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Tu-Jarok, also known as the Way of Jarok, were the teachings made by Suraks friend and rival, Jarok.

They departed from the teachings of Tu-Surak as Jarok himself disagreed with the total suppression of Vulcan emotions and thus broke away from the strict teachings of logic that were being preached by Surak. This was because he believed that whilst Vulcans needed to control their emotions, they needed to have the opportunity to deal with them.

Thus, the adherents of the Path of Jarok were take to the desert in order to join others in order for them to gather around a fire that they built from aromatic wood which heightened their consciousness. After days of meditation and fasting, the students encountered their Inner Chorus whereupon they carried out a mental conversation with it in order to debate logic against the emotions of the chorus. By the end of the ordeal, the student had to either succeed or fail in coming to terms with themselves. Should they fail, they were always capable of trying against at a later time with the ritual being attempted many times. This was because failure was not seen as shameful as the process was considered a personal journey and the process of embracing these chaotic voices was typically done so alone.

Like the teachings of Tu-Surak, Jarok taught three virtues to his followers on what to do in their lives. The basic tenents of the Way of Jarok were Compassion, Temperance and Justice. In regards to Compassion, it was seen that suffering was universal and not personal. Thus, one's own suffering was no better or worse than anyone else's and that this understanding provided comfort to others in pain. With Temperance, it was believed that practicing it came from understanding rather than total abstinence. On Justice, it was taught that Vulcans needed to understand that they were part of a greater organism and as such had a duty to protect as well as seek justice for the greater good. (Last Unicorn RPG module: The Way of Kolinahr: The Vulcans)


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