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'Freedays' are the 'gather our thoughts' days; Q&As; a general review of the week so far…

Last week, there was a hint at the end of the post about a proverb arising from the idea of not squandering one's wisdom. It was a reference to not 'casting one's pearls before swine'.

Matthew 7:6 - “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.

We understand the reference in colloquial terms as meaning not to give out anything to others who may not appreciate the value or purpose of the object or teaching. The first part of the verse talks about not giving 'what is holy to the dogs'; this refers to a mention in Proverbs (26:11) of the fact that dogs are inclined to return to their own vomit and in such a manner fools (those who do not understand and cannot grasp the value of what has been offered) will return to their old behaviour. A pig which has been brought out of the pen and cleaned and watered and told about living a better way is only going to go back to the pen and return to the mud. The chances of it setting up a shower and cleaning its feeding trough regularly are slim indeed! This is not a judgement upon the dog or the pig. It is an acceptance of the fact that their basic nature is also given to them by prarabdha and they must live that out.

Yeshu realised that no matter how much He would like His fellow humans to change their ways and take up living for a higher ideal (to 'enter the Kingdom'), not everyone would be capable of it. His disciples were instructed also to be discerning in those to whom they taught and spread the word of living life differently. It was recorded that, when this was not the case, the listeners would take wrong meaning and turn brutally upon the disciples.

This is akin to the teaching in Vedanta of there being 'animal' men and 'men' men; those who simply want to live for the physical aspects of this life and those who might be able to discern the possibility of a better way of living and striving to do that. We see it in society. Those who would prefer to live a brutish and self-serving way as opposed to those who seek peace and reason in life. Indeed, in society, 'animal' men can be living with the appearance of 'men' men; those who refuse to accept anything beyond the material nature of things, no matter how high their educational standing, will be as disparaging as any brute to the one who would offer the possibility of seeing beyond the physical world.

It is not that one should avoid talking of one's philosophical and spiritual interests; however it is that one must exercise some judgement in the time and the place for doing that.

The other thing to consider from this is that one must be very secure and steady in one's own path before seeking to lead others along, even for a short way. One thing we know about dogs, pigs, or indeed any animal, is that their instincts are strong for when another is weak. Men with mischief or evil about them will know if you are spouting the words without genuine heart and intent behind them; and they will seek to unpick you. If you are using philosophy or religion as a shield against such folk, without having properly grounded yourself behind it, they will find a chink in your 'armour'. A shield is only good if the soldier behind it has been doing their exercises, practicing its use and is strong in mind and body.

One cannot, in fact, use words as the shield in philosophy. They can convey much, but in the end what becomes the shield is the living of the words. Being that which is spoken. In carrying out saadhana such that one 'shines with the light' of faith, no words are necessary for others to start taking notice. Those who see that glimmer may become curious and will seek to follow it.

Now you can toss your pearls.

1 comment:

  1. It is true,there humane humans and inhuman humans rather two-legged creatures.They just care about achieving their motto whatever means they manipulate.Nicely explained.


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