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1. The Blackest

In academic communication there are formal ways of showing due reserve by oft-repeated stock phrases and fragments. Try "in my opinion" and "I feel that . . . " at times as well. Academic reservations may not be tight-mouthed, however, if a group of common reservations (qualifications) are gathered and presented as a meny to chose from. Take a look: click on "Reservations" above, for example.

Mhm If you want to make a statement with a great many qualifications, put some of the qualifications in separate sentences. - Sir Bertrand Russell, "How I Write". In The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell, ed. Robert E. Egner and Lester E. Denonn. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1961:63-65.

It can help to go to the core matters and have several reservations and qualificatons stacked at hand, as presupposed. Seeing it is believing it.

Check well before writing out checks

Output of Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952):

Yogananda "Half truths and distorted truths are worse than the blackest of lies" [Yogananda, "Spiritualizing the Newspapers". East-West, March-April 1928].

Not necessarily. And what about this?

Yogananda accused Dhirananda in a court case of taking secretly, against Yogananda's will, and without his consent, the sum of 20,066.61 dollars.

Then a box was in an old rubbish heap in Yogananda's headquarters. The box contained proof that all money charges made by Yogananda against Dhirananda were false and untrue. The verdict of the judge was that Yogananda was to pay Dhirananda the eight thousand dollars he owed him. Yogananda left the country - [More]

Sense the tragedy. Unfounded money charges in an US court, are they among the blackest lies or not? You decide. Is someone who lies in court ever reliable afterwards? Let us hope so, but not to our harm, and granting there might perhaps be misgivings or suspicions to deal with - and a ghoul, as Yogananda's guru said about a year later.

Train yourself against "complacent idiocy" and against being taken in wholly by bombastic drivel - including a dogmatic: "We do not find fault with Paramahansa Yogananda's guidelines. Since we believe that . . . his wisdom is flawless." [Link].

If you are bold for it, maybe you could ask yourself, "Is that a hazardous sin of covering up Yogananda's false prophesies and the like - and more of a sin than hailing a dictator-fond necromancer?" Sifting articles from the early phases of Yogananda in America may help in getting clues in its way here. For example, Yogananda talked for dictatorship in 1934. Dictatorship tends to be hard on mirth and lots of other things, even people.

Lola Williamson (2010) refers to the necromancer activities of Yogananda too.

As a youth, Mukunda [Yogananda] learned how to hypnotize others and was also able to induce spirit-possession. He often used his brother . . . At times, the experiment backfired when the spirit refused to leave. . . . Yogananda's search for . . . yogic powers continued throughout his life. . . . [O]rdinary sightings of ghosts and such were things that he believed in, and pursued with concentrated means." (Williamson 2010:71)

Some sects and other societies who talk big about their bosses, and publish a lot of books and stuff to get a future, fail in their outlooks and policies.

Well, mobilise reservations and common sense enough to resist teachings of haughty and menial ones, also called authoritarians: The basic lesson of Buddha's teachings to Kalama villagers in the substantial Kalama Sutta may help some.


2. Consider Fruits

Buddha teaches sound and decent communication. He also points out that fit main teachings for a lifetime or so are excellent in the beginning, in the middle span, and in the long haul to the end [Compare]. It may be variously interpreted, as "excellent in the beginning (sila: moral principles), excellent in the middle (meditation, or focus) and excellent in the end (panna, insight, wisdom). If the time factor gets into the goings, the middle span and long haul could be where to find various fruits of teachings in a life. It could be in ten years, depending on the plans that are into it, and so on.

In figurative talk "the fruits" refer to consequences or results. One should learn to build sensibly and fairly well on his or her own behalf and gradually get able to favour family and kin. That is what a family tends to be a help for.

Try to attune to and address your essential being so as not to get outsmarted, and before you decide on vital matters. "Listen to your heart," "Consult your pillow (sleep on a matter)", rather than get outsmarted by any mean means or unfit goadings.

So set in some fit mental reserves to be alerted, and thereby helping yourself, your family, your kin and so on - because you could improve a lot by such means.

Enduring drivel or better

Some give stones instead of bread, and others give drivel that others prosper from more than yourself. Fit balances matter in Taoist philosophy, with teachings of yin and yang hovering over them.

Now, plants co-operate or fight one another for Lebensraum, for space to live in. In a clearing a slowly progressing battle for soil, light and other necessities goes on. Most trees compete tactlessly in the long run and perhaps below the surface soil too, for that reason. You may not detect that ongoing fight. Still it is at work, both over the ground and underground.

A tree shows: "There is no fair reason to endure what's bad and not really needed or welcome." "To your own self be true . . ." Look to trees. From old times, most trees help themselves to remain and may occasionally benefit from gardeners' help.


3. Good Shelter

A secretive yogi preferred the shelter of trees to the company the delicacy-serving guru of Yogananda. [Link]. Don't be an onlooker only; seek shelter and manage tree-planting instead. There is a great need of old trees too.

A British Harley Street doctor found thirty-seven plants and trees that helped him through pangs, one by one. He felt this and that, and later found or came across a plant that seemed to help him through his state, and so on to the next pang and plant, until the Dr Edward Bach's remedies were had.

The Bach remedies is a set of thirty-seven plants or plant parts, and an extra remedy that combines seven of them as one remedy, the "Rescue Remedy". The Bach centre in Wales brings Dr Bach's remedies and heritage to people still, and stand by Dr Bach's remedy descriptions, which also indicate their sheltering ability somehow.

Results depend on good choice of remedies, proper administration of them, and follow-ups also. That is how such things are said to works. [Homeopathic remedies] [Bach remedies]

Beech Brandy

If you are intolerant, you could benefit from being surrounded by beeches, alone in a forest - is the special derivate from Dr Bach's "Intolerance: Beech" You may not know thoroughly till you have tried some dozens of times and noted what moods you get into, and see what aspects of your health changes for better, worse or not at all. The self-helper's method of trying things over twenty times in a row and treat the data in much similar ways as in other forms of research, stems from the Swedish professor Olov Lindahl. He makes clear how to conduct a series of so-called clinical trials in Vetenskap och beprövad erfarenhet rendered into "Science and Tested Experience" here (1978).

Instead of having many persons test a method or remedy, use one person as a tester many times on end, in a series: "One person and often" and not "Many persons once or twice or thrice each". The data that is added in each of the two approaches, may be handled alike from there on. Dr Lindahl's approach to testing gives a rough inkling once there are estimates of the so-called placebo-effect (an effect of faith, coincidence and other factors). This kind of explorative longitudinal self-testing is made plain in the book (Lindahl and Lindwall 1978, 109-16)

If you don't have a beech forest to test out near you, take heart at least tentatively, exploratively, for Dr Bach said he learnt to capture the beech influence in some brandy. The "beech influence (or essence)" in a bottle of spirit it is. A few drops throughout the day at regular intervals, and your intolerance hopefully lessens its terrible grip - slowly, slowly. If you are a hard-hearted intolerant guy, however, the gentle Bach remedy may not do enough for you. That is what could be taught too, and here you learn to add some cool, apt reservations to things others tell you, right or wrong, with little good proof to back it up full well.

Oak Brandy

You could ask, "If I am fond of oaks, is it a sign of something I need from them? The Bach centre tells that the Back Oak remedy (or contact with oaks in nature), is for "the plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion". Somehow, "if Dr Bach's remedy works in such mysterious ways full well," I add. The remedy name is "Oak". Bach remedies are for sale in pharmacies. They are not exactly cheap, but hugging an oak for ten minutes five times a day does not necessarily cost money, only reputation, perhaps -

Dr Edward Bach says his oak-derived remedy is "For those who are struggling . . . to get well . . . though their case may seem hopeless . . . They are brave people."

If you think this is nonsense and that wine from oak barrels is good enough oak influence for you, is there help to be found in a bottle of "beechied brandy" against intolerence? Do you know if you haven't tried? And do you know if you have not tried enough, and kept notes and so on, so that a statistician may gauge probabilities and such things? And do you know for sure even then?

  1. Dr. Bach's Remedies have an oak influence in one of its bottles of brandy.
  2. Oak (Quercus) is the name of a homeopathic medicine too.

Vine Brandy (another Bach essence)

In contrast to oaky fellows, Jesus identified himself as a vine. "I am the vine," is in one of his sayings [John 15,5]. The vine is a climber that depends on others to support its own growth. How are vine people according to Dr Bach?

Certain of their own ability, confident of success . . . they think that it would be for the benefit of others if they could be persuaded to do things as they themselves do, or as they are certain is right . . . they will direct their attendants.

The vine type tells others what to do - Dr. Bach sums up. It also sums up large parts of the work of Jesus the Vine, Jew and Healer. And Jews rejected him at large.

You can have vine as a Bach remedy too, if you are rigorous, even fanatical, and needs to relax and get tolerant.

There is a dire need for large trees on the planet. Trees produce needed oxygen, shade against the sun, a little shelter from a starting shower, and fruits - many of which benefits birds, animals and humans. A significant part of mankind's heritage is knowledge of which plants and fruits are edible, and which may be made edible or more tasty by some kind of processing.

There is much more to be said here. A forest is a helper, a cluster of trees of the same kind feel fine among humans.

The "fruit" of the plane-tree in a fable of Aesop's, is the cooling shade it gives. One more "donkey fruit": carried loads.

What about Bramble Brandy a la Bach?

Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-84) said: "Large parts of what people believed was true in earlier centuries, are deemed stupid and dangerous folly nowadays." [◦Link]

Samuel Johnson ascertained and believed what he wrote was true, yet have a look in an updated book on herbs to get informed and benefit from current knowledge at least.

In doubt? Test and make "averaged" more or less sure by available statistics

A human may find out how not to live with much uncertainty and may get a better life in so doing. Besides, for the lack of hard facts, there are statistical data, where one calculates and takes into account a lot to ascertain whether something is at work, or how probable such effects can be under such and such circumstances.

If you are feeling confused and think Bramble Brandy helps you to get optimism to manage all right, you may then benefit from a possible placebo effect. Take that into account so as to counteract it. Proper research designs are able to, statistically speaking. Brandy-given optimism is not all that is needed for all right verification. First postulate something, like "Bramble Brandy promotes quick-witted, able humour". Then let many informers, loads of informers describe how they were or felt before taking Bramble Brandy as prescribed, and after some time, for example ten weeks on Bramble Brandy. Are patterns emerging, and how many speak of similar changes in their words, how often and so on? Then be assured that much depends on how well the research is carried out also.

And first of all, test whether Bach remedies have any general effect on humans. For the lack of good and well published evidence, nature and those who attune to it some way or other, may be brought into disrepute.

Dr Fred Kerlinger (1910–91) shows there are several main ways by which fragile people would like to think they know, just by being opinionated. And that is not good enough. [Kerlinger and Lee 2000,, chap. 1] Better learn to reserve yourself - and try to stick to knowledge won by open-ended enough investigations. Keep a certain distance or reserve in the public arena and balance well.

We ascertain things by open-ended investigations with or without pre-made designs. Compose yourself for it to your ability.


Brandy essays, Yogananda, Literature  

Biggs, Matthew, Bob Flowerdew, and Jekka McVicar. Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit: An Illustrated Encyclopedia.. Richmond Hill, Ontario: Firefly Books, 2009.

Chevallier, Andrew. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Herbs. 3rd US ed. New York: Dorling Kindersley, 2016.

Kerlinger, Fred Nichols, and Howard Lee. Foundations of Behavioral Research. 4th rev. ed. Andover, Hampshire: Cengage Learning, 2000.

Lindahl, Olov, och Lars Lindwall. Vetenskap och beprövad erfarenhet [Science and Tested Experience]. Stockholm: Natur och Kultur, 1978.

Williamson, Lola. Transcendent in America: Hindu-Inspired Meditation Movements as New Religion. London: New York University Press, 2010.

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