ON DECEMBER 20TH, 30TH, AND JANUARY 6TH, IN NEW YORK, MIAMI AND LOS ANGELES, MAHARAJI MET WITH APPROXIMATELY 140 PEOPLE INTERESTED IN RECEIVING KNOWLEDGE. WHAT FOLLOWS ARE EXCERPTS FROM INTERVIEWS WITH 11 OF THESE PEOPLE.
Such a Good Learning Experience
"I enjoyed being in Maharaji's company and listening to him speak. He gives off the most exciting energy. He's fun to be with, fun to listen to - and at the same time it's always a learning experience. One of the biggest things that came up for me was how I need to trust myself on a deeper level than ever before."
SANTA BARBARA. CA
Someone I Can Really Hear
"Maharaji is someone I can really hear. When he talks, something in me opens up and I can let it in. He'll say something that I've heard before, but something in me has been blocked from really being open to it. Without any force or struggle, it hits me in a deep place. It's an openness I haven't felt before. It's not something that I have to do. I'm just present when it happens. It's not like he speaks through the blocks - they're not even there when he's talking. He speaks directly to something inside me."
LOS ANGELES, CA
The Beauty of Being Alive
"I experienced the beauty of being alive, a beauty that I felt flowing through me and that I would like to let be. It is something that I feel very carried by, but that I don't yet know how to focus on. Being with Maharaji opened me up to the potential that I have. It made me want to explore that now, while still being patient for what is to come. I look forward to receiving Knowledge."
He Makes You Want to Learn
"It was so different from anything I expected. Maharaji was so comfortable to be with … so funny. It was a pleasure to listen to him. There's a charm, a personal magnetism that you can't know until you see him in person. Being there felt like a gift of energy. He makes you want to learn more. When I went there, I was pretty sure about pursuing Knowledge, but seeing him and listening to him made me certain. Everything about Maharaji surprised me - that he was so informal, so relaxed and so funny. I felt like I was talking to a friend in my living room. It wasn't like going and listening to a speaker. On my way home, I found myself laughing to myself for no particular reason. Just because it felt so good."
The Human Aspect
"Maharaji made me feel very comfortable. I liked that I could meet him at my own level. When I saw that he was just a regular person, it made it easy for me to ask the type of question I wanted to ask. Regardless of what his answers were, it always seemed like a personal exchange - like it was going on just between him and me. I got the feeling that Knowledge is very genuine and that the person who is offering the gift of Knowledge is just like myself in many ways - and yet he's a very special person. The human aspect - I can't get away from that. And yet, he's offering this gift. One thing I liked about him was the way he walks. The walk is as straight as an arrow. There is something in the way he carries himself that I like. I can see that pride in his walk."
Reaching Out to People
"It was very moving to see him in person. He had this glow, this vibrancy. I felt that he was really reaching out to people, wanting everyone to understand his message. I don't know if everybody interpreted his message in the same way, but I could tell that he wanted people to know what he was there for and what Knowledge was all about."
NEW YORK, NY
How Joyful He Was!
"I was impressed with the setting he created and the people there. It felt like an open invitation to find out about Knowledge. I learned that Maharaji is totally different from who I thought he was. He didn't fit my mold. It was as if I were being invited to take another look at my concepts - not only who Maharaji is, but who I am - to go beyond my own perceptual limitations. I was surprised by his extreme humanity and how much he really cares about someone like me, a person who is just starting on the path of seeking Knowledge. I was also surprised by how joyful he was. Being with Maharaji helped me be so much more open and receptive to him as my teacher." RAY VALLA
Patience and Trust
"I felt I got to know him on a very personal level and I appreciated that. When he responded to questions, you would find that not only did he answer your question, but he also gave you information that related to what you really needed to know in order to better understand the process you were going through. When I reflected on what he said, I realized that I could look at a particular situation from many different perspectives. I learned that what I really needed to work on was patience and trust."
LONG BEACH. CA
A Very Happy Human Being
"I felt that Maharaji was simply a human being like you and me and everyone else - but a very good human being, a very happy human being. And he wants to share this happiness with anyone who wants it. I was impressed with how open he was and how willing he was to take criticism."
Experience It for Yourself
"At the beginning, I felt very nervous - like a little girl going to an important meeting, but not knowing what was going on. Suddenly Maharaji came out, very happy, with bright eyes, and started speaking. I saw him full of life, full of energy. His words were very simple and I could follow them easily. He was very inspiring. I could have stayed there for seven hours without a break. I had lots of questions, but all my questions went away because of his presence and the way he explained things. I liked what he said about everything being within you and that there was nothing outside that was going to give you happiness- that you had to experience it for yourself. All the time he was reminding us to have our own experience."
Openness and Warmth
"Before he came out I was expecting a white-light type of thing. But actually the experience of being so close to him was that he's the kind of person who is right there with you. It was intimate, but not just because of the physical closeness. He is a man who reveals himself, who is very willing to let you know all he knows. He's there for everybody. He's radiant, too. The whole evening had this feeling of incredible openness and warmth. He was very supportive. Very unconditional. I liked the way he could see through the confusion of my questions, address them, and still give me what I needed. I learned that I have to trust the process of my own life and that there is a sweetness in that process. Maharaji also let me know that the unfolding of my life is something that I should not only trust, but savor. I feel a lot calmer about receiving Knowledge than I did before. I realize it is all happening as it should and that I will get it exactly when I am supposed to get it."