Christopher Calder at age 61 - picture taken in 2011
Christopher Calder is just an ordinary guy
with a computer, and he hates having his picture taken. Calder believes meditation
should be considered
a healthy recreation like swimming, hiking, or jogging, not
turned into a supernatural religion. When you make anything into
a religion, be it meditation, energy policy, or political partisanship,
that is when things tend to go wrong. The Catholic Church
tortured and killed people for Jesus; Rajneeshees poisoned hundreds for Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (alias Osho); George W. Bush tortured and bombed for
"freedom," and Mao and Stalin killed millions for communism. What's the difference?
Calder believes that J.
Krishnamurti, Siddhartha Gautama, and a host of lesser gurus were wrong
when they talked about
gaining complete freedom through meditation. That is a false
promise and hope that no guru can fulfill. He says that you can
only get so spaced
out that you don't care what happens, but that is not freedom.
Meditation is a way we can feel more free, but we should not delude
thinking that we actually are free, literally. In this universe
there is no
We have no souls to save, but we have cells that
will die. We
have to accept that fact and try not to take life seriously 100% of the
time. Our lives are all in the brain, and the brain is physical,
supernatural or "spiritual." Gurus and religious organizations
have invented myths of the
supernatural out of ignorance and in order to gain money and
power. Calder says "We have been
fooled long enough."