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James: When I wrote to thank a woman for a donation to ShiningWorld who had been attending my seminars for a few years, I inquired if she was going to attend the next one in her country. This is her reply:
Anna: Hi, James. When I first came to your class I thought it would be a meditation week. I was prepared to sit on my butt for seven days and thought that I might learn something from it. So I went to see and experience. A quick look on the internet had shown me your face in India, and it seems you had done this and done that, and I figured that you should know what you were talking about.
To my surprise and immeasurable happiness, there were seven days of answers to questions that I had not been able to formulate for years, and five minutes of meditation as well – no hurting knees and back pains, just no-nonsense, redneck-from-Montana words of wisdom.
The knowledge went in like a river that had been dry for 52 years and finally gets water from the well again. It never stopped flowing and my understanding deepens every day.
Since you – or should I say, since the teaching – answered my questions beautifully, I am happy to say that at this moment I’m not motivated to come to your class. I feel free to live my life as it unfolds, with its ups and downs. It’s okay.
I hope you are not too disappointed. ☺
Maybe another time, thanks again. A big hug, with love, to Sundari as well.
James: Dear Anna, I am so happy that you are not motivated to come. When I met my teacher he said, “Sit down, pay attention, and we will have you out of here in no time.” Vedanta is a means to an end. When you discover that you are the end, you are free to take it easy and live your life as it is intended to be lived. Good for you! You deserve your happiness.
~ Much love, James and Sundari