Principle 1 Adaptation

The Principle we will consider this month is principle #1 from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look). It is also called “The Principle of Adaptation” it says: “To go against the evolution of things is to go against yourself.”

Here are some of the considerations about this principle. I’m drawing them largely from conversations with many people. Also from materials we created over the years to illustrate various aspects of the principles. I’m sorry that in most cases I can’t credit specific individuals for their contributions but if I can I will.

principle 1 illustration
illustration by Rafael Edwards

This principle, which is the first in the twelve presented in The Inner Look, makes evident something that we will find to be true of all the rest as well; they can’t simply be applied mechanically. Wisdom is required to put them into practice – wisdom and the effort to see each principle in light of the other ones.


translation, season of giving (getting) and gifts for translators

This seasons gifts for translators.

illud tempus
Ho Ho Ho and all that. Here in the Northern hemisphere, the days grow short and the nights grow long. In a few weeks we’ll have the darkest day of the year the Winter Solstice – and then this cycle of sacred time, this time outside of time, will reverse.

Like the other major transitions, in the Sun’s apparent journey through our sky - solstices, equinox, and points midway – the onset of winter is marked with various religious and social celebrations: in this part of the world Christmas, and Chanukah of course, but also many others from Kwanza to Yalda , Karuchun, to Festivus, and beyond.

Gift giving is part and parcel (that’s a semi-intentional pun) of many of these festivities – at times it seems to the complete lack of any other content or meaning. Be that as it may, I am offering up this blog entry not as criticism of, but rather participation in, any and all these celebrations – unlike Groucho, I’m happy to be a member of any club that will have me. Well almost any. OK, many. Some?

Here are some belated seasonal gift suggestions for my translator friends. But first allow me to present my credentials.

groucho 2


with a little (selp) helf from my friends

Hey Danny
I'm reading your writing now -- No Self, No Help  ..
About 9 years ago i recorded (but never really released) a little indie-folk/comedy cd called  "Selp Helf "
Attached is one of the songs from it which appeared on a later album called "Low Cool".
Thought i'd pass it along..  Lyrics are below
Hugz, m

…well lyrics and music are below

We'll See

“We’ll see”

I had originally thought of this part of my website as a daily blog. However, as you may have noticed it’s been far from daily almost since its inception. Of late I have been posting short pieces, thoughts, comments etc on Facebook and even shorter ones on Tweeter (@dzuckerbrot). So I’ve tended to use this blog for slightly larger or more complex writings.

I think that makes sense. We’ll see.

Principle 12 reflections part 2

This is our second week focusing on Principle 12, also known as the Principle of Accumulating Actions. It says:
”Contradictory or Unifying Acts Accumulate Within You. If You Repeat Your Acts Of Internal Unity Then Nothing Can Detain You."

This week we are asking ourselves how this principle played out (or didn't) in our past. Can I see how my actions in a certain direction accumulated reinforcing or discouraging new actions or a certain direction.

Please remember the Principles are not meant as isolated bits of wisdom, any more than they’re meant as morals. They are part of a dynamic meditation, a discipline that you can practice in every moment of your life. They are principles, general ideas that you can weave together into a coherent style of life.

Here's some personal reflections. I hope they'll assist your own.

Continuing thoughts on Yoga, Meditation, Self-Help

India’s Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, head of the nationalist BJP party (one of India’s two major political parties) is a vegetarian and a proud practitioner of yoga. In fact yoga, and traditional medicine have their place in the BJP election platform: “Yoga and Ayurveda are the gifts of ancient Indian civilization to humanity and we will increase the public investment to promote Yoga and AYUSH. We will start integrated courses for Indian System of Medicine (ISM) and modern science and Ayurgenomics. We will set up institutions and launch a vigorous program to standardize and validate the Ayurvedic medicine.”

Around a year ago he asked the UN to start a
World Yoga day. A few weeks ago he shuffled former tourism minister Shripad Yesso Naik to the newly created position of ‘Minister of Yoga’.


Fragment from: No Self, No Help _ the ultimate self-help book

Of self-help Wikipedia tells us:

“Self-help, or self-improvement, is a self-guided improvement—economically, intellectually, or emotionally—often with a substantial psychological basis. Many different self-help group programs exist, each with its own focus, techniques, associated beliefs, proponents and in some cases, leaders. "Self-help culture, particularly Twelve-Step culture, has provided some of our most robust new language: recovery, dysfunctional families, and codependency."

Of self-help books Wikipedia tells us: A self-help book is one that is written with the intention to instruct its readers on solving personal problems. The books take their name from Self-Help, an 1859 best-seller by Samuel Smiles, but are also known and classified under "self-improvement", a term that is a modernized version of self-help. Self-help books moved from a niche position to being a postmodern cultural phenomenon in the late twentieth century.”

And who are we to doubt Wikipedia.

Principle 12

Ending the year with Principle 12 from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look)

The Principle we chose to consider this week is also called “The Principle of Accumulating Actions”.

It says: “If you repeat your acts of internal unity then nothing can detain you.”

.principle 12 illustration
illustration by Rafael Edwards