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Garwali Hat

Panditji in The Himalayas wearing a traditional cap.

Part two of an interview Panditji gave August 2011... see more information and Part one above.


How have you seen, in your life specifically, how coming to the west has changed your practice and your outlook on The Himalayan Tradition.
This question has two parts.. Number one, yes, coming to the US, coming to the West, gives you a broad, or a total picture, from where you were before. You are in the west, so you begin to understand the western philosophy and Western culture. It indeed broadens your vision and broadens your understanding because you are in a totally different culture and accepting and adapting the ways and the manners in which you will conduct yourself. And you are here to teach, so you need to understand some of the philosophy and the culture in order to teach to it. In that way, yes, I have changed and broadened my vision or understanding to be prepared to teach in the West the way the Western style is. However, it didn't change my view of the Himalayan Tradition. It is the same whether you go to the East, West, North, South, or wherever you go. The teachings are the same. The only thing is, how you deliver the teaching may differ depending on where you are. So in Asian countries you may deliver differently then as you would in the west or in Europe because of the language, and culture, and who you are speaking to. The Himalayan tradition is always there - complete.. and you learn from the people about their culture, and learn how to understand or how to approach the teachings to make them understand and make them a part of The Himalayan Tradition. Then you are growing your spiritual family.

Swami Rama saw it as very important for the knowledge from the East to come to the west. Would you say it is important to go the other way as well?
I think it is important both ways and all the ways. Like in India, Shankaracharya created the four seats, and appointed his disciples into the four seats, in the four parts of India; North, South, East, and West. So Swamiji, by establishing his institutes all over the world, was doing a similar thing. He appointed, or brought, or exchanged, the teachers saying 'You teach here you teach there' and so on.. Now its like a team or a family spreading and uniting with the teachings all over the world.


At this point Panditji asks - Where are these questions coming from?
Everywhere… from your students.


To Which Panditji Replied
Mine? They are all Swamiji's.. I am a student myself, so how can I have students. We are all students of the Master. The master is the only Master . We all are learning and trying the achieve the final goal in our sadhana. That is what Sadhakam means, I am a Sadhaka, an aspirant. That is why i have that email address. To Sadhaka, in Sanskrit Sadhakam means - To perform Sadhanas...

 

Stay tuned for the next installment of the interview with Pandit Dabral!!

Be sure to email us if you have any questions you feel all would benefit from hearing the answer at info@himalayanmeditation.com

 
Posted By Pandit Dabral
Speaking Panditji

In late August Panditji gave an extensive interview covering a multitude of questions that his family of students put forth. Speaking openly and candidly we hope you enjoy getting to know the tradition and the man we are so lucky to have as our compassionate guide. If you have any questions you believe others would benefit from hearing the answer, please email them to our team at info@himalayanmeditation.com

How did you become a part of the Himalayan Tradition.
Philosophically, my luck, my karmas, and my fortune, brought me to The Himalayan Tradition. One comes in contact with many traditions and that attraction, or 'the pull' towards a teacher one gets if you have some past Karmas or some past relationship with the tradition - then you find the same tradition again. So, I believe this is how I became a part of the tradition.

What distinguishes the Himalayan tradition from the other tradition, or makes the Himalayan tradition unique.
1.It came out of the cave monastery of the Himalayas. The training comes from the sages who have sat, or they still are sitting, in their meditation in the caves of the Himalayas.
2. This tradition is also know as a living tradition. The teaching is handed down from a guru disciple relationship.
3. And also it is a complete tradition that does not reject or leave out any other tradition. It includes, rather then excludes, and teaches the totality of all Yoga Science and its whole Philosophy. Where as, other traditions have not gone into the totality of it, they teach only one part of Yoga... Swami Veda says it is like a frame. There are pieces to that frame, and as you collect all of them you are able to see the entire frame and picture. The Himalayan tradition is like the frame for that whole picture, and all other traditions are like pieces of that frame.


How did the process of you coming to the United States come about?
The process of coming to the US for me was that Swami Rama of the Himalayas asked me if I could go to the US. So he is the reason, or the source, or cause for me to come to the US. He brought me to the US and said, now you teach here.

Did he say why? or the purpose?
No, purpose was not said as such... Just teach and help, in service. Purpose is to teach, as he himself is teaching, to serve the humanity. So he might have seen something in me, or I might come back to the philosophy of Karma, that it was something from my Karma that made it so he brought me to teach. And so..I started to teach when I came.

Does that mean at any point you will complete this task in the West?
That nobody knows. I don't know what it means to be done. You continue your journey as long as you live.. so that question doesn't cross my mind or, i think, the minds of one who is a real teacher.. its just serving.. So there is no 'done' as such in any place. I still go to many places in the world and teach. I am part of those places and feel a connection to them and the family of students in each place. So if I go somewhere I am serving in the same tradition with the same manner and the same capacity, no matter the location.

Interview will continue in future Blog updates due to the space limitations for this site..