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Neil: Dear Ram, ah, I see! Thanks. I’m not expecting the world to disappear, but it seems the notion of experiential enlightenment hasn’t fully dissipated. The smaller experiences generate an expectation of “the big one,” I suppose. Of course I should know better! If a particular point of view is assumed, the mirage will always look like water, no matter how sure one is that it isn’t… and whether one sees a disagreeable person as God playing a part or merely another separate personality, the same situation will still exist.
Although, I’ll admit, I enjoy the mysterious aspects of spirituality like avatars, samadhis, siddhis, etc., I appreciate how straightforward your approach is. The rest is very entertaining, and valuable, to a point, but could cost a lot of time if too much attention is put there. I’m starting to see why you think it is so important to distinguish Yoga and Vedanta.
Ram: Hi, Neil. Yes, there is nothing “wrong” with the woo woo stuff, although, to be frank, I find it as boring as politics and religion these days. Life is pretty boring on one level and I suppose the mystical stuff is no worse than going to the movies, but the thrill always wears off, so what has actually been gained? Chasing anything is a waste of time. I just sit still and enjoy the self, wait and see what comes. When the mind is full of bliss, it doesn’t matter what is happening.