As I have said in the past many times, your relationship with anything and everything is of utmost importance. This is contained in the dynamic of The Holy Trinity: the Knower, the Known, AND the Process Of Knowing, ie., Rishi, Devata, and Chandas. It is better to have a healthy relationship with a bad thing (in which case you would stay a distance from it) than an unhealthy relationship with a good thing (perhaps attempt to create a codependent relationship with it).
Pandit Prasad and I are very aware and sensitive to this Trinity as it relates to the cultivation of a sublime and refined relationship with the Temple. As a result, we are evolving policies, seating arrangements, duties, and talks designed to help you with this cultivation. Those of you who live at Mount Soma will naturally benefit from this most directly as you are provided with, at times, direct guidance in this regard.
You will do well to reflect deeply upon these policies and how they touch you. You will also do well to reflect deeply upon your relationship with me as well as with Pandit Prasad. As the teachings become more sublime, the learning becomes something that requires more and more inner reflection from the student. You will benefit from this only to the degree to which you develop your ability, willingness, and humility to learn, to discern, in this manner.
I have referred to this in the past as the ‘you figure it out’ approach to teaching. This method of teaching is more in keeping with the traditional approach of the ancient Masters.
Today’s more popular approach of being spoon-fed each fact and principle does not lend itself as readily to the ultimate frontier of life… the inner journey. Remember, life’s lessons become more challenging and more elusive as you evolve.
Also remember, humility is the flipside of wisdom. Not only your affinities, but also your aversions, offer you profound lessons if you can receive them.
The Teacher is the messenger. As the messages become more challenging, continue to reflect upon the one delivering the message. Your relationship with all involved is of utmost importance.
As the mother scrubs the child’s face clean, the child often squirms and resists. How and if you receive the message is up to you. Ultimately, the Self is revealed to the Self, through the Self, and by the Self. The Teacher facilitates that process for those willing to receive it.