A recent entry in Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment’s online newsletter compiles statements from several RSE students defending the school and the statements JZ Knight, purportedly channeling Ramtha, made in videos at the center of a long-brewing controversy.
Several of the statements in the videos specifically mentioned Mexicans. The RSE newsletter quotes Mexican RSE students defending the school. Jaime Leal-Anaya was born and raised in Mexico and has been an RSE student for more than 21 years.
“I have never been offended by Ramtha’s style and methodology of teaching; on the contrary, I appreciate it for I can see how effective they have been in my own personal life throughout the years,” wrote Leal-Anaya. “Am I offended by Ramtha? No. Is he racist? No. Has he encouraged me to be racist? No, the opposite. He has taught me to love and see the goodness and beauty in everyone, including myself.”
Student Valeria Pena-Lamberta said claims made by Republicans against Knight are unfounded.
“I have never, as a Mexican, felt we were being prejudiced or anything of the sort, on the contrary, the School supports all races and minorities and promotes equality in all human beings,” Pena-Lamberta stated. “The real prejudice comes from those who intentionally try to discredit the School and label it as a cult, that just shows their ignorance and intolerance towards anything different than their own limited views and beliefs.”
Gay students also came to Knight’s defense after several statements in the videos were described as homophobic.
Dr. Ana Maria Milhalcea has been an RSE student for eight years, she said. She’s openly gay and married to RSE teacher Laura Mooney.
“There have not been anti-gay, anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic, anti-Mexican, anti-immigrant, anti-organic farmers comments made in the school, quite in the contrary, as my fellow students compose of an international audience from all walks of life, all ethnic and religious backgrounds and fall into the very categories that we are alleged to hate,” she stated. “Nothing can be farther from the truth, in fact the message of RSE clearly states that all human beings are of divine origin and that our separateness is a contrived Illusion. We are all one. JZ Knight and Ramtha have only shown profound love, compassion and caring towards all students.”
Mooney was also quoted in the newsletter.
“In my 25 years at RSE I have never heard or experienced any racist, anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic comments or actions by JZ Knight or Ramtha. I certainly would not attend, let alone be a Teacher at RSE, if that were the case,” she stated.
Steve Klein, RSE’s event services manager, referenced his Jewish heritage in defending alleged anti-semitic comments.
“I was born into a Jewish family in Kentucky and grew-up loving my spiritual relationship with God and my family through Judaism,” he stated. “However, as my life progressed into marriage and a career in a Fortune Top 50 company, divorce, falling in love with another man and moving through those experiences to the loving relationship with my wife of 20 years and her family. I found fundamental questions about life not being answered to my satisfaction via the Torah and learned rabbis. I came to read Ramtha’s teachings in the mid-1980s where these questions were addressed and more with even more insight and understanding garnered. I am in my 29th year with Ramtha and am enriched with the knowledge I have gained.
“I was in Ramtha’s audiences from where the edited videos very improperly recorded. I knew from being present how all of Ramtha’s teachings came together in-context for the entire event, not from some spliced excerpts used by detractors for a political agenda.
“Yes, Ramtha can be unorthodox at times in reflecting to participants the extremes of our humanity, and in doing so, we can then become aware of our attitudes that run on ‘automatic.’ Once students are shown and provided that knowledge, we are empowered to change our lives. With the experiences I gleaned with Ramtha, I have become greater than a Jew, giving back so much more to the people of my religion of birth.”
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