What promotes a happy life? Ancient Greek philosophers like Epicurus, Plato, and Aristotle voiced opinions about it, and the recent field of psychology called Positive Psychology, initiated by Martin Seligman, shows its debt to these ancient thinkers and others. Buddha's keys to proper living include elimination of stress and suffering, retaining happiness by attuning well to Nirvanaland. He came up with the Gentle Middle Way to systematise an all-round approach in the life-long art of living.
To aim for a happy life and to aim for a good life may be a bit different, depending on the circumstances. better and the meanings we put into words like "good", for example.
In India of old, the Panchatantra fables were formed to help princes in dealing with difficult problems by knowledge of ways of the world. Animals in it are used to describe and typify common human problems to assist in realistic coping of quite lasting value, and they talk a lot (Rajan 1995:300 ff).
A king who went hunting with a hunting-party They lost their way in the woods, and at nightfall came to a humble place. The king decided to spend the night there. His courtiers were concerned about his prestige, and adviced against sleeping there, until one of them said,
"It is not the king that loses prestige by sleeping here, it is the place that gains it."
"That is a fine way of looking at it," said the king and entered the place for a good night's sleep.
Diogenes (?412-323 BC) observed a child drinking from his cupped hands. At once he drew his goblet from his satchel and threw it away, saying,
"In the practice of moderation a child knows better than me."
Go for health
When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. - Walt Disney
Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world ... We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. [Walt Disney]
Adults are only kids grown up, anyway. [Walt Disney]
There are books by Haim Ginott on how to respond to vital matters to children and youngsters - and we are all children and youngsters deep within, hopefully. There are many vital matters to adults among vital matters to children. (Ginott 1971; 1975; 2003).
Key content in this series of article is summed up:
In this series of loosely connected articles we have noticed some disturbing effects of a wrongly placed temple that slid into the sea, including Yogananda outpourings about that "crucifixion by Satan's hand . . . in evil's land" (which has to be California, USA).
On the xx page we learn that five-years olds show real worth of men, and that the rude seek to get powerful.
On the xx page we go into the day horoscope of the current leader of Self-Realization Fellowship, and applauds with the Avadhut Gita how she arrived at renouncing her life as a head renunciate among renunciates.
On the xx page a fictional tale of robber gunas (so-called qualities we do not find in nature) takes us into more Bible inconsistencies. If you still want to marry a Christian, study how far he or she is a figuratively sick sheep of a sort in the light of sayings of Jesus [Matthew 9:12-13, etc], for it is best if marriage partners are of sound mind and moral. The page ends by a question, referring to Yogananda: "Why contain a vast ocean of blood?"
On the xx page you find steps of higher yoga from the ancient primer Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, among other things.
On the xx page are six pronouns that journalists around the world learn by heart in academies and use. Besides, there is some alarming documentation from a little country in northern Europe, about guru submission and after-effects. You also get a good warning about the very restrictive stand of Yogananda against really having sex, among other things.
On the xx page a doctorate thesis by Jane Dillon is discussed. We also find Stalking Wolf speaking of possible futures. Most helpful is a Tao-fostering table, a novel "success recipe" for thinking guys.
On the xx page we learn that a wolf in sheep's clothing appears in an ancient Greek fable, and gets killed for his deception. Deceivers may be found to focus on facades to get an entrance. A new matrix of helpful advice is offered, "Dealing with Deceptions". If you don't work with the Tao essays, they may not help you as much as they are able to, though. That pertains to most of them, I guess.
On the ninth page Yogananda reveals he had a goat who liked to hear him speak. It is good to go for benefit as you get taller. A new Tao-table, How to Foster Happy All-round Living", is given.
On the xx page is gist of what makes communities quality communities and not just utopias. You also get a table-essay with tips for good upbringing. Here you get a Tao-table for "Savoury Love and Meditation" also.
On the xx page are love tidings that are blessings to know about if you learn to consider odds for succeeding in love by its surveys, and regularly fight to filter recurring occurrences in life so as to maximize good things and reduce or remove bad things. It is in the art of life-long living. You are also tipped to balance regular, deep meditation with some output (work) on a regular basis, and otherwise adapt through wisdom, as praised in the good old Bible.
On page xx you get a few glimpses of giant pandas and Norwegian students, and parts of their fate nowadays.
On page xx you may learn about fruits like squash and peanuts, and berries like bananas, grapefruits, and dates. The Subtle Self from the Mundaka Upanishad is revealed, and terms like God-knowledge, Self-knowledge are shown too. You may also find it good to ignore parts of the Jewish heritage, such as extensive home worship of the big-breasted Queen of Heaven and Jehovah's Wife -
Then xx page we have a little look at Kriyananda, one of Yogananda's favoured disciples.
Ak: Yogananda, Paramahansa. Man's Eternal Quest. 2nd ed. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1982.
Fp: Mertvago, Peter. Dictionary of 1000 French Proverbs. New York: Hippocrene Books, 1996.
Psy: Dasgupta, Sailendra. Paramhansa Swami Yogananda: Life-portrait and Reminiscences. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, 2006. - And a partial view: Google Books.
Srg: Yogananda, Paramahansa. The Science of Religion. 2nd ed. Los Angeles: Self-Realization
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