Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Kind and Wise Taxi Driver

I’ve heard many funny and intriguing stories about how people discover what we share here, regarding participation in the blog and the course and dialogue and whatever forms the process takes at any given time. Recently we received an email from a person who said she was experiencing a personal crisis in Manhattan and she ran out to get a taxi.

She described the taxi driver as ‘kind and wise,’ and he listened to her story, shared some soothing and insightful words with her, and soon she felt much better. As they arrived at her destination, he pulled out a piece of paper, and handed it to her saying, ‘Go to this address online and take the course if you can.’ On the paper was written the online address for this blog.

She couldn’t believe that a taxi ride in the midst of a crisis would lead to participating in a course such as ours. I’d love to share many such stories with you, as people have come to be here in many strange and unexpected ways. We are represented by no particular lifestyle, and come from all areas of life.

The course and blog represent no particular path or tradition, and we are not affiliated with any other teacher, although many teachers of many paths and traditions participate in and benefit from the course. One fellow described it as a ‘multi-path approach.’ All are included and none are excluded. It could be the ‘pathless path.’ Or just as easily it could be ‘the path that includes all paths.’

There is only one goal, but many paths and trails can be taken up the mountain. Since they all lead to the same Source, they are equal. It’s not so much a matter of ‘choosing’ a path, as it is simply recognizing the one you are already living. We don’t select a path. The path selects us.

There have always been certain divine guidelines that contain the dharma of the times, and teachers who function during certain times need to understand the guidelines in order to be practically effective as a teacher during this particular time.

If we don’t understand the Truth of the Present Moment, we don’t know what is going on; we don’t even know what we are doing. We're in a waking dream.

For now, I'd like so share some of my favorite exchanges in the 'comments' of the last few months.  I am sure you will find something relevant to your own sadhana.

Deb, the Self is most pleased when we ourselves are most pleased. The Self is most pleased with us when we are most pleased with ourselves. Not in an egotistical way, but in the same sense as a parent being pleased with the child.

No matter how often we read or hear the same Truth, it is challenging to fully realize that the inner Self of all is no different from our own Awareness. It’s hard to believe it’s actually inside when we are so conditioned to thinking of it as outside us.

The Self experiences what we experience. Therefore, the Self is most pleased when we ourselves are most pleased.
Marc, this body we find ourselves in has a certain amount of karma that we experience as our personal life. The Shakti, simply speaking, is the Universal Force that makes things happen. So of course in a sense the Shakti delivers our karma to us so that we experience whatever we need to experience to grow stronger or freer. It can be truly said that whatever in our karma doesn't kill us will definitely make us stronger.

Understanding karma is much preferable to thinking something ‘bad’ is happening or that something is going 'wrong.' There is no chance of anything ever going wrong at any time or place. Everything happens by cosmic design.

In our thoughts and actions we create karma, and in the conditions and experiences of personal life we experience the effects of the karma we created. Nothing more happens, and no one else causes anything to happen to us. Deep down we are One with the supreme Creator of all.

Lotus, your comment is a great example of the poignancy of the human predicament. In our course we explore the relationship between poignancy and compassion. Compassion is an essential aspect of why we are here and what life is all about.  For most of us it is an essential lesson to be learned as we experience our own sadhana.

This physical life is not like a vacation. It is a cycle of karma that from time to time will seem difficult as well as poignant.

I know of several people participating in the course with very similar circumstances. Some recently lost their partners, and others have partners who are very ill. It is amazing how many of us do not enjoy ‘ideal’ lives. Truth is, I've never known of anyone like that.

It is wonderful that you wish to help your husband; yet a lot of your ability to help depends on your capacity to maintain your vision of the Truth.

In the subtle body your husband is what we would think of as 'at his peak.' There is no illness, suffering, aging, or dying on the subtle plane. All those things exist in the realm of physical karma only.

If you can remember to consciously see him as he truly is, as youthful and vibrant and strong, that is the most you can do to help him have an experience of resurrection. If you see him as healthy and full of life, you give energy to his resurrection, to his rejuvenation, and even to a greater rebirth.

This physical life is not set up to be ideal. It's set up to see how much we can take. And then when it gives us as much as we can take, it's our work on ourselves to be as in harmony with it as possible. Instead of resistance, we accept it as a temporary karmic reality, knowing that everything will be different again soon enough.

The inner Self, or pure Consciousness, was never born and will never die. It is indestructible and indivisible. It is ageless, and it always remains as it is, even though it takes innumerable shapes and forms here and there in the karmic journey through time.

It has always been my experience and observation that everything happens for the best. We simply have to balance this certainly with the compassion for the poignancy of life. No one can avoid poignancy in some form or another. Therefore compassion is such an essential quality to develop, otherwise the poignancy of life will be difficult to deal with.

Jo-Ann, the course actually has very little to do with new facts. Oh, sure there might be tidbits to come up that you've never been aware of before, but the course is primarily a reminder of the Truth of the present moment, and a way of understanding our own knowledge in a new and more expansive way.

A relative beginner might read a couple of lessons of the course and think, 'Oh, I already know all this. The same knowledge is available in the book I read last week,' and totally dismiss the lessons as being repetitive of what they 'already know.' You can also be sure that they will never actually apply the 'knowledge' they imagined was in the book in any practical way whatsoever.

Someone with a little more awareness might read the same words and experience an unexpected upliftment, an inexplicable exaltation, and perhaps a surprising insight that seems to have nothing to do with the written words.

So we share a process of continuous refinement of awareness. For myself and many others, sharing this process together is one of the most profound, transformative, loving, and intimate things we could ever share.

Vandita, that is a good question: Who plans the plan?  The answer requires a very subtle and refined understanding. 

In the highest sense, everything is a play of Consciousness. There is no one separate from that to decide anything.

We're all a 'work in progress' when it comes to sadhana.  Yet we are also pure Consciousness, without beginning or end. It is a strange and fascinating game.

When we fully understand what is the play of Consciousness, we see that no one in particular is doing anything. There is no planner, and also no plan. There is no one making a decision; everything happens in absolute balance and harmony, except in our own conditioned minds. There's the Truth of the Present Moment, and in reality that's all there is.

Sukala, everything you say is very true. Vigilance is an extremely important word when it comes to sadhana or spiritual development. The body, mind, and emotions all presume to have a life of their own, and they follow their own patterns, and the ego gets identified with these patterns and thinks they're a part of who we are. So we have to be very vigilant regarding our thoughts, feelings, and inclinations. Let's make sure they come from an uplifting place within ourselves and that they always have an uplifting effect on others around us.

It is great that you aspire to cheerfulness. Cheerfulness is a very high spiritual quality that is often underrated and under-appreciated. Yet genuine cheerfulness comes from an open heart.

It is also great that you are learning more about creation and speech. If we wish our lives to go in a certain direction, it is important to make sure all our thoughts, feelings, actions, and words resonate with that direction. Otherwise instead of a gentle flow we have a chaotic mess.

If we sit around thinking about the very things we don't want, we will make ourselves miserable. Why should we think of what we don't want? This is silly, yet it contributes our energy toward the creation of the very things we don't want. Whatever we think about most attracts these very conditions and traits to ourselves. What we think, and what we speak, is what we get.

Words are creative. This is one of the most important things in the world to understand--the power of matrika shakti--yet most people are not the least bit interested in this, as it doesn't fit into their conditioned way of thinking and seeing things.

There is a great deal more to life than most of us are aware of.  Yet we must be ready for what is unexpected and new.  For the awareness of a principle to be impactful, it must be new, unexpected, surprising, sometimes even shocking.  Then we are jolted awake and aware of a more refined level of being than before.  This is the work we have taken an incarnation to do.

You are doing very well. I am happy you are enjoying the lessons of the course.

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Anusuya said...

The kind and wise taxi driver brought a smile to my face and heart. I laughed thinking of him doing his seva with a pocket full of slips of paper with the blog address. So many delightful souls who share the path. Also my gratitude to Bindu for sharing the Rama Tirtha quote. "Is your present experience hard to bear?
Yet remember that never again
perhaps in all your days
will you have another chance of the same.
Do not fly the lesson,
but have a care that you master it
while you have the opportunity."
A wonderful reminder. The last few posts made me contemplate grief a bit. My experience has been that the grief of sudden traumatic loss is different from the grief of a terminal illness. They hollow you out in different ways, and teach different lessons. It takes a storehouse of love, compassion and inner strength to get through long term illness with grace and poise. Not sure how we would do it without the grace of the Siddhas. We have a little deck of cards with qualities on the puja. The card I picked 80% of the time over the past 5-1/2 years has been Perserverance...lately I get Steadiness a lot. And when the going is really rough in the cancer arena, I pull Creativity reminding me to draw on every resource I can find within myself to get through. And thinking of creativity, it's Thursday AM, time to move for tong ren class...the ultimate in creativity, healing through the power of the collective unconscious...trusty doll and hammers in hand. Thank you for sharing so much with us.

Purnima Orlandi said...

Thank you for this forum. I really love the course. It has helped me in so many ways and because of that those around me, my children, husband, clients benefit as well.
Recently my best friend's husband died and it has been an intense time for her and her children. I recommended the course in Spanish for her, talk about the lessons with her daily and slowly but surely there has been a subtle shift in her understanding. That is Grace.
I need the lessons to remember the truth and go back to the present moment. It opens me up more and more to love, enthusiasm, wonder, creativity, and iner awareness and power. This morning my body was out of whack, I was depleted of energy and now just after sitting here and reading this blog, I feel so much better :)If you have the willingness anything is possible!
Thank you ever so!

Ghayas said...

I LOVE IT... I JUST LOVE IT... Each time I discover my "new" lesson, there is this gratitude for feeling myself so blessed of having this daily and very practical guide in my life. Few days ago, while browsing in a bookstore, I noticed the huge amount of self-help handbooks and spiritual literature. They are all certainly great and perfectly fine and worthy, without a doubt, but I felt: "Well, I have the Course in my life, this daily companion, so how could I need this again, how could the one-time reading of any of these books deeply and thoroughly change my life for the best, better than is doing the rereading and the step-by-step teaching of the Course." I just discovered my lesson 31 now and finished (first draft !) practicing the exercise of creating my life in one year from now. It felt fun, and yet deep and profound exercise, I felt myself invited to deeply respect my own life, to create it with care, with a feeling of gratitude to all the potential and the possibilities at my reach. It is so great to be reminded of the principles in a very concrete way on a daily basis. THANK YOU. I don't know what I did previously to deserve this now. But I know what I want to do now: imbibe it the most I can. Love, Ghayas

Bindu said...

Thank you Anusuya. Your post resonated with my heart. I am coming to understand my experience with grief as a doorway to including everything in the whole. Since the onset of my husband's disease I have tried to push grief away. Thinking of it as an outside force which I had to defeat does not work. There is the part of me that knows that grief too is part of the whole. To accept it and even love it, as what is, gives me a glimpse of how bliss exists even when I am crying.
Bindu L

Michael said...

When a conflict comes up that seems especially useful for inner see someone else's perspective rather than trying to be right, do you feel it's wise to continue to work on that particular conflict long after the outer interaction is finished? In other words, if the conflict is over is it missed opportunity or can we sit at another time inwardly to really open up to seeing that person's perspective............or is it best to just be in the moment and use conflict when it arises and in rest of the time stay in the moment of what is? Thanks D.R.


D. R. Butler said...

Your question reminds me of questions I would ask my own teacher and she would start laughing about halfway through. She thought it was so funny how we insisted on approaching everything from the viewpoint of the mind.

If a conflict is truly useful for inner work, then something will be changed in us as a result.

As an intention, however, you want to resonate with harmony moreso than conflict. Limit conflict to a bare minimum, and when it comes up remember that it is necessary in order to break free from some aspect of the ego. As soon as the work is done, harmony is back in its natural position as our primary experience.

Don't recreate conflict in your mind, constantly analyzing it, trying to figure out where it came from, how to deal with it, how to get rid of it, or what to learn from it. If you get this involved, then it's got you right where it wants you.

Focus on what you actually prefer, instead of on what you don't want. Nothing can be gained by rehashing conflict. Let it go as soon as possible, which happens easist when we replace it with harmony, which includes forgetting the conflict.

A lot of the interplay between your question and my answer is something we do to entertain and engage the mind long enough for the actual inner work to happen. Transformation and freedom do not happen as a result of mental processes. Still, we can use mental process to engage the mind enough so that the energetic exchanges and transmissions can happen on the subltest of levels.

As you know, we will explore this completely.

Rick said...

A question: I read some older comments of yours on Facebook regarding you personally acting cranky or being irritated, and it was one of those anomalies that my mind could not integrate into the general philosophy of being lighthearted and cheerful.
I don't have an actual problem *accepting* the little fact you are capable of crankiness or whatever -- it has more to do with dharma, and how allowing this general behavior in ourselves relates to dharma.
any insights you share (as always) would be appreciated.

meanwhile, the course gets better and better. : )

(About an hour later, he continues thusly -- I have merely combined his two comments.)

On reflection, why should I (or anyone) be surprised that another human being acts 'perfectly human'?
the human story unfolds with its ups and downs... the inner self can watch it all without attachment, identification or judgement.
I suppose the fact that you are my teacher causes me to subject you to a higher standard than i wold otherwise.
I realize that shows a lack of compassion in myself for you, and a bit of judgement thrown in for good measure.
anyway... I'm still glad I asked the question.
cheers and love to you!

D. R. Butler said...

Rick, I love your questions and your uninhibited approach. There is so much to be said about everything you asked that it will have to largely take place in the lessons of the course. These are not the sorts of things someone understands by merely reading or hearing about them, or by intellectually understanding the answers to the questions.

Since I was a teenager I was fascinated by the great siddhas, sages, and saints -- the great Masters of all traditions. What has fascinated me the most is that they include some of the most bizarre personalities you can imagine. We cannot apply the usual standards and be able to distinguish the madman from the saint.

And once you actually get in relationship with one, you might never be treated so badly in your life. My teacher yelled at me to the point that I could sit there and know that I was not the one being yelled out. He insulted me so much that the only reason I stayed with him was because there was so much Shakti and bliss that came with his insults. You'd want to shout, 'more! more!' It is amazing what can cause some of the most blissful and profound moments of our life. And here's a hint: it's certainly not getting what we want.

Believe me, you don't want a pious spiritual teacher, one who goes around speaking softly and behaving gently. Nothing could be more deluding. My teachers always shattered my concepts of what great beings are or should be. If I thought a 'spiritual person' would do one thing, they would do the opposite. I learned I could not define them in ordinary terms.

In order to attain liberation, we need our minds 'blown' quite a bit. We cannot allow our concepts to remain as they are.

Don't think of such things in terms of dharma unless you are speaking of your own actions. From your own point of view, you want to live as much according to dharma as you can. But we cannot tell what another's dharma might be. So if someone you respect starts being cranky or irritated, instead of that changing how you see them, you need to transform and elevate your understanding of what dharma truly is. It is not relevant to whether someone is cranky or not. They are perfect as they are. Perfect crankiness.

If you study the lives of the saints, you'll discover that, objectively speaking, there is nothing very saintly about most of them at all. The only way we know we have come into contact with someone special is our own experience. Something will change. Our inner state might feel suddenly expanded, we might feel inexpliably exalted, more at ease, more cheerful, more real, more like ourselves. It might be a new awareness of joy, or a feeling of falling in love. If nothing is changed, if there is no inner impact, then you know him to be simply another ordinary person.

One person's crankiness can lead to another person's lightheartedness. If things are understood in the right way, one person's crankiness can lead to another's liberation.

One of the first and simplest principles I learned was: things are not always as they seem.

D. R. Butler said...

Anusuya and Bindu, Shirley and Cathy, a few others I have temporarily forgotten, and some I don't even know about, know that you are expelling several lifetimes of karma. The freedom you will experience at the conclusion of this will be incredible.

If there is grief, allow yourself to get totally into it. Don't try to push it away, or think that you can get out of experiencing it. Everyone experiences grief. Be totally immersed in in, until your sadness begins to dissipate and you are feeling better. A good cry can be very purifying to the soul. Of course the sadness will come up again, but just get into it again until that round is finished and so on. Going through grief is a process, and it does not take just a few minutes or getting free from sadness for a while. Grief is very transformating and very purifying. It obviously exists for a reason having to do with our inner growth. It's not something bad happening or something going wrong. It is your own karma impacting you to such a degree that your reward will be great freedom and bliss.

Jane said...

Thank you so much for your comment about grief. Sometimes, in an effort to practice the exercises in the course, I try to repress feelings that need to be processed; then the ego says - 'see, I told you you weren't progressing'....and so on...Yesterday, I realized (once again) that when I go into repression in the name of spirituality, I always end up feeling even worse. Sometimes there seems to be a fine line between what I need to process as opposed to what I immediately need to let go of. The recent comments on the blog and your response are helping me sense the difference.

It is also extremely useful for me to remember that my karma was accelerated by shaktipat, at least that is how I felt since receiving it. When I forget, my life doesn't make sense and the ego cries for recognition; when I remember, I stay rooted in the understanding that everything is unfolding perfectly. Thanks for the reminder.

with love and gratitude to all, jane

Michelle Synnestvedt said...

Thank you for all your comments so far and to everyone else for their questions and sharing!
The taxi driver story reminds me of the well known saying "you never know what form the Lord is coming" we get just what we need;)

That also speaks to the beautiful interaction about the way a Great one "should" act. I learned very quickly from when I began the course 14 years ago that looking to my inner experience and seeing "how" my life had changed from participating in these teachings has been self evident and profound!

I feel LUCKY and blessed to have such a wise vessel as yourself guiding me..I count on you calling me out on crap..what would be the point of this if it was just about blowing smoke...if that had been the case I would have left years ago. This builds TRUST, because my heart knows it has been guided well over all these years.
Sometimes the Guru Principle comes out like fire, sometimes like honey (as in the compassionate words you offered to those who are grieving.)
I am beyond grateful for this community of the HEART!

divya said...

I love the taxi driver. I will pass this course on in different way after hearing this. We can make a difference in people's lives in so many ways.

I'm working on being more lighthearted these days. I love the enthusiasm of youth and feel that I have loss some of that. All month I noticed that. In lesson 34 we were to work on it. I did notice that I was lighthearted when I spoke about learning to draw at 62! I began to hear the mantra inside myself singing itself as I was driving, walking, at the gym , waking up wherever. I don't even turn on the radio as I would rather hear Shivaya Namah Om...

I'm not sure exactly why its happening--the Course, Shiva Sutra contemplation, art class,meditation.....All I know is that I feel in alienment with myself. Has this ever happened to you? I'm constantly changing my thoughts it seems. So I don't understand why this is happening?
Love, Divya

Colette said...

Thank you my dear ones, for helping me to see what great souls come here to share. May we all continue to feel uplifted by each other, and to give up our need to find fault with ourselves in all our forms. Thank you for the way that the course allows us to do that. I am eternally in all of your debt as I walk along this path.

Scott Marmorstein said...

I smile when I think about the moment the people taking this course realize with total clarity what is really happening to them.

I smile with great mirth when I consider how profoundly grateful they will feel, how their hearts will be so expanded, and how deeply they will experience the truth of the present moment.

I laugh when I know how grateful I will be, how filled with Light the moment will be and how it will feel when I recognize other people's recognition of the innate perfection of the moment as they become totally aware of it.

The transparent nature of the present moment is the truth of Love, and it is only clouded by questions and doubts, our speculations and considerations. The Self has no such distinctions, because living in the truth of the present moment is all about Being the Self and not about thinking or feeling it.

I get very still when there is a turning inward of the senses and the people become quiet in their own brilliance of Nature. There is a deep simplicity in this Course for which I am ever grateful. I dance a jig each time another soul has Recognition. I'm dancing even now, laughing, smiling, and being totally still. Thank you Ram!

The cat guy in Seattle said...

I am restarting the "new" course after the old one sadly ended, and it's just like picking up where I left off. Sadhana is really about staying out of the past and the future and keeping attention focused on the eternal Now. I found a great quote from a book by a wonderful Buddhist teacher, Pema Chodron, called When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times. This quote hit home (and reinforced Lesson 1):

"Now is the time. If there is any possibility for enlightenment, it's right now, not at some future time.

Now is the time. Now is the only time. How we relate to it creates the future. In other words, if we are going to be more cheerful in the future, it's because of our aspiration and exertion to be cheerful in the present. What we do accumulates; the future is the result of what we do right now."

That, in a nutshell, it seems is how we create our reality and our karma. It's all so simple, but it is so difficult to stay in that Awareness all the time.

Leigh Ellis said...

Many thanks and blessings to you Ram for writing about grief in the way that you have. For many years grief has been my companion.I have been grieving the loss of many things that I used to love to do that I am now not able to do due to physical illness. It wasn't until I read the blog that I realized that it is OK to get into my grief. Several times I have been grieving in my dreams and I have woken up crying. I have felt this as a weakness,and when I read what you wrote I realized that I could let go of being "strong" and I thank you for that. Question: What do you mean by expelling several lifetimes of karma? How can you do that in one lifetime?

D. R. Butler said...

Leigh, you can expel several lifetimes of karma by taking a particularly difficult incarnation. Others might wonder why your life seems so hard and why you apparently got all the bad breaks, but it's because you've decided to do a big chunk of karma in one incarnation rather than spreading it over four or five incarnations so that you'll have an easier time. It just depends on how fast you want to go through it. These decisions are made by your higher Self on a subtle level between incarnations.

Kristopher Stillwell said...

In the context of sadhana, my own experience of grief or for that matter certain feelings at different times has been an "over amplitude" (I realize that's a qualification or a judgement) of the feeling. A lot of sadhana seems to be an intensification of feelings, etc. for cleaning out purposes. From a certain perspective it's hilarious in its' caricature-like quality of ourselves that it engenders. But then again we are quite the characters, anyway.

Laura said...

Dear Ram, dear all,
Thank you for the powerful shares and the insights here on the blog. You have put into words so many things I have been experiencing lately.
Just a couple of weeks ago, my doctor said to me, "When your mother held you as a little baby, do you think she had any idea of how many hard things you'd have to go through?"
I was going through a particularly difficult situation with my teen daughter at the time, a period where I felt terrified about where some of her decisions were taking her.
However, when my doctor said that to me, I felt intuitively, no, my life is good.
Initially, and for a long time, I did think that things were going horribly wrong, that my daughter's actions were way off track, that I must have done something wrong for this to happen. I was so scared for her. However, when I let myself think like that, I felt plunged into an abyss of turmoil, blame and anxiety. Things seemed to go from bad to worse.
Lately, working with a counsellor, working with my breath, working with the practices and tuning in to the Guru's grace, I've started to realize I can observe the situation as it unfolds, choose my responses, act strongly and lovingly and yet stay centred within.
Things can still seem "bad" on the outside, yet inside I can dwell in love, joy, ease.
I guess this is what you mean by coming in harmony with karma as it arises.
In the last 10 days, my daughter has shown wisdom in her choices. I am very grateful for this. I also know that she has her own karmic experiences to undergo.
I am also really grateful to find the words of this blog, reaffirming to me that I've chosen a life that is letting me move through several incarnations at once, that nothing is going wrong.
Thank you Ram and all, and blessings to you and your families.
With love,

Christina said...

Just wanted to reply to your query Ram, in lesson 17..."How many of you had a go at the suggestion in Lesson 15, to number the things that annoy you in your partner/close friend, etc?" I thought it was a brilliant idea as I'm so fed up with the sound of my own voice complaining about the same old things. I listed the 2 most annoying things and every so often would shout out " ONE!" or "TWO!" partner and i have had such a laugh..but even better, it has started to has drawn his awareness to the habits and helped him realise it would be quite good to do them less...I asked him to come up with a list for me but so far he hasn't, being a less-critical I'm just doing my best to change myself and to keep laughing at it's actually really hard having such a critical personality and causes me immense frustration! Everyone I have told about this exercise has laughed...but I still haven't managed to encourage anyone to take the course!!! Drives me mad..(ha ha!) I guess most of us are just addicted to our bad feelings. Keep the exercises coming please.. much love and gratitude xxx

Purnima Orlandi said...

I understand what you mean about grief, about experiencing it and that it cleans the soul, purifies the heart. Yet, I worry sometimes in particular when something will trigger the memory of being abandoned at birth and having lost my caretaker suddenly at an early age. Not knowing where I am from or where my biological family is hard to digest. A huge sense of loss that ONLY through shaktipat(therapy did not help in the least) and grace I was able to accept and keep living to the best of my ability. On Friday night there was a TV show of a woman with as myself, with no legal adoption, and no clue of her history. The tv show was able to find her actual mother and it just affected me so deeply. I couldn't stop crying. Finally I contemplated and remembered the lessons, teachings, the Guru and brought myself back to the present moment. I am aware that it is a samskara. That there is actually freedom in not knowing, yet a very "young part of me hurts too. My family that raised me do not want to give me any information, they all say they don't know anything. Not sure what to do. Perhaps, all I can do is pray and meditate.Establish a relationship with the Universal Mother. I'm happy a lot of the time, very grateful for God's grace and the gifts bestowed. What are your thoughts? Would it be helpful to visualize?

D. R. Butler said...

Christina, about encouraging people to take the course, it's great that you let them know that it's available, but most people will be unable to see any true value in such a thing. Really, if I hadn't already experienced the process and the results for myself when I was younger, I might think it was a silly thing to do as well.

Some people are simply ready for what the course has to offer, and reading or hearing about it immediately appeals to them, and they can't wait to get started, and their enthusiasm for it continues, in many cases, for many years.

It is great to spread the word about the course, because that is the only way it reaches new people who might benefit from it. However, just know in advance, most people will not be the least bit interested, and many of those who are interested will be unable to maintain their enthusiasm for very long. It takes a rare person to truly immerse themselves in the process, and to be committed to their own transformation.

Many people don't think real transformation is possible, and others are just too complacent with their own lives to do anything that would be uplifting or expanding. Sad as it seems, many people are just lazily living until they die, never realizing that life could be a miraculous adventure.

christina said...

Well in that case Ram, I can only thank God on bended knee that I want to change and that you are there to help and many blessings to you/us :)

Vandita said...

Dear D.R., I have a couple of questions regarding the creative power of thought.

When there is a thought, there is a feeling (is this always the case?). What is it that has a creative power, thought only, feeling or the sequence of thought-feeling?

Also: Can there be pure feeling without a thought that brings about the feeling?

I am asking because I thought this could not be so, however in one of my courses a doctor was explaining that sometimes she treats children who bring within themselves such intense samskaras, and she thinks there is not mental activity in those children that brings about their profound sadness and grief.

Thank you so much for shedding some more light on this subject.

D. R. Butler said...

Purnima, I wanted to ponder your question a bit. There is a lot of deep stuff there, and it needed some contemplation on my part. A lot of your issues are similar to mine; they are just described in different ways.

I can understand the frustration of not knowing your birth parents or anything of your physical origin. Karmically there is some reason for that, something you will uncover in your own heart that will be helpful in your sadhana.

I like what you said about establishing a relationship with the Universal Mother, the divine Mother, the Goddess, the Shakti. They are all the same you know. And they are all who you truly are and where you truly come from.

Sure, establish a relationship; that can be very helpful. Yet, more than that, understand that at the heart of your very nature, you ARE the divine Mother. You ARE that mother you have always searched for. You yourself are the nurturing force. Very strong motherly energies come from you. I have known that about you from the start.

I knew my birth parents. My mother died in an auto accident when I had just turned 21. My dad passed when I was in my 40's. So I knew them, but now they are gone. I have three children. Now they are all old enough to live their own lives. So my experience of family is that, at best, they come and they go.

Of course, the sense of family never leaves. If we only see each other very occasionally, the sense of family is distinctly present. Family never turns into strangers. They are always family.

But we have to work with who constitutes our daily family now. We can't afford to be emotionally involved in the past, or that will only bring up pain and sadness. We honor all times, we honor all that happened before now. Yet our highest dharma is to be present and in harmony with what exists now. Ultimately we must be free from the past.

You have a great family, great husband, great children, and many others that you know of. Yet, even if there are no others, the ones you have are more than enough if you open you heart and give your whole self to them, knowing that there's nothing else you need for yourself.

What else could the divine Mother do?

D. R. Butler said...

Vandita, thoughts can arise without feelings, and feelings can arise with thoughts.

As for the creative process, they are both needed, in alignment with each other. The thought and the corresponding feeling that it is already true, already real, is the creative power as expressed through the individual.

I am sending you something privately.

Anusuya said...

I have to thank Christina for sharing her ONE! TWO! suggestion. It seems like when things come up, the tapes are always essentially the same. What a great way to address this...with a lighthearted attitude. Makes working on ourselves a lot more fun.

Purnima Orlandi said...

Tahnk you Ram for your answer! I understand and fully agree with all that you said. I am the mother that I have searched for! When I got shaktipat a huge bolt of lightning (as best I can describe) exploted inside of me from the bottom of my spine to the top of my head and beyond. It shook me and lifted me from sitting position up and down again and then combined with that I felt inmense LOVE like I had only experienced before from my Jenny (lady that raised me) and love I give my own children now. WOW! It transformed my life forever! I feel that love every day more and more in spite of my conditioning and when I meditate or remember the truth of the present moment I can become That. Hamsa~ Guru bhava practice connects me to me. Love you so much Ram. Thank you for your grace.XOXOXOXOXOXOOXOXOXOXOX

JB said...

Dear D.R.,
Reading some of the latest comments from you and others on the blog, the following came up for me. It seems that 'bad', 'difficult' or 'challenging' karma is much valued as opportunities to grow and get freer sooner, like working out many lifetimes in a single one. I agree that 'challenges' do make us stronger and make us discover innate abilities to deal appropriately with the situations in our lives. However what about 'good' karma ? Since both polarities are part of this world and will invariably appear and disappear in one's life, would not 'good' karma used appropriately presents as much opportunities to grow and get freer ? For example, when you are experiencing harmony and stability in your life, could'nt that be used to develop trust, gratitude and serenity; could'nt that be used to reflect and get in touch with God's bounty, compassion and benevolence ? I guess my question is: 'why is 'bad' karma seen as having more value than 'good' karma on the spiritual path ? This reminds me a bit of the Christian concept of valuing martyrdom, which does not make much sense to me. Would'nt it be more true that whatever type of karma you have, bad or good, it can be used equally to get freer and more in touch with the Self ?

Anusuya said...

I'm not sure it is as simple as "bad" or "good" karma. We had 22 years of very "good" karma, before the past 5+ years of life with cancer which could be called "bad" karma by some. I was aware of the benevolence and goodness of our life, as well as the fact that some aspects of it had become stress free, so I stopped worrying over things that we tend to habitually worry over. That was part of my process in the "good" years. Somehow the apparent grace in those experiences allowed me to worry much less when things got truly worrisome. So they have been different phases of sadhana, with different lessons to teach. The lessons we learn through "bad" karma may seem intenser, but one is as valuable as the other. I remember Baba telling a story at times illustrating we can't really know or judge what is good or bad isn't always the way it appears.

rico said...

JB, "bad" karma appears to have more value only because coming into harmony with it is, in large part, what spiritual work is all about. Suffering is a great motivator to modify one's approach to dealing with life. Learning how to be content in the face of great difficulty is one of the greatest benefits of sadhana.

It's easy to be content when karma is "good". But ultimately karma is neither good nor bad it's just karma. When we learn how to tune into this perspective the fruits of our efforts are realized.

D. R. Butler said...

JB, we don't distinguish between 'bad' and 'good' karma. Karma is just karma, just what is happening in our personal life. It is just what it is, and whatever it is, it can be learned from and used as a tool to become stronger and to break free from whatever holds us back.

In the lessons of the course we are taught that karma is just karma, and that whether we consider it 'bad' or 'good' is primarily a result of our prior conditioning.

As Shakespeare said, 'Nothing is either bad or good, but thinking makes it so.'

Ghayas said...

This morning, my osteopath, noticing a very deep tension in my central nervous system and admitting honestly that she could not help me more with that, suggested very kindly that I "try out" meditation and inquired if I had any idea about the benefits and the positive outcomes of this practice. At this point, I guess, it felt useless to let her know that, seventeen years ago, I met a living Siddha who gave me Shaktipat initiation, a Chaitanya mantra and thorough meditation osteopath was obviously not "impressed" with my state in the moment I was lying on her table, I could not emphasize that I was an "old-timer spiritual seeker, having participated in many sadhana week-end workshops and retreats... While I was getting this reality check, still lying on her table, these three words from The Course sprang inside myself : "Do it now". I left my osteopath's office thinking: it is fabulous to receive teachings and the gift of Shaktipat from a living Master, but practicing on regular basis, this is where the real challenge lies, this is what makes it really rewarding. So..."Do it now" says the Course... "Atha Dhyanam" says a holy text...hopefully at my next appointment my osteopath will "finally recognize how I've become such a great meditator" !!! (LOL).
Love, Ghayas

D. R. Butler said...

Douglas and Shirley Buchanan have been participants of the course for many years. Douglas was highly respected and loved by everyone who knew him, and told many about the benefits of the course. He left this physical existence today at 3:30 pm for the higher realms. Here is a song I'd like to dedicate to him, if you care to copy and paste the link:

D. R. Butler said...

Ghayas, I relate totally. It is very disappointing and disillusioning when other people are not sufficiently impressed with our spiritual state. And what could be worse than being treated as though you are some beginner off the street who in all likelihood has never heard the word 'meditation.'

Perhaps her recognition skills are impaired. It takes one to see one, you know. To ordinary people we'll always appear as ordinary people. What to do?

D. R. Butler said...

Isn't it amazing that no matter what we've done in the past, no matter how out of shape our body might be, no mattern how unfocused our mind seems, no matter how much our emotions fluctuate, no matter how out of touch we feel, or how far we feel we lag behind, and no matter what we ever say or do, we are still a manifestation of pure divine Consciousness, and none of the rest of it matters in the least?

Jim said...

Thanks Ram, I keep fergittin I don't need to git gooder though don't let me off the hook just yet - I need serious schooling. The neighbors are also manifestations of divine consciousness which they displayed earlier today at a memorial for their father, my friend and mentor. Close to him but not to his family, I've been irritated by their invasion of my space. "Come on, it's time to go to the memorial" my wife said. "Come and get me when they have the service. I don't anything to say to anyone." She didn't let me get away with that. I stood around being stoic, grunting a few reluctant words to the neighbors and then the rememberance started. These people opened up their lives and hearts as they remembered their husband and father. I saw sides of my friend and his family I never knew and the walls of my heart opened like a broken dam. All the melodramas were washed away and the things that had annoyed me had no meaning. So schooled was I today, stubborn samskaras I have dared not challenged because I've valued them too much as fences to keep others at bay.

Lotus said...

In reading Bindu’s questions concerning grief and the more recent discussions of good karma vs. bad karma, so many thoughts have been racing through my mind. I, too, have a husband who is battling a chronic and most likely terminal illness. My husband had a bone marrow transplant last August and experienced severe graft vs. host disease complications. Of the 10 months since his transplant, he has spent 4 months at home and the remainder in the hospital, rehab, or long term acute care. He has daily nausea, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. He has not been able to eat consistently and has been on IV nutrition since the transplant. He suffers frequently from various bacterial and viral infections. He is currently being moved from a long-term acute care facility back to the hospital due to an infection, really low white blood cell counts and a partial obstruction in his small intestines. It is possible that he is in the last days of his life. It is really hard to know.

I cannot begin to explain the depth of grief that I have felt during this time. Often the fear, pain, and loss have been overwhelming. Because I believed from the time of my husband’s diagnosis that this came to us for a reason, I have tried to be open to every moment of it and what it had to bring to me. I wanted to leave nothing out. I wanted to feel it all. I wanted to use this experience to grow and to transform. I did not want to suffer and become bitter, and I did not want my suffering to be wasted.

But it was hard. I think at some point, the suffering beat up my ego so badly that it finally surrendered. It was at that point that I was able to not just believe, but to know and to trust in the goodness of what came despite the look deeply into the pain to find the blessings that were inherently there. That’s not to say I never get scared or feel grief anymore…I do. It’s just to say they don’t hang around quite as long. I am learning to let go and accept that whatever comes is exactly what needs to come. Having said that, I don’t believe I have ever felt bliss during times of deep grief…unless it was possibly in the release of it. I have felt held by grace in my grieving, but the grief is always too overpowering for me for bliss to be felt simultaneously. I’m not saying it’s not present within the same moment. I’m just saying my focus is totally on the grief.

I have asked earlier questions on the blog about karma vs. dharma to help me understand the whole good karma/bad karma thing. I have people all the time say to me, “Oh my gosh, what you are going through is awful.” I don’t see it as good or bad. It just is.

You can call it good karma or bad karma if you like. Without a doubt, however, I have experienced a greater degree of transformation during our current life circumstances than at any other time of my life. For me, the lessons of: 1) staying with the present moment, 2) harmonizing with “what is”, 3) being totally open to whatever comes, 4) looking for the good, 5) surrender/trust, 6) asking for help from God and my spirit guides…have been key. I don’t get it right every day, but I feel very blessed and grateful for these teachings and for the constant support of the universe.

I would like to extend my respect, honor, and gratitude to all of you, but most especially to those of you who are on similar paths with similar struggles. It is not an easy road, but I have found it to be a richly rewarding road.


Vandita said...

Dear Ram, once again my mind is blown.

A few days ago a friend told me he was amazed at how much peace I had. I was reflecting upon it and I told him that I have peace because in each moment of my life I choose those things that I really want to live, which it is not that easy to do since you need a lot of integrity, first of all in order to know WHO you are, and then to be brave enough to say yes or now to so many choices according to what you really want to experience in life, and then accept any consequences from such decisions.

Then I opened my current lesson which says: "It takes a great deal of integrity to set priorities and then maintain them in everyday life, especially when it is difficult to do so—when our past tendencies are raging".

Once again my mind is totally blown. I have been taking your course for the last 23 years and it surprises me every month. I wonder what´s going on here. Are we taking subtle classes and this is why I keep in mind the same thoughts you then present in your lesson a few days later? (Of course this lesson was written months ago before I opened it) Or is it that we are literally one, and this is becoming more and more clear in my experience?

You can share this with everyone or just keep it for yourself. I just wanted to thank you once again with all my heart for the indescribable work you are doing, and for the great impact it has had in my life and in the lives of many other people. I have no words to thank you enough. Much love, Vandita

rico said...

Lotus, thank you for your breathtakingly beautiful comment. Out of the muck and mire the most beautiful of flowers grow. Your name could not be more appropriate.

D. R. Butler said...

My oldest son Jnani is getting married to his college sweetheart, Paula Friedlund, on June 19 in LA. We are leaving early in the morning, and our whole family will be there to celebrate with the newly married couple. I will have my laptop with me and will be able to 'keep up,' but I will be less 'active' in my posting for a while. Meanwhile, carry on, and I send my love to all. Love each other, take care of each other, and bless each other through steadfastly remaining lighthearted and cheerful under all circumstances.

Bob Dahl said...

Moving On ....

Today is the day after a new lesson arrived but I wanted to post a comment about the previous lesson before moving on. The lesson says, in part; while discussing the Yoga Vasishtha;

"Maintaining equanimity is the greatest sacrifice, the greatest service, the best and fittest offering, and the highest devotion. If we wish to please God, to please our own Self, and to be pleased with our own Self, we need only to maintain equanimity."

I found this very interesting! The fact that maintaining equanimity is a sacrifice, service, the best and fittest offering, and the highest devotion just blows me away!! To me it is mind boggling that equanimity can be a sacrifice to God AND so much more! Just one simple thing which has the "supernatural power of transforming everything into ambrosia." and is "considered to be the highest devotion" is incredibly awesome!!

Thank you D.R. I am humbled and deeply awed by this teaching and am striving to blaze a trail of equipoise and equanimity!

D. R. Butler said...

This came in to our address, and since it goes along with the current entry, I wanted to share it with you:

My name is Gulnara and I met wise taxi driver too, he recommended the course to me.

How can I get it?

Thank you.

That wise taxi driver is a busy fellow.

Sukala said...

It's early morning and before my practices I've come here, having been away for a work course. It's nice to return and I laughed a lot!

Also appreciated the discussion about experiencing grief fully. And the reminder to focus on harmony when I want to feel harmonious. I enjoyed your sharings, Ram.

My current lesson's assignment is to practice being enlightened. It seems there is a stage where I 'come apart'. Probably it's because of ego that it feels this way. Just gotta say how weird and downright frightening it feels, like there's no control left. With the great protection of Guru and sadhana I know that this state will come and go and all is well.

This time it lasted for nearly two weeks. It's like there's nothing to hold onto, concepts all disappear for a while. I'm pretty sure this is the right path but it feels like I'm going nutty. When I can't handle any more it stops and I feel like me again. Back from a journey...not knowing actually where I went...not knowing what I brought back, either. Just confident that it was good.

Thank you for the lessons! I have and will continue to mentioned them on my meditation blog.


Nick said...

How is it that every lesson of the course seems better, more powerful, more advanced than the previous lesson? My rational mind can't figure out how this is possible. Is there an explanation?

D. R. Butler said...

Nick, probably there is no explanation that is completely satisfying to the conscious mind. Many things about the course do not make sense in an ordinary way. The process we are engaged in is very subtle, and our inner development takes place on a very subtle level as well.

For one thing, the lessons do get more powerful as we go along. Otherwise there would be no point in continuing beyond where we already are. Each lesson is a step to another level of understanding and mastery.

Also, mastering one lesson makes it possible to open up to the power of the following lesson. The process of the course takes place on a very subtle level, not an intellectual level as might be the case in ordinary education. Each lesson uplifts our state to a point so that the following lesson can be accessed in a way that wouldn't be possible if we have not experienced the process of the preceding lessons. The fact that each new lesson seems more powerful than the previous lesson is a statement of our own inner growth and development.

This is why participants of the course are allowed to share some of the beginning lessons with others to show them what is available and possible through the course, and to interest them in taking the course for themselves, but we are asked to not share any of the lessons past the first six months of the course. The reason is that if someone read a more advanced lesson, they could not understand or appreciate it in the same way that is possible after experiencing preceding lessons. One section of the course leads to the next, and there is a continuous advancement or development of our own state as we go along.

For these reasons, no matter how far along you progress in the course, the lessons will continue to seem more powerful and advanced than the previous lessons. What has come before leads up to what is possible now, and the process takes us as far as we have the capacity to grow and develop in this lifetime.

Sharing this process together is a great thing. There is nothing more significant, more profound, or more intimate that we could share together. One who is just beginning the course has no idea of what will be possible later. Many people have expressed amazement at what is contained in their new lesson, no matter how much they enjoyed or benefitted from the previous lessons.

There is much more to understand about this, but that is contained in the course itself, and is revealed as we progress from one lesson to the next.

Karin said...

This is a message to Christina in the UK. I too would like to share our experiences with someone over here. My e-mail address is Love to hear from you !

Best wishes

Karin Jackson

Paul said...

I am wondering if you think that the exchanges on Facebook are taking away from the dialogue here on the blog. Also, how do you see the differences between the two?

D. R. Butler said...

There are probably questions asked on Facebook now that once would have been asked here in the comments. There is more activity there, more interactions, and it is visited by more people than who come here.

However, here a greater percentage of people actually participate in the course, and the answers to questions are longer and more in-depth. I feel it is important to the course community to keep the blog as active as possible, as it keeps us all currently in touch with each other in a more intimate way. I reveal more about myself here than there, for whatever that is worth.

More new people probably learn about the course on Facebook, especially when participants of the course post the link to the blog on their own pages for their friends to see. Frankly, I have been surprised at how many new participants have come from Facebook, so it is a good thing. There is no competition between the two. Ultimately it is the same dialogue taking place in two different places and formats, and both are great for staying in touch.

Sukala said...

I realized this morning how valuable the blog is for me. For one thing, it's where I look for and find answers.

This morning I woke very early, something was troubling me. While doing seva at our wonderful birthday party for our Guru on Friday I noticed how I reacted to the facilitator's instructions. They seemed unnecessary and I felt treated like a juvenile a couple of times. what?! She was doing her job as centre leader.

I was trying to find the answer beyond simply that it's the ego. After all, centers were given to us as a way to work on our egos.

It was great to see Bob's entry -- thanks so much for quoting from your lesson. That is the answer I needed:

"Maintaining equanimity is the greatest sacrifice, the greatest service, the best and fittest offering, and the highest devotion. If we wish to please God, to please our own Self, and to be pleased with our own Self, we need only to maintain equanimity."

My next step is imagining myself responding with equanimity in those situations where I reacted.

Much love,

Bindu said...

Keeping Good Company
Our DR Group
I guess it stands to reason that anyone taking this Course would be of good heart. Still it is with amazement and gratitude I want to share a little about our D.R. group.
We began meeting a little over two years ago. Twice a month we came together to discuss our experiences with the Course and to simply “share” time together. Over time we have added several new members and our connections to each other and the Course have expanded.
When one of our members became ill and required care in a residential facility a group member drew up a visiting schedule. Every day for the last 3 months one of us has visited him and read his current lesson aloud. Although he may not always rationally understand all that the lesson presents it is clear he continues to relish the experience. For many years he was steadfast in his commitment “to be love in the world.” Despite his loss of cognition he continues to inspire all of us with the subtle essence of who he is. Each of us feels elevated with an open heart when we visit. We now hold our twice a month gatherings at the facility in order that he may participate. Not only are we fortunate to have “found” each other, but we are also incredibly grateful for the Course, for each other, and for DR.
With Great Love and Respect,
We remain grateful students

D. R. Butler said...

I love all the comments posted here, but sharings like Bindu's especially fill me with joy.

Anusuya said...

Bindus post made me cry. Her posts have a way of doing that with me. And then I think of her, and although it's been years since I've seen her, my inner vision is one of radiance and light. It also made me realize we still have a large group of people in this area taking the lessons, and this would be a nice way for us to share informal satsang since so many of us have shared this path for many years.

D. R. Butler said...

A comment in a Facebook thread:

Either everything in this world is perfect according to cosmic design, or the universe is in chaos. I prefer to see the perfection. I have mentioned often in my writings that this physical plane isn't heaven; it's the land of karma, and also a realm of polarities or opposites where all the good things happen as well as all the bad things. Those who perform cruelty and malice will experience their just rewards as the law of karma is unerring and infallible. Suffering is also the working off of certain karmic debts. In our Course of Training we examine suffering a great deal, and one principle regarding it is that no one experiences suffering nearly as much as suffering is perceived by others. The suffering that is experienced is purifying, and through suffering we grow in wisdom. There is so much to be said here that it can only be rightly covered in the lessons of our course. I hate seeing suffering as much as anyone, but I have also come to understand it in perspective, as the cosmos exists in perfect balance. Perhaps the best thing to understand regarding suffering is that it is temporary. In the end, as in the beginning, everything is perfect.

Anonymous said...

Bindu, thank you for your inspiring comment above. I doubt there is anyone within 100 miles of me taking this course. In an odd way I gain great support and strength hearing of your group gatherings. Wishing your group continued success as you share deeper insights together.

D. R. Butler said...

Strange thing happens. Like the mother and daughter who both took the course went on a boat ride to one of the islands off South Carolina, and they came to the hut of a fisherman and told him what they wanted, and as he turned away from them, they saw a copy of one of the lessons sticking from his back pocket.

One of my favorites is that of a sheep farmer who moved to the middle of nowhere in Australia, and his closest neighbor was 6 miles away. One day he decided to drive over and introduce himself. After they talked for a bit, they discovered that they both participated in the course!

So it might seem that no course members are within 100 miles, but one you might never suspect could surprise you any day.

Believe me when I say that people who meet me for the first time are invariably surprised. If you passed me on the street you might never guess that I participate in the course.

Anonymous said...

Magis is afoot, we're all connected!

D. R. Butler said...

Kristopher finally got it!

Purnima Orlandi said...

There is so much love! Bindu I send you my love and everyone in your group. There is so much healing and deepening through satsang!
I remembered one of my past lives, were I was a catholic nun. LOL! Yes, anyhow, I was very austere ans devout and rigid. I loved God and Jesus amazingly but the rigidity of the discipline didn't allow me to expand my understanding. Later, in another life I was a child running behind Baba Nityananda, such love and grace, happiness around him! Before these two I was a woman slave in love with a soldier that had died at war ,later married to a landowner but unable to bear children. Then murdered by that husband for not being able to procreate. All through the past lives I have seen there was a search for love and for God. I am now awakened to see that in the midst of this dream, woven so perfectly,umique in it's own story, like all the other stories, there is a truth that runs through. A constant Observer that loves me and all of the lives with compassion, patience, strength, sense of humor and radiance as brilliant as a thousand suns. To That I bow! Salutations to the Knower, So'Ham ~

Taylor said...

Thank you for my current lesson which so compassionately guides me in breaking free from reactivity and experiencing the balance and perfection of the entire universe. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

D. R. Butler said...

Purnima, wow, fantastic share. I hardly know what to say, but I enjoyed it immensely.

Taylor, thank you for being among those who make it all possible.

Eugenia said...

It has been seriously intense for me last few days. My lesson jumped out of the pages and spun a dream for me to enact. It seems to do that every summer when an earth shatterning experience happens directly. So the comments here and on FB have been like everyone has been with me every step of the way holding hands. So I get the urge to comment but what's the point? At first it was exciting then it became breathtaking, now I am just enjoying the river dream taking care to stay immersed. Thank you for sharing this giant fanning out

D. R. Butler said...

Thank you for diving in with such trust. The deeper you go the more blissful it becomes.

Scott Marmorstein said...

We should think about the things we DO want, right?

Narada said...

a question about how to express gratitude...
are there some ways of giving thanks that are more potent than others?
and is there any merit to the idea that a language like Sanskrit is more effective in 'spiritual' matters.