…..'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'…..

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

Menoloopal [men-oh-loo-pal]; the condition of being sent mental

What's this one about?  More of a personal memo really, as in - YAM! Kya? Do it yourself.

When seeking to respond to questions put for essays, ensure the taking down of those questions yourself.  Even if you trust the person who offers to write them out for you, always double check.  Better still, just do it yourself.

Last week I was nearly garroting myself because I couldn't get my head around one of the essays.  Yes one of those such as I spoke about previously being in a list of arm's length.  This one seemed to bear no relationship to what we had been studying.  After 20 months, YAM was finally struggling.  Was it such a high point of refinement that it had been missed completely?  Was it that the question belonged to another text altogether?  Was  it a technical language issue?

That last one is close.  When I finally caved in and sought the help of my wee brothers, they had difficulty understanding the dilemma.  Then, it became clear;  the question had been written wrongly.

The word 'shastra' had been used instead of 'sadhana'.  You, Dear Reader, can be forgiven for saying 'what the heck?'  I will relieve you of head-scratching by saying only that this is the difference between a text of basic theory versus foundational instructions in practice.  Theory versus practice in essay terms is as different as describing the mountains or the sea.

Once error discovered, essay was done in under an hour.

As much as anything, here, am menoloopal with myself.  Usually more meticulous in such matters. No more 3rd party YAM.  Do it yourself.


  1. Hehehehe...hows could a professor do dat...write da wrong word? Well I is ASSumin; it was a professor.
    My mum has a problem with askin' fur help too so her totaly gets you in dat aspect.

    OMD...I has to google MORE words today afters readin' your post...hehehehehe!

    Puddles Nows if you haded used da word beer then I would has understood everything!


  2. OMD...I must apologize...I had no idea I had missed some of your posts! I must get to readin'. So very sorry.


  3. Well a lot has been said about do it yourself. Now you know why. It is not that you don't trust, if you make a mistake then you've only got yourself to blame.

  4. Hari Om
    PUDDLES m'girl, it wasn't quite a professor but someone called as Brahmachari... this is a word with lots of meanings but you can best think of it as "Brother" like in monk. My title is Brahmacharini which is like nun.

    I'll see if I can work in 'Beer' in a post just for you gal! Meanwhile, all the words I make up you can find in the 'menoctionary' page up top. Consider it part of the Puddles Finishing School!!! YAM-aunty xxx

    Pee ess - I knows yer busy, so don't be too stressed about missing posts. xx

    Mahal - you make a good point!


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