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The basic concepts of fundamental importance in filognosy. The moral basis of the Game of Order and the regulative principles. Opposed to the animal values of eating, mating, sleeping and fighting, are poised the apollonian values of the person endowed with reason and logic. Filognosy therewith bases itself upon the vedic formulation of the values of yoga as expressed in the vow of yoga (yama), of nonviolence, love of truth, non-stealing, celibacy, and the not striving for possessions (ahimsa, satyâsteya, brahmacârya aparigraha yama).

The regulative principles directly associated with these values are founded upon the conception of Vyâsadeva concerning the yama yoga-values of vedic knowledge in the form of the four legs of the bull of dharma: satya, tapas, sauca, dayâ, or love of truth, penance, cleanliness and compassion. These are your basic commandments. Not the usual ten commandments thus, but just these four will do for starters; these are the basic ones.


The first principle of truth, satya, is a matter of respecting the facts of the creation as they are. Non-illusion is the purpose of the science and in that context we already discussed the issue of the time you need to be in control with yourself. It also implies that you do not flee from the truth in taking to alcohol, drugs or other intoxicants. Even caffeine coffee and black tea, brown chocolate and soft-drinks containing stimulants should be checked. You have to see things as they are, not have any artificial stuff manipulate you into a fake happiness. Let your bliss be real. It is also wise to read the scriptures regularly like listening to the Bhagavad Gîtâ each morning before you do your job. Do follow the lead of the classical truths of wisdom. Lasting they proved to be eternal. The absolute and lasting eternal truth of the reality that you can't change, of souls, the material elements, the ether and the time, outweighs the relative truths of the cloud of thoughts to the matters and forms that depend on your control. Thus we already arrived at the respect for the natural order as the way of transcending the times of fruitive labor that were conjured up by man. The ancient wisdom is all based on that natural order.

Purity (faithfulness)

The second rule is that of purity, s'auca. It usually means the acceptance of sexual frustration or celibacy, whether you're married or not; but it is also synonymous with d√¢na: sharing, communicating and donating. Sexual frustration is a normal thing, not just for human beings. Animals grow horns and bushes of feathers with it and human beings develop culture with it. But don't get me wrong, sex is not bad. You simply have to keep that dog and apelike body on the leash. First of all you are a human being or individual soul in respect of the Supersoul of God above that is above all that, that is the purity to share. But purity is more than celibacy and sharing. It also means that you keep the mind focussed with the mantras we mentioned. Beware of the ulterior motive. Lust inspires too and distracts the mind. Lust requires regulation, denial doesn't really help. Sex is good if you are in love and want to let nature take its course. That's how we get children. But as a habit, a compulsion, a kind of fun, and a mechanical thing you should deny it; it is not really the sharing anymore, it is selfish and destructive then. Do not spoil the natural with such a dirty mind or stone of attachment in your heart. And finally purity also means cleanliness of course. mental as well as physical. Not just no dirty and distracted mind of desire, but also always washing the dishes, having clean underwear every day, taking a shower each morning, washing after defecating, washing before going asleep, brushing your teeth three times a day thoroughly and doing the laundry regularly as well as household chores. Thus is s'auca also all the cleanliness. The mental and physical purity, sharing and all, is your loyalty or else you are unfaithful in betrayal and fall-down. Believe in it.


The third principle is that of penance, tapas. There is voluntary penance and enforced penance. Better not wait for God or fate to impose the penance upon you. With everything you do you must know to stop; even with the stopping you have to stop, like it is with the duty to get out of bed at night to urinate. Not being able to stop factually means not being able to engage properly also. That's how the car works that your body is. This drivers license of penance is what you need, so to speak. That is the control you need with th ether and thus we have the need of the order of time again. So for your eating, there is fasting: every night you do so and you also fast every fifteenth day on the cakra-calendar so that you don't fast on a day of socialization (going out, doing the field of the false ego, when you have to show your face), which, formally, is the seventh and the fourteenth cakra-day or a 15-day period of two weeks of labor consisting of six days of work. Fasting is best done by not eating at all, just drinking water, milk or fruit juice. The body so to speak. has to be switched to the reserve-position so now and then. In order to stay healthy you have to flip that switch regularly with a good schedule. Overeating is one of the great problems of modern society. People consume, with a false, conditioned cry of hunger, but do not have it under control just like that. They develop all kind of diseases because they forgot to switch on reserve. You also eat leftovers in the fridge don't you? This is the same. Clean the fridge, eat from your reserve of fat and so for a day. Further does penance also apply to actions, especially fruitive labor. On cakra sundays of socializing, on lunar signal-days of study and/or religious celebration and on solar leap-days (the fifteenth cakra-day and the two-monthly extra day to leap the cakra month) you shouldn't engage in any productive or fruitive labor. But remember, self-correction activities are of all days, just like your parent had to correct you every day. And also be careful not to torment the body with fasting too long, not sleeping enough or other forms of self-denial. It is all a matter of regulation in such a manner that is pleasant and natural to you. Normal eating is also restricted to the times set for it. With proper regulation you don't tire yourself and thus you don't have to sleep that much. A mother not caring properly for her child gets a nagging child that wears her out. So considering what we above called proper in filognostically not wasting your life on ulterior motives, always try to follow the natural order in this: the lunar and solar days and the clock set to the sun; the authority of nature is the proper one, the dharmic one, the rest is compensation of a lesser quality. Failing in this more conscientious self-regulation you will sooner or later have to pay the price of an enforced penance. You'll get sick or otherwise be plagued by your psyche or by turns of fate. E.g. during a war you can recognize what happens as an enforced penance: the fun of consuming is over, everything is rationed then, everything is rationed then, or, in other words, the penance of sharing must be imposed. Penance is, not taking more than one needs, thus also sharing. So stay ahead of fate, make it your free will of wisdom. You know better.
Other necessary penances are fasting of dairy for a month (May e.g.) and refraining from the tube, from t.v., for at least one day a week in order to decondition from that dictatorial defiance of the local principle. The greek Ulysses also had to stick to the sheep (the local community) to escape the cyclops (the t.v.) that held him captive. That, conditioned as you are, might not be easy without an alternative calendar and clock; the system tends to eat you up and allow you nothing outside of it. You need a system to defeat a system, to defy a system.

Compassion (nonviolence)

Certainly a good yogi is a compassionate man. He recognizes his self-interest in that of others and suffers when others suffer. So he helps. That is compassion, dayâ. I must be stupid to enjoy another man's suffering. Don't wish or accept for others what you don't want for yourself. The law of karma is that of action and reaction. All will return to you. You end up in the world you've built yourself. So they say: aim for heaven and a better world. But of course it is this world, but then done better. The better is containing the good of the foregoing in non-repression; what's a tree without its roots? Compassion is the peace-principle, that is how the human cause is doing justice. Compassion is the nonviolence principle. Meaningless self destruction is the killer of all faith. Unnecessary violence should at all cost be prevented. It is bad enough to be of necessary violence, defending yourself, with the weapon of your enemy. The Gîtâ (2: 32), wherein Lord Krishna summons his friend Arjuna to take up his arms and fight says it this way: 'blessed are those who see it coming, to them the kingdom of heaven.' Also important is to be of charity: give the ones needy what they ache for: food, shelter, clothing, security and other basic necessities. See to it that no one has to complain. So this principle naturally follows the previous one. Without sharing and helping human society is not human at all, but heading for self-destruction. The four principles as mentioned define the humanity, not so much the animality that is the weaknesses with them, that deceives, kills, is promiscuous and steals. Last but not least there is the compassion with other creatures. Also with them be nonviolent. It is not necessary to kill animals for food. The joy of life you grant them will be yours if you let them live their full life. You don't kill your mother if she doesn't feed you any more do you? So why kill mother cow then when she's too old to give any milk, isn't that immoral? Also let other animals live. Share in the joy of life, not so much in the lust for life, that is the way of God. Avoid unnecessary violence. Again I say beyond necessity you're a fool falling down in hell step by step.

In fact is there in filognosy a link between the values, the regulative principles, their political reality and their virtue. Its reality consists of moderation, preservation, regulation and compensation. Their virtue consist of honesty, loyalty, sharing and helping. The virtue of the values constitutes the filognostic vow of truthfully and faithful I promise to share and care (filognostic confession art. 167), and also makes for the rules of the Game of Order (see mainpage). The reality of it constitutes the filognosic policy as is common in our modern democracy as a standard of good sense. The regulative principles constitute the spiritual rules which are there to ascertain the humanity and the concept of the soul

Vedic reference

  • The basic rules for the vedic culture are called: vidhi

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