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66Listening, following, and practicing teachings

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  • swamijb
    Dec 26, 2001
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      Swami J's Newsletter

      December 26, 2001

      Dear Friends,

      A teacher is like a boat that is the essential means to help one
      cross the mire of delusion. The teacher shares his experiences,
      making the student aware of the obstacles and stumbling blocks on his

      A seeker should not delude himself and believe that by accepting
      someone as a guru or becoming a disciple, he does not have to
      practice, that he will become enlightened without any effort.

      Spiritual leaders such as Krishna, Jesus, Moses, and Buddha did not
      possess the power to enlighten the students who accepted them as
      their guides but did not listen, follow, and practice their
      teachings. *

      In loving service,

      Swami J

      * Swami Rama, Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita

      Guided meditation, January 3:
      24-Hour Meditation Retreat, January 19: