To discuss Ven Dhammika's wrongness (or not) regarding "anomalous phenomena".
Sambojjhanga wrote:Oh, and one final thing. Ven. Dhammika is wrong about: the lack of anomalous phenomena in spiritual practices. Just because HE hasn't personally experienced them doesn't mean they don't occur. I've experienced them personally, I KNOW they are real.
I've also experienced and seen some things that might be called very uncanny... but I'm still hesitant to explain them as supernatural in themselves, or magical events. I'd rather just to try share them in a way that is down-to-earth, using the terms of a framework that is acceptable, or at least within the context of an actual Dhamma practice; if that's not possible, I just allude to them in an indirect way, maybe in an appearance of using a metaphor for something... but only if I think that will be helpful to others.
I wouldn't even think of trying to share it directly with those who might've had the same experiences, especially if I had nothing in reserve to explain these in a way that is beneficial. I'm afraid that it will only reinforce whatever delusions they might have about it, or whatever mistaken interpretations there might be. After all... I don't think that these events in themselves really have anything to do with the liberation (especially of mind), anyway.
I think that if these people ended up becoming more attached to their own experiences as something real, or they even feel vindicated about it (heaven forbid), then they will only become more bounded up within themselves... and more difficult for us to have a real discussion of Dhamma with. They'd only look at others who don't have these same experiences (or don't look at them in the same way as they do) with contempt, even if only mildly. The dukkha (note that I didn't say "theirs") will only still continue, whenever there seems to be a disagreement... this is not liberation.