The extended metaphor
The picture illustrates, in its lax way, clever whisky gasping - being relaxed, being drunk on mystic wine in front of the tunnel of the spiritual eye, also called the pranic doorway by Yogananda. You should try do kriya yoga with a straight spine, according to many sources. But you are free to breathe along in many sorts of positions, and even while running . . .
Many animals have to pant or gasp a lot, and a search for beauty may have nothing to do with it. Then there is clever gasping, that is where you do not move and yet "gasp" sensibly, even thoroughly and well and according to a regular program.
Abraham Lincoln: "I have found in the course of a long experience that common people are more easily informed through . . . a broad illustration than in any other way.
As to what the hypercritical few may think, I do not care." [In Fuller 1970]
Solomon's "Eat, drink and be merry" may be enlarged to include "enjoy these essays as you can, and well attuned to the costly art of figurative whisky drinking. Said more prosaically, "Meditate and you may improve your learning capacity."
Year out and year in?
A nice balance is to be had.
It could be good to find good time to travel and think along broad, sweeping lines if you can. And remember to ask, as you encounter things, "Where is the evidence?" - a very good question. For example, some may teach you: "Do not preoccupy yourself with too many women; find time to rest in between."
A virile man probably has a need to sleep and enlarge his horizons too.
Are we victims of bungling and categorical phrases that hardly stand inspection. Try to ascertain decently and wellt "What is ideal in my case?"
The points above are not prescriptions, but descriptions.
Better seek one lovable, ideal mate if you can find one.
"Be off with the old love before you are on with the new."
There are many great-looking promises without fair evidence that they have ever come true for two and three thousand years.
Watch out: Slavish followers are likened to farm animals.
The supreme good is to realise the Self directly.
Unique traits pop up from inside us. In the artist, some sorts of uniqueness may flourish, but, frankly, deviations from the common "in trade" are usually not so big. Still, to manifest unique sides of existence is to differ. To differ is to deviate, and deviant persons may be met with negative sanctions, such as:
In a book by Huston Smith we find such features of the blocking process manifested against Mohammed while he served Allah as his messenger back in Mecca. He had to flee to make it. [Smith 1958].
Pablo Picasso was called insane by critics for over a decade. He was a brilliant artist, and eventually made lots of money.
Watch out for the cult that uses humbug and religious terms for the sake of giving guys a sense of personal inferiority, insufficiency and neuroses in the name of God. But we need not look down on bland, religious doctrine well adapted to individual, spiritual development, though.
As for guidance, children love well designed, artful figurative maxims, as found in fables and implied in various tales, such as Red Riding Hood - it is a warning tale. Youngsters need specified instructions, and should be enabled to interpret. Adults may not like guidance, and some old men love to give it. (Freud 1913)
Dreamlike presentations could be good, and fit for interpretation work a long, long time. Some seem able to interpret recurrent dreams fairly well after good work on it. Most people dream during several periods a night. For the lack of sound sleep and good dreaming, people manage less and less. [Horne 2007; Ullman and Zimmerman 1979; Hall 1966]
Speak plainly and friendly to close ones if you master it.
Further, good jokes bring friends together.
Kriya and Climbing
Climbing you gasp a lot, and drinking heavily you may gasp too. The higher you climb and the more you drink, the tougher the goings get. Maybe you need to bolster up yourself and seek shelters as you make for the hovering summit and culmination.
1. Do not strive superficially to get glad, rather gain gladness of heart by adhering to clever methods of meditation with skill and aplomb. Much depends on skills, actually.
2. Where conditions are not really good, meditators may not show off, but maintain a reserve, and keep something in reserve.
When the wine goes in, strange things come out. [Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller]
Chang, Jolan. The Tao of Love and Sex. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1991.
Freud, Sigmund. The Interpretation of Dreams. 3rd ed., tr. by A. A. Brill. New York: Macmillan, 1913. Online.
Fuller, Edmund. 2500 Anecdotes for All Occasions. New York: Wings, 1970.
Hall, Calvin. The Meaning of Dreams. New ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1966.
Horne, Jim. Sleepfaring: A Journey Through the Science of Sleep.. Paperback ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Smith, Huston. The Religions of Man. New York: Harper and Row, 1958.
Ullman, Montague, og Nan Zimmerman. Working with Dreams: Self-understanding, Problem-solving and Enriched Creativity Through Dream Appreciation. Reprint ed. New York: Tarcher/Perigree, 1979.
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