The New York Times: “The art of hitting a baseball starts with emptying the mind.” As Jonathan Fader, a psychologist who works with Mets players, told me: “Essentially, what we’re trying to do in sports psychology is helping people to not think.”
James: I came across this statement in an editorial in The New York Times lamenting the emphasis on statistics in understanding baseball. Of course “not thinking” is not the whole story. It means being present without distractions. When the mind is quiet, the next step is swinging the Vedantic mental bat and knocking the ball of ignorance out of the park.
People often assume that Vedanta is some kind of mystical, otherworldly science, but it is just the science of life. It applies to every human endeavor.
For years I have happily and diligently responded to communications on the topic of Self realization. Since the publication of my book, “How to Attain Enlightenment”— currently in its third printing —and the success of this website, the volume of emails has increased considerably. Unfortunately, owing to a busy schedule of teaching and writing, I am no longer able to answer all the emails I receive in a timely fashion. However, my wife, who is also a teacher, and several well-qualified teachers we have endorsed are available to answer emails on my behalf. I encourage you to send them your questions.
— James Swartz