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I am sometimes dubious of western people who have gone through an enlightening experience/training, have taken on board new teachings and changed their way of life…..but then change their names to Asian names. It’s happening more and more. I’m not sure if it’s instigated by their Teachers or if it comes from them?

I can understand wanting a new identity and leaving your past behind but it’s still a bit strange to me.  It’s hard to see how Joanne Smith, for example, went to Sri Devi and has forgotten all of Joanne’s life. Surely you are what you are. If you were born Joanne, then you are Joanne. Maybe Joanne with a great spiritual experience but none the less Joanne.

I don’t mean to be disrespectful in raising this or to anyone who has done this. I just want some more opinions before I make my mind up.

What do you think? This is a good time for a poll – please take a quick moment to vote. I’m interested in what other people think about this.



Comments on: "Changing your name after a spiritual experience….." (2)

  1. Janice del Valle said:

    If you have had a definitive inner shift, and are walking away from the ego/personality base and rotating to lets say a higher-self perspective it can be an excellent marker to stay anchored in the soul-infused viewpoint. I read a passage once that said something like this , in order for the personality to win it has to lose to the higher-self, the personality being a vehicle of expression for the impluses initiated by the soul. it is not the personality that is in charge so to speak. So if you have made and excellent shift to the perspective of the higher-self choosing a new name spiritual or otherwise might be a good thing, It can be a private code to self, a reminder of you path.

  2. Juliet naively said, “What’s in a name?” And clearly she found out. A name is EVERYTHING to other people. And other people are what help get you what you want in live. Some people probably still call her Jo Anne, and that is okay with her, I’m sure.


    Your name is your IDENTITY whether you like it or not. Not fair if you weren’t given a balanced name from the start.

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