Menial entertainment - refrain from it
Calculate well to live and go for deep draughts of a savoury life style in the fit garden and "to the brim"
Both fun, developed humour, grace of external brilliance, and meaningful functions in life may show up to reflect profound prudence in time. Besides, environment helps some people and many an expressive artist so that he doesn't become a shame to any close ones.
It should be wise to remain rational and pessimistic towards frauds rather than getting subjected to ridicule after some time, and getting one's light darkened and taken over by menial ones.
Since probing communication is not all there is to a relationship, the able lover should be protected to avoid harassment and afflictions, and profit better from a more substantial and lasting relationship with the opposite sex.
An old man in monk's garb may have solid, gregarious humour and creative grasp inside, too - nay, be skilled and gregariously fit for entertainment - for the great man may not solve big problems, explains Tao Te Ching, or so it seems. ◇
Who forms images cannot fully hide the inherent good sides to him or her
We can add a sense of caution and a bit superficiality as fits, we too, while going for very savoury knowledge and tact.
Naturally, we function fairly well without being teased or inspired for it, so beware of getting inspired. For many inspirations are not unlike whiffs of smoke. However, the sense of staunch prudishness can be worn down and swayed by both too insubstantial inspirations, opinions and marriage standards. Hovever, creating expressions and creating images could be of use to some. ◇
Brooding ones should shield themselves proficiently rather than ending up like actors and actresses - because they are terribly publicly exposed, and that mars too many already, unlike seeming uninteresting and dull, which can be quite an art in its own right too, perhaps in harmony with the proverb, "It is a fool who cannot hide his wisdom."
The victims of frequent harassments - actors, playboys and others - need to take rests to cope well after having a fruitful direction to go.
It appears the public, by whims and folly led, has urges to become a playboy and celebrity and dancing star too.
It should be all-round wise enough to let personal recognition and security go hand in hand. ◇
Many workaholics go unrecognised and may be discarded for being too selfless
Try to make the most of your library skills and bright insights all the same. By the way, the Gold Scales library is huge.
Delicate creatures may get easily upset and have a penetrating sense of peace, also beneath the surface.
Many of undemanding relationships can in time turn into wry and dry workaholics if much undermined. ◇
What can really help is being neither selfish nor selfless, being balanced and not too brutal, feeling free and easy for most part. ◇
It is possible to go for quite simple and functional forms and appreciate simplicity and sincerity, while adopting a more modest way of life.
At the same time one needs to be alerted to the possibility that hidden brightness means injury - hiding one's light, that is.
All the same, superfluous ornament can be discarded.
Superior ones proceed in clearing up some things.
One can emerge from dark periods strengthened.
Entertaining pictures get recognised all over the world.
I was fond of visiting saints. I found I could visit one such saint only about midnight. Some friends went there along with me. It was all dark.
About ten or eleven we arrived at a building. We were told by an attendant of the saint on the ground floor, "Don't talk, just sit quietly."
He disappeared and came back after half an hour or so. He said, "Follow me very quietly."
We quietly went up to the first floor. We felt someone was sitting on a sort of chair, reclining, comfortable. We sat down quietly, and found two or three other men were also sitting there. It was all dark, but after perhaps twenty minutes a car a long way off suddenly shed some light on Guru Dev for a moment. It was just enough to have a glimpse of him.
Then I said, "Could I not be at your service?"
He said, "What you are doing?"
"Oh, better finish your studies."
"And then, where will you be?"
"Oh you will find me somewhere."
I was asked to complete my studies. Once I saw him I knew he knew best, and whatever he said was my action.
Then Guru Dev went back to the lonely forests he had come from, and there was no way to keep contact with him. About three years later, I saw him in the market of a big city of north India, he was carried in a big procession. This was when he visited the city as Shankaracharya of North India, and thus the head custodian of Hinduism there.
Mahesh joined the guru's busy ashram at Varanasi (Banaras) and discovered there was a vast retinue of learned people around him, and that "I was absolutely insignificant."
One week passed, and Mahesh saw an opportunity to assume the role of clerk to the guru. Wishing to get even closer to the guru he attempted to attune himself to the master's thinking for two and a half years.
"The method that I adopted was just to sense what he wanted at what time - what he wanted. I picked up activity as a means to adjust to his thought, to his feelings."
[Extracted from Gdm 193-97]
You may do better than being a Christian, that sort of "depraved sheep". This is at the centre of the teachings of Jesus - that those who are healthy do not need him. [Mark 2:17; cf. Matthew 9:12-13] Hence, Go for sanity, not Christianity, on the word of Jesus. Also, the sanity he speaks for, is very much like holistic health, which includes appropriate moral. How droll that purportedly all-knowing gurus of SRF never tell that . . . [More]
Get thoroughly aware that Christianity is essentially based on the idea of vicarious sacrifice, which is brutish and another form of scapegoating - and is at any rate just for "sick sheep", says Jesus. [More].
Appropriate tact is not second-hand, and it helps all-round solvency.
You should not be misled to reduce your hard-won solid doings and presentations of yourself.
The ousted member of the family may be in for a hard time.
It is a further step in a yoga training program to get proficient in samyama. Samyama is well applied focus in deep meditation, that is, delicately attuned. [Coco; Yolt; Via etc.]
Let words you spend attention on, be of worth, and not overly silly.
"In the matter of likes and dislikes we are all crazy," says Yogananda [Ak 425]. This supposedly means that parts of what that guru liked was crazy. At any rate, let the man speak for himself.
"The trouble is that all of us, as Paramahansaji used to say, are a little bit crazy, and we do not know it," says the fellowship's late president, Daya Mata (1914-2010) [On, "Qualities of a Devotee"]. Let the SRF president speak for herself and the SRF "crew", then.
"Woman is the destroyer of man. Do not look at her, at any cost." - Lahiri Mahasaya, married, with children. - (Saying 77). "At any cost" . . . Instead, find a better norm. Why not "Use your eyes wisely," or "Use your head"?
In the SRF cult they also want you to believe that they believe that Yogananda had attained complete union with God and therefore his wisdom is flawless." But are they not all "a little bit crazy and do not know it", as Yogananda teaches, SRF-purportedly flawlessly?
Yogananda claims to be in harmony with the Bhagavad Gita teachings, but how can he really be if the universe is unreal, as he and his fellowship teach? And how can he be relied on for anything real? Now the Gita teaches that those who preach that the world is illusory - Yogananda does - are demoniac. That is one translation. [Bhagavad Gita 16:7-10]. More and more interestingly; those gurus who teach the world is unreal may not be real either, not genuine either, and that goes for their teachings too, all of them. For SRF gurus and their teachings are parts of a world they claim is illusory.
If you etch out your ego, as Yogananda repeatedly goes for, how can you improve and develop? The bet is you cannot then.
To take care - young ones do not find that easy.
Just one significant bad feature of a teaching may spoil much through some domino effect or other: One card falls over its neighbour, and so on. Also, if only one little organ fails in the body, the whole body may succumb to death for it. It happens in some cases.
Yogananda told, "I don't pray. That may seem a strange thing to say [Ak 121]." Well, the guru "rattled off" dozens and dozens of prayers in public, aiming at Americans. His book Whispers from Eternity contains a vast array of his prayers.
Show appropriate responsibility, turn Selfwards, and adhere to drawing closer to your Self as you go on and develop. Fair yoga has methods others than prayers. Sanyama is a key word for lots of successes. What deeply matters is to focus intently in fruitful ways. There are several ways to do it.
Sailendra Bejoy DasGupta has written on the gurus of kriya yoga. He affirms:
More emphasis should be laid on the intellectual and theoretical aspect instead of cherishing a loving and devoted memory of the illustrious one to be able to comprehend the inner depths and wider perspectives. [Kriya Yoga, ch 5]
Yogananda quotes, "The guest is God. [Pa 144]." Not all guests are decent and kind. We have to use our discrimination.
Inspect. If you cannot stand up for yourself - trust yourself so very fundamentally - strive to assess the deeds of others before you put faith in all their words. If you cannot trust yourself, can you date well? To inspect; do it yourself - Then maybe the best fruits of your labours will not get wasted. You can hardly be too circumspect. And maybe the wise saying holds water: "Where all think alike, none thinks well (Saying against morbid conformity). There are occasions where it does not fit, though.
The book Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and other books too may seem to give a lot, but do they? How far is it verified by controlled experiments and things like that? To be on the safe side, seek facts above great-looking, endearing sayings by possibly phoney authorities.
Dr Steven Karpman's drama triangle diagrams games (hanky-pankies). Three roles: Persecutor, Victim, and Rescuer. If there is no genuine rescuing in games of helping, bad feelings result. And one of the quickest ways out of the drama triangle is to be rational and ask, "What are the facts?" [Pla 80-82]
Note that the key Yogananda teaching is that the world is unreal. Any help on such a basis must be false as the universe - And main sides to the (illusion-festered) teachings of SRF gurus Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, and Yogananda boil down to: "A hardened criminal pops up and - bang! - shoots the guru dead, and God is the doer and the victim, and all is for show (Sanskrit: lila, play) - not real at all. Passers-by may not realise it, and blah-blah-blah. [Pa 344 etc.] I suggest you find truer teachings to follow, so as not to get ensnared.
Just skipping the bible readings may work well provided your further life efforts are well directed and you get protected. The Gentle Middle Path of Buddhism etches out a fine scheme for benign self-help efforts.
Problems of SRF
"Solve all your problems through meditation." [Pa 333]. - What if Yogananda-given meditation and auxiliary teachings are your problem?
"The omnipotent Paratman [explained as "Supreme Soul"] can heal anyone, doctor or no doctor!" - Lahiri Baba. [Pa 299] - Let us hope that - that he can and will.
The Great Lover Krishna of SRF etc.
At its center stands Krsna as the full manifestation of god and the continued presence of Krsna . . . the great lover of the gopis [milkmaids and married such ones], the perfect partners in this love. - Klaus Klostermaier, A Survey of Hinduism p 215.
It is taught in Hindu scriptures that Krishna seduced milkmaids and abducted 16 or 18 000 apsara females - what a task - and raised his own race through them. But the race of Krishna was also drowned.
If you admiringly want to become more like Krishna and get your own harem, find comfort in the thought that Jesus and the Bible never says it is bad.
In Hinduism, we find both polygamy and polygandry (that is, one woman has several husbands). Yogananda says that in a past incarnation he was polyandric, one of five brothers who shared the same wife. He said he had been Arjuna, without stressing his polyandric side. "Times change, and we with them." [Mahabharata, Srimad Bhagavatam 10:22:1-28; 10:69 etc.]
The great lover Krishna is one of the six SRF gurus who are regularly worshipped in Yogananda's fellowship by monks and nuns and all. Ah, is not it fun?
By the way, what is the greatest way of following? Lip service or emulation? Ask, "Why is it not abducting thousands of women per male follower that SRF stands for?" if it is, do not ever expect a straight answer, for it goes against the laws of almost any country today.
You have to be firm to keep insights. And bear in mind: "Understanding is one thing, remembering is quite another." Understanding and recall work in part differently. A presentation that serves recall (memory) tends to be more fit than just rattling off. A memory-assisting presentation should be worthwhile.
In Rinsai Zen
In Rinsai Zen there is a harassing method of focusing one's awareness on koans. In part they rely on metaphors, in part on something deeper. The novice is supposed to focus on the enigma (koan), and reach a state of perplexity in the end. If or when that is resolved by delicate insight, relief is had. Banging your head over and over against a brick wall and then stopping harming yourself, is not quite as beneficial in the long run, although relief can be had in both ways. (Joke).
Some yoga teachings and Zen teaching are not easy to get to grips with if: (1) they speak of experiences that are outside the ordinary range of awareness to most people; (2) they use metaphors you have not be taught, and then have to guess about; (3) they are misleading on purpose.
In the yoga tradition such strains blend, and best instructions may not be had from books either. In the light of this you can stick to your grounding as long as convenient, and learn to be careful if out of your waters (tradition, etc). In the long run you may come to less harm in such ways.
Be alerted to look behind scenes and words. Some koans and yoga puzzles may be divulged, and yet be hard to inform well about. Kriya yoga is gentle breathing in essence. However, it is also called a fire rite by Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952). But there is no visible fire there. Consider what the guru means by calling it a way to die and rest the organs, a rite and sacrifice resulting in a metaphorical skeleton and cleanness [Ay ch 26; Ha 244]
To be true to fact rises above obscure passages and haphazard interpretations of them to suit oneself. I have not met anyone who has told he died from doing kriya, for one thing. And I have not seen any mature documentation from Yogananda's fellowship SRF that it works as the guru "bellows" either - but much hype that goes largely unverified, I regret to say.
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Mmw: Ganguli, K., tr. The Mahabharata, Vols 1-12. 4th ed. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1981.
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