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Readings and Readers Should Match

In an ideal world, readers and what they read should match tolerably. In a less than ideal world, bigwig followers tend to erect stiffened barricades against information that does not suit them. There are many bizarre believers in the world. To combat cult indoctrination and its consequences and live on may not be easy. These pages may have three wide groups of readers:

  • Those who are not members of Self-Realization Fellowship or other cults of yoga and failure-promoting guidance. Philip Zimbardo, formerly professor at Stanford, has pointed out that what could be needed, is to make the large society more "cult-like" in some ways, that is, more caring, friendly, less exploitative.
  • Cult members, who have joined some alternative "family", a cult.
  • Guru followers who have got disillusioned, try to go on, but perhaps carrying a double burden. Many SRF monks, nuns, and ashram monastics have left during the last couple of years. Ex cultist may in some ways be compared to messed up farm animals: Can they manage the transitions and become tolerably free? Willy the whale did not quite succeed. Some are found on the Internet.

In the good book Scientists Must Write [Scw], Robert Barrass points out it is a rather stout accomplishment for a scientist to reach a fresh metaphor in his presentation. Furthermore, it could pay to be candid, terse, to the point and strive for the benefit of metaphors. Where will the thunderbolt of figurative expression strike next?

Watch out where they call themselves a family without actually being one; they may form part of a cult.

It Takes What It Takes

Hug and kiss bambles by Tormod Kinnes
Having entered a bramble thicket to hug and kiss them carefully, cautiously . . .

Solid thriving is to be accorded those who need to know a whole lot from within.

Folkwise ways of wording; quite fixed expressions; structural elements can serve better presentation to some. All good things help, not just one thing.

Feel free to question much of this material. Candid inspection in the long run culminates in wisdom. Candid inspection can hardly dispense with good reasoning prowess and fairness. Some words of wisdom serve bigwigs, others serve common man, and there are lots of other "wisdoms" too.

To hug and kiss brambles (eg, cult lore) calls for much care, or the risk is you get scratched. Cattle may not wilfully enter a bramble thicket.

Kiss brambles in bramble tickets only if you dare.

Guesswork Is Not Always Good Enough

Dr. Daniel Goleman of Harvard University has brought an all right comparative view and rooted it in a Buddhist tradition. It has much in common with old Hindu lore, as both stem from a common, Vedic culture. I recommend the book. [Yy]

Do not always ask what someone believes, but go for scientific clarity, accuracy and plausibility together if you dare.

Try to get your facts straight before you believe anything.

  1. ASSERT WHAT IS SURELY LIBERATING. Idolising movements, the question is whether or how far they lift us up or not.
  2. IF IN LOVE, DO NOT PRESS SUBJUGATION MALADIES onto the dear one. Deep roots help to preserve liberty and hinder that youngsters get duped by big words or canonical hissing.

Get your facts straight - as tidily as can be.


The coming guru Yogananda survived his childhood clearly against nature, and Nature is the Divine Mother that he fervently worshipped and some time united with, one time telling someone, "I am your Divine Mother!" Interesting. He also speaks of her as more than visible universes [Wf].

Yogananda was also helped a lot by many friends. Without interventions in the face of cholera death and Himalayan runaway drives, he would not have grown up. He used an astrological lead bangle in order to make the universe co-operate and not make him ill or dead. These things are described by himself in his autobiography. [Link].

He disregarded his own father's long-standing desire to have him married once or twice, even though he called his father one of many Christs raised by Lahiri Mahasaya.

In 1920 he founded Self-Realization Fellowship in Boston, to disseminate kriya yoga teachings world-wide. He also decreed the universe is illusory. What substantial accomplishments may be expected in such a case?

Indian heritage contains much, much more philosophy than Yogananda talked of. Soap Christianity with a dozen Christs was not heard of where I came from.

The guru forgot to talk of Ultra-Christs!

Good to Know

ANECDOTE THE US PHILOSOPHER and educator Irwin Edman (1896-1954) was a professor at Columbia University that had absentmindedness as his trademark. It was the source of much humour at the place. One day he stopped a student on Riverside Drive and asked,

"Pardon me, am I walking north or south?"

The student said, "North."

"Ah," replied Edman, "then I have had my lunch."

"As is the garden, such is the gardener [Ap 246]."

There seems to be some truth in it, depending on how you twist it, make it figurative somehow, or what you focus on or mean to say. It is hardly ever "If the garden soil is three metres deep, so is the gardener." Probably the proverb refers to tidiness, getting things to grow, being adjusted to the seasons, and maybe being lucky too.

Great Indian belief is that we are in part like a multitude of swirling energy shields. The hard physical body is outermost and smallest in a way. Inside it - and extending beyond it by degrees - come the feeling layer, the idea field, and so on inside. It is box within box within box in a sort of way. Dr. Daniel Goleman of Harvard University has brought an all right comparative view of it from the Buddhist tradition. It has much in common with old Hindu lore. [Yy]

Indian lore talk of bodies inside bodies for this, or sheats, vestiges, koshas. Your feeling body is the same as "you feeling sheath" - your emotions.

A Hindu view is that the heavens come from a "golden egg". [Wo 46]

The physical body branches out into limbs and head and in many other sets of ways. The intrinsic life agency of feelings and ideas also "branches out" (differentiates) in time through a combination of maturation and experiences.

The proverb of not to trust "Greeks" (meaning aliens) carrying gifts is rooted in how Troy was seized - by a great "gift" horse.

Where they talk of such as divine friendship ritually and then have never met you, it helps to suspect illusions.

The real winner is himself or herself first of all.

There is something to learn about edited, ancient Bible stories with their soap promises from this: Some are made up. Compare Genesis 15:12-21.

There are things that go against being outsmarted. Tidying up on many levels, for example.


Where sanity-aiding truths are rudely blocked and shied away from sectwise or otherwise, it may seem futile to catch larger truths. But try and see what guru followers are up to as they go on and turn cultish by so-called devotion along the road.

It may assist you to consult with someone who is wiser than those who are in the arms of conflict, talk maturely about having your own household ending in fair accomplishments and similar things. Besides, it may take many people to gain the stability and constancy needed to bear fruit instead of reaping confusions sowed by high-ranked ones.

This concludes this tiny series.

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Suspicions and Yoga, LITERATURE  

Ap: Mieder, Wolfgang (main ed.), Stewart A. Kingsbury, and Kelsie E. Harder: A Dictionary of American Proverbs. (Paperback) New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Dr: Yogananda, Paramahansa. The Divine Romance. New ed. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1993.

Of: Fuller, Edmund. 2500 Anecdotes for All Occasions. New York: Wings, 1970.

Pa: Yogananda, Paramahansa. Autobiography of a Yogi. 11th ed. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), 1971.

Rik: Brubacker, John. A History of the Problems of Education. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1966.

Scw: Barrass, Robert. Scientists Must Write: A Guide to Better Writing for Scientists, Engineers and Students. 2nd ed. London: Routledge, 2002.

Tas: Ramakrishna. Tales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishna. 5th ed. Madras: Ramakrishna Math, 1974.

Wo: Chatterjee, Satischandra, and Dhirendramohan Datta. An Introduction to Indian Philosophy. 7th ed. Calcutta: University of Calcutta, 1968.

Yj: Yogananda, Paramahansa. The Yoga of Jesus: Understanding the Hidden Teachings of the Gospels. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship, 2007.

Yy: Goleman, David. The Varieties of the Meditative Experience. London: Rider, 1975.


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