Blessed momentums over and over yield rich harvests in time. Good fortune changes with the times, but one direction is still the same: getting deep within toward the heart's "wide-ranging land". That is where a genuine success tends to start.
Thinking means among other things: to use one's mind to produce thoughts; to weigh in the mind; consider especially quietly, soberly, and deeply; examine attentively or deliberately; focusing on something so as to understand it deeply; to reason; to consider suitability, and so on.
Many books have been written so that lots of persons can learn about thinking for their benefits. There are many angles, as shown by book titles like "Beyond Positive Thinking, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Deep Thinking, Positive Thinking, Optimal Thinking, Probabilistic Thinking, Productive Thinking, Progressive Thinking, Sleep Thinking, and Smart Thinking, to name some of them. Book references are at the bottom of the page.
Thinking has its routines and fallacies too, as when logic and argumentation is into it. But still, "There is nothing so practical as a good theory," said Kurt Lewin (in Smith et al, 2000:11): Theories are derived from thinking, and various practical outcomes of thoughts may be researched and handled with skill and gentleness also.
It is generally fit to survey and perhaps mount evidence and matters as they come up. To apply thought well, bear in mind to get guarded: [Link]
Jane E. Robinson Dillon's doctoral dissertation in sociology from the University of California, San Diego, has been published: "The Social Significance of a Western Belief in Reincarnation: A Qualitative Study of the Self-Realization Fellowship."
Dr. Dillon's work was rooted in ten years of field research. "The central thesis is that the SRF way of life, and the attendand beliefs in reincarnation and karma, have the possibility for broad acceptance in the United States and the western world as sources of meaning and philosophies for explaining the human condition." [Abstract]
Dillon used "ethnographic field methods and a documentary method of cultural analysis . . . within a perspectivalist constitutive theoretical model" and "bases of knowledged and belief." She went on to ask, "Why is 23% of the American population now claiming a belief in reincarnation (according to a 1981 Gallup Poll)? [p. 5]
She hoped to gather answers to her questions from kriyaban members of SRF, and tried to "analyse the doctrine, practices, and philosophies of the group" [p. 6].
She found that SRF has emerged as a somewhat conservative, traditional American church, one that drew western members primarily from Judeo/Christian religious backgrounds, and was experiencing growth too. Exact figures and indications were not given by Dillon, though. [p. 10]
Three years or so after her dissertation was made public, about one third of the SRF monastics left SRF premises - left SRF - in dismay and anguish. Some of them arranged a discussion board where there are over 28,000 postings by now.
As for internal censorship, anguish, fear of conformising superiors and "stool pidgeons" in the SRF monastic order, more information could be called for, to counteract the chances of subjectivity and gross distortions among just a handful of direct sources. There are many ways of sampling that handles that issue.
Long ago all living things were lost in one dreadful ocean that looked like a large egg. All creatures stem from it. Brahma was lying within this egg, and he went to sleep. After a thousand ages he woke up, broke open the golden egg, and after intricate opening-ups, an embryo shaped as a bubble, became solid. It's known as "that which supports" - another name for terra firma - the hard earth - the sustainer of beautiful creatures.
Brahma is called the grandfather of the world because of what he did deep inside the dreadful night. Lying inside the egg he can be aroused. (Dimmitt and van Buitenen 1978:32,36).
❋ "Is the egg of the universe duck-made or dinosaur-made, then?" one may ask, and add, "Where salient, pertinent humour is absent, things may get more dreary."
❋ One should not look down on a savoury beginner, Brahma included.
Atman is the individualised godhead, godhood, godness.
Maya encompasses the power to understand. Heinrich Zimmer devotes much space to explain from Indian traditions on Maya. They differ.
It is not wise to fear a half-crocodile monster you have only read of in the Bhagavad Gita or elsewhere. But levitation is possible, and documented.
Do not let a tough "them" complicate the sources of your good living.
Make significant and essentially proper choices.
Stalking Wolf said,
"There is . . . possible futures. The 'now' is like the palm of a hand, with each finger being the possible future, and . . . one of the futures is [presumably] the most powerful, the way that the main course of events will . . . take us . . ."
He always left a choice.
"It is not enough that man be just happy in the flesh . . . The end result is always . . . forgotten graves and forgotten dreams of forgotten people . . . It is not enough just to seek the things of the Spirit on a personal level . . . Spiritual man must then work for a principle."
[Extracted from Nexus Magazine (Mapleton, Australia), Volume 7, Number 1. The original article was copyrighted by Tom Brown, Jr, 1991.]
In ancient Egypt they said such things as "The sun-god Re uses a boat on his way. The sun-god uses a boat over dark, dim waters." It is depicted in many ancient Egyptian paintings. The picture can be taken to indicate that your sense of independence and of self-assertion need help in dim waters too.
There should be better adaptations than such conform ones that let persons rot inside, that is, get corrupt.. TM is documented to be great help, regardless of religious affiliatons. Buddhist self-help should be excellent also. You do not have to be a Buddhist to derive benefits from the savoury teachings of Buddha.
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Anthony, Robert. Beyond Positive Thinking. Rev. ed. New York: Morgan James Publishing, 2004.
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Barnet, Sylvan, and Hugo Bedau. Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing: A Brief Guide to Argument. 7th ed. Boston: Bedford/St Martin, 2011.
Bayne, Tim. Thought: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013
Bennett, Bo. Logically Fallacious: The Ultimate Collection of over 300 Logical Fallacies. Updated Academic ed. Sudbury, MA: eBookIt.com., 2013.
Bennett, Deborah J. Logic Made Easy: How to Know when Language Deceives You.. New York: Norton, 2004.
Bremmer, Jan, and Herman Roodenburg, eds. A Cultural History of Humour: From Antiquity to the Present Day. Oxford: Polity Press, 1997.
Buzan, Tony, and Barry Buzan. The Mind Map Book: Unlock Your Creativity, Boost Your Memory, Change Your Life. Harlow: BBC Active / Pearson, 2010.
Buzan, Tony: Speed Reading. Rev. ed. London: David and Charles, 1988.
Cederblom, Jerry, and David Paulsen. Critical Reasoning. 6th ed. Andover, Hampshire: Cengage Learning, 2005.
Dillon, Jane Robinson. "The Social Significance of a Western Belief in Reincarnation: A Qualitative Study of the Self-Realization Fellowship." Ph.D. Dissertation. Department of Sociology. University of California, San Diego, 1998. (Available from UMI Dissertation Services, Ann Arbor, MI)
Dimmitt, Cornelia, ed., and J. A. B. van Buitenen, tr. Classical Hindu Mythology. Philadelphia: Temple University, 1978.
Dowden, Bradley H. Logical Reasoning. Rev. ed. Sacramento, CA: Self-Published, 2011-14. - [Word-formatted]
Glickman, Rosalene. Optimal Thinking: How to Be Your Best Self. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2002.
Groarke. Leo A., and Christopher W. Tindale. Good Reasoning Matters! A Constructive Approach to Critical Thinking. 3rd ed. Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press, 2004.
Hills, Debra. Student Essentials: Critical Thinking. Richmond, Surrey: Trotman, 2011.
Jeffrey, Richard. Probabilistic Thinking. Princeton: Princeton University, 1995. ◦Online
Kerlinger, Fred Nichols. Foundations of Behavioral Research. 4th rev. ed. Andover, Hampshire: Cengage Learning, 2000.
Kirby, Gary R., Jeffery R. Goodpaster and Marvin Levine. Critical Thinking. 2nd ed. Boston MA: Pearson Custom, 2001.
Mayberry, Katherine J. Everyday Arguments: A Guide to Writing and Reading Effective Arguments. 3rd ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2009.
Næss, Arne med Per Ingvar Haukeland: Livsfilosofi. Sandvika: De norske Bokklubbene, 2000.
Paul, Richard, and Linda Elder. The Thinker's Guide to Fallacies: The Art of Mental Trickery and Manipulation. Tomales, CA: Foundation for Critical Thinking, 2008.
Pirie, Madsen. How to Win Every Argument: The Use and Abuse of Logic. Paperback ed. London: Continuum, 2007.
Ruggiero, Vincent Ryan. Beyond Feelings: A Guide to Critical Thinking. 9th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2012.
Shriver, LB Trusty. The Sweet Teachings of the Blessed Sankaracarya Swami Brahmananda Saraswati. Tr. and contr. Cynthia Ann Humes. Raleigh, NC: Lulu.com, 2013.
Smith, Eliot R., and Diane M. Mackie. Social Psychology. 2nd ed. Hove: Psychology Press, 2000.
Starkey, Lauren. Critical Thinking Skills Success in 20 Minutes a Day. New York: LearningExpress LLC, 2004.
Tater, Sohan Raj, and Mohanlal Jain. Positive Thinking by Bach Flower Remedies. ◦Online, PDF.
The University of Chicago Press. The Chicago Manual of Style. 16th ed. London: The University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Thompson, Geoff. The Elephant and the Twig: The Art of Positive Thinking. 14 Golden Rules to Success and Happiness. Reprint ed. Chichester, West Sussex: Summersdale Publishers, 2000.
van den Brink-Budgen, Roy. Critical Thinking for Students: Learn the Skills of Critical Assessment and Effective Argument. 3rd ed. Oxford: How To Books, 2000.
Walton, Douglas. Fundamentals of Critical Argumentation. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Weston, Anthony. A Rulebook for Arguments. 4th ed. Cambridge: Hacketts, 2008.
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