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Grace Is Earned – Perseverance Furthers
Shanti: Dear Ramji, I wanted to write to you before this coming weekend teachings. We met in Atlanta last fall. It has been quite amazing to delve into the teachings of Vedanta. I think my twelve excruciating and crazy years with Andrew Cohen ironically qualified me for this.
Your satsangs to another injured Andrew-person helped me a lot. For the first time in almost fifteen years of struggle to I understood what the hell had happened, I found myself finally laying it all to rest. Carl was the first to read your book How to Attain Enlightenment and would read bits to me. I couldn’t resonate with it; it felt dense and I did not have access to it. One day I was contemplating the thought that I was not prepared for freedom and was about to write off my inquiry and postpone it for another lifetime, which was my position after I left Andrew. Then I thought, “I am going to pick up this book and slowly persevere until it means something to me.” I got one or two pages into it and the lights went on!
I have no questions. I have no doubts. I know who I am. Now all that is left is to purify. I am astonished how natural that process is, except the sugar vasana! After the struggles to “kill” my ego, I find that I simply have to read the teachings, watch the videos and quietly, almost unobtrusively, I am changing.
My gratitude is deep. To have found a perfect teaching, a perfect teacher when I had all but given up! Also, this is at a time where there is space in my life to give it the attention it deserves and to share it with my partner, it’s good fortune indeed.
My deep gratitude to you, Ramji, and I look forward to seeing you this weekend,
Ramji: Good for you, Shanti. Grace is earned. Perseverance furthers. Isvara appreciates you, and Ramji appreciates your appreciation of Vedanta, and you should appreciate yourself for sticking to it. Perseverance furthers.
~ Much love