CyberCadets know that the monks maintain a Fictionary: A lexicon of words that should be in the dictionary but are not. This grows from time to time as we stumble on the moment we have all known, those awkward (and fun) moments when we know the word but the world has not yet discovered it. Is this not how language has always evolved? Are Shakespeare and street kids the only ones who can make this stuff up? No, we cry out. Not now. Not ever. Which is precisely how the word "never" evolved.
So today we share the latest inclusions in the Fictionary, and again invite submissions in case you have a word or two that should be immortalized.
play-pretend: A Gurudevaism (sbaw); describing when an adult is doing something serious in a frivolous or foolish way. "The swami was married, making his life mere play-pretend."
sbaw: Should be a word
dutious: Different from dutiful, parallel to study and studious. Doing something with a conscious sense that you are executing your duty, achieving a high standard in one's work.
emptillness: Describes the state of seeing all existence as simultaneously infinitely full and totally empty.
microtyaga: A small letting go, renunciation, surrender, such as letting someone else be right, or skipping that second helping at the dinner table, our accepting something that you don't like. As opposed to major sacrifices and acts of tyaga.
coolth: The missing noun for cool, as warm is to warmth.
nonbreviation (or nontraction): Two words which would ordinarily be abbreviated or contracted, but which in their current context must remain separate. Example: You can not only see it, but touch it as well. Here, "can not" is a nonbreviation, since "can" is being used in its positive sense and "not" relates to only. Therefore, neither cannot nor can't is appropriate here.
biasist: One who is not neutral, and who holds a bias
casuality: an arrived state of being casual, mentally and physically.
"His general casuality about life made him easy to get along with."
spectacularity (n) - the quality of being spectacular. Usage: The view of Iraivan Temple from the drinking fountain is unsurpassed for spectacularity.
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "Not Getting Upset, Viewing Reaction from Higher Faculties" (September 14, 2014)
A measure of how serious we are in making spiritual progress is that we've learned the lesson from experience. Develop the ability to watch the mind think, understand the patterns of emotional action and reaction. Have the sense that you are a divine being to root out imperfections. Becoming upset is a temporary suspension of our higher faculties; transmute the energy into the third eye.
Master Course, Living with Siva, Lesson 149;
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 152;
Yogaswami, Words of our Master
"Eight Features of the Natha Sampradaya" (September 17, 2014)
We have to discover that part of us that is the Self. One of the important benefits of temple worship is it softens the ego. Recognize and love a Being greater than us, building humility. Go to Lord Murugan; His worship strengthens the kundalini. There's a power in learning through listening, shruti, that which is heard. Tradition, sadhana and tapas, informs, inspires, awakens potential.