Seeker: Dear James, I am about halfway through Inquiry into Existence (about two pages a day). What a book! It is lucid, exact and methodical and is also a great bridge to the Trout Lake + Tiru Panchadasi recordings.
I am so grateful for the teaching and your persistent effort. Thank you, James. I can’t really imagine “doing” anything else. It’s as if time is just stopping, the endeavours – pains and pleasures of the past – are just “there,” they won’t go away but it’s fine. In the middle there is a terrific feeling that nothing ever changed anyhow and the gratefulness just beams out. Thank you, thank you!
James: Persistent effort is the key. The world is always with us, but since it is as good as non-existent, when you look at it from the self’s point of view, it might as well be non-existent, “joy and sorrow woven fine,” as the poet says, freedom in spite of samsara.
For years I have happily and diligently responded to communications on the topic of Self realization. Since the publication of my book, “How to Attain Enlightenment”— currently in its third printing —and the success of this website, the volume of emails has increased considerably. Unfortunately, owing to a busy schedule of teaching and writing, I am no longer able to answer all the emails I receive in a timely fashion. However, my wife, who is also a teacher, and several well-qualified teachers we have endorsed are available to answer emails on my behalf. I encourage you to send them your questions.
— James Swartz