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AN AMERICAN DISCOVERS THE VEDAS
I had more
interest in India itself and teachings that were more traditional. I had a serious bent of
mind and did not feel satisfied with American groups which were largely social movements
or cults centered around one person, in which one's personal relationship with the teacher
generally out-weighed any real interest in spiritual studies, which often did not go very
far. I have always distrusted mass movements and fads of all types, including the pop
spirituality that has developed in the West.
I came to learn of the teachings of great modern Hindu gurus of India most notably
Ramakrishna. Ramana Maharshi, Anandamayi Ma, and Sri Aurobindo. In these teachers and
their teachings I felt something truly solid and real. As several of these figures had
already passed away, I wrote to their centers in India and developed contact with some of
their living disciples. Most notably I corresponded with Anandamayi Ma for several years,
who was still alive at the time.