The Heart of the Matter
August 31, 2010
Maharaji in Woodstock, Part 5


Ron Brent was one of 355 guests who attended Maharaji's Woodstock event on 8/25. It was the first time Ron had seen Maharaji since 1971...

"I was very impressed by the seamlessness of the evening.

The staff appeared to be focused and relaxed (an ideal combo!), and that lead to all of us feeling very welcomed...

I have a good idea about what it takes to do these things right (as well as to do them 'not so right'), and it's not always as easy as it seems to the casual observer.

It's a little different presenting your Teacher than presenting an entertainment act. Whole different dynamic. I thought everybody was great!

The video was very powerful. The people in it came across as very real and authentic. And so easy to identify with.

What they shared addressed the fears that most of us harbor regarding our own mortality -- and the well-being of those we love.

Their ability to convey what these experiences are like when you have Grace in your life were delivered loud and clear!

After a while I get very suspicious of people giving testimonies that feel like sales pitches to convince me to follow their path. This video wasn't like that.


As for Maharaji, I really enjoyed being with him once again.

In 1971, I was able to spend a little time with him when he first came to this country. He was a 'mere boy' of 13 then, but I could see that he had something very special.

It was wonderful seeing him and hearing his beautiful and timeless words.

I loved that he sat in front of a microphone in a modest chair -- with no flowers, incense, photos, fancy rugs, or any other items that might distract us from hearing what he had to say.

He eliminated almost every item that we could possibly use to go off into our own worlds and not hear his message.

In his talk, I noticed references to quotations from some of the 'usual suspects' -- personalities and holy books -- but Maharaji delivered them from his own experience and with the confidence to take ownership of their truth.

His attire was elegant, professional and totally appropriate! No trappings! I'm very appreciative of his absorption of western culture and the simple 'no frills' approach to his presentation. You have to look very closely to see the roots of the ancient mystical tradition standing behind him.

Nothing compares to even a few minutes in the company of teachers like Maharaji. Nobody walks away without taking something of great value with them.

Maharaji reminded me once again what is really important in my life -- to tend the garden well, and see to it that only the best plants are allowed to grow there. And of course, to never lose sight of what's truly important within us.

I would say it was an evening very well spent!"


Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at August 31, 2010 09:15 PM

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