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Knowledge, Not Experience, Cooks the Goose
Maury: James, my experience reading your book proved that “knowledge,” not experience, is what cooks the goose.
I can see how a teacher wanting to keep power would keep talking about experience, keeping students chasing their tail. I also know now why so many of the “Neo” teachers were of no benefit to me. I couldn’t get the knowledge from them.
James: Yes, the experience teaching is the perfect con, but I wonder how many of those who promote it realize it. I think most of them believe that they are actually experiencing something special. It is true that knowledge affects experience, but only in the sense that the mind effortlessly gets more and more peaceful.
Maury: I suspect that you have been getting some grief for your book and your stand on knowledge versus experience. But the truth will win out. The knowledge can’t be lost, whatever experience happens.
James: You will probably not believe it, but I have not heard one word from anyone about it! Evidently, only those who need to hear it get the book. Or those who disagree are afraid to argue about it. A reasonable person cannot argue with Vedanta. It was worked out a long time ago. The Neo teaching, such as it is, is just bits and pieces of remembered knowledge and beliefs floating around in the Western spiritual world picked up in a completely happenstance way and cobbled together with virtually no discrimination.
Maury: You said “Watch for boredom.” Oh, God, yes! What is left is “no person,” so what is there to do? What was meaningful in the old sense no longer has any juice. I’m in the “he who stands and waits also serves” place. I can trust that awareness will reveal something to do and take care of the boredom in its own way, in its own time. Even the drive to teach is absent. Nothing “personal” to do.
“How old is your body?” The body is 61. In good health. Too bad I had to wait 61 years to read your book. But it has to perfect, as everything is okay.
By the way, being a technical writer, I can’t avoid seeing spelling errors and typos in text. I didn’t see one in your book. You had an amazing editor. Somebody really took care with it.
James: The amazing editor was me. My publisher gave it a cursory read, maybe picked up a few – actually, there are still a few. Occasionally someone who has discovered a mistake writes in, but I did it myself. Writing and editing it took about ten months from start to finish.
Maury: Anyhow, at this point the “dead baby” will just stay dead. The memories will fade, something new will appear to use my remaining time correctly.
~ With love, Maury Lee
James: Seems everything is right on track. Take care of yourself.
~ Love, James