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The Vedanta Soapbox
Manny: My guru Ram, I hope you don’t mind me once in a while dropping you an email?
Ram: No, not at all.
Manny: I am armed only with your audio CDs and streams of Vedanta knowledge via the internet. Without an actual teacher to communicate with makes it quite tricky.
Ever since I started practicing Vedanta, I have become a whole lot more patient with general things, an acceptance of whatever the outcome may be. However, I find myself getting quite impatient with many people. I am finding it a bit difficult to keep my “Vedanta soap box” out of EVERYTHING! Should I just keep it to mySELF and laugh it off?
Ram: You answered your own question: keep off your Vedanta soapbox. If people ask why you are happy, you can tell them. It is a waste of your time and theirs for you to proselytize. It is completely not in the tradition of Vedanta. There is a great statement in the Bhagavad Gita, which is the best Vedanta text, that says, “The wise do not unsettle the minds of the ignorant with their wisdom.” Keep it to yourself. When people are ready to listen and you are ready to teach, the self will set it up and it will happen naturally.
Manny: Keeping in mind that I don’t have a face-to-face teacher, please advise me on any techniques (besides reading material/words) that I can practice in order to realize the Vedanta knowledge (I am free).
Ram: The basic technique is to discriminate your intellect from your self, awareness. The impatience you feel when you come in contact with people who do not “get it” shows that you are not discriminating in your daily life because you are identified with an idea. If when the thought that others SHOULD understand what you are saying arises you are practicing discrimination, you will recognize it as “not-self” and dismiss it without making karma out of it. The karma in this case is the agitation that you feel when others don’t “get it.” This way the know-it-all tendency, the belief that you are “right,” will be burned out. Discrimination is a moment-to-moment practice, assuming you have a suitable lifestyle, and will keep your attention on the self, not on what is happening in your mind and the world around you.
So far your understanding is intellectual. You are identified with the intellect, not the self. Now it is time to separate the self from the intellect.
No one should understand you or the truth. People are only capable of understanding what they are programmed to understand. There is no reason why anyone should understand you. Just love them as they are.
~ Love, Ram