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Yogananda When you go to a dance or a party your mind is often restless, nervous, and excited. - Paramahansa Yogananda (1982, 79)

Your smile must spread . . . over the whole universe. - Paramahansa Yogananda (1982, 326)

Mothers are imperfect. - Paramahansa Yogananda (1982, 371)

"Speak well for yourself" may come in handy where people are different. Also, be natural to maintain splendid frivolity - that sort of "yourself". Opposed to it, much socially acceptable "humbleness" is based on skills and at times smart calculations of what may pay. As for guru-endorsed grins, what happens to them around big black holes in the universe?


Among many easily handled protein sources is pea powder too.

Research has shown that a good and traditional Mediterranean diet - there are several such diets - reduces the risk of heart disease. In fact, an analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults demonstrated that following [a well balanced Mediterranean diet - one of several such diets] - was associated with a reduced risk of death from heart disease and cancer, as well as a reduced incidence of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. - ◦Mayo Clinic Staff.

Wikipedia's "Resveratrol" article is recommended.


Statistical research into God has not brought any conclusive proof that a Mother God exists, but it has documented the value of Mediterranean diets . . . Forms of God may be out of reach for that sort of ventures.

Statistics show, however, how American belief in God, miracles, Jesus as the Son, the devil and hell is declining. In 2013, 74% of US adults believed in God, whereas five years earlier 82% did so. [◦The Harris Poll #97, December 16, 2013]

The poll also shows there "continues to be no consensus as to whether God is a man or a woman. Nearly 4 in 10 Americans (39%) think He is male, while just 1% of U.S. adults believe She is a woman [Emphasis added]. However, notable minorities believe God is neither male nor female (31%) or both male and female (10%)."

Besides "Just under half of Americans believe that all or most of the Old Testament (49%) and the New Testament (48%) are the "Word of God," representing declines of six percentage points each from 2008 findings."

Those who are better than those who look best, how are they?

Some are wise in disguise, and others have not managed to hide their excellence yet. Abraham Maslow identified common features of several elite persons who had not got that far . . . They were "Seven highly probable public and historical figures (Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jane Addams, William James, Albert Schweitzer, Aldous Huxley, and Benedict de Spinoza)" He also included five contemporaries of his, fairly certain they would fall short somewhat but could still be used for study. In some ways the common distribution curve (Bell curve, Gauss curve) can support Maslow's elitist view (Maslow 1987, ch 11).

Apparently, many times it makes sense to seek out the splendid ones that may be found, and their ways and main views. You don't have to be outstanding yourself to recognise well tested outstanding others, if you should trust in the tests, that is. That may or may not be wise.

Another side to this is a few delicate nudges: The way to identify great ones could be to be one of their number if "it takes one to know one" - especially those in hiding, and who are better than those who merely look best. The proverb "It is a fool who cannot hide his wisdom" is attuned to that some way or other. Compare the old teachings in Tao Te Ching:

The best rulers of old had fine natures, mysterious, too deep, they couldn't be understood. (Chap. 15).

Of the best the people hardly ever know they exist;
The next best they flock to and praise.
The next they shrink from;
The next get reviled.
(Chap. 17)

Some may be too wise to be recognised as wise: some are wise in disguise. Accordingly, the best might be out of reach, and those who manage to find them are good at it. The lore about Jivamuktas shows much about it.


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Allport, Gordon. Becoming: Basic Considerations for a Psychology of Personality. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1955. Reprints: 1966 and 1977. ⍽▢⍽The need for a psychology of "becoming", of the growth and development of personality, is outlined. The development may start with "looking within ourselves."

David, Elizabeth. A Book of Mediterranean Food. Reprint ed. London: Penguin, 1991.

Helstosky, Carol. Food Culture in the Mediterranean. London: Greenwood Press, 2009.

Maslow, Abraham H. Motivation and Personality. 3rd ed. Rev by Cynthia McReynolds. Added material by Ruth Cox. New York: Harper and Row, 1987.

Yogananda, Paramahansa. Man's Eternal Quest. 2nd ed. Los Angeles: SRF, 1982.

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