Here's a letter from Sheena forwarded to me by someone I know who is in contact with her. Sheena was made aware of comments on this blog that said she has returned to the Dera, so she wanted to share the truth about this.
(The Dera is a term for the headquarters of Radha Soami Satsang Beas, a spiritual organization in India that Sheena used to be involved with. She wrote a book, "Memoirs of a Seeker," that describes her experiences with RSSB.)
Sorry I have not corresponded directly with you or got a chance to talk or meet. Perhaps someday…..thanks for your continuous understanding. Despite what your critics may say, I firmly believe you are honest with yourself and stand by your beliefs with conviction. A quality not most can boast to have.
Am responding to the queries from your readers (screen shots sent by a friend) urging me to clarify. This will be my last response, as what had to be said is in ‘Memoirs of a Seeker.’ Nothing more to add.
I am not in Dera Beas or any other ashram.
I did not confide in a Guru. Memoirs Page 172 “That made me uncomfortable….”
I do not have the capacity for strong negative emotions such as hatred. When things go wrong, my defence mechanism is to be indifferent.
I have on Page 215 mentioned my take on what would/might be in an ashram if things go awry, “The ashram is entangled….”
I am not advocating what an individual should do. Each one is wise and mature enough to make their decisions. Some cling to faith in a Guru, some turn away, while others sit on the fence - it’s an individual’s choice, so find your own happiness in whichever way.
Memoirs of a Seeker was my journey, my experience and my learning – no regrets and no turning back. No need to open shut doors, am just looking ahead. I wasn’t expecting a perfect life as adversities are a part of living, so I am not stopping to fret over them, but prefer to deal with things positively.
I have found the beauty in life and peacefulness has enveloped me. Wish you all peace too!