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WANTING to correct their minds, the ancient jokers strove to make their wills sincere.

Wanting to cultivate themselves by exerting will, they depended on mature, relevant outlooks from likeable and proper minds –

To arrive at minds like that or correct their minds, they had to use the will power in partners or themselves – or some measure of sound prowess – yes, they tried to make their wills sincere to cultivate agreeable minds so as to log out of the entire universe.

To reject gems is not always good enough

  • Accept gem standards wherever you come across them. Unless you have such freedom, plots may accrue in time.
  • Prosperity and well-being: Many a bathing crowd has it. Go for it and do not get stuck by it either. Aiming well is not going for material affluence alone. Wealth, artha is one among several worthy life goals in Hinduism and Buddhism. There are many forms of surplus and many kinds of wealth: pleasant surroundings, a peaceful home life; sagaciousness; physical, mental, and spiritual sides to wealth too. Spiritual wealth is most. Other forms or shapes of wealth derive from that somehow.
  • Master this in time: let what is spontaneous give good fortune.

Provision in season makes a rich house (British). Speaking of balance, well-nigh any drive to give more than you get back, must be overcome.

"Who spends before he thrives, will beg before he thinks (Proverb)."

Laws

What if something untoward happens? Religions and societies have laws to conform to ensure stability and control – not necessarily just peace, but a stability that serves those on top, mainly, for example through some established, bulwarked system.

A good conscience and a sane, even rational mind are not worth forsaking.

Scriptures and laws

Every book must be chewed to get out its juice (Chinese proverb).

There are intricacies in it. Laws of Manu, or Manu Samhita, in the translation of G. Bühler, decrees, "When two sacred texts (Sruti) are conflicting, both are held to be law; for both are pronounced by the wise (to be) valid law. [Laws of Manu, 2:12-14]

Oh really? Rather, if one hoary and gruff text says you should kill your mother for something, please refrain. Must scriptures be old to be valid? Or old to be of use? Overcome such foggy weakness. Insistence makes the scripture. Upheld insistence is what finally breeds the scripture status.

A crisis hint: In a pucker, some interpret scriptures of others as metaphorical, and say they don't mean what they clearly say. Some theologians serve such an end too – they explain away commands and teachings that seem too hard to back up, for example.

Ramakrishna

The literature surrounding Ramakrishna reveals a deep truism – note the steps:

  • First they thought he was crank or insane.
  • Next he got jovially accepted.
  • Finally that rare one was hailed as some descended godhead on earth – an avatar.

Ramakrishna told a whole lot of savoury stories. [Cf. Rap. Sah. Tas. Tos.] He also told a lot from his own experiences.

Now to recognise a jewel you have to be an expert on jewels or rare stones. You don't have to be one yourself. Likewise, you don't have to be ill to diagnose diseases and work as a medical doctor. As for godmen, well, do your best, and you could end up as one yourself before you know it.

Holy

Better a castle of bones than of stones. [Dp 227]

A living goat is of more worth that a temple of stones; have you heard it where tourists swarm areound stone buildings that are thought to matter? But the fact is that the goat – or seagull – have higher biological worth than the stone edifices – naturally. Go sightseeing – see a squirrel!

It is taught that God is inside us or with us, and that it pays to show the right God respect – by living decently, a clean body and sane, moral mind, and so on. That is a basic outlook, and may be aligned to the main thrust Buddha's teachings nicely.

Greatly holy is most likely child-natured, as Ramakrishna indicates by such as: "The Paramahansa (patent spiritual) is like a five year old child." [Tas 207]. Staunch vivacity is one of the characteristics of healthy life, and hence fit for more genuine respect that what is on the "stone market" for tourists and the like. You think about it.

I think genuine holiness is being quite child-like in good ways, and fond of delicate tact, frivolous play, and humour. Much great deviates from the common anyway.

Furtive cult members apparently believe next to anything – but that is on the surface, and much likely as a result of going for gains some way or other.

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Skilful higher training goes much against getting haughty and marringly religious-looking. Our solid accomplishments need not be dispensed with and put out.

In Siva Purana morale of insistent religion is formulated: "Find your opponent's weak points and there attack." [Cf. Si]

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