Virgo wrote:Hi Tilt,
I am not looking for praise and gain. Do you really think I am interested in those things?
It would seem that you are, given all that you have said, and you have to some extent, gotten that here. If you are extra-ordinary - as you claim of yourself -, there is no real reason to proclaim yourself extra-ordinary-ness in public. The Dhamma is lived.
Stating you are a sotapanna, without the Buddha around to verify it, will attract as much skepticism as it does praise.
It will attract attention, which you have also gotten. This is not about bowing.
If you wanted to share your experience there are ways of doing so without puting yourself on a pedestal, of claiming for yourself a position of honor and respect no one else here claims.
Just as a side question: How long were you a monk?