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High Lifestyle

High Lifestyle is the style or process of living in accordance with this system:
Identifying an element of one's lifestyle
that is clearly seen by one's self as low,
harmful,
detrimental to one's self or others
one abandons it, lets it go, drops it, renounces it, restrains it, eradicates it.

 

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HOW TO JUDGE
FROM
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

How to know your friends
How to know if you are doing the right thing
Using the right bowl, robes, food, shelter
Following the right teacher
Begging from the right town:

Do not do or not do a deed
Because it is the law of the land
The word of the Elders
The pronouncement of some authority
Because hear-say say so
Because it is traditional
"The custom of my people."
Because it is the conclusion reached after thinking over reasons,

But do or do not do a deed
Only after careful consideration
Of your own personal experience
Before
During
And
After

If Beforehand you think:
"Bad conditions will increase

and

Good conditions will decrease
Going that way"
Then
Do not go further on that way

But if you think:
"Good conditions will increase
and
Bad conditions will decrease
Going This Way"
Then
Go This Way
A little Further

If During you think:
"Bad conditions are increasing
and
Good conditions are decreasing
As I go that way"
Then do not go further on that way
Even if it means you must get up and go
Without saying "goodbye"

But if you think:
"Good conditions are increasing
and
Bad conditions are decreasing
As I go along This Way"
Then
Go This Way
A little Further
Even if it means maybe having to work a little,
Experience a little discomfort.

If afterward you think:
"Bad conditions increased
and
Good conditions decreased
Going that way"
Then
Do not go that way again

But if you think:
"Good conditions increased
and
Bad conditions decreased
As I went along This Way"
Then
Keep Going
Along This Way
A little Further

The importance of this little ditty cannot be overemphasized. For Good and Bad Conditions, look to conditions within yourself, in the others and in conditions in the surrounding situation. For Bad Conditions, look for conditions that increase Wanting, Anger, and Blindness; for Good Conditions look for conditions that are without Wanting, Anger, and Blindness.