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Fine points to consider
Offering lots of public prayers - is it better or worse than being gay?
In many ways the demands of Jesus on followers make them victims. They are to dispense with their own property, turn the other cheek, let robbers prosper by their own lack of moral sense, and so on and on.
Regardless of that, common Christianity from the Apostolic Decree and onwards, did not include any of the commands of Jesus, so a non-Jewish Christian does not have to act self-destructively and self-ruinously on the crazy-looking commands. Have a look at Acts 15 and 21:25. There it is all shown, along with "no to blood food and three more requirements under that Good Old Deal. Very likely there were no gospels written at that time either. Accordingly, the gospel content is not a main thing for a Christian, for the earliy Christians were without them, and without the early Christians, the agreeing apostles and the Spirit, as it is said, there would be no later Christianity. [Wikipedia, s.v. "Apostolic Decree">]
Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) after Yogananda (1893-1952) holds as one of their aims "To reveal the complete harmony and basic oneness of original Christianity as taught by Jesus Christ and original Yoga as taught by Bhagavan Krishna; and to show that these principles of truth are the common scientific foundation of all true religions." [◦SRF Aims and Ideals]
In their Aims and Ideals they say "reveal" and not "function according to." Just "reveal" goes easier on many than living up to. Maybe that fine point could save the SRF members? Hardly, for in SRF they also claim Jesus to be one of their gurus. So they are faced with this: They call him "Lord, Lord," without acting self-destructively and self-ruinously, and without giving away their houses, farms, gold watches and other property just by being asked to by some of the millions of hobos in California or elsewhere, for example. Jesus rounds off some denouncements of pretetious fakers by "Away from me, evildoers!" [See Matthew 7:19-23]
It is a funny world, one marked by hypocricy and black greed, too:
Worth noting is that teachings of Jesus are self-contradictory, at times wrong, and largely inferior on the important issue of proper righteousness. It stands out. What is more, Jesus says prayer in public is a show-off or disrespect God. "When you pray, do not be like [those who] love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen ... but when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray ... in secret [Matthew 6:5-6]." And if you disregard it and thus disrespect God (!), what does Jesus say will be your fate for it? "Away from me, you evildoers [Matthew 7:19-23]!"
In SRF they offer lots of public prayers, and Yogananda has authored a whole book of such outpourings, called Whispers from Eternity [Wfe]. You may ask: "Where will it end? Are these guys really evildoers because they offer public prayers like many others around?" Well they are placed under the verdicts of Jesus by their own guru's decisions, whereas common Christians (non-Jews) are not, just as the fifteenth chapter Acts tells, with a repeat of the no-more-than-four requirements in 21:25. [Devotion]
To be headed by nuns - how good can it be?
Here is more to chew on: The doctrine of priestly celebacy was unknown to early Christians. The earliest Christian leaders were very largely married men. Self-Realization Fellowship, claiming to represent the "original Christianity of Jesus Christ" is headed monastics. What could be wrong with that? There were no nuns and monks in early Christianity; Monasticism was unknown in Christianity until the end of the third century. It is something more or less added to the teachings of Jesus. [Note 1] [Wikipedia, s.v. "Clerical celibacy"].
Yogananda and his "crew" added elements of later Christianity to what was at work in the times of Jesus. SRF is headed by nuns and monks when there was no monasticism in Christianity till the 200s CE. Yet, when being inconsistent, deceptive, in the wrong and so on are defined as part of the teachings of Jesus, some might welcome it, but without being good to man. More significant, some get duped and misled by unsound, non-helpful demagogy.
There is a danger that sects fool gullible newcomers and enroll them in their cult variants of faking and scheming or whatever. Hence, it is probably best not to give up your control in vital matters and not to fall victims of crazy talk and stupid demagogy or some harmful plots. Let us start with a Jesus quotation:
"[Do not think that] I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them." [Matthew 5:17]
See for yourself: Jesus himself ignored some vital parts of that Law, such as the enforced Sabbath rest. So the "original Christianity" of Jesus is not clear-cut, and he also goes against the Law of Moses in it, even though he claims that to Law to be valid to the letter [Matthew 5:17-19].
In Self-Realization Fellowship, founded by Paramahansa Yogananda, they not only tell they represent "original Christianity as taught by Jesus Christ", but also "original Yoga as taught by Bhagavan Krishna"; and to show that "these principles of truth are the common scientific foundation of all true religions." [◦Link]
To savour the topic more: Jesus allowed Sabbath work and said,
Till heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law till everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. [Matthew 5:18-19]
What is included in the Law that Jesus goes for and himself breaks? From that Law, Jews enumerate 613 things to do and not to do, the 613 Mitzvot. One of these old commandments is "Keep the Canaanite slave forever (Lev 25:46)." So it is not only lack of foreskin and a forced Sabbath (Saturday) rest that marks the Jew - and the Law that Jesus appears to vouch for for Jewish followers, and still breaks.
The tricky question of "Jesus Christianity" has been solved
Strictly speaking, there has never been any Christianity of Jesus - He had followers. Jesus claimed he came for Jews only, and taught for them only, and never used the term Christianity either. However, if we take Yogananda's words about "original Christianity" to mean many of the inconsistent, in part erroneous gospel-recorded teachings of Jesus, we have something to work with. That is what I mind to do in the following:
❖ Stupid is also as stupid believes. There is much stupid faith around, and mental disease too.
The stupid follower thinks he has to do everything Jesus says to call him "Lord, Lord" and not end in hell as a hypocrite for it. Well, it should not be like that, and that is what Acts 15 and 21:25 are about [More].
All commands and demands of Jesus were absent; there were just four requirements for Gentile followers, that is, for non-Jewish Christians.
James spoke up: "Brothers, it is my judgement that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood."
Such is the Bible's all-deal for non-Jewish followers. These New Testament verses prohibited blood food, making it binding on the Christian church. The Apostolic Decree is still observed today by the Greek Orthodox. Also, an Early Christian council was held in Jerusalem and dated to around the year 50. The council decided that Gentile converts to Christianity did not have to keep most of the Mosaic law, including the rules about circumcising males, and confirmed Acts 15 well. [More, including sources]
The naïve Jesus follower who is not a Jew, should think he came too late, and that the Deal for Christians was dramatically changed in Acts 15 and sustained in Acts 21:25, and the Early Christian counsil in Jerusalem.
As a helping hand to pigheaded "Jesus believers" and folly believers today, why not let them apply for a Real Follower's Certificate, based on doing what Jesus says his real, Jewish follower has to without a foreskin and with or without Saturday work, and so on. The core of the certificate may be ticked off boxes with public tests - followed in due time by some document testifying to the miracle-working in all its glory. A true faith certificate - such a wonderful idea against being taken in and then fooling oneself into the false belief of being a genuine follower without showing any signs of it!
❖ A certificate - how simple! And yet so neglected for strong reasons to keep silent in the matter -
2. Non-stupid follower
However, nothing of that is needed, nor is Jesus himself. He tells it. In Mark and Matthew Jesus says that healthy ones do not need him. So aim well and go for great, holistic health. Also, if you are a true Jesus follower, you have power that goes beyond Jesus [John 14:12] and regardless of that, have the faith that accomplishes anything, says the gospels in a few places. It is his word, again:
"Hold it. Back off. I found it possible to believe I could outdo your destructive commands of maiming myself for mere wishes, of being hated by all for your sake, and I do not have to do "miracle tricks" in faith. I have done greater things than that (John 14:12), in freedom. It was not impossible, just as you said."
You have freedom to defend yourself - You get the point. The accusing finger had better be removed, and let others too aim at good health over and above being a "sick sheep" (stupid follower). Those are parts of his outlooks - you may make a sensible selection or concoction of those that enpower you best, and stand firm.
At this level we may think SRF's Christianity is found. Maybe on the surface of things it is, but the faith of SRF looms higher too. I get back to that below.
At any rate, congratulations if you maintain you are a devotee of a good guru or good Buddhism. In so doing you cannot have broken the high reborn Christian's deal. Basta.
❖ Not doing things Jesus called for and claimed, is possible too, to the ones who have that faith - according to the Bible.
3. The Stupid Gentile Christian
The stupid man and women have not seen that they are free from the burden of following Jesus and adhering to what he said for Jews only, after the happenings of Acts 15. Only four requirements remained for non-Jewish, Gentile followers, it says. Freedom and ease are given. One should make use of them, like the talents of a parable.
For example, confused Christians may cling to an abandoned command, "Thou shalt not make thee any graven image" - without realizing that Acts 15 does not bother to include that command for Gentile followers. The history of Christianity shows that Christians in numbers have stuck to crosses, Marias and other icons all along - not all sorts of Christianity have done so, though.
❖ Christianity for non-Jews requires only four things. Which are they? No to blood food is among them. For all that, in many countries blood food is traditional Christmas food. Clownish? Maybe. It seems rather equal to adultery in the Good Book. [Acts 15; 21:25]
4. Better Christians: Buddhists and Hindus?
Nearly all Christians are non-Jews, that is Gentile followers. For such followers there were just four requirements, and not eating blood sausages and blood pudding is maintained as too important to cast away, seemingly. Most Christians do forget it, though. They also seem to ignore they are to be hated and persecuted by all, even though that is what Jesus says is the fate of his own. Think about it: You have to get famous like president George W. Bush to be know to many, and if all do not know you, all cannot hate you, can they? In sound maturity lies salvation from being hated and persecuted by all too.
Have that spirit that surpasses being a dupe. Just be better than him and do not follow self-molesting, risky dictates either: do not turn into a sick sheep or willy-nilly, then. You are allowed that in the "Jesus deal", methinks, and favour yourself throughout.
A good thing is that for non-Jews - Gentile followers - most words of Jesus were discarded to ease the burden. That is what Acts 15 is about. Claim eased burdens instead of being made one of the martyrs.
The great-looking promises and commands of Jesus were discarded. No gospels were written, letters by Paul and others were most like not written either - so grasp the essentials to be free from what is not really needed: Just drop eating blood sausage and blood pudding and adultery, and you have two out of four requirements covered. Even more positive: if you find yourself under the deal for Gentile followers, like most Christians, it is not forbidden to excel Jesus. That is where yoga may help you. Speaking of miracles, Patanjali enumerates many of them in his Yoga Sutras. Buddhistm has many others, in addition. And the guru Yukteswar mentions the eight famous yogi powers that may be developed:
Here you have the glimpse of winning yoga. It does not even exclude the smart Jesus-anchored variant (the second type above). Maybe you rise to some of these winning ways of life, or all of them, or maybe you rise above them too, through the good help of yoga methods. Good to know! The Mila Grubum about the fascinating Tibetan yogi Milarepa, is a book that captures such matters.
❖ The basic fact is that many statements of Jesus were discarded in the deal for Gentile Christians of early Christianity, by the Spirit and all the apostles. [ Acts 15; 21:25]
5. SRF, a Detour?
On your way through life you may encounter Self-Realization Fellowship, SRF. SRF has a Hindu monk as its founder, and sticks to his teachings. The fellowship had a broader scope when it was new, aspiring to be fit for all religions. By and by evidence has turned up that makes it fit to label it as a Hindu cult that has bhakti, devotion, as one of its key elements. As Encyclopaedia Britannica points out, most Hindus are cult members, and bhakti movements of Hinduism tend to generate cults in time. Vishnu worship started out like that, and is the biggest cult of Hinduism: about nine out of ten Hindus are Vishnu worshippers. Krishna is believed to be Vishnu incarnated. Krishna is another of the six claimed and worshipped SRF gurus.
How are the teachings of Jesus fitted to the SRF variant of Hinduism, then? In SRF, Jesus and his teachings are adapted to Hinduism, and not the other way round. Certain elements of his teachings are ignored, others are "interpreted" by Yogananda. In some respect they mean to hail Jesus as one of their six, claimed gurus, but they disregard many of his sayings, such as his no to other Christs than himself.
SRF does not take off from Gentile Christianity, as far as I know, but is Hinduism that seeks to incorporate some seemingly suitable parts of the teachings of Jesus to itself, through interpretations that contain deep belief in karma, reincarnation, yogi miracles, and self-help methods to reach God (Atman, the Self), ideally - called heresy by a Catholic professor, "Father Matheo". Mind that "You say tomato, I say tomato" - a Catholic says "heresy" where others may say "self-help" provided there are good key methods and freedom to develop.
Some of the novel definitions of Yogananda, for example of the Holy Spirit that fell on early Gentile Christians, is that that Holy Ghost is Aum. The bible has it differently, for your information. You will not find most of the key elements of traditional (Gentile) Christianity in SRF. The question is: To what degree are SRF and Yogananda sailing under false colours? [Link]
A core belief in SRF is that Jesus and a secretive yogi called Babaji, are in constant communion and have planned self-help salvation - despite words in the gospels that go against the whole thing. Another part of the SRF faith is that Yogananda, the founder, also was on intimate terms with Jesus.
The first and most telling reason for leaving SRF alone, is perhaps that Jesus warns against false Christs, and the SRF world is rather filled with yoga Christs. The second reason may be that Jesus aptly tells that healthy ones do not need him. If you aim for holistic health, shun Hindus that claim to be in communion with Jesus, then.
Either such Hindu gurus do not tell the truth, which is not good, but asat, or they have not reached a higher level than the morally inferior bully level of Jesus and his Father: As Buddha shows, it is decent to aim higher and better than seeking to sacrifice innocents and other victims for the sake of helping criminals to ease and plenty is not righteous, no matter what is told in the Bible and SRF.
SRF may help some into some loosely understood "medium level" of development above baboons, altogether, but it requires wise discernment on your part. It is better to aim for better than being a sick sheep, in conformity to words by Jesus. That takes us to high and health-giving forms of Buddhism and Hinduism. I thank God they exist.
❖ You need to inspect the kriya yoga hype of SRF, for obvious reasons.
6. Wise Buddhism and Hinduism
In the light of "healthy ones do not need Jesus", as he says, it must be best to drop guru-gurus that say they are in communion with Jesus too, and not only Jesus. There is something better, says Jesus: Health and a highstanding moral that functions without vicarious sacrifice, which is unjust. Why believe that Jesus died for your sins even before you were born? Why get bound like a dog in a leash to learn kriya yoga when it is free from other sources? Why make yourself grossly dependent when you can remain free and grow in freedom? In SRF you get bound to Yogananda for lifetimes, according to an oath you have to swear (against words of Jesus again), in order to learn kriya yoga. You can learn kriya yoga in freedom from other sources, however. I have to recommend that above getting bound by an oath that violates Human Rights laws.
When I was young I had taken up TM, and yet was fooled into SRF by the hype of astounding evolution through kriya yoga and much else. I did not notice at first the downsides to the guru-given deals involved. It was hard to extricate oneself from Yogananda.
If we aspire to get all-round healthy and not need Jesus and all that, back-up is essential, and proficiency. To steer well, Buddha's non-dogmatic guidelines are very helpful along with sound yoga meditation methods - I recommend TM - and good fellowship - which is, ideally, good friends. A flock of five or more would be great help. Buddha explains who are bad friends and who are good friends.
In this I do not speak of more religions than three. I just bring out points from three of the most widespread ones. Not all variants of Buddhism and Hinduism may be worthwhile in all respects, though. That needs to be taken into account. Good inspections matter, and not all fellowships teach fairly, but take to dogmatism instead.
❖ Good inspections before committing matter. You may learn kriya yoga for free, and also in freedom in the Satyanandayoga line, but not in dogmatic SRF.
There is much foolery in the world.
To be on the safe side, try out some moderate steps first, and do not fall in small things, for example by not eating shrimps when offered, and not getting rid of narcissistic freak plots that hinder the good things you are rightfully after. You are allowed to do it; Hope that. Have high hopes. It is all parts of those original teachings - that you do a lot better than Jesus. By this you may find out that Buddhist, basic teachings are really fine to live by, and many Hindu teachings too.
❖ The original teachings of Jesus demand you maim yourself for mere desires - but refrain. Do good instead.
To develop is not forbidden
The age of commandments has passed. The age of logic is here. - Yogananda [Dr 75]
How did commandments pass while many of them are still counted as valid? Is the age of logic really here?
Buddha taught by rational reasoning to help followers develop. That the age of commandments passed, happened 2500 year ago in the Buddhist world. He says, "Refrain from killing" or "Avoid killing" instead of categorical, absolute commands "Thou shalt not". His way of teaching morals is in harmony with developmental psychology - from "must" to "ought to", roughly sketched. The commands-religion speaks of outerdirectedness, which is a low ladder on the rung towards individual, high moral.
❖ Logic - which kind of logic? There is quantum logic too, nowadays, and parts of it seem not to correspond to how humans experience and sort out the work experience. [Thd]
Check yourself: Have you put tzitzit on the corners of clothing (Num 15:38)? Have you ever bound tefillin on the arm and on the head (Deut 6:8)? So!
If you think you have to follow Jesus in all respects to count as a Christian, you are not very much informed (1st form of Christians above). Here are not a few things you agree to then, on his Matthew sayings which he himself broke - [Matthew 5:18-19] Do not fool yourself. There are good reasons to drop inconsistent teachings altogether, but go ahead in the right way. That way of progress has its hallmarks.
To exemplify how Jews and Jewish-Christians are bound: There are certain foods that are prohibited to Jews, and some that are allowed if they have been handled in ritually accepted ways. According to the Law, animals that both chew their cud (ruminate) and have cloven hooves are kosher (allowed).
The following are called treif in Jiddish (unclean and unsuitable for Jews and SRF members who fancy they are under the original deal of Jewish Jesus - note well): Hare, mouse, ostrich, snail, swine, tortoise, crabs are considered unclean according to the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy. All shellfish are generally considered unclean. Examples of animals often considered to be unclean by their characteristics are alligator, bear, clam, crab, dog, dolphin, donkey, horselobster, magpie, parrot, prawns, shark, shrimp, squid, snake, skunk, and turtle.
This list is just a selection. Today rabbis are uncertain as to which insects are specifically permitted, so now all insects are prohibited to be on the safe side - But there is more: An allowed (kosher) animal or bird must be slaughtered according to Jewish law (Shechita) to be eatable - after their throats have been cut swiftly with a very sharp knife in the hands of an expert. Also, the animal must be determined to be free of 70 different categories of injuries, diseases and abnormalities.
❖ Shrimps are considered unfit food - ritually unclean - by stiff rules of old. By lots of rules - in part from lack of vets - Jews seem bound.
Not to degrade a beautiful woman (taken captive in war) to the condition of a bondwoman (Deut 21:14)
Not to do any work on the trees in the Sabbatical year (Lev 25:4)
Not to do work on Shabbat (it includes Saturday day) (Ex 20:10)
Not to enquire of an ob (a ghost) (Deut 18:11)
Not to give occasion to the simple-minded to stumble on the road (Lev 19:14) (this includes doing anything that will cause another to sin)
Not to give up hating the enticer to idolatry, and not to save the enticer from capital punishment, but to stand by at his execution (Deut 13:9)
Not to intermarry with Gentiles [non-Jews] (Deut 7:3)
Not to offer up any offering unsalted (Lev 2:13)
Not to put any Jew to shame (Lev 19:17)
Not to rebuild a city that has been led astray to idolatry (Deut 13:17)
Not to refrain from putting a false prophet to death nor to be in fear of him (Deut 18:22)
Not to remove the entire beard, like the idolaters (Lev 19:27)
Not to round the corners of the head, as the idolatrous priests do (Lev 19:27)
Not to sell a Hebrew maid-servant to another person (Ex 21:8)
Not to sever completely the head of a fowl brought as a sin-offering (Lev 5:8)
Not to slay an innocent person (Ex 20:13)
Not to take a pledge from a widow (Deut 24:17)
Not to tattoo the body like the idolaters (Lev 19:28)
Not to travel on Shabbat outside the limits of one's place of residence (Ex 16:29)
A man shall not wear women's clothing (Deut 22:5)
The breastplate shall not be loosened from the ephod (Ex 28:28)
❖ Do not intermarry with non-Jews and led astray by idolatry or idolatrous priests and not tattoo and travel widely - don't think Yogananda followers adhere to such deals of quack Christianity. They praise it with their lips, but their hearts are "far away in Hindustan". They are Hindus, first and foremost.
The High Kohein shall marry a virgin (Lev 21:13)
The newly married husband shall (be free) for one year to rejoice with his wife - shall be exempt for a whole year from taking part in any public labour, such as military service, guarding the wall and similar duties (Deut 24:5)
Affix the mezuzah to the doorposts and gates of your house (Deut 6:9)
Bind tefillin on the arm and on the head (Deut 6:8)
Celebrate the festivals [Passover, Shavu'ot and Sukkot] (Ex 23:14)
Circumcise the male offspring (Gen 17:12; Lev 12:3)
Destroy idolatry and its appurtenances (Deut 12:2-3)
Do unto false witnesses as they had purposed to do (to the accused) (Deut 19:19)
Dwell in booths seven days during Sukkot (Lev 23:42)
Examine the marks in fishes and locusts (so as to distinguish the clean from the unclean (Lev 11:9,21)
Have a place outside the camp for sanitary purposes and to keep that place sanitary (Deut 23:13, 14-15)
Keep fire always burning on the altar of the burnt-offering (Lev 6:6)
Keep the Canaanite slave forever (Lev 25:46)
Let the land lie fallow in the Sabbatical year (Ex 23:11; Lev 25:2)
Make a parapet for your roof (Deut 22:8)
Marry the widow of a brother who has died childless (Deut 25:5) (this is only in effect insofar as it requires the procedure of release: The widow formally release the brother-in-law (if he refuses to marry her) (Deut 25:7-9)
Pay wages to the hired man at the due time (Deut 24:15)
Put tzitzit on the corners of clothing (Num 15:38)
Read the Shema in the morning and at night (Deut 6:7)
Rejoice on the festivals (Deut 16:14)
Release debts in the seventh year (Deut 15:2)
Rest on Shabbat (Ex 23:12; 34:21)
Restore that which one took by robbery (Lev 5:23)
Set the mother-bird free when taking the nest (Deut 22:6-7)
Slay the inhabitants of a city that has become idolatrous and burn that city (Deut 13:16-17)
❖ Slay idolators, burn their cities, and keep the Canaanite slave forever, says the Law that Jesus finds fit to go for in Matthew 5:17. You find more tolerant things to do than to say you adhere to it, like SRF, while worshipping Divine Mother etc.
If you study the common practices and directives of SRF, you will find the church does not normally demand any parapet on the roof of members . . . At least I do not know of any such case. And what they do to the corners of clothings, beards, and Canaanite slaves, birds know. Maybe they do not have to deal with such issues, depending on how free they have become.
But it could work well to ask an SRF minister whether he salts any offerings to Divine Mother, for example. Try to ferret out the right answer to each and any of the 613 commandments, since they do form part of that "original Christianity of Jesus Christ", on his own word in Matthew 5:17. I think for my part and am happy to tell that SRF has nothing to do with many of them. They just fake that they stand for slaying the inhabitants of a city that has become idolatrous and burning such towns. There are many wildfires in California today anyway, and more to come, possibly.
Also, in addition to the typical Jewish deals, founded on the Law, Jesus demands self-maiming, self-impoverishments, and strong miracles of his true followers, such as casting mountains into the sea - which no one appears to do. In part because the Christianity of Jesus - that of miracle-working emissaries - failed and gave way. Most disciples left him, it says. (Acts 15, etc).
Is there a way out? Not only one, but two and three. They may work best together.
1. There is ample reason to drop notorious hypocricy, but politely, to your own advantage. It is good for health and personal development, if done with tact. There can be much salvation in that recognition alone.
2. Go for rational handling and good consistency. There is next to nothing original in the teachings of Jesus; a lot can be found in the Old Testament and many other old texts. What was "original" was claiming to stand by the Law while twisting and breaking it. Suspect there is not much of value in an original Christianity like that. I would say you can eat prawns and shrimps again. Traditional Christianity (common Christianity) holds the keys to unlock the trap:
3. It is part of the teachings of Jesus that you can do better than him in a positive spirit [John 14:12], so jump ahead. At least think positive thoughts and aim well. The apostles and the Ghost found it was better for non-Jews not to be ridden by commands of Jesus at all. Acts 15 shows all that. Also, Peter was told in a vision in Joppa [in Acts] that he could eat reptiles - If you have faith that you can replace or ignore the commands and teachings of Jesus and God of the Old Testament, nothing of the sort is forbidden to you. Then you do not have to keep the Canaanite slave forever and things like that either. "If you have faith . . . Nothing will be impossible for you. [Matthew 17:21]." "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer [Matthew 21:22]." Judaism and Christianity is based on vicarious sacrifices. Believe that vicarious sacrifice is ugly, and adhere to better moral standards, to your benefit.
It will be very good to go for TM and key points of fair self-help Buddhism (above) and help oneself and not need to fall victims to plots through "Jesus" and other so-called Christs.
❖ The keys: sustained self-help by handy Buddhist teachings and TM.
Dr: Yogananda, Paramahansa. The Divine Romance. 2nd ed. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship, 2002.
Thd: Zukav, Gary. The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics. London: Rider, 1979.
Wfe: Yogananda, Paramahansa. Whispers from Eternity. Ed. Kriyananda. 1st ed. Paperback. Nevada City: Crystal Clarity, 2008. Online. www.ananda.org/inspiration/books/whispers/.
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