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Marie: Dear Ramji and Sundari, this is just a little email to make contact again after India. I hope you are both well and have enjoyed a proper winter so far! But maybe you enjoyed it just enough to want to come to India again next year… we live in hope, Isvara willing.
After I came back Isvara orchestrated for me to slow down very well by giving me flu. It was not that bad but certainly slowed me down and stopped the habitual Marie taking “control” of her life in Paris, which was great, actually. It has made it much easier to bridge the India time with the Western ways of this big materialistic city. I keep thinking nothing real has changed, and it is true. The key for now seems to be to really stop investing in the doer and keep as much time free as possible, sometimes to read and study but often to just remember, worship and be. What presents itself for action I deal with, but in the most spaciously possible way. And it is working better than previous years, as it feels delightful rather than awkward and I am taking much less responsibility for anything, really. I am very fortunate that my situation allows me to take time but in the past I have not fully embraced that. Too many “ought and should” vasanas talking.
In adjusting this time, I ran into a few tricky situations with the people and then this great sentence jumped out of your book, Ramji: “People are here to work out their karma, they are not here to please me!” Perfect! It really helps and I am now quite pleased.
I miss the devotional aspect of life in India and feel that something in this jiva comes home there. If my plans are Isvara’s will, I will be going again but first we have flowers to plant in the city here.
Ted really was a fantastic teacher. Being in India made it easier for me to integrate the teachings with day-to-day life. I feel the benefits from this now I am in Paris again. All is much more of a flow instead of great revelations that shake my world. Nothing real changes. Because he is much newer to Vedanta and has a working life in the mainstream world as well, he is somewhat closer to us and the problems we might face in the firefly stage. I missed your experience and solid conviction, Ramji, and just your person, for which I have great love. However, Ted was didactically brilliant. I introduced a friend of mine and she really took to the teachings and he gave the perfect introduction for her.
I can’t wait to see you in Amsterdam with my favourite text, Panchadasi. This still is a whole other level for me and something happens that I cannot put my finger on when I read that text.
I hope I can stand firmer into the knowledge this year with your help, for which I am eternally grateful. Hopefully, we will see each other in London in October too!
Ramji: Thanks for the lovely email. It seems you are standing ever firmer in the knowledge. Good for you! Grace is earned and, yes, inquiry is simply remembering “to just remember, worship and be.” Nothing should be done except that. Nothing must be done, except that. Doing is always optional. And when we do, we act in the karma yoga spirit. As for the bhakti, bring India to Paris. Our house is basically nothing but altars wherever you look, with burning candles and incense. We chant one of the most important non-dual verses of the Gita with every meal. You will be happy to know that we are going to teach in India in 2017. Anyway, dear Marie, I am with you always. Just think of me and I am there. I love you. See you soon!