In General Discussion
Nov 02, 2021
Hello Marc, My name is Jai and i am from India. I am not sure how it is in other countries, but we Indians, Hindus to be more specific, are introduced to spirituality from a very young age. I was 9 when my dad (who has been a passionate homeopath for the past 32 years) started exploring spirituality seriously and that had an effect on my upbringing. Magic was what caught my attention as a kid when my father narrated stories from autobiography of a yogi. After magic it was the intensity associated with the spiritual field that I was enamoured with. It was during this phase, around 9 years ago, that i started reading about various saints, their stories, thoughts and the practices they advocated. If there has been any constant in my life since 9 years it has been the interest that i have had in this department, barring a few periods during which i became fearful of spirituality. Though i have read several books the ones that resonated most with me were man's eternal quest and the divine romance by Yogananda, the voice of babaji, a trilogy on kriya yoga by VTN Neelakantan, Freedom from the known by J krishnamurti, Apprenticed to a Himalayan master by Sri M, Books on and by Ramana Maharshi, Miracle of love by Ram Dass but most of all I am That by Nisargadatta Maharaj. Around 19 months ago, because of some strange event repeating itself I got terrified of the spiritual field. But that changed 7-8 months later when i stumbled upon Jed Mckenna's trilogy, especially the first one. Since then my interest in the subject has been waxing and waning but what i can say is that i do contemplate quite a lot about these matters. I am not a regular practitioner of meditation or yoga or any other practice for that matter. The only practice i have followed religiously is reading more and more on this subject and I sometimes wonder if this has any spiritual benefit, apart from being a passion of mine. The problem with reading more and more , however, has been the contradictions that come up between one teaching/teacher and the other. I was trying to find a connection between Robert Wolfe and Jed Mckenna when i came across an article that mentioned you. My desire of knowing who Jed Mckenna was, was finally put to rest when i saw your podcast regarding his passing away. I feel lucky to be in touch with you via this platform and cannot believe how prompt you are in responding to questions and comments on this website and on youtube. Thank you for making yourself not just available but easily accessible as well. I could go on and on forever but this is not the place to do that. Your e-mail account, however, is a different matter!!! Sorry in advance for the number of mails you will receive from me because corresponding with you is one opportunity that i value more than most things...