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Mike: Hi, James. Thank you for a beautiful and succinct reply. Since getting your reply something has definitely “clicked” for real. There’s been a subtle “shift” but it’s definitely “there,” I just feel like it’s all smooth sailing ahead now that I know that I don’t have anything at all to do with “what's happening” here.
James: Well, that’s good news.The subtle shift is the result of your faithful inquiry, Mike. It is an important moment in your sadhana. The discriminating thoughts seem to have taken root in your causal body and, if they have, it is indeed smooth sailing henceforth, although there may be a few choppy waves here and there.
Mike: I’m more consistently “seeing” that my idea that I’m doing anything is not true. Mike continues with “his actions,” but the notion that “I” am doing is clearly seen to be false (this is happening, as I say, more consistently, but is not yet “hard and fast”). And I love it! I'm always going to be me, no matter what happens, and I’ll always be just fine.
James: Yes, indeed. That is the teaching. Good on you!
Mike: A deep appreciation for (and wonder at) the creation appears, with the understanding that it is all done by Isvara. Just because it’s mithya doesn't mean that one can’t appreciate the great spectacle of it, all of it.
James: Being here, knowing what one knows, is like watching an interesting movie. This vision is a great blessing.
Mike: I was reading through some of my notes today, going over our earlier satsangs, and it made me realise what an incredibly patient person you are… thank you, it’s undoubtedly by the Lord’s grace I was led to you and this tradition.
James: You’re welcome, Mike. I suppose it is patience, but I don’t expect particular results. I just know that Vedanta works and it gives me a lot of pleasure to see it working. And I appreciate the persistence of ignorance. So I just say the same things over and over again, and one day I get a lovely email like this one and I know that my efforts are not wasted, not that it really matters insofar as everything is perfect, even when it isn’t.
~ Much love, James