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Look on the Bright Side
Mike: Hi, James. I’m very miffed that I’m not going to be able to attend the next seminar. Life just got very busy and expensive, and I don’t have the cash or time right now.
I tried to be clever and outwit samsara, but it got me. Again! I was going to sell the house, buy the boat, live on the house sale money and have a simple life devoted to Isvara and Vedanta. But I listened to the voices and they told me to just hang onto the house a bit longer, get a loan for the boat and use the tenant’s income to pay off the loan. It all worked well enough in my head, but Isvara just kicked my butt instead for not sticking to the plan! Every time I hear you quote Krishna saying “devote your life to me and I will take care of your stuff” I blush with shame!!
Oh, well. It’s done. Now life has become even more complicated!
I wagged the finger at my sister the other day for doing the Advaita Shuffle, as you call it. She has a ridiculous amount of self-chosen stress, but was doing the “but I’m fundamentally okay as awareness.” But actually, what I’ve just done is the same: trying to hedge my bets out of fear. And it just created a whole lot of rajas – the very thing I was planning to reduce!
Ah, well. I love you James. Thanks for everything. At least I can put my foolishness in the context of Vedanta and understand why I’m getting the painful results, instead of feeling confused and sorry for myself, like I used to. I’m grateful for what you share.
~ Much love
James: Ah, yes, that pesky Isvara! The best-laid plans – well, as the song from Monty Python says, “Life’s a piece of shit, when you look at it… etc.” And the only option: “Look on the bright side.” A lot of growth there, I’d say, what with gaining the knowledge of the WHY and the loss of self-pity. Be sure to write a book when you figure out how to get secure in samsara. Your fame and wealth will eclilpse The Donald’s, and I will hang up my Vedanta shingle and steal silently away into the night. ☺ I’ll miss you at the seminar, Mike, but I figure our paths will cross again one fine day. Keep the faith. I love you.