Would you believe in heavenly mermaids for money? For a sense of belonging? In the "guru-family" SRF they believe heaven is peopled with them, after having been enrolled as disciples of Yogananda (1893-1952). 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." - Autobiography of a Yogi [Au 355].
Yes, belief in mermaids is not altogether extinct, and in Self-Realization Fellowship they propagate it (above). At any rate find benefits and prosper!
Have you considered whether a socially shared belief in mermaids and fable monster is a dreamlike fixation? Yogananda quotations:
"Self-analysis is the greatest art of progress" [1982:73]
Talking, not saving one's breath. You may want to enlarge on these two Yogananda sayings, using them as premises for deductions and so on. What about: "Progress is a dream." A dream shared by many it is.
One may enlarge on this. The kriya yoga guru Lahiri Mahasaya (1828–95) says,
"All is illusory. There is no doubt about this. People are mad . . ." [Shyama Lahiri Mahasaya, Abadhuta Gita, 2:7 (An utterance along with it and no translation of the verse to be fair)]
So "When you are breathing, are you sane?" Further, "If all is illusory, as Shyama Lahiri thinks, what about his own words?" Have all gurus "seen the light and got it right"? That mad people breathe in and out (but just illusorily) - how useful can knowledge like that be? One needs to take into account that to say things like the verbatim quotations above, one has to breathe - in or out or both - while talking. Wariness is called for, such as: "Who's talking? Someone breathing madly?"
Pea Tidings. The unified, Vedic view of ekam sat (Oneness is), and Oneness is real, indicates how some can say they receive tidings from peas and other beings in a garden. Dorothy Maclean (1920 -), one of the three founders of the Findhorn Community that was established in northern Scotland in 1962, tells how she focused on a garden pea and "got an immediate response in thought and feeling which I put into the following words:"
I can speak to you . . . my work [is] molded . . . I merely bring [it] to fruition. . . . [I] bring the force fields into manifestation regardless of obstacles, and there are many in this man-infested world. . . . [W]e forge ahead . . . Humans generally seem not to know where they are going of why. If they . . . were on the straight course of what is to be done, we could cooperate with them!" (Findhorn Community 2008:57)
Published pea tidings and other tidings were also very down-on-earth at times, and helped in making Findhorn community in northwest Scotland (near Inverness) what it is. (Findhorn Community 2008; MacLean 2004, 2006, 2008.)
Are you one of those who wonder what the dandelion could have to tell you one way or other? Enjoy it! If you have to make use of it to make wine or for herbal healing attempts, be gentle. as one of MacLeans deva messages hint at, it could make a difference if dandelions were welcomed, for then they "could expand and do of its best", and you could learn with Ralph Waldo Emerson: "What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered." Dorothy Maclean spent time listening in to it: "I hope to be greeting you from odd corners."(Maclean 2004:1)
Enjoy the flowers with a well-directed aloha of a sort. Then what about trees? Maclean has published a book with "tree calls" too, in addition to deva messages she put down in writing and got published in the Findhorn Garden Story. In the book Call of the Trees, a deva message is:
We come to your consciousness in the joy of our worlds -
Dorothy Maclean though "in her heart" that many sorts of spirits, including plant-focused spirits said things to her. "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he"? But here comes Yogananda:
The world will go on — All nature is unreal. [Yogananda, Ak 446,448]
The SRF stand is that their guru's wisdom is flawless. It looks like a good joke, perhaps. [More] You should not say the world is unreal and expect to be counted among real and true gurus here.
No Reductionistic Promotion
In genuine self-help yoga, think of a sweet orgasm and you get an (unconscious) inkling of how it is done, perhaps.
Tools in the hands of fools may work harm. Some things depend on how good you are, or on your associates, and so on. There are probably some basic rules to adhere to so as not to overdo the panting.
Things that seem good in the start, may not work well after a while if "Too much of a good thing is a bad thing". There is also: "Too little of a good thing is not as good as can be" either. Research into long-range benefits and/or harms of what at first seems good may be missing or inconclusive. Until many findings are studied carefully: "Do not believe, make sure (Proverb)". As Edmund Burke (1790) writes in another context: "A claim is . . . ill-suited [if] unsupported." First get to the facts and study them well. Why? It is fit for progress and upkeep of soundness.
It can be hard to relate unless upright sincerity is mature and reciprocal.
Gauge possible harmful effects of going far off from nature's schemes for coping and thriving. The Greek term metron, balance, sound measure, is into this. Burke (1790): "Found your doings on sound precedent, authority, and example."
How real is the unreal if illusion is itself illusory, as Venkataraman Aiyer said (in Osborne, 1971:17)? Bamboo has tidings concerning it:
I conjure up in your mind an essence [that] you realise is but man-made.
Burke, Edmund. Reflections on the Revolution in France, and on the Proceedings in Certain Societies in London Relative to That Event. In a Letter Intended to Have Been Sent to a Gentleman in Paris. London: J. Dodlsey, 1790.
Katz, Vernon. Conversatons with Maharishi: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Speaks about the Full Unfoldment of Human Consciousness. Vol. 2. Fairfield, IA: MUM Press, 2015. Maclean, Dorothy. Call of the Trees. Everett, WA: Lorian Press, 2006.
Maclean, Dorothy. Seeds of Inspiration. Issaquah, WA: The Lorian Association, 2004.
Maclean, Dorothy. To Hear the Angels Sing: An Odyssey of Co-Creation with the Devic Kingdom. 5th Lorian ed. Everett, WA: Lorian Press, 2008.
Osborne, Arthur ed. The Teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharsi in His Own Words. New ed. London: Rider, 1971.
The Findhorn Community. The Findhorn Garden Story. 4th ed. Findhorn Forres: Findhorn Press, 2008.
Yogananda, Paramahansa. Man's Eternal Quest. 2nd ed. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1982.
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