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You Cannot Save Anyone
Lauren: Dear Sundari, it’s been a while since we’ve spoken as you were coaching me on “shakti insomnia”; that has ended, by the way. I’m recovering from a long illness this winter which was quite a different experience after moksa. The body went through all its reactions like a machine and the subtle body, although not fond of pain, dispassionately accepted that this could very well be the end of this body.
This topic is not what I wanted to speak with you about though.
Prior to Vedanta I was involved in numerous spiritual disciplines and programs, and have friends still spinning their wheels in those programs. Most of the programs can be boiled down to the belief in the “law of attraction.” One of my closest friends has actually become homeless practicing these techniques. I would like to be able to talk to her about the soundness of these ideas. If possible, I would appreciate it if you could write a satsang on the topic that I could print out for her and others to read.
As always, I hope all is well with you and James. Thanks for all that you do on our behalf.
~ Love, Lauren
Sundari: Hello, Lauren. Thank you for your email, always such a strong, clear voice for the self! I am so sorry to hear about your illness and can only commend you for your dispassion and clarity about the body. It is indeed strange to have these bodies! If you ever need an ear to talk to about your experience, we are here for you.
As for helping other minds who are stuck in ignorance, it is best not to go there. There really is not much point in trying to convince a mind that is not qualified that the path it is on is futile and possibly ruinous. One has to see the whole show as awareness playing out through the gunas and that there really is no one to save. It is the way it is and ignorance will do its insane and inane things until the sun explodes – what to do? Vedanta only comes to the mind when it is ready to hear it – and very, very few are ready to hear it. Some of the best minds of all time – scientists, thinkers, philosophers throughout the ages – in spite of the brilliance of their minds, did not get it.
I know it is hard to watch people one cares about on a path of destruction, but if “The Secret” is what they are after, they will need to pursue it until they don’t anymore. James and I often have this discussion, and there are many who insist that we need to make Vedanta simpler and more “accessible” – and indeed, James of all people has done this more than most; in fact, he is probably the best at it. Nonetheless the truth that you are fine the way you are because you are already whole and complete and there is nothing to gain or lose is the biggest idea any mind is ever going to have – and if it is not ready to hear this, nothing will stick.
Ignorance has to go first. There is no way one can dumb this down – unfortunately.
So again, the Prayer of Serenity helps out, along with karma yoga: “Have to courage to change what you can change, the strength to accept what you can’t change and the wisdom to know the difference.” I practice seeing everyone as awareness under the spell of ignorance, speaking and acting. It is all good and for a reason we are not privy to. Say a prayer for and connect with who they really are as whole and complete. Remember that awareness always responds in whatever way we relate to it because awareness is never bound, even if the mind it is apparently expressing through is.
I send you much love and strength.