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To Teach or Not to Teach
Jason: Ramji, slowly, as people around me are starting to notice a change in my attitude, some of my friends are asking me what’s up. Obviously nothing has changed but my position, but what to tell them? Should I try to explain about objects and whatnot? Obviously, most are unqualified for Vedanta anyway. But what of those that seem to have enough intelligence and dispassion to entertain the basic idea? I guess what I’m asking is, when is it appropriate to share the truth with someone? I understand about not disturbing the minds of the ignorant. But every now and then it seems clear that Isvara appears before me in the form a person requesting to be given the key to happiness. I personally do not want the job of teaching them but I also do not want to resist the flow of dharma if Isvara wants me to teach them. As always, this is the upside and the downside…
Ramji: Hi, Jason. I think you should try to share with them what is going on now that your spiritual power is starting to manifest. You have been very diligent in your inquiry. Teaching is a very good way to discover what you are not clear about. I think you have the basic logic in hand. Because Vedanta is just simple analysis of experience, most everyone understands it to some degree. Just keep it simple; speak from your own experience. And don’t be too eager to share – there is so much spiritual stuff around that people are rightfully cynical – heard it all before – so you should be a bit cagey and reluctant, but inviting at the same time. There is nothing more off-putting than a save-the-world mentality.
~ Love, James