And realise you were there from the beginning and there was nothing to realise. But the Guru is very clever. He says, “Alright, if this is the way you have to go then this is the way you have to go”.
You asked for it. (Laughter from the audience)
You came to me. I didn’t invite you. (…)
You came to me and said, “I want to learn yoga”.
Well he, (the Guru) says, “Yoga is union, (?) you know, you are That”
Well now You say, “I’m sorry I don’t understand that because I only get it intellectually I don’t feel it”.
“Oh” he says, “you’re one of those”. (Laughter from Alan and audience)
“So, I see, I’ve got to satisfy you. The customer is always right, no? I’ve got to give you all this work to do, cos you can’t see directly that this is so.
But he’s looking at you in a funny way. You see, the Guru is always saying to you, “What are you doing? What’s you’re game?
You are guilty of something, something really terrible.
What could that be? I have no idea.
Guru say’s, “Now come on, come on, go deeper. What is the real sin you’ve committed?”
Devotee say’s “You think, what, me. I, little me could do something worse than murder, worse than spiritual pride? This little me, I mean I’m a reasonably well-intentioned person. What could that be?
And he, (the Guru) looks at you in a funny way and says, “You know” (…)
Now what, what did you do?
The real crime is that you won’t admit that you are God. That’s false modesty.
So the Guru challenges you, you see. He challenges you.
Now, if you have a thin shell and your mask is easily dispatched with he simply uses what we might call an easy method
He says, ha-ha, listen Shiva “come off it” ha, don’t pretend you’re this guy here. I know who you are.
And the guy sort-of twinkles a bit and says um, “Well, I guess you’re right”.
But people aren’t like that, they have very thick shells. And so he has to invent ways of cracking. So here is how it goes …. (8:55 finished)