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The old ways still work...

Oct 11, 2000 05:46 PM
by arthra999

--- In, "Dennis Kier" <dennw3k@e...> wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Bart Lidofsky <bartl@s...>
> To: <>
> Sent: Monday, October 09, 2000 7:50 PM
> Subject: Re: Theos-World Kundalini
> > arthra999@y... wrote:
> > > A test that you can make is whether the person teaching anything
> on
> > > this subject of spiritual liberation or such wants a 
> or
> > > fee. I would be suspicious of such a person and have always
> avoided
> > > teachers who offered lessons in this area for fees. The great
> > > teachers offer these things to worthy students who are sincere 
> > > pure of heart and money never enters the picture.
> >
> > Until the teacher starves to death.
> >
> > Bart Lidofsky
> True!
> It is different this time. It does take money to exist in our time 
> location. It was OK to have nothing, and beg for food, and have 
> or no property, long ago.
> Now, it takes licenses, postage, and literature, and volunteers to
> package and assemble the materials. As you say, to stay alive the
> teacher needs to eat. In the old days, the teacher could get along 
> having only a few pupils. In our time, a teacher teaches thousands. 
> now, if you want the teachings, you should at least offer to pay for
> the materials, and for the teacher's time, if not for the teachings
> itself.
> Of course, in the old days, it was the student that scrounged around
> for food for the group. Can we understand that the person who is
> suspicious when money is mentioned wants to take, but never give?
> It was not too much different for Col. Olcott and HPB, who spent 
> of their own money for the Society, and got little but adulation in
> return.
> Different cultures need different approaches to spread the 
> Dennis

Thanks Dennis... I still think the old ways are best. 

When I was a teenager visiting the beach a wonderful lady gave me a 
book without fee called Initiation Human and Solar. No questions 
asked. It changed my view of things. 

Later I was just starting out in my spiritual quest about forty years 
ago and went to an Ashram and my Guru. He admitted me for study of
Vedanta. I had nothing to give him but I worked at the Ahsram as 
needed. Years later in 1997 I again was a student of a Sanskrit 
scholar for a year and a half, again, no fees were asked and there 
were only two students in his class ... In return I've been teaching 
Yoga for free without charges in my community the past few years... 
that's the way it works... we don't need fees and licenses and 
insurance and such when imparting spiritual truth is involved. 

Kirpal Singh said that the way you find your Guru is to go to him and 
sit near him and look in his eyes and forehead. If you feel uplifted 
he is the one...He also said if you havce a question your Guru will 
answer it with no effort on your part! No fees no lessons by mail... 
spiritual truth being imparted. The old ways are best.

- Art


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