Aphorisms of a Derelict Yogi
Sayings of a modern mystic who was down-on-his-luck
(more about the Yogi)

"Ya eat garlic, ya burp garlic"

"Ya eat garlic, ya burp garlic"


A man came to the Yogi with a problem. He was trying to be more "spiritual," but it just wasn't happening.

So the Yogi asked him what he did in his spare time.

The guy watched TV, read spy novels, went out with friends a couple of nights a week--nothing terrible, but nothing especially spiritual either.

"Well, ya eat garlic, ya burp garlic," the Yogi told him.


Jesus said in Mark Chapter 7, "There is nothing from outside of a man that can make him unclean by going into him: but the things that come out of him, those are the things that can make him unclean."

The emphasis is on what we produce, not what we ingest.

But production depends on ingestion. Christian teaching encourages fellowship, reading the scriptures, listening to teachers--in short, "ingesting" spiritual things.

It's a universal rule: the more we imbibe of spiritual things, the more we "rub up against the holy," the more our spiritual awareness develops.

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  1. Do you think there's anything "wrong" with watching (secular) TV, reading (secular) novels, etc.?
  2. Do you agree with Jesus that what goes into our mouths does not make us unclean, only what comes out of our hearts?

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