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Theresa: Hi, Sundari. Neither you nor any of your associates have my permission to publish anything that I have written on your website or anywhere else.
~ Regards, Theresa
Sundari: Hello Theresa. My apologies if I have offended you in my last email to you. If so, it certainly was not intentional. My nature is very direct, somewhat too honest at times, although I have learned to moderate it a great deal so that my speech and actions are in accordance with dharma and do not injure.
We quite often come across people like you who are highly intelligent and extremely knowledgeable about many things. As I said, it can be a great advantage or disadvantage, depending on how invested the mind is in its ideas and how identified it is in being a person.
As for posting e-satsangs: it is our prerogative to share the emails of those who write to us because they offer a wealth of knowledge to serious inquirers. Even you are gaining from them by reading our website. We make this clear on our contact page. Everything we do is in service to the truth and not for self-gain. I have checked through our exchanges and removed any information that could identify you, as per our usual stipulations.
Vedanta is a radical teaching; there is nothing like it in scope or comprehension, but above all, it is impersonal. It is simply and plainly the truth of your own existence, as I have said a few times now. It cannot be argued with, other than by people whose minds are not qualified to hear it or who are too invested in their own thinking. The word “Vedanta” simply means self-knowledge, but the means of knowledge it encompasses is unsurpassed. Vedanta, if heard, will challenge everything you think you know about yourself.
I teach pure Vedanta as taught to me by my guru James Swartz, who was taught by his guru Chinmayananda and Dayananda, who were taught by their gurus in a long line of procession dating back to Sankaracharya and way “beyond.” Vedanta is a sampradaya, an ancient tradition, the most ancient because the self is prior to everything. Self-knowledge has always been “here.” It is timeless. There is no other knowledge like it or that stands up to it. It is the knowledge that underpins ALL knowledge. It works to set people free of ignorance; it ends existential suffering. We see it at work in thousands of people’s lives all over the world. It is the knowledge that ends the quest for knowledge.
As a teacher of Vedanta, I am qualified to wield the knowledge but I am not identified with being the teacher. The self is the only guru. The teaching is not “my” knowledge and not based on my experience, although it confirms everything I know and have experienced. I know who I am and I can teach what that means. I try to keep myself out of the teaching but, of course, as much as I stick to the means of knowledge and the methodology taught to me, my teaching will be flavoured by my personality. This is so with everyone, as I explained, comes in conditioned with a particular nature. To be happy and maintain peace of mind, we need to be true to our nature, following dharma in every instance of our lives. Non-injury is one the highest values anyone can ascribe to. Being of service to others whom one does not see as “other” is the other highest value there is. My life is primarily dedicated to these two values, among others.
I wish you well and hope that self-knowledge continues to unfold your life for you.
~ Om and prem, Sundari