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This book has been written for several reasons:
1. To address some of the confusion about pointers offered by Maharaj which seemed to be contradictory but were not;
2. To explain why Maharaj's (a) "early" message and practices differed from (b) some of the teachings offered during the middle years and from (c) some of the messages offered in the last years that he conducted satsang;
3. To show why those who only read the transcripts of some of his talks will only receive a part of the total message he offered;
4. To address why criticisms of some of his protégés are based in the critics' misunderstanding;
5. As a means by which those who are considering a visit to this author can be pre-qualified so that they will know in advance which "version" of Maharaj's varied teachings they will be hearing.
First, it should be made clear how
(a) that speck of consciousness called "Maharaj" and
(b) the varied teachings he offered over the years were just like ...
... the elephant in the story of "The Blind Men and an Elephant."
In that story, several blind men are touching an elephant in order to learn what an elephant is like. Because each man touches a different part, and because each man only touches one part rather than all of the parts, then the conclusions that they draw about what an elephant is like are all in error. They learn when they share their finding that they are in complete disagreement, and their disagreements actually generated conflict and even violence.
The misunderstandings about his methods and the evolution of his focus have also generated conflict and criticism of both Maharaj and some of his disciples, even as others hold him in such high esteem that they seem to worship him and his words. (All of that he would call nonsense.)
The book will share some of the criticisms and preferences in regards to "which version of Maharaj's teaching are the right ones or the best ones" and will address all of the claims or charges.
The fact is, though, that some of the critics have touched only the tusk of the "Elephant called 'Maharaj'." Some only touched the trunk. Some touched a leg only while others have felt nothing but the tail.
To touch only one part of Maharaj's message is to draw false conclusions, to fail to see the big picture and the total picture, to fail to understand his pointers completely in some cases, to be driven to levy baseless charges, and, in some cases, to simply misrepresent what he did and did not say and what he meant by what he said.
It is true that the focus of the message changed or evolved, as did the type of yoga that was emphasized. The progression id identified and discussed in the book as well.
Ultimately, though, the message did not become more "complicated" as one person claims but actually became far simpler, far more direct and concise. As far as the charge that Marahaj's teaching "declined" after the talks in I AM THAT, that charge more likely comes from an ego-state.
It might even be rooted in a the false identity such as "The Spiritual Giant" who found that the "more religious and spiritual" words in "I AM THAT" supported his false identity while certain other pointers have guided some seekers away from their religious and / or spiritual pre-occupations and obsessions threatened that spiritual ego-state.
This book is most certainly not for everyone. It is for those that are willing to consider the entirety of Maharaj's teachings - including those talks that point to realities that lie beyond religion and spirituality and Selfness - and not just to those discussions included in what has been called a "modern spiritual classic."
eBOOK SPECIFICATIONS: 74 pages; Publisher: Henderson Books; Language: English.
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