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.