An elf (plural elves) is a being, a white being and one of a race of divine or semi-divine ones - some good, some not so good. Older and more recent descriptions differ a whole lot [See Wikipedia, "Elf"]. There are also many other and many related constructs and concepts around (below).
Alf (acronym from Alien
Life Form) is an alien: In our context, compare with Paramahansa Yogananda (qv). He taught the world is unreal, illusory (not unlike a sitcom), "saying, "There is no material universe; its warp and woof is ... illusion." [Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi, ch. 30]
A likeness of Alf from the tv sitcom
Look around; Yogananda (1893-1952) is gone, but not the world that he taught was unreal, a dream, illusory and so on. The world you depend on for a living, he painted black - blame it on the guru if you must.
An alarmingly funny side to saying the world is not real, is that saying so involves that Yogananda and his line of gurus and all their fabulous teachings too are unreal, at best not unlike alien life forms of sitcoms. Ponder to make sure: Where are his teachings now? The answer is: In the world he says is unreal - like he himself would be, too if his teachings were real yet unreal - which they cannot fully be in an illusory universe - and so on. He probably did not get Ramana Maharsi's: "Illusion in itself is illusory".
There may be followers of Yogananda who look on him like a sort of elf, appearing to some, heard of by others, and so on. Against his over-arching teachings - that the world is unreal - some guru followers think he lived, and have taken shelter in his fatamorgana teachings - they necessarily would have to be that if his teachings were true, ans so on. It can't be all good.
- Ananda Sangha
Ananda was formerly Ananda Church of Self-Realization. Sangha in the current term means fellowship, and ananda means joy and bliss. So it means "Joy-Fellowship" and similar. The congregation is a spin-off based on ideals and teachings and methods of
Yogananda (qv). Some of these ideals the monastic-led Self-Realization Fellowship (qv) have abandoned or toned down for some time. A former vice-president of Self-Realization Fellowship, James Donald Walters, succeeded in establishing Ananda. He calls himself Kriyananda.
SRF dragged its spin-off Ananda to court and kept at it for about a dozen years in matters
pertaining to publishing rights. Ananda won most of the issues. Kriyananda has also been dragged into a court case of sexual abuse, and got a verdict against him there. A fuller article on him: [Link]. Books by him are on-line. [Link].
- Atlantic Ocean
Deep Mind or Essence (God) can be felt as an inner ocean. In that case the (figurative)
Atlantic Ocean is a Depth Facet of a sort.
In many ancient and more recent Hindu scriptures, divine states of mind
are compared to an ocean. Ramakrishna:
I determined to put an end to [my life]. I jumped up like a madman and seized [a
sword] when suddenly ... [t]he buildings with their different parts, the temple and
everything else vanished from my sight, leaving no trace whatever, and in their stead I
saw a limitless, infinite, effulgent Ocean of Bliss. As far as the eye could see, the
shining billows were madly rushing at me from all sides with a terrific noise, to swallow
me up. I was panting for breath. I was caught in the rush and collapsed". [Goa 19-20]
[Ramakrishna:] "Suppose a man has seen the ocean, and somebody asks him, "Well,
what is the ocean like?" The first man opens his mouth as wide as he can and says: "What a
sight! What tremendous waves and sounds!" The description of Brahman in the sacred books
is like that. It is said in the Vedas that Brahman is of the nature of Bliss; It is
Satchidananda [Being-Consciousness-Joy (Bliss)]". [Goa 153]
"Never believe the bed of the ocean bare of pearls
If in the first few dives you fail." - Ramakrishna, singing, referring to
contemplation [Goa 179-81].
"Mind, dive deep in the ocean of God's beauty". - Ramakrishna singing [Goa 215].
Mystical teacher. See also giant, Mumble Goose-egg. In the Hindu work Srimad Bhagavatam one ancient avatar (descended godhood is quite accurate) was a boar - a somewhat mythical animal who saved the world from drowning in water. The boar is one of the many incarnations or avatars of Vishnu (qv) in Vishnu-Hinduism (Vaishnavism). [Cf. Sh; Clh]
Mystical teacher of Sanatan Dharma, also called the Eternal Religion and
Hinduism by some. The Babaji material at this place has been placed here and here.
Some that are no good for you, try to set you off and make you different from
others - it pays to beware and be careful.
What is the difference between the first, golden baker and the first potter? One reply may be "I don't know any." In ancient Egypt the
Creator-God is presented both as a baker and potter - in different contexts ...
The baker makes white bread and doughnuts, to name a few of them. Here comes a passage almost as from Jeremiah:
"Go down to the baker's house, and there I will give you my message."
So I went down to the baker's house, and I saw him working at the dough near the
oven. But the doughnut he was shaping from the dough happened to get marred through his
hands; so he formed it into another goody, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word
of the good baker inside came to me:
"Can't I do better than this baker? Like French breads mating large and
extra large doughnuts in the hand of the eminent baker, so are you in my hands." - Cf. Jeremiah 18;1-6.
We should not draw a simile too far.
The kingly beaver is a darkened symbol of base lust, animal pampering, hankering,
vivacity, or zest (not just Freudian id, libido) of man. By way of symbolist thinking we
prefer to let such as "the beaver" suggest much basic life of man [More]. And not everything inside is part of nature. The giant goes beyond that. But that is
- Bramble Farm, Guru Farm, the QUAG Enterprise
'Farm' means enterprise in these concoctions. 'Bramble' carries some connotations
Brambles may have both tasty berries and maddening thorns. Brambles spread
"fervently", so be very careful among them, wear some protection, for example. You have to
know what you are doing to reap possible benefit: ripe, delicious berries for jam and
There are real bramble farms on this planet, in the United States too. Pluck berries when they are ripe and go on.
"The Farm's garden operates within the Farm, that is, the wider territory - that is
In this context the Bramble Garden is the non-secular church part of the world-wide movement
that may or may not find itself served by invoking Jesus.
"Bushes are in the garden of the big cattle farm" - that is the
idea of the illustration above. The "bushes" may refer to a monastic order running a fellowship with both lay members (figurative cattle), and monastics in control.
Further, it looks reasonable that something deep has deep problems when it does have problems - deep goes along with deep, high with high, and so on. So shallow people may escape
with having just fairly shallow problems, or am I mistaken in suspecting that some get protection from being shallow?
The farm figure (above) shows the general design of Bramble Farm, perhaps called
QUAG and similar:
- OUTERMOST LAYER: The Bramble Farm can stand up as a world enterprise with
members (cattle) and institutions in lots of countries.
- MIDDLING PART: Within the Farm is its Garden. That is where you find closer
affiliated members, the initiated ones, adhering to programs of expert strivings in stages
to work themselves though - for example.
- DEEP INSIDE: The "Bramble Bushes" could refer to monastics in control, yet protected by walls and guards with German Shepherds - leaders with faith in God and guards and watchdogs and thick walls. It is not for anyone to get glimpses from the inner circles.
The International headquarters of SRF, alias QUAG, (qv) is situated
atop a little hill in Los Angeles. Apart from their esthetic values, pot plants may or may not produce good
fruits (a Biblical term). Note that many persons may not be able to discern between fruits and vegetables. For example, bananas, oranges, apricots and melons are berries. [More]
FARM LESSONS - teachings restricted for cattle - tend to serve the Farm and maybe Farm cattle flocks as well.
Farm cattle and other farm animals are given hay and "hodgepodge" of varying
quality. There are pigs and hogs and cattle that are given nourishing food, luckily.
Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons are made in much the same way as good
and decent animal food: Mishmash and hodgepodge from various Yogananda lectures and sermons
serve to "feed sentiments" of members and students - in California first
and foremost, and then the rest of the United States - and then world-wide, as we call it.
The SRF Lessons may not suffice for the locally well adapted life-style, though. For example, they do not teach you how to build a dam.
The draug in folklore is the foreboding sign of imminent death at sea. The draug is a
spectre in a half-boat, appearing right before someone's death, or presaging death in wider
ways and contexts.
A draug may not be called a "false Christ" that Jesus of the gospel found it fit to
warn against way in advance. [Matthew 24;24-26], but I think there are some similarities into it.
The Hindu monk Yogananda presented to Americans that there is a basic, 100 percent unity between Hinduism and the "original Christianity of Jesus of the Bible. Well, there is not. [More]
The guru wanted to fulfil a quite impossible mission: to point out a harmony that exists in a fantasy world - but did he not say the world is illusory? Being fair is largely different though.
Mermaids frolicking in the sea|
According to Yogananda his departed guru communicated one day: "The ordinary astral universe ... is peopled with ... myriads of fairies, mermaids, fishes ... goblins, gnomes, demigods and spirits." [Au 355].
There is no specific mention of elves in that quote, however. An elf (plural elves) in folklore is a being endowed with magical powers that can be used for the benefit and the injury of mankind. In medieval Norse mythology, they were divided into light elves and dark elves; the Light Elves were brighter than the sun, and crossbreeding was possible between elves and humans in the Old Norse belief. The elves could be seen dancing over meadows at night and on misty mornings. If a human watched the dance of the elves, he would discover that even though only a few hours seemed to have passed, many years had passed in the real world.
The elf made many appearances in ballads of English and Scottish origin, as well as folk tales. Elves of English folktales were often portrayed as children with "cocktail party tendencies", that is Williams syndrome, and were sometimes said to be invisible. In this tradition, elves became similar to fairies. Successively, the word elf, and the literary term fairy, evolved to spirits like the English and Scots brownie, the Northumbrian English hob and so forth.
William Shakespeare imagined elves as little people. He apparently considered elves and fairies to be the same race, and in Self-Realization Fellowship they believe Yogananda had been Shakespeare in a former life, because Yogananda had told so.
19th-century Romanticism wanted to depict elves as very young, and pretty.
In early modern and modern folklore elves become associated with the fairies of Romance folklore. In the Western world, children's folklore of Santa Claus typically includes elves. They are green-clad elves with pointy ears, long noses, and pointy hats, make toys in a workshop on the North Pole.
And Yogananda's autobiography (above) speaks of fairies in heaven.
Now what is the make-up of the Elf and the Self? It is shining. "Elf-Realisation" understood as seeing the Light within, may be "fattened", elaborated on, but I refrain. There are books and CDs published at ◦Findhorn Press in Scotland about many invisible beings, including a garden pea angel who conversed with the Findhorn co-founder Dorothy Maclean.
[Wikipedia, s.v. "Elf"]
Elysium is a place or condition of ideal bliss and happiness, frequently serves as
another word for paradise, or the Elysean Fields. They are the abode of the blessed
after death in Greek mythology. Elysium is also called the Elysian plain. It was originally
the paradise to where heroes that the gods conferred immortality on, were sent.
It was probably retained from Minoan religion.
In Homer's writings the Elysian Plain was a land of perfect happiness at the end of
the earth, on the banks of the Oceanus River, where people are vexed by neither snow nor
storm, heat nor cold, the air being always tempered by the zephyr wafted from the ocean. It
is no part of the lower world.
In Hesiod (W. and D. 166) the same description is given of the Islands of the
Blessed under the rule of Cronus, which yield three harvests yearly. (01. ii. 61, Frag.
Name history: Elysium comes from Latin Elysium, from Greek Elysion, short for
Elysion pedion, Elysian fields, the ancient Greek heaven. The name of the famous avenue in
Paris, the Champs-Élysées, means "Elysian Fields."
My giant goes with me wherever I go. [Emerson, in
In some of our essays 'giant' stands for a more or less inward "thing" - the felt expanse
had in contemplation, and going further. It can also stand for "spirit" and "spiritual", as
opposed to conformised religious.
The term "giant" may be used as a substitute for the Sanskrit "avatar". I won't
say one is better than the other.
There are good reasons to look into the concept "giant" from a lot of angles, so as
to arrive at some balanced, helping usage, if fit. Granted that "giant" has a history and
cosy embellishments, what is the possible core of the concept? To understand it better,
one has to go into myth, not only folklore, and refrain from getting furious. Being furious
won't help a thinking man much. That is most often how it is.
1. A LOOK INTO MYTHOLOGY: We have to assemble some titbits and leave other fragments
aside. And that is that. Others may focus differently. Let that be their
entertainment, if so. Yet it pays to remain humble. The Greeks found that the opposite of
it, hybris (also: hubris), was a cardinal offence. What heroic anti-humbleness can be
larger, more looming or historically greater than wanting to become the all-god, Pan
himself? If you don't know, you don't know.
In classical Greek ethical and religious thought, hybris is an overweening
presumption that suggests impious disregard of the limits governing human action in an
orderly universe, where metron ("middling fares") helps balance. Yes, classical hubris is
a presumption of being godlike and attempting to overstep one's human limitations. Hybris
is a main offence that the great and gifted are most susceptible to - so they say - but
who say it? The Greeks did, and that is part of much European culture with its over-riding
notions and traditions.
And then Jesus came and told angry Jews: (a) you (images of God) are gods. He also
said for followers: (b) all is possible for the one who has faith; (c) take care of your
talents - things like that. To feign (to be bad or little worth) is therefore a very
bad thing and hypocricy can easily find an entry through it - can find attunement
to it at its rear.
And the next you know is that Jesus openly condemns hypocrites. So when you are a
god inside, doing your best each day to enter heaven as Jesus said, that is what you are,
and let no Greeks stop you from that. Heaven is a good place.
True humility is attuned to being yourself. Be still and know you are Yhwh is fit. Still - and that is most important - at times hybris is
flaunted and arrogant. In the Greek tragedies the hero's hubris is more subtle, and
sometimes he appears wholly blameless.
What is more, The Greek view of hybris is linked to another concept, which is an
Indo-European notion of justice: It holds that each being has a fate (moira)
assigned to him and marked clearly by boundaries that should never be crossed. Man's
energy and courage should accordingly be spent not in exceeding the proper limits of his
human condition but in bearing it with style, pride, and dignity, gaining as much fame as
he can within the boundaries of his moira.
If he is induced by folly itself (it can be based on secret mischief) to commit an
excess (hybris) concerning his moira, he'll be punished by the divine vengeance
personified as Nemesis. That is also part of the tradition, manifested in such as Greek
2. TITBITS OF FOLKLORE: There are many giants in folklore. There is reason to think that
Jack in the fairy tale "Jack and the beanstalk" entered some interor realm by truly
astonishing climbing somehow. Up there - in the thin air, so to speak - he encountered
some giants and discovered they were linked to himself through his father, at least in
some versions of that tale. What is more, he acquired basic wealth from the "climbs and
encounters" too. Maybe it didn't end too well.
Even Ulysses encountered a giant of a sort, a Cyclope. In Greek mythology,
Cyclopes were giants with one round eye, placed in the middle of their foreheads.
That is just the area to focus on to see THE GIANT'S EYE (or spiritual light's funnel)
better, for there it is to be seen and delved into, if you dare. Yes, gurus teach such
a cyclope-attuned lesson still.
Cyclopes are sons of Heaven (Uranus) and Earth (Gaia) and belong to the entities
we love to call giants - or shall we say Titans?
In Homer's Odyssey, the Cyclopes are ferocious, man-eating entities. That is, they
feed on men! Odysseus was able to puncture the eye of one of them and escape like Jack in
the classic folk tale. Cyclopes may also be told of as helping the god of fire. They
helped Zeus. They were finally said to have build the great walls of ancient citadels,
such as Mycene and Tiryns.
What do you make out of it? Giants may be man-eating, and they assist the highest
god of Greeks, Zeus, by forging fire weapons. I suggest you read that as a metaphor and
try to remain tentative for most part.
3. THE PRACTICAL CONCERNS AT HAND: Now, leaving folklore titbits and Greek notions well
aside, we aim at derivates to flourish by, not flounder by. For our purpose a giant is
also maleness inside - it can be all of the avatar you dream of. - In the Sanskrit
master-piece Srimad Bhagavatam one ancient avatar (descended
godhood is quite accurate) was a boar -
Finally, we have speculated up that in step with the oldest European notions, some
giants are good - they help us build and rule. Others must be truly scaring (bad) and a
bit depends on what side you're on. Jolly giants are felt to be good, aren't they? It
Happy people have funds of goodness in their hearts - something like
In some fables animals talk and show how base humans are. The stody of a talking and angel-seeing donkey in Numbers 22 of the Old Testament is not taken to be fable, but it has folk tale similarities, such as repetitions of the carrying activity, and also some fable features. We just point to ancient similarities.
Greek fables and other fables from ancient Egypt and northern Africa have influenced Western culture considerably.
Fables from India (Panchatantra) and elsewhere (See Aesop) can give budding forewarnings or prepare for plots etc. There are many sorts of fables. The fairy tale collection Panchatantra is a rich source of how to handle delicate management stuff. [Pan]
Incorporated in proverbs and other parts of folklore are standardised templets. On top of them a fox is clever; a master wolf is hungry and seeking
pray; the lion can be bossy, often gruesome and terrorising; and children learn to expect
certain deeds by memory-aided suggestions over and over.
What we can arrive at on top of suggestive evidence, is corresponding, suggestive
recounting that fits in in very many cultural contexts - and that can be good more often
Special tacks can give good mastery help to children, and we have a child inside, the Child that Dr. Eric Berne considers part of man's personality. "Become like little children ..." [Hom; Gyl]
Delicious fables may suggest or indicate in quite typified and tactful ways, and minors today are able to benefit from them. [FABLES OF AESOP]
- Glide inside
In some contexts it is the same as delve and dive, ie, meditate deeply, varliusly called. Some gurus, like Ramakrishna, likens meditation to diving within (in the sea of consciousness). Much identical terms are reach dhyana, do Zen, glide dive within, comptemplate, meditate deeply.
Jesus insisted that no follower of his deal should call himself teacher. The
Indian term 'guru' is often translated into 'teacher', but it means further things as well,
and 'teacher' is not even its central meaning. Accordingly, what about the term
'jagadguru'? Is it from Swedish jagad, hunted, driven out, and guru, teacher? Few
think so. Instead the common understanding of the term is 'world-guru', from Sanskrit jagad, world, and guru.
Now, there are no prohibitions in the Bible against terming oneself such as
'world avatar', 'jagadguru' (guru of the universe), and 'guru' (saving expert or less). But
'teacher' is forbidden - Alas for the Sunday school teachers and the rest of
Nor are you to be called "teacher," for you have one Teacher, the Christ. -
So-called frogs among men can get much smitten by words, prohibitions and unclear
concepts - not to mention harshly verbosity-misguided.
The Gita's emboldening, suggestive half-typifications like "tiger among men" (Arjuna) is
akin to Aesop's good and skilled animal portrayal: The fox is clever; the wolf
is hungry and seeking prey, no matter what, most often; the lion can be bossy, often
gruesome and terrorising; the donkey can be a jerk; and children learn to expect certain
deeds by memory-aided, typified suggestions over and over. Not all of them fit the real animals, though.
To speak to minors on top of reasonable conclusions by metaphors, is quite an art.
Dr. Rudolf Steiner was very much for it in his Waldorf education. It is a world-wide
movement. What stands out is that carefully timed and properly fostered
alluding figures can give much help to later, cognitive growth. That is one of the basic principles of Steiner schools.
Maybe fit and staunch figuratively expressions help us to consider things quite free
from fear of authority figures.
Having many names and appellatives
Misty and loose-looking circumscriptions can work better for minors, for there is a need to lessen fear in schooling and rearing, in part as shown by fables. It helps to portray and
ground stuff. A suggestive way of "appealing names" (appellatives) is
found in the extremes in classical Hindu literature. What we have is a classical
way of delineating for easy recall. And Native Americans had much identical ways of naming
or additional-naming by use of significant portent. [Si; Ma; Dm; Sivn]
Hare Krishna has many other names in Indian literature, experts like Professor
Tuxen informs us. [See Wyp] There are many names that are used to describe feats or
features of Krishna. In the Siva Purana [Si] there are over a thousand names of Shiva, and
in the ancient Markandeya Purana [Ma] the Divine Mother is given a thousand different names.
That part has been taken out and published as a separate book as well. [Dm]
2. Basic harmony with solid fair play comes first, not attachment to base or cramped
In India a bird is
cherished as a token and totem of highest status. It is a swan, a goose, a duck, writes Pargiter in a note. The apostle Paul's "In the church I would
rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a
tongue." [1 Corinthians 14;19] could be implemented by heavy use of metaphors, but then there is a need for common typifications of the figurative elements. Even less suggestive expressions could assist good and solid "forewarning learning" of the sorts that lots of fables, proverbs and parables tend to bring.
"Jesus ... he did not say anything to them without using a parable." - Matthew 13;34-5. There is rich imagery in maiming words by Jesus - "wolves in sheep's clothing", "offspring of vipers", "sons of the Devil" and so on. Such expressions are figurative. Rich imagery can be useful, but not really so unless it is decoded well. In the same vein "A picture says more than a thousand words." (American advertising slogan) [Cf. Ap]. Many lessons arrived at through fables, are still in common use as proverbs. [Cf. Dp]
Figurative ways can be utterly economic. Looking to animals and finally arriving at being human is a theme Yogananda rallied for too. [Link]
An insignia is a distinguishing mark or sign.
In India various animals have token value, and "swan" (hansa) and "greatest swan", have
old roots and firm values inside Hindu classifications, Gods and goddesses have a tendency to
mingle and confuse, the all-Hindu pantheon is not easy to understand. Nor are the vehicles
and insignia and other tokens of respect, might or prowess.They include birds, animals and
There are many bird and animal tokens. [MORE]. Much depends on the orientations of the makers of
The alarming Midtgardsormen in Norse mythology is a serpent that is coiled around
the world of mankind. In the old Aryan symbol of similar things, a swan swims at the
centre, where the sun is also seen, the "Atlantic Ocean", and a lotus flower. Many divergent meanings can be associated with these
tokens, but the elements form part of an emblem of the Ramakrishna school of thinking. The image is symbolic.
3. A brave and good look at figurative terms presupposes tall functions of mind
What we can arrive at on top of suggestive
evidence, is corresponding, suggestive recounting.
Some taming elements of schooling may set in from definitions of words over and over, learning a vocabulary.
HARDING is Norwegian and stands for (1) tough guy in general; (2) someone from the
coastal district Hardanger near Bergen. (3) It can be both. These are poetic terms. They
can give tactful help. Harding Kriya is the way to catch the lost salmon. Yet there should be no reason to dispense with a good school of
trout">trout; holy mackerel or any other good and eatable
fish "up there" along the way - what do you say? And is it merely insistence that lies at
the back of that?
- Hornet's Nest of Troubles
Yogananda was once asked why he was averse to organisational work.
Master's question startled me a bit. It is true that my private conviction at the
time was that organisations were "hornets' nests."
"It is a thankless task, sir," I answered. "[and] criticised." ...
My guru's retort was accompanied by a stern glance. "Could you or anyone else achieve
God-contact through yoga if a line of generous-hearted masters had not been willing to
convey their knowledge ...?" [From Autobiography of a Yogi,
So a 'hornet's nest' could mean any organisation, for example the Self-Realization
Fellowship (SRF) that he founded. One third of its monastics left
somewhere around the year 2002. They were disgruntled.
A bewitching female that is not solid and good enough to have and ride in the long run,
after all. Alluring siren of Nordic folklore. Greek sirens have snake legs, but not the
Scandinavian ones. The Finnish hulder is slim like a needle. The Norwegian one is
hollow, and with a cow's tail. The back isn't there at all. This suggests she's not
substantial enough inside for farm life and its menial work over and over, and that
marriages with her often end. However, the "art" of hulders includes to hide the
tail from suitors and being sly. She can get more wealth than others.
So much for the Norwegian one. The Danish "elverpige" is also a sort of elf maid,
young and seductive like the Norwegian counterpart. Her back is hollow, too. She's fond of
dancing in graceful ways over the meadows, in fairy ways. She could be more like a regular
fairy than the Norwegian hulder that is more bodily or stout in general due to the
impressions we have got - but there is room for difference of opinion here. [Cf. Dao
In some Hindu scriptures, divine states of mind are found to be necessary.
"I determined to put an end to [my life]. I jumped up like a madman ..." [Goa
In other places Ramakrishna tells the conduct of SOME people who experience a giant
awakening, is like that of jumping monkeys.
"Once a sadhu of Hrishikesh came here. He said to me: 'There are five kinds of
samadhi [union]. I find you have experienced them all. In [one of] these samadhis one feels
the movement of the spiritual current to be like that of ... a monkey.'" [Goa
And a "jumpie" tries to live a good life.
Karttikeya, also known as Murugan, Skanda, and Subrahmana, is talked of as a son of Shiva, and has a peacock for his vehicle (expressive agent, more or less) - His vehicle is a cockerel, some sources hold. Through lancelike combat Skanda could well be called the
emancipator who embodies deep discrimination and spiritual insight, yet a god who guides
religion, and a merciful man-woman and fountain of sperm,
patron deity of homosexuals ..."
The same as Hare Krishna. Krishna tales have incorporated elements in myths of Indra. Krishna is someone that children maylove to hear of.
Baby Krishna, endearing to most people?|
There are indications that many sayings in the Bhagavad Gita and later
canonical book are the results of a growth within Vaishnavism, which is a dominant part of
The word 'Krishna' originally meant dark brown, dark blue or black. See a note on the first page of Vishnu Puranam or the Institutes of Vishnu in
one of the oldest English translations. Krishna tends to be portrayed as blue. It
carries symbolic meanings to Hindus.
'Hare', the first part of Hare (Hari) Krishna is an ancient god of Aryans. That god
(Hare) once saved the world from drowning in the sea, by taking shape as a boar, diving
deep and getting it up by use of his tusks. It is an old myth, but it does not match the geographical whereabouts of the planet we are on. Claims of many suggestive, old myths may not match the world we sense so very much.[cf. Clh].
- Kriya Yoga
Kriya yoga is a system of yoga methods centred on very specific pranayama techniques for control of the breath (atem, prana), mind, and body in time. The number, content, and
arrangement of kriya methods differs between kriya-dispensing organizations. There have also been little-known changes of the kriyas taught in SRF (Self-Realization Fellowship). Kriya yoga can
be demanding, the training severe if it is intensive. The system of kriya yoga
helps inward-turning by calming the organism, although the system can be rather
demanding. And that is why it is said to work best for young, healthy, and yoga-fit
persons that accommodate to the hard, intensive training.
In other words: So-called Harding Kriya is the way to catch the salmon.
- The key element of kriya yoga: [Link]
- Kriya yoga articles: [Link].
- Lahiri Mahasaya
Shyama Charan Devi Sharman Lahiri, aka Lahiri Mahasaya, Lahiri Baba: Link.
A series that uses his teachings as the underlying basis for tenets: Link
In his own handwriting his name is: "Sri Shyama Charan Deva Sharman" [Ha 326n]. Some write Shyamacharan in one word; some Indian languages allow for. Using the guru's family name, Lahiri, is common, and so is adding 'Baba' and 'Mahasay(a)' to it. Lahiri Mahasay(a) and Lahiri Baba seem to be the most frequent ways of naming him in public. However, the guru also had other titles and appellatives.
He was born at the village Ghurni in the district of Nadia in Bengal. His conduct and diligence when attending school was exemplary. He was married at eighteen, and his bride was nine. They had two sons.
Shyama Charan was not for indiscriminate propaganda for kriya-yoga. He would generally instruct his devotees not to disturb their best patterns of living, and would normally ask his disciples to marry at the proper age. It is said he shunned the public gaze.
- Love Peacock, Thomas
Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866) was a Romantic satirist, eager to instruct, one who devised poetry as a help to remember better - a good device specially fit for children. These may be very good attainments:
To ... improve all that is good, and destroy or alleviate all that is evil, in
physical and moral nature - have been the hope and aim of the greatest teachers and
ornaments of our species. [T.L. Peacock]
You are welcome to laugh if it so please you. [T.L. Peacock]
The highest wisdom and the highest genius have been invariably accompanied with
cheerfulness. [T.L. Peacock]
Besides, there is wisdom in his "We may be disappointed in our everyday realities, and ... we may make an ideality of the unattainable." [Cf. T.L. Peacock]
M5 - what is that? It is a verse form among many other things. As such It is quite a
novelty, and one that can be fairy well aligned to men from Gotham - that silly-looking
tradition handed over in Europe or further.
The M5 surveys border on stories about the good men from Gotham; they get ever
more intriguing the more you look into them, is today's bet. You have to get adamant to
get intriguing. Mysticism and great wit is intriguing. Bluff may be intriguing
If you inspect "the Gotham study" very carefully, you may get food for thought,
but it will hardly kill you ... It is not that much specified. Rather, significant parts of
an M5 study brings us over and over to the edge of non-stultifying high witticism.
Gotham-humour may thus contain delicate tact inside itself. It hardly insists much, no
matter how it looks like from the onset - It is to be hoped. A carefully blurred M5 survey
- if made with skill and tact - makes the carefully planned subject matter look
intriguing, and thereby paves the way for guessing things into it, or getting back to it
over and over. For such and many other reasons - some are not taken up here - the M5 helps
cosy tale-telling with few, no or odd-looking solutions. The marring or intriguing scheme
makes us ponder if there isn't more to this and that. Such free-wheeling wondering is
hardly the sign of a mental frog: it must have all things pre-set.
The M5-shaped text hardly specifies just how to get properly to grips with main
points taken up. The M5 format shouldn't press points to make us sulks either. On the
other hand it can bring us a long way towards how men from Gotham like to rise and shine-
It is not far from artist gives at times.
- Mackerel and such sausages
Fish sausages are made in some countries. See John 14:12 and what God wanted for all the
children that are to be guided well. Jesus also took up the concept "father" and so it
became holy. He also dispensed with YHWH (Yahweh, with vowels added), to call God Eli, a Philistine name of God according to Old Testament
Jesus found figurative speech truly helpful. He often took to it to instruct. [See
Matthew 13]. So perhaps the figurative keynote
Mackerel will find its use one day. "Mack" can be a "hot dog" in Swedish; "er" is "is";
and "el" is exactly what Jesus called God on the cross. Now we have an assortement of building-blocks from several languages, and room for many meanings.
"The hot dog can be lifted through figurative speech to be considered as another
facet of God, just like olive candlesticks." Confer the Bible understanding in Revelation
that God is everywhere, even in candlesticks of olive wood, and that God is all in all. What more is there to say?
Some people are afraid of fresh new metaphors. Think of the apostle in Acts, how reluctant they were to look on
Gentiles as frogs and lizards ready to be served them (See
Acts 10 and 11). Some significant letters contain lines towards
that conclusion. But when Jesus is meat, as during Holy Communion, "the "fish hot dog is God"
can take on great, symbolic and essential meaning, as Jesus was treated worse than a dog by Hebrew authorities that had Romans execute him.
As for plain mackerel, it is a fish. And "the fish" happens to be
about the oldest, artistically inspired Christian symbol for Jesus Christ. It stems from the
words on the cros, Inri, which means something like "Jesus Christ, King of
Jews". As an acronym it was taken to be fish. In the Roman catacombs the fish was the Christian symbol, also.
When the New Testament was translated for Eskimoes, the well-known "my sheep know
me" was changed into "my seals know me" for the lack of sheep in the Inuit culture. The Eskimos needed something to relate to. And present-day childen of the consumer market can easily understand that "The fish hot dog has been prepared for the act of eating (Holy Communion) In a squeeze
it should not break or burst."
If the child loves fish hot dogs it heeds the Holy
Communion as the Great Feast (party) where the hot dog is free. However, fresh metaphors may seldom be called good while brand new, only later on - and maybe not even then. [See Trap]
Some sound combinations (syllables or sets of syllables) are called mantras, or words of power used for many and devious ends, but also to the end of waking up to inside phenomena by "riding" or "gliding" on the mantra(s) used. The sounds are to be repeated
mentally, and carefully guarded and cultivated. Compare. Meditation articles.
Very many hard sayings and decrees come close to those of hating guys of unearthly
customs - quite Martian-like, if you like a pregnant metaphor. Sinister Martian customs
are hardly ours.
In many English translations of Bhagavad Gita, The Song of God, Hare Krishna appears to say he is the shark among other things, such
as gambler fraud and death. [See Chapter 10:31-36] But the saying in 10:31 is, really:
"I'm Makar(a)." This makarah or makara is a fable monster, half dolphin, half crocodile,
Professor Paul Tuxen explains in his Danish translation. [Cf. Wyp]
Up north we don't know how happy you may be over that piece of information. The
able chef makes delicious soup of well chosen parts of the shark anyway, he seldoms
worships and hails sharks over and above that level. [Cf. Bh; Wyp; Wy; Abg]
The globe needs effective citizens competent
to do their own thinking. [Cf. William Mather Lewis]
Both experience and reasoning may be needed to benefit from symbolic
terms. And appropriate training helps too. In time, good training may see to that the
experiences get better. Then, eventually, some get a document that says they are "masters" of their trade or profession. "Master" fairly often suggests a profession, like butchery, a trade, or vocation, for example teacher. Find it in headmaster. Becoming a master consists in becoming full-fledged in what you are doing. "Master" is much like German Meister
In ancient and not so ancient China we find the term zi with a lot alternate
spellings, the most frequent can be tzu and tse, and all are translated into "Master".
Thus Master Lao or Laozi, Laotse, Lao Tzu. They tell of one and the same teacher. [Cf. Uom
"Han Fei part, p. 1]
- "Master Bear"
Not all bears hibernate. But white, brown and black bears in harsh climate can do things like that. Apparently they
come close to some yogic feats; having a cave to reside in and slowing down
The best thing should be to master those bearlike feats without too much ado. Some monks dwell in underground caves, or cells, and real
bear caves too - "diving inside the own mind to see
what that leads to".
The proverb-rooted statement "There are yogis and there are yogis" indicates there are differences among them.
the bears get, the less they may consider your human rights. Therefore they might belong to the unrecognised best according to Tao Te Ching Chap 17.
There may be below 10,000 sloth bears (bhalus) still living in the wild. They don't hibernate, and their number may be waning. They prefer the uninhibited forest life as good diggers and tree climbers. They shake fruit trees and love termite and ant colonies too. When they eat, you may hear them from afar. But that is another tale, as Rudyard Kipling used to say.
Here: the same as guru (qv) and at times 'master'. Another word is 'teacher'.
- Paramahansa Yogananda
Compare Alf - Born Mukunda Lal Ghosh in 1893, the emissary of Hinduism came to the United States in
1920 and remained till his death in 1952, except for travels to Alaska and especially India
(1935-36) in between. He taught in many places that the world is unreal, illusory, a dream -
and thereby debunked his gurus who sent him on his mission - and debunked his mission too, which was to spread kriya yoga. He also claimed to be allied to Jesus while dropping main
teachings of the gospels - "A word to the wise will suffice ... "
See the main meanings of "paramahansa". [Link]
Yogananda had Yukteswar as his guru (mentor). He
wrote an autobiography where he portrays aspects of his Utopia. But unlike Thomas
More's Utopia, parts of Yogananda's ideal brotherhood-based community living has found expressions here and there, more or less. Yogananda had the vision that persons of like mind should band together in awareness of their Selves, and predicted there would be thousands of such self-sustaining communities devoted to high thinking and plain living.
Much about the guru: Autobiography of a Yogi
"Birds will be birds, boys will be boys."
Did you know the peacock is India's national bird? and associated with such as Krishna in Hindu iconography?
The swan and peacock are large birds, but the pig is more - more weighty too. The peacock has impressive ways, but the pig comes much closer to a
human. Birds will be birds, but a hog is much closer to normal man - and to be handy and human is taken to be better, among humans. Whistle a happy tune in honour of the not too uncommon men and women. They could count more.
Who gave the ... peacock
his iris-hues? Will not that which provided for them provide for you?
- from Gems from the
East by Helena Blavatsky
The rooster is quite like an ardent peacock, and could serve as an alternative to the icy cold climber in dangerous, slippery and dark public life.
- Potter, the
The potter - same as baker. (qv) The baker is the maker of man and Gaia (the earth).
Listen to a story:
(1) This is the word that came to a wailing one from God:
"Go down to the baker's house, and there I will give you my message."
So I went down to the baker's house, and I saw him working at the oven. But the
bread he was shaping from the dough was marred in his hands; so the baker formed it into a
cake, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of God came to me:
"Can I not do with you as this baker does? ... Like dough in the hand of the baker,
so are you in my hand". - Cf. Jeremiah 18;1-6.
(2) The baker formed the man [adam] from the corn of the cornfield and breathed into his
nostrils the yeast-breath of life, and the man became a living being. - Cf. Genesis
(3) God to Moses, "I am who I am (or I'll be what I'll be). This is what you
are to say ...: "I am has sent me to you.""
God also said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites, "The Lord, the God of your fathers
... has sent me to you." This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered
from generation to generation." - Cf. Exodus 3;14-5.
The Hebrew for Lord sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for I am,
Bible scholars write. And "I am" is "Yhwh" or Yahweh with two vowels added, to come fairly
close to The Old Testament's own sounds.
(4) Jesus often calls not Yhwh, but the Canaanittic Eli, his father, however. See
Jesus also cried "Eli" in agony on the cross. We too [see John 14;12] may use
more than just one name. Brahman is fit.
(5) God fills heaven and earth (1 Kings 8:27 and Jeremiah 23:24). So does
Brahman according to very ancient Hindu understanding. The real God is to be worshipped in
spirit and in truth (John 4:24), and not by inferior objects or slavish poor and
awkward understanding. God, that is a much handy baker -
QUAG is a cult or a sect that is found "in the mire of the world". Its founder
fronted queer teachings that don't make sense, like:
There is no material universe; its warp and woof is ... illusion.
[Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi, ch. 30.
Implied is also that the founder, his QUAG, and his teachings are found in the
world, and hence are illusions - of poor worth, to say the least. A little duck's "Quack,
quack quack" may be intrinsically finer. If so, think "quack quack quack" to Yogananda teachings so as to save yourself from inferior teachings.
On some pages the figurative expression Bramble Farm (qv) may
still be found. It stands for much the same.
- Reefing Speech
Here are a few words by Ralph W. Emerson:
"Speak what you think today in words
as hard as cannon balls, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again,
though it may contradict everything you said today." Does this have the ring of an apology
for intellectual inconstancy? Then let the "great soul" bear in mind that "a foolish
consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."" - Prof. em. Adolphe Meyer quotes and
comments on New England's thinker, Ralph Waldo Emerson in
It happens Ralph Emerson alludes and uses figurative or half-figurative ways of wording, often with ancient roots from many places. Such refinery can afford man with tall, often agreeable ways of reefing. The Great Barrier Reef outside Australia serves as an example of "reefing". Or
the reef around reefed islands in the Pacific Ocean. You may not see much of it, but it is
there and does its bulwarking, often gracing work all the time, all the same. That is how
it is in these waters.
Not only coral reefs help. In guru-loved literature God is also a boar that saved
the world from drowning. [See Clh] What seems scraggy or outré
may at times rise to entertain us.
1. The half-suggestion counts
Here is another look. We think you should go for what is solid first, before you swing yourself up into the trees of figurative ways of expression. Clever substitute names, or appellatives, as some may call them, often smuggle attitudes, and correct attitudes are often needed.
Jesus often used metaphors. They served him. He signalled "God communicating with man".
Teachers or Christs should be expected
to work for the good of lambs. Sometimes a fit way to hint at subjective, inner or subtle experiences
are by similes, metaphors, allegories and figures.
In some Norse myths - often poetic - God Thor fights and fishes a nasty snake, the Midtgardsormen, the offspring of a hollow sort of "giant", Loke. Implied: Thor
often fought against the nasty offspring of figurative hollowness for the sake of decency, proficiency and fair dealings - well, survival, eventually. Thor
stands for fondness of athletics and wading deeply too, and also helping beginners to move
- Tjalve is one symbol of it. [Cf. Ng].
FIRST, an image to entertain and instruct as we progress here:
A common enough salmon dives deep enough. Here it
is to be made use of as a metaphor of your interior parts according to many rich sourcebooks
of mysticism, and one of radionic handling. Now, as you may imagine, the salmon we happen to
refer to metaphorically, is closely akin to what Don Juan Matos - fathering Mexican guru
of Dr. Carlos Castanedas - labels the eagle - one of much subtle rays - something like that.
The salmon or eagle is "over your head" somehow. You can imagine your physical shape as a
little dot somewhere inside the salmon's jaws - that is where dualism sets it.
There is now room for sharpening figurative thinking: for the salmon can be "chopped
up" and made use of in lovely ways, you will see - if we live long enough to lay it bare. if
not, compare the overall shape of the vertically tilted salmon with the levels that Alice
Bailey lays bare in A Treatise of Cosmic Fire, rendered and made use of in a good
book on British radionics. [Dlm 27] Besides, you find the scheme on a new, lovable site: [Check].
More luxury thinking:
Here we may agree that the salmon may really represent (by vivid imagination and
less) yourself inside somehow -
At times we call the head or jaws of the salmon the OK trout - just to have some
terms to juggle with. Your own deep heart is per definition that of the salmon, and maybe it
helsp to consider that the salmon is your turya, that Jesus is likened to a fish, and
that is not little for artists, as Christian history has amply shown.
We hope to get back to the fish. However: You should try to perfect your spiritual
nature; that is the spirit side of yourself deep inside somehow. Let likeable artists be
told just that.
The mind is like a trout near the eye of the salmon. Good thinking abounds thanks to
the salmon's trout - and beneath or outside that level you're grossly conscious - there is
the danger levels. You can get hooked or caught to serve God-Mother-is-me-gurus!
Now, there happens to be room for still more in your inward-land - that is the home
to think of. The German term Seele is said to expand inside into it- the godhood of
Meister Eckhart, for example. Swiss Dr. Carl Gustav Jung uses Seele in this basic
meaning. Thus: Diving inside is likened to salmon's diving in many cases. All these are
facets of the giant:
- MIND SOUL, GOD-LORD: The literature spells out many stages to become aware of. A
very good overview is made by Dr. Daniel Goleman of Harvard University. [Cf. Yy]
- HEART: The middle section is your interior heart and the seat of art and
confluent thinking and these outlets.
- SPIRIT: The salmon's tail is the divine side - die Göttlichkeit of many
German mystics, it is maintained for here and now.
The various levels of refinements are further spelled out by Goleman. they are
very much identical with those made use of in Rae radionics, and may come close to the
general parts of refined nature or mind according to such as ancient Pythagoras as
- Self-Realization Fellowship, SRF
A California-based religious community with meditation groups and some centres in over 50 countries. It shares properties with QUAG and Bramble Farm.
Sheep in the free are shy like small children, and not very easy to get close to all at once. The ram is not all docile either - and in the Book of Revelation the lamb stands for all right wisdom. However, in conventionally figurative use a sheep is someone that resembles a sheep in meekness, stupidity, or timidity, if not better. Fairly often 'sheep' in the Bible can be understood simply as follower. In some formalised settings it may stand for 'member' too. The figurative use of 'sheep' is very old. These are New Testament uses:
"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me." [John
"The Father knows me and I know the Father - and I lay down my life for the sheep."
[John 10:15, excerpt]
"I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen." [John 10:16]
"You do not believe because you are not my sheep." [John 10:26]
"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me." [John
Jesus to Peter: "Take care of my sheep." [John 21:16)
Jesus to Peter, "Feed my sheep." [John 21:18]
You do not have to be a follower of Jesus to be called a sheep. In the Old Testament Jehova addressed his said, chosen people as sheep, himself as their shepherd [in some Psalms too] - you may understand where Jesus got some main pictures and ideas from in the matter.
Looking sheepish is quite enough.
- SRF Walrus Board
The SRF Walrus is or was an Internet message board with a limited clientele. It has been much discredited among glowing Yogananda fans. Here is an article about it: [Link]
The SRF Walrus was started by a disenchanted SRF monastic and supported by others of similar saddening experiences and intent. The rules for contributors wee not easy, as they included no to critique of Yogananda, no matter how justified, mature, beneficial, and needed that might be to many. Even so, the board soon was quite shunned by Yogananda devotees, and some of them labeled it depressing, heinous, and the like.
The SRF Walrus was bulky. There were 28,246 postings on 16 January 2009), and most of them were anonymous. Its several hundred (?) contributors - some used two or more nicknames on the board - have had much on their mind. The activity was in average 0 posts daily in late 2010.
The discussion forum could be more or less closed or closed down now (December 2010). However, here is a link to several back issues: [◦SRF Walrus as retrived on 17 January, 2004]
At least one link to a string on the Walrus discussion board on ◦this page still works (2010.
Super-kissing is a delving method, that is, a contemplation method. It
corresponds to diving for salmon. An allegory on how to practice and
possible benefits are found here:
[Link 1] [Link 2]
The alias is vers-o-gram here and there. The artistic and vector-mathematics-based
summary we call synopsis here, easily gives me keynotes for a lot fit poetry of
half-poetry. I may summarise in some other ways, but the synopsis version is special and
the finest in my opinion. It is rooted in the tick tack toe layout, the basic gridwork of
which it shares. It has three basic leaps, so numbered. It is hoped that you'll take the
time to ponder it, for very careful analyses are underneath most often.
The poetry I speak of here, is usually to be judged in the bright light of
the great tick tack toe study that precedes it.
It might be good help to take a good look at the hinted-at existential,
structural, phenomenological and body-aligned all-round angling attacked at its
rear, if you understand the symbols given. The angling at hand is right behind a number
sign, this one: #. So: #2 suggests a neck-and throat angling (aligned to Taurus) #4 a
female-breast angling aligned to Cancer, and so on. We divide our body, nature's cyclic
living and social life in twelve very neatly correlable parts. We juxtapose for those
The numbers behind our #2 or #4, can be suggested levels of accomplishment to
be had in advance one way or other, before you do anything peculiar in the
If you do such things as hinted at, maybe you get ample vthought-help to evolve
according to the tick tack toe fairy tale route as hinted at - if you're careful and the
tenor of the whole ascent route (design) fits in and suits you. However, you have to work
on that route, sift and gauge and judge on your own, so that your common adaptations don't
go amiss in any bad way. There are many steps to master in a climb.
If this new sort of haiku-linked poetry doesn't suit you, neither in form nor
content, use of this novelty might turn into a mare that rides you like a donkey.
And why? Because It is hardly fit or good enough in your sets of circumstances or whatever.
In tick tack toe poetry, which this is one form of, much is really up to you or those in
power in your surroundings. It is no use denying it. Just think, compare and feel into much
at hand, and be wary all along, and maybe the synopsis helps along the way. It is to be
hoped, not feared.
The name vers-o-gram is free, hard-boiled play on top of a term coined by
Paramahansa Yogananda, founder of SRF. The short extracts he devised
under some counterpart heading (par-a-gram), had no intrinsic structure for us to train
ourselves by, and very often the gist inside them was commonplace sayings with not much
inside them. Much of his sermonising seems outdated already.
Much is mastered over and above that world avatar's best outputs. I thought you
might like to know it.
- Third Eye, the
Also called the Spiritual Eye and so on.Here are two pages on it: [Link 1] [Link 2]
The soul of your deep mind is called the trout. When you come across the word 'trout'
on this site, the chances are that you have come across a figurative term then. We have
evolved a "symbol park" to assist thinking. The soul is not easily seen, to hint at it,
and what is more: It is a composite term. There are many nuances, and there are more than
just one single view of how the soul is to be understood. So for the sake of artistic
developments inside the long art of living and not succumbing to dross, let us use 'trout'
to hint at it. We could have used 'flame' or 'inlet' too, but 'trout' is to the point if
we stay with fish - This is a divine term. Jesus is called fish. Maybe you know that. Now,
by metaphor the trout is the soul as It is called. It may be compared to an inlet from deep
inside, from what is ordinarily serving as unconscious levels of deep mind. As for the
great mackerel, see here.
Many Indians tend to think that Vishnu is the Krishna to worship, and that he is better
than Superman. You are referred to essays on Vishnu in a Krishna work on-site. The Sanskrit classis The Institutes of Vishnu is also here.
- Walnut Burger
Yogananda, an excellent cook, shows how to make vegetarian dinners by meat substitutes. Recipes are found in his old East-West magazines. By replacing meat with finely ground walnuts (and other high-protein foods) new dishes arise.
It is also good to know that Walrus burgers and other Walrus products may be a little tough since the walrus blubber is alarmingly toxic these days and the meat may not be perfectly toxic-free either. So I cannot recommend walrus burgers any more. So I have substituted walnut for walrus in many Yogananda-cult-linked essays here, since walnuts are much easier to tackle and handle than gregarious walruses filled with poisons.
- Walnut Sausages (Figurative)
There is a discussion board on-line, the SRF Walrus. The way of making sausages is
to take such as fat and meat, potato and flour, and eventually press the hard-to-define result into
some rinsed intestines at hand, cook them, and enjoy the eating. Incidentally, the process of making
sausages and of writing doctorate theses is about the same, only that the first one is
concrete and the latter is figurative. In our days it is as it should be to make a
declaration of what is inside the product. But on older days they said, "The sausage is
heavenly, for God only knows what is inside it."
As for Walrus sausages made from the "blubberous" SRF Walrus board, toxic blubber may be no small danger, so I cannot actually recommend walnut sausages today.
- Whisky Drinking
When you drink whisky and are inexperienced, you gasp a bit. When you do a certain
pranayama method called kriya and are a beginner, you gasp a bit. With practice no one else
hears that you gasp. Then you breathe or pant slowly, measuredly, and widen your throat
also. An exact method - it is core kriya yoga - is spelled out here: [Link]
And if this is not enough information for you, there are whole pages devoted to
debating the secretive whisky-drinking that is also called kriya yoga and more.
Use the site search to get on the track.
"Who's afraid of the big, bad wolf?" An endearing song begins like that. A biblical wolf tends to be a
"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognise them ... a bad tree bears bad fruit." - Mattew 7;15-17
The Hindu master called Swami Sri Yukteswar by Paramahansa Yogananda and Swami Sriyukteshvar by another source, was born to be named Priya Nath Karar (18-1936) of Calcutta. Years after his wife died after giving him a daughter, he became a swami monk, and in 1913 he accepted the young Mukunda Lal Ghosh for training. The disciple became a swami monk too, and later got well known as Paramahansa Yogananda [qv]. The disciple tells in his autobiography [qv] that his guru's monk name is Yukteswar, not Sri Yukteswar.
|Not drawn to be a likeness of Yukteswar at all!|
Yukteswar means "united to God." Giri is a classificatory distinction of one of the ten ancient Swami branches. Sri means "holy"; it is not a name but a title of respect. [Ay Ch 12, note 3]
Another source tells Sri is part of the monastic name, and writes Sriyuktshvar, but we stick to Yogananda in this. This site has used the very common 'Sri Yukteswar' on many pages, but 'Yukteswar' is supposed to be enough.
Yukteswar is quoted by Yogananda for terse and quite gnomic utterances. The term "gnome" stems from Greek "gnome" - It is derived from "know". And "gnomic" means "marked by aphorisms," "giving vent to much general, apparent truth" "mystical, wise sentences". Hence, 'gnomic' refers to a terse style of expressing oneself.
One is not to get outwitted by opponents and what they build up. [See Matthew 13].
Pages about Yukteswar: