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The Tortoise and the Hare
Judy: Thank you for a wonderful course. I realized something, I did not gain a PhD by fiddling about. I followed the suggestions of my instructors and was conscientious and skillful.
When you spoke about vasanas compromising my ability to hear, reflect on and assimilate the truth, the penny dropped. What was I thinking by not applying the same rigor to my study of Vedanta? I apologize – this was a blip in the matrix.
James, you suggested studying Tattva Bodha first. That is what I’m doing – one concept at a time. I’m testing my commitment doing at least an hour a day without skipping. Thank you.
James: Good for you, Judy! That’s right. No skipping.
Intelligent people often think they know because they are intelligent. But dull people can gain knowledge as well if they apply themselves. In a way, a dull person is often more qualified for teaching, assuming a burning desire for liberation, owing to a lack of vanity, whereas an intelligent person may be less qualified, owing to pride. A humble person will start at the bottom and patiently work up. That's the import of the tortoise and the hare story. One’s intellect may work quickly but it may very well miss unremarkable but essential truths.