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Susan: Dear James, I am not sure what’s right. Somehow I really want to come back to India to listen to your teachings and to calm down my mind. The Indian tradition is very helpful for that. But still I am not sure if I have enough money to come and live there. The idea came to me because India helped me already to get a pure mind. But in the West it is more difficult. On the other hand, I know that I don’t have to come to India to become the self, because I am already that. But maybe it is important for dharma? I don’t have any clear answer now. I guess you cannot help me with this decision?
James: You can forget dharma. You are a good person and whatever you do will be dharmic. You have to decide what you want on your own. If you go to India it will be good, but your money will run out and you will have to go back to America and get a job. If you stay in America you will have money, but life will be difficult without the satsang of India. Life is a zero-sum game, Susan. You cannot win. I cannot make the choices for you. You have to decide yourself. This is what it means to be mature. As long as you have a body you will have to make decisions about your life. When I was young I went back and forth from America to India every year. It was fine. I liked working in America and I liked not working in India. If you are the self, it does not matter. But for Susan it matters. So she has to find the right attitude.
~ Much love, James