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The World Is the Guru
Ravi: Hari om, Ramji. I just saw your Westerwald seminar after getting the newsletter. I had some free time after a long while so I went through the whole thing.
I am self-realised but not really having moksa yet. The ragas and dveshas are still operating. It’s not that there was anything new in the talks for me but the talks gave me a sense of deep peace. A sense of what moksha or nirvana may be like. As Swami Chinmayananda told you, “Any fool can realize the self but to stay with it is the tough part.” As you said, having a guru is essential. That’s what I’m lacking here. Constant service to a guru would be the fast track to moksha.
Service with bhakti: I’m doing my daily puja in the morning and visit temples with a lot of bhakti now. I particularly liked the Mahabaleshwar temple in Gokarna. The atma linga is present there.
Thanks you for everything, Ramji. I will come for darshan when you visit India next.
~ Hari om and pranam, Ravi
Ram: Hi, Ravi. Lovely to hear from you. Yes, service to the guru with bhakti is great. If you don't have a physical guru, take everyone and everything as the guru and serve the world. It is as good as having a guru because reality is non-dual and the world is Isvara, so by serving the world you serve Isvara. When you are ready for a proper teacher Isvara will send one to you and the moksa will come. Be patient.
~ Om and prem, Ram