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Creating Quality Communities

"Buy land and ... start the colony ... Buy farms and settle down". [Paramahansa Yogananda]

◦Peter M. Senge was a faculty member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and director of the Center for Organizational Learning at MIT's Sloan School of Management when he wrote Creating Quality Communities. Here are gleanings:

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We are losing ourselves as fields of dreams. [Talk for yourself, dear chap.] To regain our balance, we must create alternative ways of working and living together.

Learning is dangerous. [So is life].

Currently, two "practice field" projects are underway: dialogue projects and learning laboratory projects. Dialogue projects focus directly on the deeper patterns of communication that underlie whatever issues are being confronted.

Practice fields [are] a place where teams meet to reflect on structures, identify counterproductive behaviors, experiment with alternative strategies, and design solutions for actual work settings. The core of the projects [can be] systems thinking.

[Adequate] learning [finds] no place. Thus we are losing the spaces to dance with the ever-changing patterns of life. We need to invent a new learning model for business, education, health care, government, and family.

The splendid project does not go against all family needs. [Cf. Myke]

Utopia Dealings

Consider that in yoga as elsewhere, truthfulness (including sincerity) is said to be indispensable for great, spiritual progress, and that it also forms the basis of the Satya Yuga, or Golden Age.

So the Utopia life requires more and better than mere landscaping, organisation of people, and architecture. It is a matter of the heart too, like truthfulness. That does not mean that truthfulness cannot backfire or always give good results on earth, though. You should also be on your guard, and could benefit throughout life from keeping your "inner sensing" intact and evaluate the situations too and those involved, to get a way out with enough aplomb somehow - if that can be done.

The troubles that come your way, may not all be the results of your own wrongdoings, past and present. Some are due to wrongdoings and rabid ways of others - for example those that exploit others for money and power and together have brought the earth to the brink of future disasters.

The need for utopias that benefit good families is overly great.

The Utopia of Peach Blossoms in Wuling, by Suzuki Gako, 1860. Section.
Utopia of Peach Blossoms

"Now I Have Seen It All."

The British lord chancellor Thomas More (1478-1535) strove to fulfil some high dreams by concepts that went into a thought-of, ideal community to realise. He called it Utopia. That good man was beheaded. But before that happened, he battled for his ideals in his way:

ANECDOTE In Utopia Thomas More recommended that young people should see each other naked before marriage in order to avoid disappointments and recriminations later.

Sir William Roper came early one morning to More's house at Chelsea with a request to marry one of his daughters. More led him upstairs to the room where the two young girls were sleeping. They were lying on their backs, with the sheet lightly over them. Their father whipped off the sheet. The startled girls awoke and turned quickly over onto their stomachs.

"Now I have seen both sides," said Sir William, and then and there chose the elder daughter, Margaret. [Fa, sv. "Thomas More"]

Ideals that are not lived out, may not be worthwhile.

A Norwegian author who did not win the Nobel prize in literature, Arne Garborg, wrote wistfully of a land of elves in the west – an object of wistful yearnings that appears in Norwegian folklore.

The Atlantis that Plato writes about, was a place where fit living supposedly was within reach for many, if not all. Solon was told Atlantis stories in ancient Egypt – and from there many data appear to clash with and combat each others like ancient heroes. More recently Atlantis is linked to the Minoan civilization of Cypern and surrounding islands, on the authority of some writings of ancient Egypt. I am of that opinion too.

To some Hindus, "Atlantis" was Vedic India. To Vikings and their forebears, the Golden Age was a time and place where gods loved to play, where tablets of shimmering gold lay in the grass. The Vikings were fond of gold and silver, we may gather, but of arable land too.

Atlantis is also told of at length by Rudolf Steiner.

Technology Tidings

    IN SUM
  1. Look to Adam's paradise tasks from even before he knew what clothed meant. You have to know an awful lot to protect and defend your wife and garden if they are downright attractive, and do good gardening work so that it pays.
  2. Because of a technologically oriented large society, crowding is had, urbanisation goes on and mars more and more. We cannot deny much of what goes on, is in magnate hands. Bankers can take an awful lot too. Environmental protection is a dire need. Sooner or later "everybody" has to wake up to it. (Written around 1996).
  3. Bob Dylan once said: "The song was there." He caught songs in flight, so to speak. Some do. Reading notes is not the finest side to musicians, nor is just repeating and repeating the works of notable others, although listening to such performances at times is OK.
  4. Discern between good and staunch statements on the one hand, and perfidious ones on the other, for your own good.

Muted?

FACEJesus: The Queen of the South ... came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon's wisdom, and now one greater than Solomon is here. [Cf. Matt 12:42, cf. Luke 11:31]

However, if you look for the ends of a round globe, you may not find them. There are no geographical ends of the earth. The Old Testament also speaks of the corners and pillars of the earth, and Jesus never stood up and corrected such wrong notions – he liked to call himself Truth too.

Self-praise stinks. (Norwegian)

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LoWhen the sun shines, assist mental proficiency too

Good thinking – particularly against a worsening fare – is wanting. Kurt Lewin, often called the founder of social psychology, said: "Nothing is as practical as a good theory." [in Sop 11]

Many fail to make hay when the sun shines.

Man grapples with theories for the lack of true thriving. How humorous is it if it fits?

Excellent canon can consist of lots of things.

If we are skilled at psychoanalytic thinking or TA we must consider suitable wavelengths of communication and expressions a whole lot.

To get cultivated, make hay when the sun shines.

Prevention is better than hopeless attempts at cure.

Very much so-called inspiration is too airy, not substantial enough to count.

If you do not give up egalitarian rights and democratic notions better, then ardent media can flog you all day long; it also happens they throw only bones of harsh discipline your way. What is the alternative? ◊

Freud found that better thinking is assisted by loosening up considerably.

Keep some mental reserve to assist mental balance – it could pay.

Yogananda said his Hindu teachings are all aligned to Jesus Christ and his original Christianity. [Au 432]. They are not [Link].

LoOnly seeming christs can grow cramped believers

Behind folk tale elements there may be traces of older mythology. (3)

The Yogananda-used term "Self-realization" is much like "elf-realization". To put books on elves on the shelves – many children learn to do that during childhood or their teens, unless they get soaked in Harry Potter enthusiasm. Stories of elves in folklore or from Findhorn Community in northwest Scotland are full of inherent wisdom. Peter, Dorothy, Eileen and helpers tried to bridge the gap between elves, humans and other essentials.

You may think that to go on believing literally in a hero that speaks with animals and routs out trolls and so on, is not for grown-ups any longer. Not so. In Hinduism the hero Rama, for example, is helped by an army of talking and fighting bears and apes to regain a fabled kingdom. And the story, Ramayana, is one of the folksy pillars of Hinduism.

A deeply authoritarian personality structure may crave strong leaders and crawl on the bellies for long to sponge well for a seeming, feigned balance.

There are counter-measures to cramping intrigues. Opposed to that we find flocks of cult believers.

To boost your cognitive development do not get desperate. It should help considerably to learn the "Get Tao" method for it. ◊

Do not ask: "Do cosmic SRF avatars have cosmic excrements?" Grow up to bask instead. (Eden ideal)

Do you take the chance that gurus that are called Christs by Yogananda, are not the Christs that the New Testament warns of? And why?

In a cult, childhood isolation and even perverted family conditions "help" children to stick to fantasy fellows.

They that have no problems they are aware of, may study so as not to flounder later.

Master Yogananda speaks a lot about an experience that he says is indescribable. Interesting!

LoGood learning is for getting as smart as others, or you risk getting outwitted, especially when out of your waters

SRF has instituted ritual worship of Krishna, even though (5):

OLD HITS The enlightened man sees little difference between cows and elephants. [Cf. Bhagavad Gita 5:18]

You may do a lot better – Yet call the bear "uncle" till you are safely across the bridge (Turkish). Many folktales and fables suit the wavelengths of many, many people. It has to be respected far and wide, for cementing and forming the culture depends on good stories, according to the cultural psychologist Jerome Bruner. Apt and well chosen stories – at times crazy-looking or up to adamantly silly to look at – can suit beginners very well.

However, fairy tale canon and canon that operates on similar wavelengths can be abused, and that is where some delicate problems seem to crop up. For example, the French nobility altered folk tales to suit the ruling classes and their vanity, show of clothes and cosmetics, and impressed gullible guys with an outlook that entering the ranks of nobility was the cream of success. Charles Perrault too commented on that by, "If a [dressed-up] miller's son can win the heart of a princess in so short a time, causing her to gaze at him with lovelorn eyes, it must be due to his clothes, his appearance, and his youth. These things do play a role in matters of the heart." [1]

It is an old, essential instruction that those who get duped by great-looking words, may end up without assets and much assets-alloted worldly esteem. ◊

Do not be scared stiff, jolted, or scared from being as smart as you are, and to act from within too.

Many traditional fairy tales are surreal; they break the bonds of the ordinary and contain miraculous happenings in a set, regulated way most often.

Solid, rational Taoism's rewarding outputs assist us in staying in very good surroundings as long as we like. That is one idea.

Yogananda paid much lip service. We should be aware of it.

To get stunted is not good enough.

What is needed is skill and aplomb with little expense. Salient wisdom in tales helps that, and lax surroundings, likeable and lax peers and perhaps skilled clowns.

Those who place themselves under Yogananda's flag some way or other, are they in for losing of winning? Much depends on that. (7)

Like the finest kissing, proper self-assertiveness cannot be all counterfeited.

Gist

IN SUM
  1. In all right times, "when the sun shines," so to speak, learn and assist mental proficiency. It may come in handy and by steps and degrees too.
  2. "Theology consists of things you dont' understand." Maybe no one does. Hence, merely seeming christs can grow cramped believers. The christ concept is a tricky one, and took off from "oil-anointed", which refers to how ancient Hebrews appointed kings. [1 Samuel 8]. Big "whiners" would have the term so great and glorious that they themselves may profit from it. Be well aware of that.
  3. Good learning is for getting as smart as others, or you risk getting outwitted, especially when out of your innate and safe enough waters.
IN NUCE When the sun shines, grasp that "Christ" means lots of things and different things to different people. So get safe enough so as not to flounder by those who misuse the term to catch followers to ride on.

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Utopias, LITERATURE  

Au: Yogananda, Paramahansa. Autobiography of a Yogi. 13th ed. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), 1998.

Fa: Fadiman, Clifton, ed. The Faber Book of Anecdotes. London: Faber and Faber, 1985.

Myke: Bartolome, Fernando, og Paul Evans. Må suksess koste så mye? (Must Success Cost So Much?) Oslo: Hjemmet-fagpresse, 1982 (London: Grant McIntyre, 1980).

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

Sop: Smith, Eliot R., and Diane M. Mackie. Social Psychology. 2nd ed. Hove: Psychology Press, 2000.

Notes

  1. Andrew Lang, The Blue Fairy Book (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., ca. 1889), pp. 141-147. Lang's source: Charles Perrault, Histoires ou contes du temps passé, avec des moralités: Contes de ma mère l'Oye (Paris, 1697).



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