The sweetest of all sounds is praise - American proverb (Ap 479)
Finest praise, well deserved - OK. The proverb may be true unless there are false tones in the chorus. Which is the most rewarding forms of praise? Is it loud praise, muttered praise or silent praise? Do not laugh at the gospel-attuned idea that it may be silent praise that works best. Consider it instead, and reap benefits accordingly.
Parable wisdom applied to praise and bearing fruitOne may study why people praise, what they praise and thereby show they think well of unless they are envious, hypocritical and merely conformised praisers, of course. Waldorf Education is much according to the idea of sowing kernels in the minds of pupils and students, let them sleep on them and then work a bit on them by artistic means. It is a wholesome process that is aimed at.
The term 'prayer' may here be back-translated into mantra, a word of power.
Now, Maharishi introduced the TM Sidhi Programme in tune with these cardinal processes to accelerate well-being: First go deep within through the art of meditation. They focus in a relaxed, settled state on some well-picked thought-seed, and make thoughts manifest much effortlessly - act on them also." That is somehow how to make progress and bear fruit, we are told. [◦More]
Another outlet of the meditative tradition: [Lojong, mind-training]
Thus, now you have been given several ideas of how to go into kernels and make some of them work in your life if things go well. It is also a very good way of studying, tells the British psychologist Tony Buzan, an author of many books about smarter learning.
As for praise, know what or who you praise, and why, and then you can find the kernels that work, presumably. One caveat: Things that many praise, are seldom rare. Take at look at Maslow's so-called plus deviants (excellent people) and what they live out, and thereby get better off if there are some things you want to emulate.
Frogs* croak a lot, but is it high praise on the frog level? Now, there is silly praise and better praise, depending on time, place, environment - all combined with the kind of praise.
"Every man likes his own praise best," is an American proverb" but learn from Buddha to excel mere froggy* praise well, and for long. He says, "He honours me best who practices my teaching best." (Narada 1988;287). Buddha also says his teachings are "excellent in the beginning, in the middle, and in the end." Just seek to keep a long-range view to your benefit.
The best kind of praise may be called deep honouring, and shown in a fruitful life well lived. It is a bit akin to Ralph Waldo Emerson's "What you are shouts so loud in my ears I cannot hear what you say."
* According to Transactional Analysis, . . . every child is born to be a little prince or little princess. Unfortunately, childhood experiences may cast their own version of an evil spell and make many people feel like frogs instead. On certain days, if things go wrong, even you may feel that way. On other days, if things go really wrong, even you may act a little froggy. . .
"Honour to whom honour is due," is a proverb. And the right sort of honouring is not dwarfing, not froggy either. To be shown honour is humbling, rather, and humility is generally good, much as the American proverb suggests: "Before honour is humility. [Ap 307]"
Also, many sorts of praise might work well, and not overdoing the praise is good too. To praise when it is too late, is failed praise, quite as "Give me a flower when I'm alive; not a flower on my coffin," and similar sayings express.
When is the best time to praise in time? How much of it is too much? It depends. The Norse teaching-poem Havamal says:
Praise day at evening,
It suggests: Reserve your praise well, for example until things are settled, if you are up to it. As for overpraise, it goes a long way toward mockery, as the case may be. "Be careful" includes "Don't praise too late," and "Medium praise is not always the most fit praise; some deserve better."
Some praise at morning what they
Apply the best of Maslow as you care. Try not to let your praise go astray.
Narcissists pose still other angles and stipulations.
Jubilant praise may not be bad. However, too long and loud disregard of one's surroundings could have negative effects. Or swelling praise indicates one's realisation-sprouts need to be moved to a better place to grow and thrive. Moving on could have that form of wise thought behind it, for what bystanders know or care to know.
The brooding one, on the other hand, may not come up with anything jubilant if no seeds strike root in that one.
A dog praises what dogs appreciate. Somehow the master of a dog is its "leader of the pack", and pecking-order and submissions are into it, like it or not. From this it stands out that leaders of many may have much doglike work to do, like it or not.
The previous leader of Self-Realization Fellowship, called Daya Mata (Faye Wright), once likened Yogananda to a dog. She was speaking of how an avatar descended into human form, and likened it to a human descending into dog shape. Maybe the comparison is out of place in the light of the Bible, which is also praised in SRF.
What is a human being that you are mindful of him,
The level spoken of here is not a dog level. What about subjects who praise "His Lordship" in a symbiotic dance of a sort? Farm animals get devoted to the farmer they serve and makes use of them down to selling their hooves to the glue factory, and common people in several countries shout in praise of the king and queen and kiss the hands their forefathers would rather cut off for their warfare, heavy taxes and much viiolence. Don't let anyone twist your mind by deranging natural id development. It is needed to see where the money and resources go before it is too late to do anything substantial about it, for the prestige follows money and wealth in time.
Why not mind some enlightening words by the American scientist Charles Sanders Peirce and Fred Kerlinger on "fixing faith"? Kerlinger asserts, "A metaphysical explanation is simply a proposition that cannot be tested. (Kerlinger and Lee, 2000:6)" Theories of humans being reborn as dogs are to be handled as metaphysical, so long as they cannot be proved well.
Fred Kerlinger (1910–91) gives us Four Methods of Knowing so that many lower desires will not get the best of all of us. Based on Charles Sanders Peirce, Kerlinger says there are four general ways of knowing or fixing belief
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