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Wisdom-gatherers do good turns by it

Many proverbs and wisdom proverb may carry essential insights, worth listening to and learning as well, and are widespread. It is far from enough to gather proverbs and learn a lot of them well to get wise, for proverbs are a motley crew. You need discernment to choose the most helpful ones, and much else to implement them and see what apt proverbs may do.

Among the forms of wisdom is that of living well, and so well that your vitality does not go away and you lose interest in life. To create fair success is quite another. To form well-founded decisions is one form of wisdom, and to learn to tap your spiritual source is another. To support life within safe bounds is another, and so on.

To let something worn out go, is also wisdom. To strip away what is utterly foolish and non-essential is too. To invest in a wonderful home with honour is good also. To take just as much as you can handle is also a form of wisdom, and so on. [More tips]

"A wife of noble character ... is clothed with strength and dignity ... speaks with wisdom [Proverbs 31:10, 25, 26]." - Also, "Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding [Prov 4:7]." Wisdom is "more precious than rubies [Prov 3:15; 8:11]." [More]

Six Words for Us

I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.

- Rudyard Kipling

The serving-men in question are interrogative pronouns. The six "serving-men" of Kipling are taught in very many schools of journalism to help coming journalists write well enough. Applied to "gardener Jesus":

  • What sort of gardener perfection was at play in the life of Jesus or his father, who owned a vineyard, sent his son into it and had him killed? What sort of all right "talent use" was that?
  • Why did not the almighty one take care and produced better fruits than the Golgotha tragedy according to plan? The project had the official title "save God's Jews by letting one innocent die" (grand corruption, according to courts of law) -
  • When did Jesus show appropriate gardening skill?
  • How could Jesus Christ be called perfect as a teacher or master when he chose bad seed (Judas) and the rest were cowards that fled and hid in a pucker? How could he be called perfect when he decided to let thistles take over and choke good seeds as an alarming rule of how to do it?
  • Where do we have evidence that Jesus came anywhere near a fit gardener?
  • Who is OK? Is it a braggard's ideal or a sensible gardener?

Sheep are sorted

Just as sheep are sorted into rams, ewes and lambs, the Christian flock can be sorted as well:

  • Unqualified all (a flock of herded sheep): There is the parodical non-Jews that think they qualify for following Jesus who says in Matthew his teachings are for Jews only, there are worse people folks around too.
  • Senior hypocrites (rams in the flock) Some affluent ones say they follow Jesus without doing what he told about giving away their wealth. Some also plan for the morrow. There is much hypocricy around.
  • Erring about: Then there are those follow one of the many flock leaders. Such flock people (ewes and lambs) walk around with eyes closed to the Real Deal for non-Jewish Christians (Acts 15; 21:25). They eat wrangled chickeds and blood food and think it is all right. Birds know where they have got such errant ideas from against the Holy Deal that the Spirit and all the apostles agreed on.

Which side are you on? It is good to find out of it and be wary to survive. Animals in the wild live it, whereas herded animals may get too trusty as they are shephered and shorn, in the end to led to a slaughter-house or butcher and made still more use of. Do not trust seniors to your harm, then. Compare Buddha's teachings in the ground-breaking Kalama Sutta

Arming Yourself Well

Ever-new joy is an aspect of what is termed "Sat-Chit-Ananda" in Sanskrit: Sat is Being, Chit is consciousness itself, and Ananda is joy, bliss, gladnesses. That is a definition of God as the Self. The ancient Jewish word "Yhwh" is taken to mean about two-thirds of it: "I Am". It corresponds to "Chit-Sat". To be glad, you have to be (Sat), and know (Chit) and the Ananda side to the Self too. A caveat, though: Who gets into the states where Self is experienced directly, may look stupid or catatonic or looney to many. At times the conduct of such a liberated soul (jivanmukta) may deviate much. There are good stories about other jivanmuktas than Ramakrishna too.

A sound life is led on an even keel on top of probability estimates or far better, whatever that may be. The good life is marked by convenience of living. Now for an article in The Sunday Times, from 2006,

Forget the perception of France as a land of sexual fulfilment. The sad truth exposed in a new report shows that when it comes to performance in bed the French have nothing to crow about ...

[A] study, published in January's Journal of Sexual Medicine by a group of French sexologists, confirmed other research showing that for all their reputation as serial seducers, the French are far from "swimming", as one commentator put it, "in libidinous ecstasy".

Instead, only half of men and even fewer women (45%) expressed "relative satisfaction" with their sex life. Only one-third of men did not wish to change their sex life and a quarter complained of a "diminution of sexual desire". A pitiful 5.6% of men (and 8% of women) expressed satisfaction with the "frequency of intercourse"...

For all their strutting ... [a]ccording to an opinion poll taken last spring, sex is considered to be an important part of life by only 17% of French people, well below the European average...

Marie-Hélène Colson, one of the sexologists involved in the latest survey, said ... the frequency of sex – 1.8 times a week – ... was "pretty much the same" all over Europe. [1]

Not too little, not too much, but a little, loving touch might help

Once in Denmark some woman disciples of a certain guru had got aware that their guru had had a series of erotic activities going with a large number of female disciples. The guru had had erotic, but not sexual contact with them, maybe as part of a tantric practice. It had "turned them on", away from sexual abstinence. Over twenty young women told of abuse by the elderly Hindu monk.

The disciples shouted and screamed in their disappointment. [◦Link]

Such things happen

Different Beliefs

In humanistic psychology and humanistic education there is a basic belief that runs contrary to the teaching of Jesus [Matthew 13:38,39]. Some are openly evil, others are feigning good and put snares along the path of men to catch and make use of them, and much "God-ballyhoo" serves to legitimate much evil.

Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow are two among the psychologists that hold that at bottom, deep in our hearts, we all are good and lovable. In psychiatry, that view is not "good Latin". The Norwegian psychiatrist Tollak Bakke Sirnes (1968) warns against thinking that most psychopaths will change. They may not.

Note the difference of basic beliefs.

A society has bad chances of good times if bad ones are helped on and up at the cost of good and decent ones that are counteracted by vile doings by those who reign.

Thus, good and brave people need protection, kind children likewise, and self-defence is a good thing too, opposed to sayings of Jesus of turning the other cheek, of letting aggressive intruders have your watch and home if they demand it, and so on. His teachings just do not work for fair and good ones, and is naturally damaging for a society in the long run.

Try to stay fit, protect your home by walls and bars and whatever - that is what many do. Gated communities have become a part of the American society too.

Inspect carefully to handle key sides to living

Remain Well

Distill what is the most useful from stories you come across.

The tamed one may get nowhere.

Make leeway enough in good time.

Many a cult can be considered an establishment which helps evil to reign.

The right sort of sagacity is sagacity to remain and remain well.

Normal rights and one's own villa may go hand in hand

You might wonder who are good leaders. They do what they say and say what they do (Buddha), for one thing. They do not seek to impress by demagoguery and great-sounding phrases, or kissing ass insincerely. And they do not make their followers degenerate in time either.

Now who are good people, people of most worth? Interestingly, it may not be those who dress up in swaggering clothes for giving a great-looking impression, or have their bragging self-confidence tied to a swimming-pool, status cars, and bank-accounts to name a few things. Worldly esteem is not a very good indicator. Good people help others, plants, animals, humans, and in a wider perspective, as Buddha reveals many keys of. Basically they are friendly and harmonious souls who seek to live well. Sometimes they may be self-help-minded reclusive too, as part of it. And they delight in flowers - in living ones.

Buddhism offers great help to good souls. (1) Buddha's teachings, (2) sound meditation practices, and (3) good fellowship, a sangha:

  1. The teachings comprise the eightfold path, which give an essential overview of what 'good' means in actual practice.
  2. The teachings include self-help practices, first and foremost meditation.
  3. Buddha also explains who are good friends, what company to avoid, and what company to go for, and very much else of highest value.

After pointing out a fair, long-term way to go, and showing there are great differences among people and, correspondingly, what steps and sorts of religiousness people gather around, from the primitive, torture-inflicting level to a liberated level.

"High altitude" Buddhist teachings, as many of Nyingma Buddhism are much like Vedanta teachings, all in all, just as the Encyclopaedia Britannica says:

Wisdom Shankara's . . . works reveal that he not only was versed in the orthodox Brahmanical traditions but also was well acquainted with Mahayana Buddhism. He is often criticized as a "Buddhist in disguise" by his opponents because of the similarity between his doctrine and Buddhism. [However,] he tried with great effort to "vedanticize" the Vedanta philosophy, which had been made extremely Buddhistic by his predecessors. (s.v. "Shankara")

Two great differences between most of the current variants of Buddhism and of Shankara's form of Vedanta, are the acceptance of Self (Atman), and of the authority of the Veda scriptures. However, Dr Richard Gombrich reaches the conclusion in What the Buddha Thought (2009) that the most common Buddhist doctrine today, there is no Atman (Self, soul, spirit) is rooted in an ancient mistranslation of this:

Things are impermanent, i.e., ever-changing, and by that token they are not satisfactory, and by that token they cannot be the atman [spirit]. (Gombrich 2009:69-70)

Later Buddhists came to interpret "cannot be the atman [spirit]" as 'not having a self or essence', but that was not its original meaning, says Gombrich. He finds upon much study that both Pali grammar and a comparison with the Vedanta show that the true meaning is 'is not atman' rather than 'does not have atman'. And comparison with the Vedanta further shows that the translation 'self' is appropriate, he sums up (Ibid.). (Cf. Wikipedia, "Richard Gombrich").

Much of ancient Vedanta and Buddhist teachings is similar and overlapping also, as suggested in the Britannica quote above.


Life, purposes, conditions, Literature  

Gombrich, Richard F. What the Buddha Thought London: Equinox, 2009.

Gupta, Mahendranath. The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna Tr. Swami Nikhilananda. New York: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, 1942.

Maslow, Abraham. Motivation and Personality 3rd ed. New York, HarperCollins, 1987.

Sirnes, Tollak. . . . at vi skal elske hverandre Oslo: Gyldendal, 1968 and later.

Yogananda, Paramahansa. Man's Eternal Quest. 2nd ed. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1982.


  1. Matthew Campbell, Paris, and Roger Dobson. "Not tonight, chérie: French passions cool." The Sunday Times, January 22, 2006.

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