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Maybe reading and listening to wise sayings can help a person sober up in time. There may be other helpers too around, and some of them could be fit for ourselves.
Vanity-free, a decent life goal
Some use of gongs has a meritorious history in itself. The sound of gongs are said to be spiritually helpful, and ringing bells too. Otherwise, study tall, wise sayings neatly to thrive and reflect.
Stay attuned to traditions that assist your acceptance and keep your gear tidy to thrive. Blandness and discretion may be better than vanity deals. Enough freedom helps kind souls to maintain interest in finding out - it comes by degrees. Make way for much human kindness and healthful explorations in time, before the good id gets stunted.
Human freedom helps human judgements to get better. Einstein thinks science depends a long way on free spirits, and so do I.
The surface wise teach management and use statistically had prognoses
Men and women nowadays probably need help against fragmented teachings and getting outsmarted. What is needed is what helps or sustains moderate self-assertion too.
The surface of traditions makes for acceptance.
Careful or religious-looking dwarfing silliness often yields future pay-offs, but - blunderbuss teachings may later serve top-dogs. Where holy and salient lore look silly, how can you tell who is wise? A wise one can tell. But maybe he won't.
In statistics, generalisations serve and suit statistical medleys.
Get peaceful so as to think well. Frantic cackling will regrettably not help all the way. Spare some room and time for your spiritualising efforts and reading fine and suitable literature, if you can. Let bland judgements and evaluations help good management so that things go better after some time at least. Avoid swerving from what helps sanity and holistic health.
Portents and polar bears
The art of taking portents is not much in vogue nowadays, is it? [Link] Look to nature for a solution that may work very well if transposed and very well modified. Biology paves the way for much and deep pondering, and comparisons.
"The Lord is the Sole Doer." A polar bear might want to add "- is a sole walker".
A brown bear of the Jotunheimen mountain range in Norway stretched his neck one sunny morning and looked into a rather hidden mountain pass while he uttered: "To expand on some canon through molesting some of its key concepts and other constructs and look at things in many different ways can fit an art - a Yoganandic art of getting Christianity to be Hinduism, even. Regardless of what Yogananda did, such artfulness could mean progress in some fields. We saw it happen by Picasso and comrades [Pap]."
To the degree it is so, a clue has to be substantiated or documented. Substantiation rests in part on on how well things get measured, and on measuring devices. Things have to be done according to plan. And good measurements should eventually help us to compete in the art of living."
If authority figures prophesy things that do not happen as they say, what then? It depends on how strong you are, on your upbringing, your gentleness and much else to be assessed and weighed.
The guru Yogananda foretold that India would be one of the two leading countries of the world before 2000. If he had said "ten countries" it would not have been so bad. Geoffrey Falk seeks to evaluate other Yogananda prophesies as presented in an out-of-print booklet by Kriyananda (1974), for before he passed away in 1952, Yogananda had offered many predictions for the future. Included was a Third World War around the 1970s to spread communism throughout "much of the free world." Europe was said to be devastated in the 1990s, and may I add: there would be great changes in the standing of many European countries. But it has not turned out so very bad - yet. The guru has predicted much else that is rather revealing, and in essence, "The worst is yet to come." [Falk ch 26]
Mention: SRF has occasionally published Yogananda prophesies in talks by him, in the quarterly Self-Realization Magazine - now and then during the sixty years after his passing. Prophesies are waiting to be sorted and scrutinized in SRF articles also.
Back to India: Lore and other aspects of India teach how to get proficient in some Indian way - such ways may or may not be general, also called universal. If they are, they may be able to foster success near the North Pole too. And jovial is sagacious. And you have to go deep into the value of looking foolish.
A lot of artistry lies in appropriate boundaries and skills in presenting imagery. Figurative mentions and proverbs could sabotage unwanted, undue, and undecent reverence.
1. It should be wise to go for assets that are documented to be very useful - but there is more to consider too, for example "doom and gloom ahead," the vision behind Yogananda-furnished gist like: "There will be great fluctuations in the stock market, and then a great depression. Better withdraw from the market too early than too late. Invest some of your money in such as silver. Invest the rest in land that you can live on in time of poverty ... and form a spiritual cooperative, buying enough land together out in the country to meet your basic needs as soon as possible Leave the city and move onto this land. Learn to live simply, to harmonize yourself with the rhythms of nature." So count in the long-range vistas that may look like worst-case scenarios to prepare well ahead - that could be good for survival. There is much else you can do, considering sustainability, eco-friendliness, and drawing in global perspectives of rising sea levels ahed, and much else.
2. Bulward in preferably accepted ways. Brick walls bulwark a home in some ways, hedges, buffer zones, neighbours and friends in others.
3. Self-help confidence in those who grow up, is a nice thing.
Falk: Falk, Geoffrey D. Stripping the Gurus: Sex, Violence, Abuse and Enlightenment. 2008. On-line.
Pap: Warnche, Carsten-Peter: Pablo Picasso 1881-1973. Edited by Ingo Walther. Vols 1-2. Køln: Benedikt Taschen, 1995.
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