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Level 1, Lesson #13, Audio assignments: 3511 How to be a successful student, Parts 2A & 2B

1) What are the main teachings brought out in the lecture recording?

An aspirant should practice the teachings every day. Included in this is expressing the teachings to others which leads to excellence in studying, and later, excellence in teaching.

It will come to pass that the aspirant will face challenging situations. The aspirant should remember that everything that happens is designed to be a learning experience. When faced with a challenging situation, the aspirant should continue to exert effort to live by the teachings. In this way, everything that happens will ultimately lead the aspirant toward achieving his or her goals. Understanding this truth allows the aspirant to develop harmony and peace with the world, instead of the perception of having burdens.

The aspirant should also remember that enlightenment comes from within. In order to find it, the aspirant must become purified from vices and fetters. The aspirant must also recognize what enlightenment is, and be able to apply the teachings in his or her life. Many think that they understand the philosophy, but when tested, give into indulgences such as food or sex, or become angry.

2) Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book & lecture? If so, which ones?

I have been making continued effort toward my worldly and spiritual goals everyday. Regarding the spiritual checklist…

I take supplements daily, follow a vegan diet, and refrain from smoking, drugs, and alcohol. I perform worship on a daily basis. I go to bed before 12 am, and wake before 8 am. I study the scripture, abstain from contact with negative personalities, and practice an hour of silence per day.

3) If not, then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?

I try to get 6 hours of sleep per night, and succeed on the majority of nights; I think this is the best I can do, at least until I graduate a few months from now.

I have been meditating in the mornings only; though I think I could fit an evening meditation into my schedule after my children go to bed. I will try to do this.

I have been nervous about incorporating fasting into my routine. I find that when my blood sugar gets low, I am more likely to interact with others in a negative way. However, maybe this is due to my confusion in thinking that I am a body… so for now, I think I will begin by having 1 day per week where I eat only vegetables.