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21. China was so focused on controlling their population that they made the country eminently unlivable [Link]

This is a great article, but doesn't seem to say what Roosh says it says. More like: "China has seen the social horror of the West, and seeks to curtail Western liberalism". Will they succeed? Hard to tell, but in some ways they are worse off than the West, because western liberalism is so acidic on society.

It's long but definitely worth a read:

“The real cell of society in the United States is the individual,” he finds. This is so because the cell most foundational (per Aristotle) to society, “the family, has disintegrated.” Meanwhile, in the American system, “everything has a dual nature, and the glamour of high commodification abounds. Human flesh, sex, knowledge, politics, power, and law can all become the target of commodification.” This “commodification, in many ways, corrupts society and leads to a number of serious social problems.” In the end, “the American economic system has created human loneliness” as its foremost product, along with spectacular inequality. As a result, “nihilism has become the American way, which is a fatal shock to cultural development and the American spirit.”

27. Upscale LA Neighborhood Wrestles With Worsening Homeless Crisis [Link]

This one made my day. Choice quote:

“It’s a world gone mad,” Venice resident Deborah Keaton told The Epoch Times. “It’s our own making, too. I’m a liberal, a Democrat, and we voted for these measures that decriminalize a lot of this behavior, and so there’s no repercussions for these guys.”

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but doesn't seem to say what Roosh says it says

Yes I received a different message than the intention of the article. :)

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1. Meditation has led to mental breakdowns, psychosis, and suicide [Link 1 | Link 2]

Modern western Buddhism is heretical spiritual alchemy, and even the traditional Buddhists themselves do not practice it, so please my Christian brothers (especially Protestants and Latins, who generally use it to fill in the void of grace) never partake in this practice. We are meant to struggle with the mental thoughts and overcome them with the help of God, not to make them disappear effortlessly using voodoo smoke.

Incidentally, the ancient Buddhism of 500 BC is filled with stories of repentance, tears shed for sins, and saints, but modern neo-Buddhism of the 21st century is all about selfish thought-manipulation, nothingness-theology, and willful gain. Funny how that works.

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@nagareboshi Thats interesting, do you have any more info regarding ancient vs modern Buddhism?

I was involved with Western Buddhism for many years since I turned 18. I even did one of the Goenka retreats, but left half way through. It honestly helped me get away from my atheistic materialism, although the "nothingness" aspect started to bother me more and more. It also taught me that there were consequences for bad behavior (karma). Since returning to Christ I stopped meditating and pray instead. I do see a lot of Nihilism in Buddhist thought, looking back.

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@nagareboshi Thats interesting, do you have any more info regarding ancient vs modern Buddhism?

I was involved with Western Buddhism for many years since I turned 18. I even did one of the Goenka retreats, but left half way through. It honestly helped me get away from my atheistic materialism, although the "nothingness" aspect started to bother me more and more. It also taught me that there were consequences for bad behavior (karma). Since returning to Christ I stopped meditating and pray instead. I do see a lot of Nihilism in Buddhist thought, looking back.

I am not a true expert, only a student, and the sectarian self-interpretive nature of modern Buddhism may react against me, but here are some key points for consideration:
- Sakyamuni never made any metaphysical assertions on God, Nothingness, or the origin of the cosmos, implying that the questions are not needful for salvation.
- So-called “meditation” was only practiced by dedicated ascetic monks, never laypeople, and the practice was transformed and revived in the (((19th century))).
- Angulimala’s story of heartfelt repentance, “noble rebirth,” and turning away from sin implies that exoteric personal wrongdoing is not a metaphor and is something that we actually have to pay for.
- Based on the time keeping of the traditional Buddhists themselves, we are already in the end times (age of dharma decline) and there is no true Buddhism to be found in the 21st century.

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I was especially impressed by this one :

6. “Large parts of history have been manufactured, faked, pushed, and invented.” [Link]

A masterly lesson in healthy and intelligent skepticism towards allegedly "well-known" narratives, even for the based average RvF member. I admired the criticism of the official story about Ezra Pound (was he really in a mental hospital ? How come his trial seems to have had no outcome ? etc).
On the other hand, just like I am the contrarian in this forum about Aldous Huxley, it did not change my initial impression about Pound's political work. Perhaps Pound was an agent of the oligarchs, a repentant or an unrepentant one, I don't really care. You won't un-convince me that his work on Jews and usury is required reading for any based political activist today.

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Yes I received a different message than the intention of the article. :)

It's a great article indeed, the one about China. And yes, at the end of the day, it appears to not be critical of the current Chinese strategy against the "spiritual opium" that's penetrating the West.

If I got it right, this article is extremely in favor of the Chinese government and their smart strategy to save their people and traditions, except maybe for a few paragraphs between the "Gini Coefficient" and the Grand Experiment.

But the solutions depicted, to fence off the decaying sub-culture of the gay West, are obviously excellent. Yes, the corrupt, false values of the West have to be prohibited, and the Chinese government is right, the article concludes.

So it's a well-documented, complex article, worth the read, and I think it validates the Chinese government fight against Western decadency.

As a side note, I've done some business in China in the past, and I've found China (at least the wealthy Chinese cities where I went) extremely livable, extremely safe, extremely energetic. And all this without LGBT culture in one's face.

The thing that might be troubling from the point of view of a Christian man, is that China fights against the corrupt evil values of the West, but, mostly without the help of Religion.

Whereas in the Western world, men can only fight the disgusting gay "values" of our crumbling societies, through God and religion (meaning, upholding Christianity, having faith).
Somehow the Chinese traditionnaly seem to be able to fight evil and corruption of the mind, without being very religious, and for a Westerner it's surprising. Of course, the mind is not the soul, I'm aware of this. Anyway, this article is honest and truthful, thanks for the link.

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The article on meditation was particularly interesting to me because I did a Vipassana 10 day retreat a few years ago and this article reminded me of something that happened.

On the last night of the retreat, I had a nightmare. In this nightmare, I was in my bed, in the Vipassana center's dorm, and a ghost or invisible entity was very slowly lifting up my bed sheets. I was lying there, completely powerless, and watching in terror as my bed sheets were being lifted off my body very slowly by this invisible entity, and I yelled in fear.

Then I woke up, and realized that I had yelled in real life and woke up the entire dorm.

What do you guys think of this

At the time, my interpretation of this event was that I was "purging" the negative thoughts lol Now I'm not so sure this was the case...

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The article on meditation was particularly interesting to me because I did a Vipassana 10 day retreat a few years ago and this article reminded me of something that happened.

On the last night of the retreat, I had a nightmare. In this nightmare, I was in my bed, in the Vipassana center's dorm, and a ghost or invisible entity was very slowly lifting up my bed sheets. I was lying there, completely powerless, and watching in terror as my bed sheets were being lifted off my body very slowly by this invisible entity, and I yelled in fear.

Then I woke up, and realized that I had yelled in real life and woke up the entire dorm.

What do you guys think of this

At the time, my interpretation of this event was that I was "purging" the negative thoughts lol Now I'm not so sure this was the case...

Through your life and beliefs, you have given rights to demons to claim their "property". Hence the experience with the bed sheets. If you are experiencing such "terror", that means you are lacking in God's grace, and He has left you to your desires which satisfy the demons who are around you. If you don't repent and begin spiritual life, the demons will make further claims upon your life, and your soul will go to Satan upon your death. I suspect that demonic influence is heavy in your life without your conscious awareness. (Satan prefers that you don't know that he exists so that you can write off your impulses and thoughts as coming from yourself). Demons will make it very hard for you to repent, because of the rights you have given them, but if you self-examine your life, turn away from evil behaviors, and ask God for help, He will help you.

This book is written by a Greek man who was actually possessed by demons due to his Eastern practices, but thank God he made it through.

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Quote from article #3 (emphasis mine):

Normal adults do not wish to talk about children’s genitals or discuss children having sex with children in front of other children. Everyone knows only priests can do that!

The article was actually quite good and cleverly-written and entertaining, but she (I assume the author is a she) lost me there.

She just HAD to get in that dig at the Catholic Church.

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Through your life and beliefs, you have given rights to demons to claim their "property". Hence the experience with the bed sheets. If you are experiencing such "terror", that means you are lacking in God's grace, and He has left you to your desires which satisfy the demons who are around you. If you don't repent and begin spiritual life, the demons will make further claims upon your life, and your soul will go to Satan upon your death. I suspect that demonic influence is heavy in your life without your conscious awareness. (Satan prefers that you don't know that he exists so that you can write off your impulses and thoughts as coming from yourself). Demons will make it very hard for you to repent, because of the rights you have given them, but if you self-examine your life, turn away from evil behaviors, and ask God for help, He will help you.

This book is written by a Greek man who was actually possessed by demons due to his Eastern practices, but thank God he made it through.

Yes it's time to repent. This retreat was 7 years ago. I haven't meditated in many years. I have been seeking the truth since age 25, and now I'm here at age 34. I guess I had to go through these experiences to wake up.

The way I discovered you is also interesting. It was around December 2020, I was at my lowest point with my addictions and one night I begged God to help me and give me a sign. The next day, as I was watching blackpill content, I found a documentary by Incelmatics on Online dating, and there was a clip of you in this documentary. I then found your Roosh hour streams, and they explained a lot of things that made no sense to me these past years. This led me to go down the rabbit hole, and now I'm here.

Thanks for the book recommendation.

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The article on the meth epidemic was fascinating. I was completely unaware of how widespread and dangerous it had become. The psychotic effects of the "newer" version of meth sounded like I was reading about demonic possession.

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The article on the meth epidemic was fascinating. I was completely unaware of how widespread and dangerous it had become. The psychotic effects of the "newer" version of meth sounded like I was reading about demonic possession.

Here's a good article that takes a look at it from the individual level: https://www.sfchronicle.com/projects/2021/rescuing-jessica-san-francisco-fentanyl-addiction/

This problem is getting worse at a rapid pace.

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It's a great article indeed, the one about China. And yes, at the end of the day, it appears to not be critical of the current Chinese strategy against the "spiritual opium" that's penetrating the West.

If I got it right, this article is extremely in favor of the Chinese government and their smart strategy to save their people and traditions, except maybe for a few paragraphs between the "Gini Coefficient" and the Grand Experiment.

But the solutions depicted, to fence off the decaying sub-culture of the gay West, are obviously excellent. Yes, the corrupt, false values of the West have to be prohibited, and the Chinese government is right, the article concludes.

So it's a well-documented, complex article, worth the read, and I think it validates the Chinese government fight against Western decadency.

As a side note, I've done some business in China in the past, and I've found China (at least the wealthy Chinese cities where I went) extremely livable, extremely safe, extremely energetic. And all this without LGBT culture in one's face.

The thing that might be troubling from the point of view of a Christian man, is that China fights against the corrupt evil values of the West, but, mostly without the help of Religion.

Whereas in the Western world, men can only fight the disgusting gay "values" of our crumbling societies, through God and religion (meaning, upholding Christianity, having faith).
Somehow the Chinese traditionnaly seem to be able to fight evil and corruption of the mind, without being very religious, and for a Westerner it's surprising. Of course, the mind is not the soul, I'm aware of this. Anyway, this article is honest and truthful, thanks for the link.

China understands some of the problems of the western society. However, the communist government's anti-religious attitudes mean that people will still be materialistic and corrupt from the lower classes to the upper classes. If people lack concern about the afterlife, they will just focus on material gains which is a reason the social inequality is such a problem in China.

A lot of people in China are unhappy because of lacking religion. In a way, money has become the main religion in China. However, I don't think the government is too concerned about the materialism in the society (although wisely it is trying to stamp out excessive political corruption) because actually it makes people easier to control and willing to work harder which increases GDP more.

Perhaps China can learn from Japan and find a balance. They should have more respect for their traditions (which Japan has) and not be so disrespectful towards religions, but also keep out some of the western bad values.

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China understands some of the problems of the western society. However, the communist government's anti-religious attitudes mean that people will still be materialistic and corrupt from the lower classes to the upper classes. If people lack concern about the afterlife, they will just focus on material gains which is a reason the social inequality is such a problem in China.

A lot of people in China are unhappy because of lacking religion. In a way, money has become the main religion in China. However, I don't think the government is too concerned about the materialism in the society (although wisely it is trying to stamp out excessive political corruption) because actually it makes people easier to control and willing to work harder which increases GDP more.

Perhaps China can learn from Japan and find a balance. They should have more respect for their traditions (which Japan has) and not be so disrespectful towards religions, but also keep out some of the western bad values.

Japan is no towering example. They went through their false economic haze in the 80’s bubble worshipping money and materialism. And now find themselves just as morally bankrupt as China or the West, albeit in their own way.

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Vouchsafe me, O Lord, to love Thee now as fervently as I once loved sin itself, and also to work for Thee without idleness diligently, as I worked before for deceptive Satan. But supremely shall I work for Thee, my Lord and God, Jesus Christ, all the days of my life now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

1. Meditation has led to mental breakdowns, psychosis, and suicide [Link 1 | Link 2]

How many college students claimed Buddhism as his or her spiritual path, and/or participated in yoga (rooted in Hinduism)?
Fair to say many fall for the snare (appeal of Eastern religion) at a young age in adult years? Some individuals may go as far as practicing in rituals.

Yes it's time to repent. This retreat was 7 years ago. I haven't meditated in many years. I have been seeking the truth since age 25, and now I'm here at age 34.

Hi @Peptalk
Because you mentioned the article was interesting there is a book by Fr. Seraphim Rose titled, Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future.
One of the sections,"The Power of the Pagan Gods: The Assault Upon Christianity," discusses the testimony of a 16 year old girl arriving at a Catholic Convent to encounter Christianity, but was ensnared by a Hindu monk. She struggled, was misguided, and rejected Christianity:

Here lies the strength of the humble and a snare to the proud. St. James wrote truly: God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble (James 4:6). And how proud I was; I wouldn't accept original sin and I wouldn't accept hell. And I had many, many arguments against them. One Sister of great charity gave me the key when she said: "pray for the gift of faith." But already the Swami's training had taken hold, and I thought it debasing to beg anyone, even God, for anything. But much later, I remembered what she had said. Years later the seed of Christian faith that had been planted in me emerged from an endless sea of despair. (Rose, 1975)

What made her transition successful was that she recognized her pride, and acknowledged her embarrassment. She recognized the pagan religion lead her to despair, and she fell victim to pride resulting in a sense of spiritual superiority.

We are meant to struggle with the mental thoughts and overcome them with the help of God, not to make them disappear effortlessly using voodoo smoke.

I wonder if someone (now as self-label Christian) who practiced Buddhist rituals, and [talks with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about one's achievements], as part of his or her experiencing searching for the truth if they are still under the "spiritual experience" prelest:

It covers the whole range of false spiritual experiences: from simple illusions and beguilement to actual possession. In every case the counterfeit is taken as genuine and the overall effect is an accelerated growth of pride. A warm, comfortable sense of special importance settles over the person in prelest, and this compensates for all his austerities and pain

Roosh also reviewed Fr. Seraphim Rose's book, Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future, and it can be found here .

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Japan is no towering example. They went through their false economic haze in the 80’s bubble worshipping money and materialism. And now find themselves just as morally bankrupt as China or the West, albeit in their own way.

True. However, Japan allows more religious freedom and they have more pride in their traditions. Japanese seem to have more a better work ethic and more pride in their jobs. Same goes for South Korea. I have found China to be greedier than South Korea. For example, S. Korea makes their national parks affordable. Once inside the parks, there is little commercialism other than a few restaurants and shops at the entrance. In China, Huangshan Park is extremely famous and the government takes advantage of this by charging huge entrance fees (meaning lower classes can't afford it) and once in the park the greed doesn't stop. For example, there is a famous tree that people like to take photos of. The prime photo spot was roped off and to enter it to get a photo, there is another fee. This is happening in a country that claims to be a 'People's Republic.' S. Korea felt more like a nation that has pride in its culture and doesn't see it as a money grab. Most temples in S. Korea are free and even their most famous ones are cheap.

Japan and S. Korea do have materialism issues and they have allowed bad influences from the west to enter. However, if you choose to be religious, you won't be punished in these nations. I don't know much about Japan. However, I think in Korea, it is actually easier to choose to live a simple and traditional lifestyle vs. China.

I posted in another thread about food safety in China. Maybe it happens in Japan and Korea as well, but likely much less. I think people respect each other more in S. Korea and Japan despite having more western influence. Also, it was mentioned that crime was low in Chinese cities. However, I believe it is even lower in Japan and S. Korea. This is a huge sign that despite also being materialistic, more people there are respectful enough to respect your property and more likely to return lost goods which shows they are actually less greedy.

Also, S. Korea's government actually officially gives encouragement to those seeking to move from cities to the countryside to be farmers. However, this will often mean making less money. Most people will not accept this tradeoff but it is nice that this option is easily available. I doubt it is as easy in China.

The man who is helping President Xi control the Chinese wants to treat citizens like animals in a zoo and doesn't want them to have dignity. Keeping out the worst excesses of western society is good. However, what about human dignity? Restricting movements (forcing people to show passports every time they take a bus or train), requiring facial scans, social credit scores, etc... all take away human dignity.

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I read both articles on meditation and those really hit home with me. After my high school agnostic and existential phase, I eventually became "spiritual but not religious" dabbling with Buddhist meditation and new age nonsense. My experience with meditation retreats was that it tended to mess up my sleep, similar to those other accounts. I also felt like during the most extensive periods of meditation, I would either feel some sort of depersonalization, or I would feel pride at being "more spiritual than the masses." Also, in general during that stage of my life, I would just be aimless and justify my aimlessness that I was "not attached, bro." Thank God I never got permanently messed up (although I still deal with the dark repercussions of my past sins), or committed suicide in this time of delusion. I think my guardian angel had something to do with keeping me from falling too far.

I am looking forward to reading the other articles.

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Roosh also reviewed Fr. Seraphim Rose's book, Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future, and it can be found here .

during the most extensive periods of meditation, I would either feel some sort of depersonalization, or I would feel pride at being "more spiritual than the masses." Also, in general during that stage of my life, I would just be aimless and justify my aimlessness that I was "not attached, bro."

A section of the book titled, Charismatic Revival a Sign of the Times, is available online through orthodoxinfo.com .
This section provides individuals’ testimonies and includes discussion on the “spiritual experience, as a prelest. There is a quote by Bishop Ignatius, transmitted by I.M. Kontzevitch (transmitter of patristic teaching):

"the ascetic, striving to kindle in his heart love for God while neglecting repentance, exerts himself to attain a feeling of delight, of ecstasy, and as a result he attains precisely the opposite: 'he enters into communion with satan and becomes infected with hatred for the Holy Spirit."​

The quote is interesting because there is one testimony that discusses two believers experience a speaking of tongues group, and after have an overwhelming feeling of excitement, but fades and the experience did some damage to one man:

the man who told me this noticed that he had lost all desire to read the Bible and to pray. He examined his experience in the light of the Scriptures and realized that it was not of God. He repented and denounced it... His friend on the other hand continued in these 'tongues' and it destroyed him. Today he will not even consider the idea of going on further as a Christian"​

If one does a word search on this document using “feeling” there are some quotes and explanations worth reading.

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