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After one third of the SRF monastics left the SRF premises between 2000 and 2005, it is harder for some involved to feign that everything in SRF is perfectly fine and so on. (Parsons 2012:170; Williamson 2010) [From Williamson's book]

Q: I got banned from the SRF Walrus for quoting George Orwell.

You might say, "I hope it was not Orwell's 'Man . . . cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals,'" that had untoward effects.

"It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good (Proverb - Speake 2015:162)." You can be trained to consider difficulties to be great or small opportunities; it is easier when they are small. The sooner you solve problems, the better off you can be later too.

You may have noted that Orwell had the idea that "Man . . . does not lay eggs." However, we can get Orwell to "lay gold eggs" for us - figuratively, that is. And all the quotations below in sections 1, 2, and 3 (but not the headings) are by him [Link].

As might be suspected, tthe Nobel prizeman George Orwell did not get the question-able fellow into trouble, he did it himself.

From the art of living:

HOLD "Prepare for the hard while it is still easy. Deal with the great or big while it is still small. The hard has to be dealt with while still very easy. Everything great [to look at] must be dealt with while it is still small.

"Therefore the wise man never has to deal with the great.

"Who takes things very easy is surely in for dealing with more difficulty in the end. So "many easies" means many a hard. Who makes light of many things could find many difficulties." [Tao Te Ching, Ch 63, passim]


Q: Still enjoying your site . . . I go from a believer to a non-believer several times a day, but today is the last for me.

It's not always easy to be consistent, especially if a part of our natures wants this, another part wants that, and other parts want still other things (ambivalence is the technical term for it). A good balance is not always easy to come by, but some alternatives may be worse.

Q: I think I'm going to come up with my own take on the nature of life. I think I have laid the important ground work already. Not that I am even competent to do such a thing and make it useful, but that I can satisfy myself in the process. . . . Does kriya yoga work?

Yes, it does. Many have said so. It is scientifically documented too:

In the 1950s the researchers Das and Gastaut performed electroencephalographic [EEG] examination of seven kriya yogis and observed that as the meditation progressed the alpha waves gave way to fast-wave activity at the rate of 40-45 Hz [i.e., Beta-waves], etc.

[Das, N., and H. Gastaut. "Variations de l'activité electrique du cervaux, du coeur et des muscles squelettiques au course de la méditation et de l'extase yogique [Variations in the electrical activity of the brain, heart, and skeletal muscles during yogic meditation and trance]." Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology, supplement 6. [1955: 211-219]. (French). [More]

Dolls, are they nice?

It is not the habit and hood that makes the monk good.

It is the similarity with a human being that makes the nice-looking doll nice-looking. Inside, however, the doll is more dead than a fully functioning human (Carl Rogers' term) - all of which should not scare anybody.

What about "devotee dolls" of both sexes? History has repeatedly shown that many "devoted followers" are coated fellows, if we may call them that. For instance, those who fostered the Great Inquisition tortured and killed million. The "coating" was "love for the souls of those they maimed and killed for the sake of conformity, power and earlthy mammon" somehow. Their "godfearing" coating served a reign of terror and indoctrination.

On the other hand, much depends on being upright in the first place and staying upright throughout life - or as upright as is feasible - or if not so, to reap disgrace and maybe die from it.

Many godly-looking fellows may be up to sacrifice uprightness (moral) and wit of others, and then make the lives of these victims more and more offensive or unbearable to themselves. This line of psychodynamic thinking is more or less attuned to something Yogananda is credited with in the book The Science of Religion: "It is when we are in trouble we pray to the almighty." It paraphrases an Indian maxim, "We pray to the Ever-Merciful when we get stuck." [Yogananda 1926:ix]

It follows, but not necessarily, that "the more troubles, the more prayers", and more likely still: "The more prayers, the more troubles". Accordingly, the more show of uncivic devotedness with prayers and cheap, conform enough ceremonialism one may see, the more unholy and maimed id life there may be, or maybe not. People are not all alike, and some are different . . . perhaps very different. Abraham Maslow has tried do make it clear that some of those very, very different persons are the proper ones to look up to as examples of how humans could be at their best. (Pusb Chap. 11)

Be that as it may for now, Jesus publicly denounced show-off praying and hypocricy, sentencing hypicrites to Gehenna, which is, strictly speaking, a small valley in Jerusalem . . . "Away from me, you evildoers!" It seems to be his "push the false followers into hell". Q.e.d. (Quod erat demonstrandum, loosely rendered as "Now this was to be shown or demonstrated"). [More] (WP, "Gehenna")

Buddhic Feigned devotion is for pleasing someone. - Jetsun Milarepa, "the cotton-clad one", cf. Evans-Wentz 1969:300

Unfortunate beings cling to worldly things. - Cf. Milarepa, in Evans-Wentz 1969:179

Q: I got the Tao te Ching from the library yesterday as I thought it might be a good idea to be familiar with it. You seem to value it quite highly.

It is online here: [Link]. Higher still, for those who can take it:

Accustomed long to meditating . . . I have forgot all that is said in written and in printed books. - Milarepa, [Evans-Wentz 1969:246]

Q: What books or spiritual figures would you recommend to me?

Books? . . . Figures: What about your inmost self?

Q: If you could sum up your feelings on Yogananda, life, kriya and God, what would you say (be nice and detailed)?


On Yogananda and life: "Man's tongue is soft and bone does lack, yet a stroke therewith may break a man's back." (Wisconsin proverb)

On kriya: "A lot still remains to be done."

On God: "Don't throw out old clothes before you get new ones." (American proverb)

One can use a most fitting reservation set on each of them, to come out clean.


Meditation counsel, Literature  

Mieder, Wolfgang (main ed.), Stewart A. Kingsbury, and Kelsie E. Harder: A Dictionary of American Proverbs. (Paperback) New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Parsons, Jon R. A Fight For Religious Freedom: A Lawyer's Personal Account of Copyrights, Karma and Dharmic Litigation. Nevada City, CA: Crystal Clarity, 2012.

Speake, Jennifer, ed. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs. 6th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Williamson, Lola. Transcendent in America: Hindu-Inspired Meditation Movements as New Religion. London: New York University Press, 2010.

Yogananda, Paramahansa. The Science of Religion. 2nd ed. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1982.

Tm: Evans-Wentz, Walter Yeeling, ed. Tibet's Great Yogi Milarepa. 2nd ed. London: Oxford University Press, 1969.

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