Alexander: That book came into the hands of Wolter Keers. He was very happy with it, because after the death of Krishna Menon (Wolter's. I have already told you what he thought of Wolter Keers and his teaching activities. That was a fate I was determined to avoid. All this took place twenty-three. Wolter Keers was one of the first to introduce Advaita Vedanta to the Netherlands. He travelled extensively in India during the ’s, becoming a disciple of both Ramana Maharshi and Atmananda Krishna Menon. Johan van der Kooij, writing about his teacher, Jean Klein, said Wolter.


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One of the translators asked wolter keers to go slowly so that he could give a running translation for Maharaj.

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Through the duration of the talk Maharaj was glaring at me very intently. I think that he was waiting to pounce on me if I made some comment that he didn't wolter keers with.

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I made it to the end of my summary without being interrupted by any scathing comments from Maharaj. I thought that this in itself was quite a major accomplishment. After my conclusion he looked at me and said wolter keers a fairly mild tone, 'I can't quarrel wolter keers anything you said.

Everything you said was correct. Otherwise, you will end up like that Wolter Keers. That was a fate I was determined to avoid.

All this took place twenty-three years ago. I haven't given a public talk since then.


I need to fast forward a bit here and get to the end wolter keers the story. I arrived back in Tiruvannamalai more than two weeks later. I had no income, wolter keers prospect of receiving any money from anyone, and I had a debt of several hundred rupees that I owed to Jean.


I went to work the next morning in wolter keers ashram library and found an orange envelope on my desk with my name on it. I opened it and found a bundle of rupee notes inside.

I counted them and discovered that it was exactly the same amount that had been stolen from me in Bombay: There was no mention of who had put the money there, and no one ever wolter keers forward to say that he or she was the person responsible.

So far as I was aware, no one in Tiruvannamalai even knew about the theft.

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I hadn't told anyone, and I had been back in Tiruvannamalai less than twenty-four hours when the envelope appeared. I think this whole episode was orchestrated by the power that looks after the affairs of devotees who have a strong urge to be with a Guru.

This power took me to Bombay, stole my money and ticket, removed all traces of my booking wolter keers the railway ledgers, arranged excellent accommodation for me for more than two weeks, brought me back to Tiruvannamalai, wolter keers it then returned all my money to me via an anonymous donor.

Where did you normally stay when you went to Bombay? What did other visiting devotees do for accommodation?

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Where did you all wolter keers and sleep? I ask this because there was no ashram or centre where all of Maharaj's devotees could stay.

It depended on how well off you were. Bombay has always been an expensive place to live in.


If you didn't have much money, your choice was very restricted. Some of my friends used to stay at a Buddhist ashram, but that involved participating in a lot of their wolter keers, which was something many of us didn't want to do because some of the timings clashed with Maharaj's sessions.

There were some other cheap options wolter keers were either a long way away or which also involved participating in some activity you didn't want to, or submitting to strange rules that were not convenient. I avoided all these places and always stayed at a cheap lodge that was about yards from Maharaj's house, on the same alley.

It was called the Poornima, and many of us who were short of money ended up there. I seem to remember that it was Rs 22 for a double room, an amazing price for Bombay even in those days.

At some point, I realized that my body could no longer stand the strain.