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The Spiritual Path
Date: Sun Aug 02 1998 - 10:36:31 PDT

Dear Members of the Bhakti Group, 
		It was Heraclitus, I think, who said: 

Fools, each lives in his own world. 
The wise, they have a world in common.

The wise --  our ancient seers and recent-day saints like Ramakrishna
Paramahamsa and Ramana Maharishi, experienced Reality in an "as IS"
state, without being corruptedby the ego-influenced intellect. They
found that Reality/Truth is One without modifications through all time
and space. 

The rest of us, whom Heraclitus calls Fools because we have not yet
received this wisdom which is beyond the intellect, continue to struggle
with our individual concepts of reality and our attempts to attain to
that state of One-ness.  It should come as no surprise then that as a
consequence there are a myriad worlds of Reality, each clashing with the
others to assert supremacy for the doctrines with which each created an
individual world of "Reality-according-to-me".

The way out of this mess may begin with the end of questions relating to
the conduct of others or statements by others and recognizing that it is
only the mind in its pristine pure state, emptied of all its prior
judgmental-knowledge, that can receive divine perception.  With the dawn
of that wisdom, all questions will cease because there is nothing to
question, nothing to find fault with.

This is what perhaps Gandhiji meant by his famous Experiment with Truth.
Everytime, he challenged himself, struggled with himself and found
satisfactory progress in his chosen Path.

May be, we too should stop wandering in the wild and commence the
journey within, hoping to reach the ultimate goal with His Grace in the
janmas to come.  There is no need for hurry to receive all the answers
from others at once and leap to the goal. Gitachryan has assured us that
like all karmic results, our sincere and dedicated efforts on the
spiritual path shall be carried forward to our next birth and we will
commence where we last ended.

Adyen Dasan
MK Krishnaswamy