Much in life is about adjustment.
Can pigs fly? That is highly unlikely, is one answer. Can humans fly through the air without wings and other contraptions? That is true, affirms the Church, and does not refer to Jesus that was said to rise up in the air and disappear there. Actually, there are many Catholics that have levitated, according to well known and esteemed sources. [A levitating Catholic and others]
Tibet's patron saint, Milarepa, has a reputation for flying in the yogi-way, from cave to cave over hills and valleys in Tibet. It may seem like a convenient way of transportation where no roads exist, but the preparation for being able to levitate and fly may be long, very long, hard and unfruitful. If unfruitful as such, make it count a lot in other ways. Milarepa's main object was not to learn to fly either, it was meditating a lot.
"I could actually fly without wings of any kind. Sometimes I flew to a castle to meditate. At other times I flew to the water source where I had a good cave."
Nature's ways are (t)here to learn from. Some of them may serve a human if these ways are sorted out, refined and carefully adapted. Adjust to nature if you are part of it, so that you can "make the best of it".
Nature is a matrix built up of masterly intelligent designs and interactivity. Man and animals depend on air, water, sunshine and plant life (and one another) to survive - possibly much more, such as parents. It is a complex web, one that allows for estrangements such as design clothing, wrongly built houses and much else in inhospitable, even earth-devastations on large scales for a while.
Some deviations from the common work for bad, and other deviations work for good. The average is at best only so-so, says Abraham Maslow; it is not likely the standard of a good human fare, although there may be good inside it. It is what deviates from the average in positive ways that are worth while, he thinks. Those who do so, he terms plus-deviants.
There is much to learn. A fit and fair learning process needs to be encouraged, not stilted, and especially not stilted by formal schooling, which is widespread.
Much of what is to be learnt in life, is out there. Something is also within. Psychology amd the best spiritual teachings offers examples. Something is both within and outside. Biology covers such a field of learning.
Often humans learn something of themselves by the living beings around – animals and humans alike. To learn better, one had better bear in mind that "comparisons halts" more or les so. Still, often there is no better way of telling things initially. Comparisons – allegories, figurative mentions, and figurative elements – make it easier to grasp intending meanings on some level of interchange.
Learning from Animals
If you want to establish if donkeys can talk as in the Bible (Numbers 22), test it. If not one in a million or trillion can do it untaught, you should perhaps drop fervent belief in the matter. But keep an eye open to that possible one-in-a-trillion donkey if it exists. The reasoning is: "If we have found no talking donkey after testing a trillion of them, that does not mean that the trillion-and-oneth cannot talk unless it has been tested. There may be room for some philosophical indeterminism of such a kind up to a point where it is hardly practical at all.
Another example: If you are told that humans can fly without wings and other outward aids, study the evidence. That is the staunch thing to do. [Levitation]
Those who believe or disbelieve blindly, do not deal well enough with the issues at hand. "Twin fools; the one believes all, the other nothing" is the proverbial judgement. So it behoves us to study fit and great evidence. For example, the many attested stories of Catholics who have been observed levitating or flying. Milarepa too.
Besides, it matters to learn from animals. Human beings can learn to observe animals and birds and reptiles and learn a lot from them. Some proverb contain such learning, but not all of them. Prejudice is into a large number of proverbs too.
Birds will be birds, but pigs are more like us.
The title "supreme swan" indicates that birds have symbol value. The parrot is another bird. When it talks, it is at times surprising.
The Sanskrit work Markandeya Purana is one of the earliest bird conventions in literature. It is a large book.
Can birds talk and not just parrot? There is evidence that some birds do. [More]
In Chinese, 'bat' is called "Fu". That is the same sound as "blessing" or "happiness" in Chinese. So to the Chinese the bat symbolizes blessing, luck, happiness and long life. And to the British, a black cat across the road signals good fortune.
Learn from the bat not to be found flying about in the air in a circus tent for someone else, for no money and no acclaim on your part . . . Watch where the money goes. Esteem in this world tends to follow the money flow.
Bats sleep in caves and you may build a house to sleep soundly in too. Many yogis get their own caves. If the mountain is fit and the location good and supplies to live on are forthcoming, cave houses leave room for a new developments, though we do not yet have good, convenient to cut through rocks like melting cheese. But the point is: if the rock is convenient, holes may be had and families may live there. There are many examples of it world-wide, for example in Turkey. Unfortunately, though, if the mountains and mountain slopes or cliffs should be used by urbanisation-fervent ones, a rustic charm may soon be made to dwindle.
Bats fly about in the air at twilight hours – few notice them at it. Two of the masters behind Yogananda have been reported to fly in the air. Few have eyewitnessed it. Ram Gopal was one. He saw "a circling mass of mystical light travelling in the sky." It "materialised itself into the body of a beautiful youth". [Autobiography, ch 33].
If most humans learn to fly, they are likely to complicate it. Air crashes are good examples, but there are many other complications too, including loss of free use of the air that we breathe.
Bat's excel in the upside-down pose, which they can keep during winter months in a cave, and longer than most yoga practitioners.
Bats do not try to be darlings to anybody outside their species, and yet they are capable of astounding feats, including top-notch radar navigation.
The bat is the one flying mammal; very discreet.
Bats talk by how they manage; by common results. Most animals do that. Besides they communicate with one another in several ways other than screaming and bellowing too..
"It will happen when pigs fly (or when pigs have wings)" is used to mean that the specified event will never occur.
In an ancient tale about Vishnu, the planet was drowned and submerged in the ocean. On seeing this, Vishnu (as Hari) took the shape of a boar and dived so well that he caught it down there, and brought it to the surface by astounding use of his tusks.
A swine deserves more than "Good god!" and a few pats on the back for that feat. Here we are informed that once our world was saved by a big boar dwelling higher up and overlooking it. All details may not have been accurately described in the old tale, though. But still it instills respect for his cousin the pig, I hope. It is a kind animal, much intelligent, full of feeling too, and capable of herding sheep and handling a joystick if given some training. Research shows that well enough. [More]
How kind should men be to pigs, all in all? That should be decided. A general guideline is: allow them their tract of land (habitat) and leave them alone as much as you can. Hinduism finds it appropriate to have a big boar on top (too). What Hindus often did, was to leave animals alone and marry young. Let us hope they still can afford a lot of wildlife in their country.
Black, brown and white bears have learnt how to lower their metabolism during winter, so as to survive in unfriendly environments. Some yogis are said to hibernate too. But man is not an animal. Bear yoga while aware and awake. If you have learnt to hibernate in a yogic way, have you considered that good men find their inner peace without hibernating for it?
Some bears take sheep. There is much more to say about bears.
Half-rituals bind many, far and wide
Insects communicate by seeming rituals, like "dances". Rituals and half-rituals make people slavish too.
A wise man knows that not everyone met on his porch is a fiend.
A teacher also learns something by teaching her students and pupils. It is often like that. Humans learn by interacting.
If you think everybody is good at heart, you may lose your life: Psychopaths will not mend their hardened ways – do not expect it [cf. Toh].
Heresy is the school of pride. (British). And Christians started as Jewish heretics -
The wife of the former monk Martin Luther was a nun that had fled from a convent, and had six children with him.
Practices that get widespread, why not marrying nuns too, can rise into a main religion. There have been and are religions backing up religious prostitution. Astarte was looked on as the Great World Mother, but not in the Bible.
Half-rituals enslave hordes. Compare football.
It matters what the beliefs are. If they are out of step with reality, it may mean trouble for adherents.
Brutishly had dominance is often found on top of sitting accord among men and women.
What the opponent hold as great, you may try to change the value or esteem of.
If you are spoken of as valuable, try and preserve your assets, or else you may be made use of and entangled – caught in many ways that many celebrities do not get away from, even.
Fools may invent standardised ways of expressing things that go contrary to the much revealing ways of offhand and drunk people.
There may be no easy way unless you have a comparatively fine home of your own. For the lack of good housing, straight neighbours and heart-warming friends, some resort just to sexual intercourse.
We like to think that those fit for the torture place are very bad, uncongenital, brutal and vicious, chosen people, and that they are not helped by any God-ordained, vicarious animal sacrifice, including scapegoating and killing of a Son according to a plain that failed. A question is if there is much of value left after a day or three in a glowing pit. But Buddhists and Hindus don't consider hell to be truly real, not a lasting place to remain either.
Some stubborn topics can turn man into a neurotic wailer, but what is deep inside can be activated by art and pets too.
To spend time on silly drivel is hardly wise and well enough, but allow for many exceptions to it.
Don't believe much, if you can. Try some cool reservations
The fool on top is not wise
A quotation: "The Emperor has to carry out the functions of a ruler . . . who can spend his time in a life of ease? . . . With time so short, how foolish it is to fail . . . and to waste one's time . . ." – Dogen, [Dog 46]
King Solomon spent long years on building "harem stables". In fact, more time, effort and money on buildings for his harem than on the temple his father David had designed as if by whim and folly led: the Bible's Lord had majestically ordained in previous books of the bible that he would be worshipped only in his goat skin tent for all time to come. Did it come to pass?
Despite that Solomon went astray and allegedly ruined the royal dynasty, Jesus calls him the wisest man ever. True enough teachings are not self-serving bluffs.
Farm animals (cult and sect members) have a right to get enraged on their own behalf, but see if they do it, and where they funnel their anger in case. It may not be toward the fit target at all, and that is a problem with proud-looking sect slaves.
The swami guru of Yogananda, Yukteswar, advocated articles of copper, gold, silver, lead on the body here and there to serve as his figurative lightning rods - to trick the universe to be far friendlier to the wearer. A wearer does not have to look like a monster for these "lightning rods", but are good reasons to learn much instead of trusting in tricks, as tricks can backfire.
Yukteswar's "lightning rods" should be kept under the clothes. You will have to consider if you can make good use of such an investment apart from "When prices of these metals are rising, buy! When falling, sell!"
Promises kept and broken may lead to sorry endings
A rash promise set off the war in the long epic poem that includes the Bhagavad Gita as one of many chapters. A certain Drona there refrained from his rightful throne by assenting to something without worrying about possible later consequences.
Yogananda often claimed the cosmic fabric is an illusion. Where does it leave us, and him, and his teachings? Nowhere.
The Bhagavad Gita teaches that those who teach that the world is illusory, are demoniacs: they err and cause destruction. [Bhagavad Gita 16:7-9 ff.]
Yogananda's "The world is not real" was said in and is found in the world as a tendentious part of it. That is elementary. Despite his the-world-is-illusion-demagoguery, he demands a power-pledge of each kriya yogi – a pledge that keeps him and his gurus on top, it would appear – or in power. And faithful obedience is bad if what is faithfully obeyed is largely unfit and sham.
Ak: Yogananda, Paramahansa. Man's Eternal Quest. 2nd ed. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1982.
Ay: Yogananda, Paramahansa. Autobiography of a Yogi. 1st ed. New York: Philosophical Library, 1946. Online.
Ma: Pargiter, Frederick Eden, tr. Markandeya Purana. Calcutta: The Asiatic Society, 1904.
Toh: Sirnes, Tollak. - at vi skal elske hverandre. Oslo: Gyldendal, 1968.
Dog: Masunaga, Reiho, tr. A Primer of Soto Zen. A Translation of Dogen's Shobogenzo Zuimonki. Honolulu: University Press, 1975.
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