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June 02, 2005

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DEAR WHOMSOEVER IT MAY CONCERN
HAVE READ YOUR BOOK LIFE IS FAIR AND THOUGHT IT WAS AN EXCELLENT PIECE OF WORK.HAVE READ ALL YOUR CRITICAL TREATISES IN THE BLOGS GIVEN IN YOUR WEBSITE.RIGHT UP FRONT I TELL YOU I MAKE NO CLAIMS OF INTELLECUALITY OR MEASURE MY SELF IN FRONT OF YOUR LITERY ACHIEVEMENTS. BY RIGHTS I SHOULD NOT BE EVEN ANSWERING THIS MAIL AS IT SHOWS AN EGO DRIVEN MIND BUT WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT SIMPLICITY IS THE RIGHT APPROACH TO MEDITATION. INSTEAD OF DISSECTING A GIVEN PATH(RSSB) WOULDNT IT JUST BE SIMPLER TO JUST SIT DOWN AND DO YOUR MEDITATION INSTEAD OF INTELLECTUALLY SPLICING THE PATH AND TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT GOD IS THROUGHT KNOWLEDGE RATHER THAN EXPERIENCE.AT NO POINT (AT LEAST IN MY JOURNEY ON THE PATH )HAVE WE BEEN ASKED TO FAWN OVER THE GURU OR INDULGE IN GURU WORSHIP.WE SEE HIM AS A SPIRITUAL GUIDE AND A FRIEND, ONE TO WHICH WE HAVE LIMITED ACCESS TO . BUT THE PATH HAS BEEN LAID DOWN AND INSTRUCTIONS BEEN GIVE WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE FOR GOD REALISATION AND SELF REALISATION.HAVE BEEN ASKED ON OCCASION TO DO SATSANGS BUT FEEL ITS A WASTE OF TIME . IF I CANNOT BETTER MYSELF WHAT WOULD BE THE POINT TO SIT DOWN AND REPRESENT THE MASTER TO GIVE HIS WORD EVERY SUNDAY MORNING. I THINK THE KEY LIES IN NOT TAKING OURSELVES TOOO SERIOUSLY . I THINK IT WOULD BE JUST TO SAY THAT WHEN IT COMES TO GOD REALISATION A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF SELF CENTEREDNESS IS NEEDED .LIKE MINDING MY OWN BUSINESS INSTEAD OF LOOKING OVER MY SHOULDER AND SEEING WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING ...LIKE THE THE NIKE AD PROCLAIMS THE WORD OF WISDOM "JUST DO IT "
DONT EXPECT RESULTS AND DONT SEE WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING....EVEN IF IT DOES NOT BRING THE DESIRED RESULT IT WILL SURELY MAKE YOU A BETTER PERSON
SEAN

Indians do not see others as a diffrnt from their on religious backgrounds but only after arriving in west i realise that i am different from others.Most of the people(except politicians) living in indian metro cities believe in one lord .This hate is spread or cultivated by the politicians only.

Sean, I entirely agree with you that experience is the thing--not thinking. And I agree that simplicity in meditation, or anywhere else, is better than complexity. However, I also believe that being honest with yourself is key to finding both real experience and real simplicity.

That is, if I'm still thinking, and am still complex, then that's what I am. I don't write about anything that I am not feeling and experiencing at the moment. If I have thoughts about spirituality, then I write about those thoughts. If not, then I don't.

I look forward to the day (I think) when I don't feel compelled to share myself, but just to experience myself. So far, obviously, that day hasn't come.

Regarding the guru, I would take issue with your point about not being expected to engage in guru-worship on "the path." I've been to countless satsangs over the past 35 or so years, and virtually every one (other than the ones I've given) has stressed the importance of guru-bhakti (guru-love).

A central tenet in the Radha Soami faith is that the guru is God, and is to be regarded as God. I realize that the Gurus themselves don't usually say that directly, but they allow their disciples to say it without objection--which amounts to the same thing.

I've come to believe that this is dishonest, because people shouldn't confidently put forward truths that they don't know to be true. Only a guru knows who the guru is; anyone else doesn't. Similarly, only I know who I am, and only you know who you are (theoretically, at least; practically, we don't even know ourselves, much less anyone else).

On the whole, though, I agree with the thrust of your remarks. Good advice for me and everyone, really. Thanks for writing.

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