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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

 
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