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The Difficult Lesson (Section)

Here is what this series is about in large outline:

Remaining young at heart holds many promises of developments. At times it works well to "think outside the box" too.

Jolly and mild humour and fun can help us along in life.

The fine things about giants, trolls, sirens and other appearances in folklore - if not dreams - is that they entertain and often embody lessons on handling things.

Women don't have souls - they are souls, just like good men.

The easy life may require much work to get to it in the first place, and then much work to maintain it, protect it, and so on.

There are also terrible follies to steer out of and never succumb to.

Preparing and designing for old age is quite an art too. Those who think they can start for it when they are old, have misconstrued quite a lot. A joke: "If you start preparing for old age in good time and old age never comes to you, try not to get frustrated" - for you lose your connections, first loves, and so on and on, and could need to adapt to new ways better than a grumbler. It could pay to think positively - do it!

Gruffly odious guys and executioners are rarely blithe. And if you get understood by a lot of people, have you thought and expressed yourself deep enough if the majority of men is mediocre? Don't make it a problem - just find your level and keep it up if you can. Then you too can be tall enough to like, "This Self of mine within the heart, is smaller than a barley seed, yet greater than the earth, greater than the interminable space, greater than the heaven, greater than the worlds" (Chandogya Upanishad III. 14. 3). It is a paradox.

Those who are bald and shiver if their feet get cold and wet, may not like the rules of Yogananda for his more or less self-supporting colonies. Although he seems to promise a lovely world to followers, you may not be in it. "The follower died, and the world was thought to have become better."

For those who are dead, a gold bangle on each corpse will not help the ones who had left "their buildings" - and how may wearing gold, silver and other expensive metals otherwise avert troubles for the living? It is a great tradition that is hinted at here.

If you study the life of Krishna, or a baron, also consider whether you have got what it takes to live like them.

It often helps to have read the texts first, not the glamour and hype surrounding them or anchored in them. For example, the guru Yogananda claimed he had been Arjuna - that is polyandric, warring, and given a vision. Is there a saddening follow-up? Yes. Or: Is there fit evidence? Hardly.

One way of imposing on another lies in giving him or her blunt advice that is unasked for. Going on and harvest publicity on top of that again, looks rather impertinent.

The last chapter tells of something almost too strange - how man and woman were created equal in the likeness of God and blessed in one place, and how woman was created from a rib of man in another place. There are well over a hundred paradoxes in the Bible, and some are worse than others.

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The Highest There Is

Try to get the strength to get guided into good fortune, gaining peaceful partners and so on.

Master to eat, drink and enjoy yourself to remain sincere, since man is not a hypocrite in his frivolous delights. Good-natured frivolity may crown great accomplishments, hidden or in the open.

By many rustic, yet tall enough features or counter-demagoguery we may enter and combat the current wave-lengths of cold Midas propaganda. And the way further is two-fold at least: (1) Ask for good evidence; (2) Find finer answers to "How?" How? Use heuristics, for example. Study should help too.

Playing Man

That homo sapiens is subservient to homo ludens, playing man, is no far-out conviction, but one of the education camp. It is much true in the light of how la dolce vita (life, sweet life) is had: By hard work first, getting rid of such as bad neighbours and false friends, making over-all conditions serve life and play, maybe for your own, good children. There is a progression into valued play.

What is Odious

You should try and stick to natural delights as long as you can. Keep some good assets and ample tact intact. Mind what is banned and what is permitted, and consider whatis apparently wrong too.

Yogananda does not advocate oil on the head for the fasting periods, contrary to the teachings of Jesus in the matter [Matthew 6:17-8], and yet claims to stand for original Christianity as taught by Jesus!

Mind that "original" is a word with many meanings - But luckily there was no Christianity of Jesus.

Saturday Rest

The Lord said to Moses about an old man who had been picking up wood on a Saturday: "The man must die. The whole assembly must stone him outside the camp." So the assembly took him outside the camp and stoned him to death, as the Lord commanded Moses. [Numbers 15:32-6]

In other places you read it is a thing called "mercy" he wants. And then Sunday became a day of rest instead, leaving Christians to work on Saturday . . .

See what you are up to.

If you do not break out of your conform enclave, and it is not a good one, have your own home as long as you can, and do not bother about any odd sayings put in the mouth of a donkey, Jesus and prophets. [Numbers 22:30-33].

Try to make hay while the sun shines instead.

A curious gospel teaching: "Jesus said to them, "If you fast, you will bring sin upon yourselves, and if you pray, you will be condemned, and if you give to charity, you will harm your spirits [Gospel of Thomas, logion 14]."

What is odious?

Sayings

Talk much, and err much. (British proverb)

Much of value can be robbed by slogans and tenets.

Fools may invent foul mind fashions (-isms) too.

Gullible ones sometimes believe as they have been told, and seldom learn to ask pertinent questions that back up themselves.

Have plenty of that self-control that does not maim yourself and lovable natures.

Gullible and half-hypnotised young ones believe much, and often to their loss.

Final Words

"When invited by invisible beings one should be neither flattered nor satisfied, for there is yet a possibility of ignorance . . . [cf. Yoga sutras 3:50-51]

"By self-control on the form of a body, by suspending perceptibility and separating effulgence therefrom, there arises invisibility and inaudibility." - [Yoga sutras 3:21]

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