His disciples questioned him and said to him,
"Do you want us to fast?
How shall we pray?
Shall we give alms?
What diet shall we observe?"
Jesus said to them,
"If you fast, you will give rise to sin for yourselves;
and if you pray, you will be condemned;
and if you give alms, you will do harm to your spirits.
When you go into any land
and walk about in the districts,
if they receive you,
eat what they will set before you,
and heal the sick among them.
For what goes into your mouth will not defile you,
but that which issues from your mouth
-it is that which will defile you."
"Do not tell lies, and do not do what you hate,
for all things are plain in the sight of heaven.
For nothing hidden will not become manifest, and nothing covered will remain without being uncovered."
There is no standard "cookbook recipe" or
"regimen" to acquire Knowledge. This differs
from a school where devotees must all follow
the same prescribed path to Enlightenment.
Joseph Campbell points out that this idea of
everyone finding their own way, appears in
the search for the Holy Grail, as told by
Wolfram von Eschenbach, where everyone
must "enter the forest" at a different point,
which they, themselves, must choose.
This obviously differs from following a specified "path". As J.C. would say: "Follow your bliss".
from Reflections on the Art of Living
A Joseph Campbell Companion
Selected and Edited by Diane K. Osbon,
“When the world seems to be falling apart,
the rule is to hang onto your own bliss.
It’s that life that survives.”