24 Jul 2013
July 24, 2013

How do I Know?

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Someone recently asked me what it was like to be around Maharaji. As a child, all I remember was that it was great fun. As I replay those meetings in my mind, I feel differently today – here was a man who did not look like any other sadhu that I had seen or met; he did not sound like any saint that I had met – his language was often colorful; he did not have the same hang ups as most other sadhus that I had come across – most have severe restrictions about where they will eat, who will cook it etc.. His devotees did not fit into any pattern either – they were rich, they were poor, they were Hindus, they were Muslims, Christians, Jews, Sikhs, and even the atheists who did not realize that they had been drawn.

There were the VIP’s and the dacoits, all in the same room. He preached nothing and yet his devotees were constantly learning. He met no pattern, he fit no description, and yet from where he sat, he was telling the kitchen what he wanted cooked; he was telling an eight year old what he would be when he grew up; he was scolding someone else about a recent lapse of judgment; addressing someone else about a concern that he/she was yet to express and probably dealing with creation elsewhere in the Universe, all at the same time. The answer to every question was still “How do I know?” He defies description and he does so on purpose.

- Excerpt from Barefoot in the Heart: Remembering Neem Karoli Baba

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  • Will Butler

    Perhaps a comment would help those who seek a guru, not knowing that
    there are differences in the schools of the masters, and that those
    differences are purely the influence of the personality of the master,
    so as to serve the variety of personality differences of the seekers.
    The Spirit behind the personality is the same in all, however The Spirit
    loves the creative variety of persons, and so these differences exist
    in the masters and their schools. Some masters require an strict
    exactness in structure, methods, and practices, which perfectly suit the
    students who expect and respond to such, and some do not so much
    “require”, but instead “project” to their students The Spirit of
    Inclusiveness, which includes a Divine Family Psychology, that includes
    all of the loving understanding, friendliness, sharing, and acceptance
    of differences, and dwells in a constant pursuit of Divine Betterment
    for all of its student members while employing at all times Divine
    Love-Wisdom. Divine Inclusiveness, naturally, includes all of the
    qualitative characteristics, aspects and attributes, of Divinity…
    including a display of Cosmic Power… usually in some minor miracles of
    one sort or another. The simple reason for this is that such keeps the
    family members excited, interested, and very attentive, plus is a living
    illustration of the truth of The Teachings that Omniscience and
    Omnipotence are attainable by all who follow The Dharma, that YOU too
    can and will be doing this yourselves. So then, if you are seeking a
    master, read about the different schools, visit (as best you can) the
    different schools, and meditate on the kind of master whom you would be
    best suited for as a student. Strict discipline may be faster to achieve
    The Goals, but the friendly, easy-going, family personality of the
    master and his school will be MUCH more pleasant and enjoyable, and
    fun.