“She entered into doubt-parlor
Only to be tattooed by ignorance-ink.
He learned the jiu-jitsu of betrayal
Studying at university of no ethics.”
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Explaining The Aphorisms
Sometimes aphorisms are like poetry — to get the full meaning we need to examine the language carefully in all its fine shades.
What does it mean to enter into “doubt-parlor”? Suppose you are a spiritual seeker, a person of faith. You have some friends who used to be spiritual seekers, but now their main focus is on doubt and speaking ill. You feel, “Oh, my faith is secure so of course I can mix freely with them and I will not suffer.” But doubt is like poison in the spiritual life. Just because you know it’s poison doesn’t mean you can drink it and not suffer. Continue reading