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Ego Cannot Hijack Vedanta
Antonio: My dearest Guruji, the weekend seminar was a great success! Not in terms of attendance, which was only 13 or 15, but the classes on Gita were very juicy and dense with beautiful exposure of knowledge. Your humble disciple is learning the skills as Isvara keeps putting him to work as a teacher. What a joy, what a gift to be able to serve others without the need to do so, and without an agenda! I have a couple of other seminars in other cities already scheduled for October.
Speaking of “agendas,” I want to share with you some relationship dynamics here. Our wealthy sponsor did not show up for the seminar on Gita as I has expected, and by talking with Maria she brought to my attention that he is in the process of becoming a Vedanta teacher, ha, ha, ha. As I mentioned to you, he has started a new business/project… and according to Maria, he already leased a large space and is creating a kind of spiritual centre for the very rich. It will provide different therapies plus a lot of entry-level spiritual bullshit, all in the best style of top comfort and luxury! He will come on the upper stage by presenting the great knowledge he picks from the Vedanta material (a few of your videos) I shared with him when I first met him at my house. At the time I thought that he was a sincere seeker of truth. He is very seducing, soft and a gentleman, like a perfect diplomat, but behind that entire pose it seems that his agenda is to use the knowledge for his own interests: to impress people, make money and get the prestige and validation he needs.
The other interesting thing is that our dear Maria is all agitated as well because she did not understand yet that self-knowledge is not a status or a prize to be gained by the jiva, like in a competition or race… I have been trying to help her in the best possible way because she is a lovely lady, with a growing value for knowledge (she still has a good share of investment in experiential sadhanas) and she is helping to introduce Vedanta to others, but as you can imagine, she unconsciously feels as if competing with me because she is very eager to become a Vedanta teacher. And all of that only after having studied two or three of your seminars!!
She knows some marketing as well, and in the past she came up with different ideas on how to market Vedanta, formatting it on different levels of classes and so on. She invited me to take part on her projects and I simply said no: no interest in selling Vedanta. I explained her more than once that Vedanta does not belong to anyone and that it cannot be sold in the way she wanted to, and that she will not find much of a market in any case... She seems to understand it all, but then those ideas seem to come through the back door again.
Maria called me at the end of the event to tell me that she wants to go back to her initial idea of doing a website to sell all ShiningWorld material translated into Spanish. Remember, she asked you about that several months back and you said, okay, do what you want with it.
I have met already a few people like that; they appear as interested in moksa but in reality they mainly want the information/knowledge to improve themselves professionally, impress others (sometimes even without revealing the source) and of course capitalise. I know it is all the play of Isvara, but sometimes I am called to make things straight.
Sundari: Ah, the travails of the jiva! Ignorance being what it is, nothing is surprising. ☺
Let’s not worry too much about all the hidden agendas. Isvara will take care of all of them in due course. Remember that the truth cannot be compromised by limited egos, not matter what they think they need to achieve to validate their existence. As you say, Vedanta does not belong to anyone and those who try to profit from it will not be teaching or selling Vedanta. It cannot be sold. If it is being sold, then it’s not Vedanta – it is someone’s vested version of the truth, not the truth. There is no fine line here.
Ramji, being that very rare phenomenon – the real deal – will unfold the teachings in their purest form and the minds that are qualified to gain from them will do so. Those that are not, will not. The ego identified with being a limited, needy person can attempt to “hijack” Vedanta for its own purposes, but it will not work. Vedanta is incorruptible and if the mind is not prepared and ignorance remains, the teachings will slide off like water on a duck’s back.
So we have nothing to defend or protect because the truth does not need defending. The truth is not to be found by studying the scriptures, imitating a qualified teacher or by attempting to adapt them to pathetic ego fear agendas. We are the truth and it stands alone, inviolate.
Let Maria and Paolo do their thing. So what? If the seminar still happens there will be people who truly need to hear the teachings and meet James. And he will find a very subtle way to let Maria and Paulo know that what they are up to does not work. It’s all okay, just maya playing its tricks!
Thank you for being the beacon of light and truth that you are. I hope that your wife stabilizes and finds some way to calm the mind. It can’t be easy living with someone who does not know what they want, but seeing as you are the all-seeing eye of consciousness, you can see this too unfolding as one of Isvara’s little lilas! Perhaps it would do her good to send her off to an ashram a few months or years, but at the end of the day the jiva is still there and has to be dealt with. There is no avoiding Isvara. If one does not understand what the jiva is and its relationship to Isvara, no progress can be made towards liberation. At best you will give yourself some peace for a short while.
~ Much love, Sundari