reading books like “1984,” “Animal Farm,” and, “Brave New World” – in fact I think that many kids read those books in school.  It is part of their propaganda program.  That clip of George Bush Sr. going on about the “New World Order” gets a lot of play.  If it was a secret you wouldn’t know about it.

I might suggest to readers out their that they might enjoy reading the classics.  I started with Homer.  There is a lot a great action and there is a lot of great dialog.  Cervantes is another favorite.  Lately I’m listening to Herodotus on youtube – it is an awesome reading of a super interesting book.

In a way I actually felt cheated when I discovered the classics –  I felt like they had been hidden from me.  I thought to myself, “I read a bunch of crap before I discovered real literature!”  Another name for the classics is the Western canon.

The classics might inspire you.  The classics might help you realize what your potential might be.  You might learn something.  The elites don’t want you to know what your ancestors did and what they accomplished.  You might get some ideas.


9 Comments to “Vipassana, Mind Control & George Orwell”

  1. What did you learn from these meditation sessions?

    I think it is good to control one’s emotions. To be able to feel or not feel according to one’s desires. I enjoyed Hesse greatly. Have you read Way of the Peaceful Warrior?

  2. I learnt quite a bit at Vipassana . . . a while after my course I was in a car accident and it seemed like I could deal with the pain of a few broken ribs using the technique . . . you do learn how to control your emotions. I didn’t mention it in this article but I would recommend Vipassana for the same reason James Mason recognizes prison as a place of development. Vipassana is a self-imposed exile from the world (no reading, no writing, no telephone, no t.v., no internet, no speaking) whereas prison is imposed on you.

    I haven’t read Way of the Peaceful Warrior but if I see it I will check it out.

  3. BNW was intended as cautionary tale of 20th century life as controlled by technocratic elites would lead to. Huxley’s take on modern totalitarianism are better expressed in his novelette The Island.

  4. Nice! I would like to do one of these retreats some day, but I haven’t had the courage yet.

    I recommend this:

    I add to your endorsement of the classics. And give 1984 another try some day. I hated it the first time I read it.

  5. Asceticism has a peculiar influence and appeal to human intellect; much like training in a rough gym enhances physical strength.
    It is part of the appeal of being a warrior or Marine.

    It lends a Spartan existence of toughness in an otherwise soft world.

  6. “Brave New World,” “Island,” “Do What You Will,” “Brave New World Revisited,” offer criticisms – they don’t offer solutions. Cervantes offers solutions while being a superior writer to boot. It might be the fact that Miguel Cervantes was a soldier who ended up being captured and enslaved by the Moors. Cervantes was a galley slave for years. Huxley was a silver spoon elite that went to Eton. Cervantes was right when he said men of arms are superior to men of letters.

    Huxley’s last book, “Island,” was alright but he had to sneak in the idea that power corrupts and that those in power will always become corrupt. The truth is that the common man needs a heavy hand to guide him. The problem we have now is that our elites are no longer noble and virtuous. You could take any commoner and exchange him with an elite and they are the same thing. The only difference is that one drinks ‘Crystal’ and the other drinks malt liquor. One wears ‘Prada’ and the other wears ‘Walmart’. You could give any commoner a black American Express card and they would be buying Piaget watches, Bentleys and a castle Manhattan condos in no time. At least when you read the classics you discover that there were women like Penelope. She had skills and was loyal to her man – even under the most trying circumstances.

    Some say that Huxley predicted the ‘soma’ culture and I am saying he promoted it. He wasn’t all bad, though. He had to mix in a few good points.

    I just see him as a guy who was admired as a writer because people in the 20th century ceased to be educated or read anything that wasn’t “new”. They stopped reading Shakespeare and started reading comic books.

    Henry Fielding said, “It is easier to make a good man wise than a bad man good.”

    Schopenhauer said, “All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good people to do nothing.” I say, “They are not good people if they do nothing.”

    Thomas Mann said, “Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.” I agree.

    The Romans always had internal problems with the plebeians demanding something or other. Outer threats gave the aristocracy the opportunity to direct that energy at a external enemy by conscripting an army and making war. Huxley presents textbook cultural Marxist theory veiled as a ‘warning’.

    I am not saying that you shouldn’t read Huxley. I am just saying that he was an agent of the base elite.

  7. I’m not sure exactly why but this new guy writes more than me.

    [ed note: maybe cuz you’re actually a Justin immersed in your own version of the fantasy world, or, just a slacker moron]

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