Q: My brother tells me he saw a programme on TV that exposed Geller as a fake where dud spoons were used. You sound like you believe he really can bend spoons with his mind.
I have seen Geller in action on TV, he has been studied in a university test [cf Tart 1977], and he has allegedly been exposed as a fraud in newspapers - He has been able to "see" and copy hidden pictures with precision, according to such as professor Charles Tart of California. [Tart 1977]
Q: I would like to know your thoughts.
If you want to know my thoughts, let us try mind-reading. I recall that some years ago I challenged an ardent member of the SRF Church. He claimed he was able to read my thoughts. So I thought of a lovely, vertical red rose with a diameter of about 2 metres, and he was never close.
Some things can be tested.
Q: So you do believe in intuition then.
I have tested it. I do not dare to say I am putting down Yogananda. [See instead:] "Our best friends are those who criticise us the most . . . who never condone our faults." [Yogananda]
Judged from that, I suggest that parts of his message are ill-founded, and marring. I was further met with "We do not find fault with Paramahansa Yogananda's guidelines," in writing by SRF. I do. A summary of some of Yogananda's faulty deals is here: [Link]. I took care of the letter from the SRF headquarters that gave the guru a carte blanche (free reins) as a guru, and had it notarised. The SRF attitude is nonsensical and misleading.
Q: And psychic stuff: do you believe in chakras [energy vortexes, or secret "wheels" somewhat linked to the spine], telepathy, Chi, etc.? I for one cannot buy that psychic babble.
In Zen, chakra teachings are generally left out, and one does not have to believe in them for meditation to work.
Telepathy is an interesting field. In the last score of years, various parts of the US marines/navy or something like that, have used telepathy programs to train men in it. Interesting.
By testing more people, we can study telepathic ability. People who believe in telepathy perform well in tests. But people who don't believe perform so badly it's as if they were using telepathic ability to pick the wrong targets. [Matthew Smith, Liverpool Hope University] [◦Link] [◦New link]
Try it yourself, it can be done with a deck of cards too, if you know how to: [◦Link]
If this does not appeal to you, there are other ways and means too.
Q: Have you no sense for that esoteric Christianity that Yogananda talks of?
As I see it, esoteric Christianity of the Bible is about "lifting up the son of man" and also entering the narrow gate - while adjusting sagely to sets of moral commands and the like. "Son of man" is a figurative expression, and needs to be specified to be of any practical value. The son of man (Aramaic: barnasha) is then taken to be the everyday, functioning human governed by habits and worldly outlooks, as the case may be, and then realise "I am a god" or better. "Don't you know you are gods?" asked Jesus to Jews that would stone him. In so doing he was quoting Psalm 82:6. [John 10:34]
According to George Lamsa, "son of man" in Aramaic is barnasha, and has four meanings. One of them has been mentioned briefly above (Net xxiv). To lift up the son of man is to raise one's consciousness. The decisive question is how to do it and do it well enough. A kundalini yogi or someone knowledgable of tantra might say it is done by entering the narrow path of the sushumna nadi, "lifting up the snake", and that various forms of meditation are fair means to it. The terms are necessarily cryptical to some. [Matthew 23:13; 16:19]
The methods of Christian monasticism are later-arrivers - they stem from Egypt.
"Son of man" is a term that is used eighty times in the gospels. In almost all cases it refers to Jesus himself and perhaps only himself, although that could depend a bit on translators. Jesus says,
Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up. [John 3:13-15]
Were there any insider teachings in the first flock? Yes, according to Matthew 13:11-17. No, according to John 18:19-21.
A search through the gospels reveals, further, that Jesus often talks of the kingdom of heaven (within you), a gate, a narrow path, an Eye, the kingdom of light, and so on. However, even though he said to his disciples that they were given the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, it also shows they often did not have a clue. In one instance Jesus says they know the way, but . . .:
"You know the way to the place where I am going."
- and so on. If you yourself want to teach something important to another, make that one recount the message and give whatever corrections are needed, to build more reliable story-telling. Mind also that if something soaked his apostles and later on others, what happened was different from a way to heaven; it was rather something that came a-visiting and took in possession.
You may ask if the monastic traditions of Christianity, aren't a sign of esoteric Christianity as taught by Jesus?
Well, monasticism in Christianity stems from Egypt, and came later than apostles in Christianity. Christian monasticism began in the deserts of Egypt and later in Palestine and Syria in the 300s AD. [A] Its contemplative activities are sort of sanctioned or legitimated by selected Bible passages that run like, "Abide in me, and I in you, and you shall bear much fruit." "Those that wait upon the Lord -" "Be still and know I am God." "Pray without ceasing (Paul)." "Ye are gods? (see above)"
Regardless of that, no esoteric practices of the Christianity of Jesus have come down to us from antiquity, it seems right to assert.
But hovering speculations about what this and that in the New Testament might mean interests me little today, as compared to the best methods of Hindu and Buddhist Tantra. Simply said, esoteric Buddhism and Hinduism are actually described in Tantra works.
Q: Has Gott planned Salvation for humans on earth . . .
You should ask Gott himself about it.
Q: . . . or is the Hindu concept of rebirth in a body in order to eventually go back to God the more proper reality?
Rudolf Steiner has many observations on rebirthing. Online books, lectures and articles abound (He is wordy). [Link]
Q: in order to eventually go back to God . . .
Your way is the awakening. A process.
Q: . . . the more proper reality? Or indeed, is it some sort of mixture of the two?
The awakening process is helped and fuelled through deep, sensible meditation. Developing skills in the world should be as planned deep inside too.
Q: What do you think I am here to do? Really?
I figure that could be seen in a depth birth chart as a part of the dragon's tail in the South Node constellation. Accordingly, I was supposed to do Libra things in Europe - Libra things, Libran things . . . It may be very hard to find out exact degrees of constellations, for they are of irregular differing shapes and so on. [cf. ◦Link]
If astrologers agree that "In your cosmic depths you are an Aquarian", then, from old and young Libra people there could be much to gain; that is in the general theory of these designs, actually. That was an answer.