[IAEP] Astrology at Spirituality for Kids (was Re: Sugar Digest 2013-08-22)

Yama Ploskonka yamaplos at gmail.com
Sun Aug 25 20:21:05 EDT 2013


told you so! (or was it in another list? hmmm, maybe in Sur...)

On 08/25/2013 07:14 PM, James Simmons wrote:
> My feeling on this is that religious instruction, presented as such,
> is OK. Presented as something else it isn't. Sometimes there is a gray
> area. For instance, hatha yoga can be taught as a religious practice
> and also as a system of exercises with no mention of the original
> purpose of the exercises. I think this Spirituality For Kids crosses
> the line. Teaching kids that they have a light inside them and that
> they need to listen to a True Voice is what a Vaishnava would call
> Mayavadi philosophy; the idea that all souls are part of God and that
> self realization is to merge into God, etc. While some Hindu
> traditions teach this, others would considers these beliefs morally
> repugnant. Going back to hatha yoga, a Christian would be offended if
> his child is taught anything but exercises, and a Hindu would be
> offended if his child is not taught something besides exercises.
> Between Get Books and Read Etexts and the Browse Activities a child
> wishing to study his own religion or others has a wealth of material
> to look at.  Personally I'd leave it at that.  Sword is OK, and if
> there is something for studying the Koran that's OK too. If I could
> figure out how a Python program could make studying the Gita easier or
> more enjoyable I'd write one.
> But Spirituality For Kids is different. It teaches kids religious
> beliefs while pretending to do something else. That kind of thing can
> only lead to trouble.
> James Simmons
> On Sun, Aug 25, 2013 at 5:31 PM, Bastien <bzg at laptop.org
> <mailto:bzg at laptop.org>> wrote:
>     Edward Mokurai Cherlin <mokurai at sugarlabs.org
>     <mailto:mokurai at sugarlabs.org>> writes:
>     > However, the Orthodox teaching about Kabbalah is that one may not
>     > study it before the age of 50.
>     Done.  :)
>     --
>      Bastien
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