Saturday, August 3, 2019

PLATO AND CIVILISATION

PLATO AND CIVILISATION



If ever God descended on earth to talk to human beings, surely he will speak like Plato. No other language will suit Him so well, in order to touch the mind, heart and soul of human beings. By reading his celestial dialogues, one rather feels that God incarnated as Plato, in order to distribute knowledge, wisdom and love to humanity. His thoughts are so profound and perfectly chiselled, that no one as yet, managed to add even one iota onto his celestial writings.

Hoping not to exaggerate, I want to voice, like the fanatical Islamite Omar for his Koran, "Burn the voluminous libraries, they are unnecessary, since their true values are all in Plato's writings". Whatever one wants to know, he will find it always in his books. Philosophy, physics, metaphysics, immortality, sociology, cosmogony, language, politics, mathematics, justice, pedagogy, literature, astronomy, rhetoric, civil constitution, hygiene, athletics, pure love and whatever else.

Plato's book "The Republic" will suffice to educate the world", said Emerson, no other schooling is necessary.

Without Plato's thoughts, we would surely all look like the young infants, who scream and kick their little legs, until they learn to speak the mother's tongue, and say what they want in order to calm themselves.

Plato means philosophy and philosophy means Plato. He is the father and teacher of man's reason, and without him, societies of today would not be far better than the lower animal kingdom. He established the first organised school on earth, and until today, 25 centuries later, schoolbells ring in every city and village around the globe.

He consumed, like a silkworm, the undefined and unripe thoughts of ancient Greece, Egypt, Babylonia and Asia, in order to synthesise and deliver them in a more defined and perfect way to Hellenes, and other European nations. Barbarians and savages of the world became calmer psychosomatically by suckling Plato's mental ambrosia for 2500 years. Philosophers, mystics, poets, prose writers, language teachers, rhetoric's, astronomers, cosmogonist, pedagogues and dogmatic worshipers, all ran and will still run forever into the mystery, that is named Plato.

Many borrowed his intellectual ladder to climb a little higher, in order to gaze at their soul's loftiest wonder.

Christians have Platonise in their creed; Hebrews have crypto-imitate him, and Muslims copied Plato's morals, almost identically in their little book on ethics "Ahlak-y-jalaly"

Poets and profound sheers like: Amonios, Plotinus, Plutarch, Milton, Dante, Shakespeare, Thomas Taylor, Voltaire, Hugo, Bacon, John Smith, Ralph Cudworth, Carlyle, Emerson, and a thousand others, where all Platonic offspring.

Although Aristotle tried to oppose Plato's thoughts for a while initially, he failed to do so. He too, Platonise in every feather -writing word until the last day of his life.

It is impossible for one to think any further without Plato's help. He is like a large hairy-handed father, who holds his child tenderly by his hairless hand, to lead him to his first day of primary school.

He was born around 427 B.C, near Pericles, where one of the worlds most known ancient political leaders died. He lived in the glory days of tragedian play-writers - Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes, and witnessed the catastrophic side effects of the Peloponnesian war. In spite of his rich and aristocratic upbringing, he refused to follow a materialistic road of plenty and egocentric vanity. He chose instead, the path of temperance and moderate poverty, in order to harvest later, his brilliant intellectual and spiritual glory.

At the tender age of 20, he met the mighty Socrates whom he followed until his death. After the inhuman execution of his beloved teacher, he devoted the rest of his life to talk only about him.

He travelled extensively to the "magna Grecia" of Sicily and visited Egypt and Babylonia, they say that he went even further. Returning to Athens, he opened the first university in the world in 368 B.C, which he named "Academia" after the well know Greek athlete Academos. It was an open aired school among pine trees and olive groves where Aristotle's would imitate him later with his Lyceum school on the banks of the Illissos River.

Students from all over the world would arrive thirsty to study at Plato's Philosophical school, but only those who were initiated into his Platonic's ideas were allowed to enter. On the front of his school gate, you could read from a distance the large inscriptive banner in Pendelic marble.

"No entrance to none initiated" He always lectured verbally by conversing with his students like a gentle loving father. Although he never believed in written teaching method, he wrote many books to pass his time.. He called his dialectic writings "pagali paidia", which means, pleasant game or noble amusement. He believed like the mathematician Pythagoras, that the true intellectual system of the universe is mathematically rapt and a difficult one to understand well, without some basic knowledge of geometry. For this reason a second sign-board at his School was written: "Ignorant in geometry should not enter here".

He absorbed the Hellenic forerunning thinkers like, Homer, Thales, Heraclitus, Anaxagoras, Pythagoras, Philolaos, Parmenides, Empedocles and Xenophanes, in his mental mill. He re-synthesized them all and reproduced them tastier and more digestible for the Hellenes and the rest of the worlds understanding. Unfortunately they did not have the convenience in those days, like today, of recording lectures for storage, but his feather pen written dialogues, are good enough to make our souls dance like hedgehogs when we read them.

When I read his book "Last days of Socrates" at the tender age of 25 , not only could I not sleep that night, but I also wept like a child and felt very pleased at my new discovery. A spiritual awakening had taken place inside me, like a "purgatory" (cleansing fire) that cleansed my soul like the wheat kernels from other harmful weeds. I did not know to whom I must be grateful first, Plato's wonderful brain or to Socrates' mighty wisdom. They were both so God like, that I could not distinguish where the one ended and the other one began. It is impossible for one to remain the same after reading Plato's thoughts. They are like rare remedies that harness our five senses to obey human reason.

Plato awakens in us the love of learning and our endless spiritual enfoldment. A new and common world opens for all who have been touched by Plato's magnanimity, leaving behind all ignorance and darkness that made us walk blindly like the sleepwalkers in the midnight hours.

He united the European brotherhood intellectually and inspired the rest of the world to follow him. He made all of them feel that he was their compatriot. The English said with admiring voices: 'A! How English are these Platonic writings! The Normans, Teutonic's, Slavs, Scandinavians, Latinos, Asians, Africans and all the rest of our global dwellers to own him as well.

All great souls who are surpassing their national borders, become citizen of the universe or cosmos, and called 'cosmocrats', which means, citizens of the universal beauty. Souls as Plato's are cognate with the bright sun that is welcomed immensely and loved wherever its warm shining rays touch. We are all grateful to the mighty Zeus, who descended to earth in the form of Plato, to ignite brilliantly the journey of our souls, to higher planes. Scholars from all over the world translated and will keep on translating Plato's writings, like the Lord's Prayer. They wish to learn Plato's original spoken language, to feel a little closer to his celestial thinking genius.

Plato's wisdom is the only one in the universe that lifts higher the human intellect, to be free, and spiritually upright.

His creator wasn't a watchful sky-dweller, but earthly collaborator with heart and intellect. God's height for him was never surpassed the peaks of mount Olympus.

Freedom of the Soul, (salvation) was exclusively an intellectual issue, and never one of a faith, prayer and confession. "Man is the measure of everything" used to voice-out the sophist Protagoras.

He asserted like Socrates, that he knew nothing personally, and that he was learning by conversing with others. The real knowledge, he said, does not derive from to much schooling, but can only be discovered within ourselves through mutual conversation. Wisdom is all in the soul, he said, and can be resurfaced by remembering. What is the first step then in discovering this knowledgeable journey?

The mind should control and direct the wild passions and sentiments first, like the charioteer does with his horses by controlling them through discipline, to arrive safely and on time at his destination.

I have searched for more information about Plato's life, but unfortunately, I did not find much. It seems that great men have an unusually short biography. No one entered his house, to tell us more about his private life. If he had a wife, friends, girlfriends, weaknesses or other personal peculiarities, we know nothing of it.

All of his private time was converted to contemplation, wisdom and spirituality, like the well-built chimney where the fire burns well and smokeless, to avoid polluting the earthly atmosphere.

They say that he did not smile easily, or hardly ever. He was not far wrong I think, since uncontrolled laughter sometimes can be a sign of a psychosomatic disease and mental anomaly. Schizophrenic or mentally effected people, usually roar with laughter without any reason what so ever.

All anecdotes, said Aristotle, are half finished truths without danger, if they end in danger they become tragedies. Plato never loved superfluity and unfinished truths, they did not produce him laughter, but rather sorrow for its plight.

How did Plato's intellectual flame remains non-extinguishable for so many centuries, in spite of being fiercely persecuted frequently from the religious fundamentalist?

They say, that never has never been more than a hand full of people in every country, who read and understand Plato's writings well; Certainly not enough reading -force to support a new edition to be published regularly. Despite this, Plato's books have been republished almost yearly around the globe. Here we see clearly, that some higher cosmic power takes care and regulates Plato's spirit to flow uninterrupted on this planet. Like the oxygen in our atmosphere that must be constantly regenerated to support life on this globe; so too with Plato's voice, will his work be republished inexhaustibly, as necessary spiritual food for mankind.

Whatever advances or changes our future brings, even if the earthly axis changes its place or the sky cracks in the middle, Plato will never vanish from our planet.

He will remain like an irreplaceable torch, throughout the ages, to light the mental and spiritual journey of humanity. His books will survive like heavenly heritage, revealing to each of us, how high we can reach, if we choose, and follow the right path in our own life's journey.

Dimitri Karalis




Wednesday, December 13, 2017

FASTING





                                        FASTING

There is no better way for a diseased and prematurely aged body to be restored back to robust health and youthfulness, than through a correct fasting vehicle. A complete supervised fast assisted by an experienced doctor is the safest, quickest and surest way for all physical and mental sufferers. It restores not only the precious human health, but also opens new horizons for mental and spiritual possibilities that were never dreamt of before. A new lease of life is derived from it, like being reborn again.

Body, mind and soul become so serene and harmonious together that one feels so peaceful and confident as if sitting in the lap of God. No matter how sick you are, nature always wants to assist you if you give her a chance. Health, beauty, power, success, courage, freedom, peace, inspiration, spirituality and love are all yours after a successful fast.
Why don’t you give this natural and absolutely safe method a chance to help you? What do you lose by cleaning the blood, body, skin, mind, and soul and renewing your inner organs like that of an infant? Whatever your physical, mental and financial problems are at this moment, don’t despair. There is definitely a better solution for you than to suffer daily with pain, depression, worry, insomnia and sorrow. Try to find genuine information on the fasting cure method, or even better approach a qualified well known experienced doctor who can guide you safely to supreme health again.
You should not fast alone, unless you are familiar with the method and persist wisely until your natural hunger returns again. It is hard and very dangerous to break a long fast without the correct supervision. Remember, if a complete fast cannot cure your problem, nothing else ever will.

Monday, December 31, 2012

HEALTHY EXPLANATIONS


                   Dr Dimitri Karalis
    (A message for doctors and patients)

The father of medicine  Hippocrates, set primarily to each new doctor a definition along with the standard oath, that: "You cannot be a good   doctor without being a philosopher at the same time." We know that   a philosopher besides the reflective, observant and intellectual learning, is also a strict naturalist, and rightly so the ancient Greeks used to
call them Iatrophilosophers (Doctor-philosopher)
For this reason I would like to expand a bit on this definition with a slight variation: 

"You can never be cured completely by a physician if he is unable to explain to you in simple language, the real cause of your illness."

Illness means, that you have violated the functional law of your body and the only way to treat it effectively, is by understanding and correcting it.
With these thoughts, I felt it is necessary after 40 years experience in the therapeutic sphere, to explain in simple language the bodys function to my fellowmen.
As I wrote in my previous article "Food for thought", the body is a biological machine that works similar to the motor car. The car needs an interdisciplinary battery with cables for the production and distribution of kinetic energy. The body needs a brain battery and nerves as the interdisciplinary energy hub.
The only difference between them is that while the car renews its strength as it moves by the dynamo or generator, the body renews its strength only when it is completely rested  through sleep.
Sleep refreshes our mental strength and as soon as it  awakens, it begins to consume. From the moment our eyes open and start to move, our cerebral energy is constantly consumed.  No matter whatever we do or how much food we eat the energy will be reduced, until we are forced to go to the bedroom to renew it and not to the dining room.

During sleep the body does not perform any physical and mental action, but is fasting completely.  Thats why the English   call the early morning meal breakfast which means the breaking of the fast. When the body is fully rested (through sleep), it uses the fresh renewed strength to repair the operational deficiencies and to clean the machine of the metabolic impurities (dirt).

You do not need much knowledge to understand that the body has renewed itself at night; you only have to look on awakening at the coated tongue, the unclear swollen eyes and smell the bad breath.
The darker urine and the colon action which is easily performed in the morning, indicate that the body was repairing and cleaning itself during sleeping. The deeper and uninterrupted the sleep is (with open windows), the better repair and renewing of the body.   
When the body sleeps 7- 8 hours continuously, the awakening is happier and full of power, ready to take over the daily tasks. The crystal mental clarity and the renewed rich physical strength, gushing confidence, calmness and love are to be found in every communicating act of the day. Perfect health is determined by the level of mental strength and how   cleverly we consume that energy during the day.

Now see below how to achieve such an enviable health:
The human body is divided into three (3) eight-hour cycles:
From four am (4) in the morning until noon, the body eliminates its waste.

1.No heavy solid foods should be eaten during these cleansing hours, except for fresh fruits in summer and dry in winter, any other solid food prevents the perfect detoxification and prematurely deplete mental energy, causing fatigue and early retention of metabolic debris. One works efficiently without appetite and no breakfast.

2. From noon to the evening at eight (8) body digests the foods easily.
(The body digests solid foods better in those eight hours when you chew them well and eat a modest amount. But we should not eat after eight (8) in the evening until four (4) in the morning because it creates indigestion and exhaustive fatigue on waking with a bitter taste on the tongue).

3. From eight (8) in the evening until four (4) in the morning, the body repairs and auto-loads the brain with a new store of energy  (this applies to whoever sleeps normally of course without sleeping drugs).
(In these eight (8) sacred repairing hours one should not eat or drink anything solid or liquid, except water, if thirsty)
Cerebral energy manages the operation of the whole metabolism, especially the stomach, liver and the colon. The more the mental strength holds, the most  perfectly does the digestion, the liver and the colon. Virtually all foods are stimulating, because they consume energy to be digested and excessive consumption creates nervous prostration or enervation. When mental energy is too low, the body is unable to function perfectly and cannot be self-cleaned and retains the undigested food and other catabolic toxic waste. Particular nervous exhaustion is caused by abnormal and unnatural foods, beverages like alcohol, coffee, smoking, fried foods and bad dietary combinations.

Often chronic indigestion with constipation is the cause for many acute, chronic and fatal (deadly)  illnesses, as well as  insomnia, fatigue, fear, intestinal fermentation, nervousness, poor memory, lack of confidence, heavy menstruation, enlarged prostate, colitis, malignant tumors and many other metabolic abnormalities. 
"The American philosopher Waldo Emerson says: insecurity, dogmatism and fanaticism, have their roots in a disturbed metabolism. When the liver is not functioning normally,  it makes humans jealous, intolerant and Calvinistic, and when it is working normally, it makes them tolerant, loving and open minded".
Here we see clearly how a good health contributes creatively to our daily lives. Particularly to harmoniously living parents, a fact which is crucial to the sound development of their children.

When parents are healthy, their children are also raised better, by taking as an example, their gentle and loving nature  to imitate them in their later lives.
I believe that every society will benefit if taught how to apply correctly the healthy ways of living responsibly.
Is it not the time though, for the medical profession to teach humanity healthy rules on how to eat and live, to relieve them from unnecessary sickness, pain, tears and huge medical expenses which often leads to an early death?
Hermanus 
South Africa 



    

Thursday, January 28, 2010

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

               

         

        

                                  
                           FOOD FOR THOUGHT
                                        By Dr Dimitri. Karalis

Message for Doctors and patients’                                                                                                   
The human body and the automobile engine are similar vehicles.
The heart is your engine;
The blood the gasoline;
The lungs the carburetor,
The nerves the sparklers or magnetos
 The stomach the fuel tank, roughly speaking.

The human engine renews all worn-out parts or tissues;
 Makes all repairs; eliminates all waste; makes its own gasoline (blood) and  gives a good service for ninety years or more, with privilege of renewal if you will only make conditions favorable;
 By simply applying in right proportions the five essential qualities of life;

Proper eating (quantity and quality)
Working (efficiently and honestly)
Natural exercising (not excessive)
Communicating (friendly and justly)
Proper Resting (without sleeping drugs)  
The neglect or regular abuse of any one of these four essentials qualities is the cause of all pessimism, sickness, pain, sleepiness, egotism, crime and vice.

All criminals are usually psychosomatic diseased people, and most diseased persons have vicious criminal tendencies.
Diseases and wrong tendencies are easily preventable and curable, regardless of name or duration if the cause is removed early.
There are not many incurable diseases but only incurable patients that are impervious to truth (closed like an oyster).
Medical drugs, toxic herbal remedies and all surgical operations, do no more than suppress temporary bodily discomfort to severe health costs later.  

When your automobile does not work properly, you find out and remove the cause
But when your body’s engine does not work well, you follow an old superstition and take into it many poisons (drugs);
Which if too frequently repeated, will cause you to have your appendix, tonsils, gallbladder, thyroid and other vital organs removed.
Even heart, kidney and liver transplants make you prone to illness and early death.  

When you have too much alcohol, nicotine, excess of all kinds of food, drugs, and other poisonous by-products in your blood, your heart and arteries will not work efficiently and we call this heart failure, arterial thrombosis, stroke  ect.  
Too much work and too little rest will exhaust your magnetos (nerves) eventually.

A lack of regular exercise and cleanliness will fill the inside of your Corpomobile (human vehicle) with acid waste, mucus and other toxins (poisons).
The outside of your body will break out in pimples, boils, wrinkles, barnacles and finally you will make yourself useless in an active society.
Before getting into this kind of unpleasant situation, you have a sacrament duty to prevent this happening, if you are willing to try.
Internal cleanness is similar to God likeness.
If you are internally clean, you cannot be externally unclean.

If your food is small, natural, and pure, your blood will be pure, and if your blood is pure your body, mind, and soul will be pure.
It is easier to succeed in life with a clean and sound physical constitution, than with unclean and diseased one.
Tiredness, Fear, sleepiness, depression, headaches, poor memory, pains and lack of zest, are all indications of excessive waste accumulated in your blood and organs.

You lose nothing to ask for professional help, and if you follow your Doctor’s instruction faithfully, health and zest for life will return once again to you. Keeping body, mind and soul healthy is our own responsibility.
It would be better to choose an experienced and reputable Doctor to benefit from his advice.

To choose the right Doctor is your first priority, he must be a health example to help you honestly and effectively
The true physicians are supposed to be honest health instructors, who teach his/her patients how to correct their living mistakes in order to become well and stay well.  

Any medical drug or herbal remedy prescribed by a qualified Doctor to cure disease and ignores the wrong living habits of the patient; is undoubtedly a professional blunderer and legalized quack.
Ignorance is life’s main enemy and especially in the therapeutic sphere.

Hermanus – South Africa