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  • Non
    I have known several people who were in TM and there were lots of problems in the community as well as many neglected kids, not to mention the cost. I heard
    Message 1 of 11 , Apr 17 11:11 PM
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      I have known several people who were in TM and there were lots of problems in the community as well as many neglected kids, not to mention the cost. I heard recently that Opra is pushing TM and some small town where TM-ers are moving to. Now apparently they have their own schools for their kids with school uniforms. TM now has its own hierarchy and who knows what this means after the death of the founder. I guess they believe that their scam meditation mantras will bring about world peace. Kind of like eckists, they don't have to really "do" anything in the real world. There is also a lot of pseudo science going on as well.

      Here's some interesting web sites and funny videos:

      http://www.skepdic.com/tm.html

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFfQuCGU0ZQ

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYEF4SHLOPg&feature=related

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n98aq0jBm1s&feature=related

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=fvwp&v=t8saRttyZ_o

      Noneckster ; )

      --- In EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous@yahoogroups.com, "prometheus_973" <prometheus_973@...> wrote:
      >
      > Hello All,
      > Nice dialogue! Wow! Where
      > to start?
      >
      > First, I would never suggest
      > that a person go to the source
      > (Sant Mat) of Twitchell's con.
      > Religion is a hierarchy of B.S.
      > Sant Mat is just an older and
      > "Eastern" version (with jargon)
      > of the same con Twit used.
      >
      > Yes, I too experienced the
      > opening of the "Third Eye,"
      > so to speak, prior to Eckankar.
      > TM helped with that via the
      > process of becoming a siddha.
      > I had many profound and
      > phenomenal experiences
      > with the use of sutras and
      > meditation.
      >
      > However, the "non-religious"
      > TM thing simply opened "new"
      > pathways of the mind which
      > were developing anyway. I
      > was reading a lot of Eastern
      > philosophy prior to this and
      > enjoyed other experiences
      > like Sufi dancing. I can't really
      > give credit to any guru since
      > it was my own effort and
      > focus. I just needed to hear
      > from an "expert" (i.e. Master)
      > that anything experienced
      > (or not experienced) was
      > normal and as it should be.
      >
      > Also, I'm the one who
      > gave the power to the
      > outer guru when the true
      > guru was me. Then again,
      > life is a process of discovery
      > that we all find (or miss)
      > one way or another if we
      > put forth the effort and
      > look within via introspection.
      > Sometimes it's timing, choices,
      > or fate.
      >
      > Prior to this I experienced
      > altered states via marijuana.
      > I have to say that it did open
      > inner doorways. However,
      > I don't recommend it for
      > regular use and I don't use
      > it now because I enjoy
      > being in control of my
      > mind. Anyway, I'm glad
      > that I had the mind expanding
      > experience.
      >
      > As far as using the HU
      > post Eckankar... yes, but
      > not lately. There comes
      > a time when (IMO) we
      > should find our own way
      > with our own words/tools.
      > Whatever we use is just
      > as valid as it is with all
      > religions when communicating
      > with the divine.
      >
      > Prometheus
      >
      > Janice Pfeiffer wrote:
      > Forgot to comment on the drug thing. Yeah, I heard brief snatches of such things too and I knew one guy who did obviously appear to still be a pot head. Most people seemed to ignore him at functions and seemed to pity him. Looking back, I believe it was something that some of them, were they able to be openly honest, would have liked to talk about. Drug use is not something you can easily know about a person. There may be some active eckist who feel it adds to their experiences. From everything I picked up while in eckankar, even the use of tobacco is frowned upon. I think if eckist are doing it, it would be with out the blessing of their beloved mahanta or the org of eckankar.
      >
      >
      > My husband who died because of drug and alcohol abuse often told me of out of the body experiences. He described a lot of things that I did experience at a later time with out drugs. I do believe that mind altering drugs can trigger meaningful experiences for some people even though at the same time, I think it causes an imbalance which eventually makes it hard for the drug user to differentiate between what is real and what isn't. I believe the drugs caused him to become disoriented to the point that he became earth bound for a while after his death.
      >
      > I would hope that spiritual seekers wouldn't use drugs for that purpose. It might work as a stimulant for experience initially but continued use will only destroy the mind and cause the individual to loose spiritual ground. To me, drugs like eckankar are a crutch that some people need because they can't face life on their own. I don't judge the drug user. Life can be hard and wanting to know about things beyond this earth is something most desirable. I just feel the advantages of drug use is not equivalent to what the drugs take away.
      >
      > Well, that is my humble opinion based on what I have experienced. In spirit may you all be blessed.
      >
      >
      >
      > Russ Rodnick wrote:
      >
      > I steered away from people that I felt uncomfortable around. Some of my friends were unpopular, but we shared a connection. I noticed that there was a hierarchy and I wasn't really interested in being a part of that.
      >
      > I remember once at a regional the new RESA, admitted that drugs opened his eyes to other realities. You should have heard the commotion! OMG. Talk about stirrring it up! And most of the people there knew exactly what he was talking about!! But that showed me that the Brother's of the Leaf weren't unified at all. He was being sincere which is a rare quality and very desirable.
      >
      > Somehow people feel that spiritual means I'm better than you. But not everyone was like that.
      >
      > Actually you mention something about the teachings didn't work. See for me, I really had some interesting experiences. But experiences aren't how I judge spiritual progress. for me it's about some other things. Like non identifying, and being able to stay in the moment, to be present. See, I think that eckankar taught us to overlay happiness thus deny what is happening at deeper levels of our conscoussness. We in eck didn't think it was good to talk about anything that wasn't a spiritual upper. Like if you have a struggle, don't talk it over in eck meetings, just go to an esa and give it over to the eck. so we as people weren't being real with each other, which I really wanted and always tried to acknowledge what was really going on with people. I always got looks from other HI's, but I din't care about that so much.
      >
      > The challenge is not to identify with what is going on. to me that is more about freedom and detachment than what is practiced in eckankar. also, if we are depending on mahanta or whatever, it's a spiritual welfare program. ironically, that is what pt, warned against. I'm not an apologist for eckankar, I just know that it was, for me, a mixed bag.
      >
      > I think maybe spirit finds a way.
      >
      >
      >
      > Janice Pfeiffer wrote:
      >
      > Unlike you, Russ, I felt I lost myself while in eckankar. It took some time after I left to feel like myself again. It was the environment of eckankar and how the people acted that confused me so badly I think. There seemed to be a world of difference in how the people were and how the eck teachings said it should be. Eventually, I grew to feel empty in eckankar because of the lack of evidence that any of the teachings really worked as far as the relationships I saw among eckist. There was such a lack of unity. The gossip and the back biting among them was far worse than in any religious or spiritual group I ever saw. When I attempted to talk about it to individuals in eckankar while attempting to understand it, I was told that I was being judgmental. Most of the eckist I saw acted like very immature, ego ridden idiots who were all about themselves. It wasn't a pleasant environment and it certainly didn't encourage new members to stick around. That group wasn't growing at all. None the less, I tried hard to believe that it was my attitude that needed to change because I wanted so much to believe that what I read in the teachings really did work.
      >
      > For a while after I walked away, I did continue to use hu because I always found it comforting. I weaned myself off of it because it was too big a part of eckankar to keep. The only lasting concept that I took away from eckankar was the concept of the golden tongue wisdom. The idea that one hears what one needs to hear when one needs to hear it is still valid for me. You might hear something a dozen times with out giving it real value until you can some how apply it to your own life. Then suddenly it has new meaning. Or you might have an issue that you are mulling over and suddenly you hear something that may not have even been meant for you and suddenly with it, you have the clarity you need to put things in perspective.
      >
      > I have always been a little to analytical. I have always questioned more with my mind than I accept with my heart. Since leaving eckankar, I have learned to shut down the mental aspects more and I feel like more of a loving being. In fact, sometimes I almost feel like I enter what I can only refer to as a state of grace when I feel like I have an inner knowing that feels more perfect than any experience I ever had previously. It takes effort to get there and even more to maintain it. It is my belief that the brain is only useful for taking care of day to day activity. For me it was necessary to learn to shut it down to grow more spiritually. I think for me it was impossible to advance spiritually in eckankar for that reason. All the concepts and eckankar crappy crap kept me locked into mental energy. My spiritual freedom came from going within to see and feel soul. Looking back, eckankar chains its people with supposed duties to the master to the point that I don't know how they can justify even talking about spiritual freedom.
      >
      > I will say that had I not experienced eckankar, I might not have ever known what spiritual freedom was. It was only after experiencing the chains of eckankar that I truly felt free when I walked away. So although I have nothing but contempt for eckankar now, I must say that it did contribute to my growth but not in the way they claim. It showed me everythig that I didn't want or need.
      >
      >
      >
      > Russ Rodnick wrote:
      >
      > Have any of you kept up with any of the spiritual practices you learned while in Eck, or have you been able to adopt them to a generic format dropping the eck words and ideas and going back to more generic form?
      > I get something from declaring myself a channel for spirit and simply listening and feeling my body and breath. I mean most everything was taken from other more established practitioners and authors so they(practices and ideas) have stood on their own feet. Though we didn't learn them from the original authors, we still have had contact with them.
      > I suppose some of you feel so burned that you don't even want to hear any of this; I do understand that sentiment having felt it too. I am by nature a sensitive, so I have to have practices to help me stay balanced. I gained a strong sense of my self while in eck and did derive benefits.
      > Stay open to the truth and what works!
      > Russ
      >
      > prometheus wrote:
      >
      > Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.----- Max Ehrmann (The Desiderata).
      >
    • prometheus_973
      Hello Noneckster, Actually the TM schools and businesses in the U.S. have been around since the late 70s. It began in Fairfield, Iowa. There are, even, TMers
      Message 2 of 11 , Apr 18 12:55 PM
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        Hello Noneckster,
        Actually the TM schools
        and businesses in the
        U.S. have been around
        since the late '70s. It
        began in Fairfield, Iowa.
        There are, even, TMers
        on the city council
        as well. They moved
        into the small community,
        somewhat like Eckankar
        did, but increased the
        local population two-
        three fold.

        What's amazing is that
        most TMers don't think
        TM is a religion, and it's
        not ever promoted as one.
        Nor, is "God" ever discussed
        in the presence of "citizen"
        (average) TMers. Most believe
        the hype (PR) that the techniques
        are stress reducers which
        also increases awareness,
        harmony, and world peace.

        There are even synchronized
        meditations to enhance the
        "TM effect." In the past TMers
        were sent to African countries
        where conflict was taking place
        in order to produce harmony
        and peace. Except, in TM there
        is a dress code for "Governors"
        (Lords of the Astral worlds)
        and the political leaders in
        these countries thought the
        TMers were, actually, CIA.
        LOL! It is common to send a
        TM group to Washington D.C.
        or to NYC when the United Nations
        is having an important meeting
        involving World Peace.

        What's funny is that Klemp
        has steered away from having
        synchronized HU Chants/Sings.
        HK has, even, forbidden local
        Satangs from having coordinated
        HU Chants when these are taking
        place at Major EK Seminars.

        When one is first initiated
        into TM there is a ceremony
        that is similar to the one
        that Eckankar uses, except,
        for some minor differences.
        Fruit is brought as a gift and
        is presented to the initiator.
        The initiator has a white
        handkerchief where he/she
        places white rice upon. Both
        the fruit and "White" rice are
        offered as gifts to the gods
        (devas). Prayers, are said to
        invoke the Devas while incense
        is burned. After this your
        Mantra will be given to you as
        decided by the initiator from
        a booklet provided to him/her.
        It is repeated and the initiator
        makes sure you understand
        how it is to be pronounced.
        But, they will, also, tell you
        that the pronunciation may
        change and that this is normal.

        As one progresses in TM
        Sutras are taught at retreats
        and in group situations.
        These advanced courses
        are more and more expensive
        and time consuming to
        practice on a daily basis.
        One meditates, reads the
        vedas etc., listens to audios,
        repetes sutras, levitates
        (hops), and reflects. There
        is always a tweaking while
        adding to one's daily "Program."

        What's amusing is that when
        I was joining Eckankar the
        membership donation fee
        was being raised and I heard
        some lower initiates complain
        about not having the time to
        do a 20 minute spiritual exercise/
        contemplation (once per day)!
        I set them straight. I told them
        that the cost of the TM Siddhis
        Program alone amounted to
        at least 20 years of Eckankar
        membership and that 20 minutes
        once a day was nothing when
        compared to doing, for one hour,
        "The Program" TWICE a day!

        Eckists are such wimps!

        Prometheus


        "Non" wrote:
        On Transendental Meditatiion and eckankar

        I have known several people who were in TM and there were lots of problems in
        the community as well as many neglected kids, not to mention the cost. I heard
        recently that Opra is pushing TM and some small town where TM-ers are moving to.
        Now apparently they have their own schools for their kids with school uniforms.
        TM now has its own hierarchy and who knows what this means after the death of
        the founder. I guess they believe that their scam meditation mantras will bring
        about world peace. Kind of like eckists, they don't have to really "do" anything
        in the real world. There is also a lot of pseudo science going on as well.

        Here's some interesting web sites and funny videos:

        http://www.skepdic.com/tm.html

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFfQuCGU0ZQ

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYEF4SHLOPg&feature=related

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n98aq0jBm1s&feature=related

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=fvwp&v=t8saRttyZ_o

        Noneckster ; )


        <prometheus wrote:
        >
        > Hello All,
        > Nice dialogue! Wow! Where
        > to start?
        >
        > First, I would never suggest
        > that a person go to the source
        > (Sant Mat) of Twitchell's con.
        > Religion is a hierarchy of B.S.
        > Sant Mat is just an older and
        > "Eastern" version (with jargon)
        > of the same con Twit used.
        >
        > Yes, I too experienced the
        > opening of the "Third Eye,"
        > so to speak, prior to Eckankar.
        > TM helped with that via the
        > process of becoming a siddha.
        > I had many profound and
        > phenomenal experiences
        > with the use of sutras and
        > meditation.
        >
        > However, the "non-religious"
        > TM thing simply opened "new"
        > pathways of the mind which
        > were developing anyway. I
        > was reading a lot of Eastern
        > philosophy prior to this and
        > enjoyed other experiences
        > like Sufi dancing. I can't really
        > give credit to any guru since
        > it was my own effort and
        > focus. I just needed to hear
        > from an "expert" (i.e. Master)
        > that anything experienced
        > (or not experienced) was
        > normal and as it should be.
        >
        > Also, I'm the one who
        > gave the power to the
        > outer guru when the true
        > guru was me. Then again,
        > life is a process of discovery
        > that we all find (or miss)
        > one way or another if we
        > put forth the effort and
        > look within via introspection.
        > Sometimes it's timing, choices,
        > or fate.
        >
        > Prior to this I experienced
        > altered states via marijuana.
        > I have to say that it did open
        > inner doorways. However,
        > I don't recommend it for
        > regular use and I don't use
        > it now because I enjoy
        > being in control of my
        > mind. Anyway, I'm glad
        > that I had the mind expanding
        > experience.
        >
        > As far as using the HU
        > post Eckankar... yes, but
        > not lately. There comes
        > a time when (IMO) we
        > should find our own way
        > with our own words/tools.
        > Whatever we use is just
        > as valid as it is with all
        > religions when communicating
        > with the divine.
        >
        > Prometheus
        >
        > Janice Pfeiffer wrote:
        > Forgot to comment on the drug thing. Yeah, I heard brief snatches of such
        things too and I knew one guy who did obviously appear to still be a pot head.
        Most people seemed to ignore him at functions and seemed to pity him. Looking
        back, I believe it was something that some of them, were they able to be openly
        honest, would have liked to talk about. Drug use is not something you can
        easily know about a person. There may be some active eckist who feel it adds to
        their experiences. From everything I picked up while in eckankar, even the use
        of tobacco is frowned upon. I think if eckist are doing it, it would be with
        out the blessing of their beloved mahanta or the org of eckankar.
        >
        >
        > My husband who died because of drug and alcohol abuse often told me of out of
        the body experiences. He described a lot of things that I did experience at a
        later time with out drugs. I do believe that mind altering drugs can trigger
        meaningful experiences for some people even though at the same time, I think it
        causes an imbalance which eventually makes it hard for the drug user to
        differentiate between what is real and what isn't. I believe the drugs caused
        him to become disoriented to the point that he became earth bound for a while
        after his death.
        >
        > I would hope that spiritual seekers wouldn't use drugs for that purpose. It
        might work as a stimulant for experience initially but continued use will only
        destroy the mind and cause the individual to loose spiritual ground. To me,
        drugs like eckankar are a crutch that some people need because they can't face
        life on their own. I don't judge the drug user. Life can be hard and wanting
        to know about things beyond this earth is something most desirable. I just feel
        the advantages of drug use is not equivalent to what the drugs take away.
        >
        > Well, that is my humble opinion based on what I have experienced. In spirit
        may you all be blessed.
        >
        >
        >
        > Russ Rodnick wrote:
        >
        > I steered away from people that I felt uncomfortable around. Some of my
        friends were unpopular, but we shared a connection. I noticed that there was a
        hierarchy and I wasn't really interested in being a part of that.
        >
        > I remember once at a regional the new RESA, admitted that drugs opened his
        eyes to other realities. You should have heard the commotion! OMG. Talk about
        stirrring it up! And most of the people there knew exactly what he was talking
        about!! But that showed me that the Brother's of the Leaf weren't unified at
        all. He was being sincere which is a rare quality and very desirable.
        >
        > Somehow people feel that spiritual means I'm better than you. But not everyone
        was like that.
        >
        > Actually you mention something about the teachings didn't work. See for me, I
        really had some interesting experiences. But experiences aren't how I judge
        spiritual progress. for me it's about some other things. Like non identifying,
        and being able to stay in the moment, to be present. See, I think that eckankar
        taught us to overlay happiness thus deny what is happening at deeper levels of
        our conscoussness. We in eck didn't think it was good to talk about anything
        that wasn't a spiritual upper. Like if you have a struggle, don't talk it over
        in eck meetings, just go to an esa and give it over to the eck. so we as people
        weren't being real with each other, which I really wanted and always tried to
        acknowledge what was really going on with people. I always got looks from other
        HI's, but I din't care about that so much.
        >
        > The challenge is not to identify with what is going on. to me that is more
        about freedom and detachment than what is practiced in eckankar. also, if we are
        depending on mahanta or whatever, it's a spiritual welfare program. ironically,
        that is what pt, warned against. I'm not an apologist for eckankar, I just know
        that it was, for me, a mixed bag.
        >
        > I think maybe spirit finds a way.
        >
        >
        >
        > Janice Pfeiffer wrote:
        >
        > Unlike you, Russ, I felt I lost myself while in eckankar. It took some time
        after I left to feel like myself again. It was the environment of eckankar and
        how the people acted that confused me so badly I think. There seemed to be a
        world of difference in how the people were and how the eck teachings said it
        should be. Eventually, I grew to feel empty in eckankar because of the lack of
        evidence that any of the teachings really worked as far as the relationships I
        saw among eckist. There was such a lack of unity. The gossip and the back
        biting among them was far worse than in any religious or spiritual group I ever
        saw. When I attempted to talk about it to individuals in eckankar while
        attempting to understand it, I was told that I was being judgmental. Most of
        the eckist I saw acted like very immature, ego ridden idiots who were all about
        themselves. It wasn't a pleasant environment and it certainly didn't encourage
        new members to stick around. That group wasn't growing at all. None the less,
        I tried hard to believe that it was my attitude that needed to change because I
        wanted so much to believe that what I read in the teachings really did work.
        >
        > For a while after I walked away, I did continue to use hu because I always
        found it comforting. I weaned myself off of it because it was too big a part of
        eckankar to keep. The only lasting concept that I took away from eckankar was
        the concept of the golden tongue wisdom. The idea that one hears what one needs
        to hear when one needs to hear it is still valid for me. You might hear
        something a dozen times with out giving it real value until you can some how
        apply it to your own life. Then suddenly it has new meaning. Or you might have
        an issue that you are mulling over and suddenly you hear something that may not
        have even been meant for you and suddenly with it, you have the clarity you need
        to put things in perspective.
        >
        > I have always been a little to analytical. I have always questioned more with
        my mind than I accept with my heart. Since leaving eckankar, I have learned to
        shut down the mental aspects more and I feel like more of a loving being. In
        fact, sometimes I almost feel like I enter what I can only refer to as a state
        of grace when I feel like I have an inner knowing that feels more perfect than
        any experience I ever had previously. It takes effort to get there and even
        more to maintain it. It is my belief that the brain is only useful for taking
        care of day to day activity. For me it was necessary to learn to shut it down
        to grow more spiritually. I think for me it was impossible to advance
        spiritually in eckankar for that reason. All the concepts and eckankar crappy
        crap kept me locked into mental energy. My spiritual freedom came from going
        within to see and feel soul. Looking back, eckankar chains its people with
        supposed duties to the master to the point that I don't know how they can
        justify even talking about spiritual freedom.
        >
        > I will say that had I not experienced eckankar, I might not have ever known
        what spiritual freedom was. It was only after experiencing the chains of
        eckankar that I truly felt free when I walked away. So although I have nothing
        but contempt for eckankar now, I must say that it did contribute to my growth
        but not in the way they claim. It showed me everythig that I didn't want or
        need.
        >
        >
        >
        > Russ Rodnick wrote:
        >
        > Have any of you kept up with any of the spiritual practices you learned while
        in Eck, or have you been able to adopt them to a generic format dropping the eck
        words and ideas and going back to more generic form?
        > I get something from declaring myself a channel for spirit and simply
        listening and feeling my body and breath. I mean most everything was taken from
        other more established practitioners and authors so they(practices and ideas)
        have stood on their own feet. Though we didn't learn them from the original
        authors, we still have had contact with them.
        > I suppose some of you feel so burned that you don't even want to hear any of
        this; I do understand that sentiment having felt it too. I am by nature a
        sensitive, so I have to have practices to help me stay balanced. I gained a
        strong sense of my self while in eck and did derive benefits.
        > Stay open to the truth and what works!
        > Russ
        >
        > prometheus wrote:
        >
        > Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be
        in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all
        persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the
        dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive
        persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others,
        you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser
        persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep
        interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the
        changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the
        world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
        many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be
        yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for
        in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
        Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of
        youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not
        distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and
        loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a
        child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to
        be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is
        unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive
        Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of
        life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
        it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.----- Max Ehrmann
        (The Desiderata).
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