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Teri: Dear James, here’s wishing you first of all a smooth and pleasant trip in Europe and an unceasing source of Vedanta inspiration to teach and nourish hungry and thirsty disciples in their way out of samsara! I’m so much looking forward to the seminar in Bad Meinberg too!
I’d like to share some changes occurring to the Teri-jiva since knowledge found the way in and slowly got rooted in my lifestyle: perspective on work and family started to shift…
As for work, you refer in the book The Yoga of Love to the life coaches who use Vedanta to boost their ego to make themselves attractive… I do understand what you mean. As a coach in burn-out prevention, I do have an increased number of people finding their way to my practice, although I don’t make any promotions and I’m more into decreasing my workload rather than increasing it.
Yet what Isvara sends me now are really nice clients, people who crave for a way out of their rat race… and yes, being myself immersed in Vedanta now, observing this existence in an non-dual way and falling crazily in love with the self and the Isvara’s laws… I cannot avoid talking about Vedanta in words which are understandable for my clients, I cannot avoid talking about you, who transmitted the knowledge, and to some I even gave the Bhagavad Gita instead of my coaching manual… I also started to feel comfortable with transmitting and sharing Vedanta insights, as I feel that it is exactly the reason why these people found their way to my coaching practice.
I truly feel that what I am transmitting is not my knowledge, but Isvara’s knowledge which came to me through the lineage of authentic teachers. It also becomes hard for me to send out invoices when the coaching sessions turn out to be a Vedanta talk. So that’s why I ask my clients to consider donation to your website.
More and more, I feel the aspiration to be initiated into the Vedanta methodology because I know I was given a teaching talent which I need to use to serve Isvara. I feel like it is my dharma to contribute to the Vedanta lineage as a teacher. I don’t abuse the Vedanta knowledge; instead I share it as it is confirmed in my own actualisation of it. I never appropriate the Vedanta-knowledge when it liberates people from their suffering; on the contrary, when people thank me for the help, I immediately express my gratefulness towards the inspiration I got from my teacher and the lineage of Vedanta teachers, and to Isvara, thanks to whom the right coaching words came through me at the right moment.
2. Other changes that are a little more confronting: the more I discover a firm dedication to Vedanta, the less “tolerance” I experience towards the excessively materialistic world in which I grew up… I quickly experience a family visit as an invasion or an intrusion… and, yes… there is this desire that has creeped under my skin to have my own little flat, where I can be on my own, whenever I want… I’m curious about how this idea will or won’t inspire action…
~ Loving hug, Teri
James: What a lovely email, Teri! I’m so happy that Vedanta is working in you and that you are sharing this knowledge in this way. It is very important to share what you know, not just for others, but for yourself. The more you share, the more the knowledge gets firmed up in you. I’m not surprised that you find the company of samsaris a waste of time. My wife and I have virtually no time for small talk – ten minutes maximum. We don’t socialize at all and jealously guard our privacy. I don’t have to tell you to keep up your inquiry because there is no choice. Isvara is established in you and Isvara’s will is infallible.
~ Much love, James