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From Zen annals
Do not abuse others with harsh words or glare at them with angry eyes.
Once the priest Chen-ching K'o-wen told his assembly:
"Some time ago Hsüeh-feng and I were studying together. We also made a pact of friendship. Then one day he was arguing about the teachings with another student in the monks' dormitory. They argued in loud voices and finaly began fighting, using terribly abusive language towards each other. When the argument was over, my friend took me to task: 'We are fellow students that made a firm pact with each others. Why did not you help me out when I was fighting?'
At that I bowed my head in sad regret.
Later he became a fine teacher.
When I think back on the incident now, his argument served no useful end whatever. It has always been a mistake to argue. I believed argument to be pointless and remained silent.
Lots of students should consider this thoroughly. Even if you think you know the teaching thoroughly and are far superior, unless you stop arguing you are likely to be at fault too - one way or another. [Retold; cf. Dog 82-3].
Distinctions of "important" and "unimportant" are surely unknown to the Lord, lest, for want of a pin, the cosmos collapse. - Yogananda [Au 72]
Here Yogananda implies that his sort of kriya yoga is not important, as there is nothing substantial to learn from a man who claims that the whole world with everything and everyone in it is illusionary. Yogananda does, but I do not. Neither should you.
Yogananda was sent to the West to teach kriya - without reason? or out of stray fancy? Be thankful for someone telling you squarely that a guru or teacher is someone who has anything to teach.
Q: What is kriya yoga? I would like to learn it. I need to know how kriya yoga should be done, and maybe how it should be taught too.
Kriya yoga is not a secret any longer. But you can read a big book of 956 pages on it and still be without the needed keys to top successful practice. Surely, there are some methods for giant development that I withhold for now, but basic kriya can be studied for free. And besides you can learn many kriyas in books too, without compromising your freedom [Cy; Kta].
Q: While you are at it, make effort to present some more elegant sayings for better living too, please. Please, open the treasure of such knowledge and decide to lavish it - give it away!
Disciples in search of masters may ignore their own depths too much - So do not worry at all times. Begging and imploring others, is it proper faith in one's inner nature, or not?
Q: You are teaching practically. Have you got any particular message for practitioners of Kriya?
Like most other specialities, enabling kriya should be taught and practiced correctly, that is, to one's advantage. And trusting in hanky-pankies can lead astray.
Acting from a calm centre should be preserved, as you should preserve good things in general. A calm centre helps calm observation. To ascertain true and significant details of this and that is a boon. Thus, study and learn to use basic facts to promote what is good in life. [More]
When King Bushid came to the throne, his interests were swayed from favouring the country. Often he idled away his time with his concubines and favoured whoever pandered to his base passions and desires, no matter whether such a person was a traitor or not. But as to those who saw they had to admonish him for his wayward life, he shooed or even punished them. As a result, the state declined rapidly.
An old loyal minister warned the king frankly of the coming danger, "The country is getting weaker and weaker. If you don't mend your ways right away, I am afraid you will lose the country to the neighbouring king, who wants it."
The king became red with anger and shouted, "What a stupid man we have got here, cursing his own motherland with such evil words! Away with you while you are still safe and sound!"
The minister saw that he could not turn the tide, so he withdrew and went to a third country, where he lived much by himself in a cottage.
Five months later a neighbouring king invaded the country of King Bushid and took the capital. The defeated king had to flee for life. Sad in mind he realised his mistakes and recalled what his minister had said, and sent for him. "You can imagine how I repent what I did," he said, "Only it's too late for that now."
The old minister looked at the king, remained silent for a while, and then said, "Would you mind listening to a story? Here it is:
A shepherd got up one morning to find one of his sheep lost. He examined the pen and saw a hole in it. A wolf had got in there and robbed him of one of his sheep. His neighbours advised him to mend it at once, but he answered, "What is the use of doing it now, after the sheep is gone already?'
Next morning another sheep was gone through the same hole. Now the shepherd did not hesitate to mend his sheepfold. Well, King Bushid, do you think it was too late?"
The king nodded and realised he should get ready for the battles that were needed to take back his capital, or lose his life while trying.
Fight less if you can afford to.
You may have read hundreds of thousands of words by Yogananda, and not found him decreeing, "A fooling cult must be undermined." Could one reason be that the guru started a church that has turned into one, or come close to that? Some describe his SRF church as a cult today. A Google search is all it takes to check it out.
Being truthful should not preferably be any big break-through. We should try to conclude well wherever we are, for sound and proficient conclusion work could bring insights and it tends to give help one way or another. There is also sound reason to think that both pleasure and suffering are hallmarks of being alive, but you can favour one and not the other.
So what decisions should you take now? Sacrifice sides to yourself or creating deep success, for example? Make practical preparations for the tasks, preferably together with like-minded ones. And make sure the paths you are drawn to, have a nice direction and end. If they go away from the natural, candid, and harmonious dealings, pretty much may be at stake.
Au: Yogananda, Paramahansa. Autobiography of a Yogi. 13th ed. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), 1998.
Cy: Satyananda Saraswati, Swami. A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya. Munger: Yoga Publications Trust, 1981.
Dog: Masunaga, Reiho, tr. A Primer of Soto Zen. A Translation of Dogen's Shobogenzo Zuimonki. Honolulu: University Press, 1975.
Kta: Satyananda Saraswati, Swami. Kundalini Tantra. 8th ed. Munger: Yoga Publications Trust,
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