First let me thank you for your Hum Drum Guru website. I think it's great - if nothing else then for its concept and the thoroughness you have applied to it. I use it often to look up teachers I have heard about to see if your 'take' matches mine.
Recently the Teacher that started my group is now included - MSI. I don't know how you came by the info you have on him - I see that his name was suggested for inclusion by someone else.
So, I have some comments on your rating. First, I wouldn't say that there is "bogus history". MSI would neither confirm nor deny it to his own eldest son - I would say the history of the teaching's lineage is 'unconfirmed'. Also, the Ishayas are not descended from Jesus - they are the Immortals that watch over mankind (like Babaji). The Himalayan Ishaya monks were founded by John the Beloved. (I have recently found a group of Ishani monks who trace their lineage back through the apostle Thomas in India - they have a monastery in Borrego Springs, CA!))
Also, I winced at the comment that we practice affirmation meditation - having done affirmations for some time (with no effect). I had a linguist in one class I taught tell me that we meditate with 'declarative' statements - more like a 'positive thinking' meditation. These thoughts do more than create resonance with positive emotions - they engage BOTH hemispheres of the brain which creates a coherency and links us into the positive currents of creative energy which comprise life - praise, gratitude, love and compassion. This coherency and positive resonance naturally lets the mind begin to stop thinking (which I'm sure you know is fear-based), which naturally lets one relax into pure consciousness with continual use.
From my own 4-year experience with the Ishayas' Ascension, I have gotten to stabilized self-awareness - which is something I had not done with 12 years of vipassana. I also love that there is no belief system to learn with Ascension - MSI did not want to be a guru - he said that any true teaching leads one to their own Truth.
I also did not understand the final comment you made about 'some pyramiding may be involved'. The only pyramiding I know of is with MLM schemes - could you explain please.
To conclude, I would like to see MSI rated as a 2 or 2.5 "bud" teacher. This teaching is not for everyone - it's for people who want to let go of the game instead of learning how to win the game - in that it is limited - and the teachers that are carrying on the teaching are definitely still developing. I'm going to be part of an advanced teacher training with one of MSI's senior teachings in 3 weeks - we'll be doing a deep retreat for a number of months - mainly 'cycling' as we call it - Ascending for 10-16 hours a day. Don't know what's happening after that - but that's part of the Adventure!
Anyway, thanks for your effort and for your time. Oh, could you change the link name to our website to "Ishayas' Ascension", with a s'? Thank you!
In the Perfection of the One,
[That the precise text for MSI does not match what K refers to reflects some changes made as a result of this feedback – Sarlo . . . A year later, i received the following clarification from another Ishaya to debunk my description of their Ascension method as "affirmation-like."]
The phrase "affirmation-like meditation to create resonance with positive emotions that
make us ascend" is not correct. First, the Ascension Attitudes & Cognition Techniques
aren't Affirmations. I'm making the assumption that you have never attended a First
Sphere weekend lecture, or learned to Ascend yourself, or you wouldn't be making that statement.