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Way That I Teach
One day in 1975, at The Mountain Of Attention,
James Steinberg, the devotee responsible for relations with other Ashrams and
Gurus, brought to Avatar Adi Da a significant letter. It was from Swami Chinmayananda,
an Indian Yogi then visiting San Francisco. Swami Chinmayananda was a well-known
and respected figure in Spiritual circles — he was a commentator on Vedanta and
had written many books. In his letter, the swami spoke of his concern at the Divine
Avatar's manner of Teaching — a participatory approach to Spiritual Instruction
that was entirely foreign to his own orthodox views. As Avatar Adi Da read the
letter, James could feel that He was fully receiving this traditional swami's
expression of perplexity. The next morning, Avatar Adi Da Wrote an Essay clarifying
the nature of His Teaching-Work — an Essay that was a response to Swami Chinmayananda
and also a communication to everyone.
This essay appeared in Carolyn Lee, Ph.D., The
Promised God-Man Is Here.
I Do is not the way that I Am, but the way that I Teach.
What I Speak
is not a reflection of Me, but of you.
do well to be offended or even outraged by My actions and behavior. This is My
purpose. But their reaction must turn upon themselves, for I have not Shown them
Myself by all of this. All that I Do and Speak only reveals people to themselves.
I have become willing to Teach in this uncommon manner because I have
known My friends — and they are what I can seem to be. By retaining all qualities
in their company, I gradually wean them of all reactions, all sympathies, all
alternatives, fixed assumptions, false teachings, dualities, searches, and dilemma.
This is My Way of Working for a time. . . .
is the only Purity. There is no Teaching but Consciousness Itself. My Appearance
here is not other than the possibilities of humankind.