I wanted to thank you for the many generous donations I have received during the last six months, which I use to support work on this site, but even more so, to help animals in the Los Angeles area. Usually this money goes to pay for food and medical help for homeless cats living on the streets of Los Angeles, either those I take care of, or those being cared for by other colony managers in the area who themselves, are usually stretched beyond their means because of their love for animals. There are an estimated 2 million homeless cats and dogs on LA’s streets, and over 60,000 a year killed in Los Angeles City and County shelters.
I have dedicated my life to saving and helping these animals and also helping seekers find understanding and peace. Your donations are incredibly helpful in completing these tasks.
I have been blessed/cursed by an inability to ask for money or sell things. Robert, Ramana, Nisargadatta and all the great ones really didn’t want to handle money. What came to them was through spontaneous giving by students and devotees. Robert used to say this was the tacit agreement between devotee/student and the teacher. The teacher took care of your spiritual life, and the student took care of the teacher's needs. (Of course, Robert used to directly ask his closest followers for help when he needed it, but not the general public or seeker.)
In Eastern culture, the seeker understood that escape from suffering and finding release was the most valuable thing to them, and therefore, they took care of all the teacher's needs. In the West, most students are just curious about the teachings, and are not dedicated to awakening. Spirituality is just another research area for them among many.
None of the great ones offered $300 or $3000 weekend workshops, multiple books, CDs, incense, clothes, Satsang or individual audience fees. Mostly they did fine though because their students, along with God, or God through them, provided whatever is needed.
I now sell one book on this site, the story of Rajiv’s awakening, for for some who inquire, additional items of Robert’s teachings. But I do so only with great difficulty.
Money--commerce--is a contaminant of the teachings. The teachings are how to transcend the world, life and death, and money is 100% keeping you in this world, much as emphasis on physical health increases attachment to the body. It is truly, truly difficult for me to sell things.
Therefore I earn money editing medical reports and from donations from readers, and now a bit from “selling” stuff.
I would much rather respond to the 20 emails a day I get from students requesting practice advice and taking care of animals. I don’t have that luxury and need to spend much time working.
As it is there are many, many free downloads at the itisnotreal.com website, including Hunting the I, Autobiography of a Jnani, most of Robert's transcripts, and now the complete dialogues with students over the years.
If you find these publications of value, or you value the responses to questions about your practice, or you want to contribute to supporting my animal saving work in Los Angeles, please donate something.
Thank you very much,