Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952) said our best friends are those who criticise us the most and never condone our faults. However, in the church that Yogananda set up - he regretted it later - low guru teachings are hailed, he is halfway guilded, and church members halfway gelded. If the church had been upright and honest they would have told prospective church members that their fixed stand is no sex for the unmarried, for example. In such a case membership is a case of being "broken in" by guidelines.
Out of the closet: The guru who set up a registered church in America and ◦regretted it afterwards, at one time advocated dictatorship, which makes life more difficult for many normal beings.
Watch out for the dogmatic tone. And, in words attributed to Buddha, "A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure."
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