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Re: Holiday Celebrating

Sat Dec 19, 2015 2:15 pm +0000

nodAmanaV wrote:(103:2.10) Man tends to identify the urge to be self-serving with his ego—himself. In contrast he is inclined to identify the will to be altruistic with some influence outside himself—God. And indeed is such a judgment right, for all such nonself desires do actually have their origin in the leadings of the indwelling Thought Adjuster, and this Adjuster is a fragment of God. The impulse of the spirit Monitor is realized in human consciousness as the urge to be altruistic, fellow-creature minded. At least this is the early and fundamental experience of the child mind. When the growing child fails of personality unification, the altruistic drive may become so overdeveloped as to work serious injury to the welfare of the self. A misguided conscience can become responsible for much conflict, worry, sorrow, and no end of human unhappiness.

So it seems that that altruistic drive can become overdeveloped. Interesting. Is this the case of the so called "Saints"? It seems that personality unifications demands balance. What of Mother Teresa? Does charity begin at home? This is worthy of discussion, perhaps a new thread. Thanks, nod. O:)

Re: Holiday Celebrating

Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:02 am +0000

123:3.5 Having met John, who came from near Jerusalem, Jesus began to evince an unusual interest in the history of Israel and to inquire in great detail as to the meaning of the Sabbath rites, the synagogue sermons, and the recurring feasts of commemoration. His father explained to him the meaning of all these seasons. The first was the midwinter festive illumination, lasting eight days, starting out with one candle the first night and adding one each successive night; this commemorated the dedication of the temple after the restoration of the Mosaic services by Judas Maccabee. Next came the early springtime celebration of Purim, the feast of Esther and Israel's deliverance through her. Then followed the solemn Passover, which the adults celebrated in Jerusalem whenever possible, while at home the children would remember that no leavened bread was to be eaten for the whole week. Later came the feast of the first-fruits, the harvest ingathering; and last, the most solemn of all, the feast of the new year, the day of atonement. While some of these celebrations and observances were difficult for Jesus' young mind to understand, he pondered them seriously and then entered fully into the joy of the feast of tabernacles, the annual vacation season of the whole Jewish people, the time when they camped out in leafy booths and gave themselves up to mirth and pleasure.

Let us think about the Yeast. And now this relates moreso to the Passover Holyday than to Christmas, admittedly. (Merry Christmas)

In the commemoration of the people of Moses' exodus, there is the omission from yeast into the bread. Likewise, in the production of wine, the yeast settles to the bottom of the cask. Either way, we have the simplest of animals preserved in the production of both food & drink.

Re: Holiday Celebrating

Sat Dec 26, 2015 8:19 am +0000

Greetings Mr. Kelly,

SEla_Kelly wrote:Either way, we have the simplest of animals preserved in the production of both food & drink.

What do you mean by this statement? First of all, yeast is a fungus, not an animal. Secondly, lees consist of dead yeast and debris. Thirdly, yeast are killed in the baking process, the thermal death point being about 130-140ºF. What exactly is the significance of preserving dead fungus? Your observation is lost on me.

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