When I was 27 when I joined the School of Philosophy which, in those days, had premises in Montpelier Road.
I must confess that I understood very little of what was being said in the first few weeks – awareness, realization, enlightenment, meditation – were not words that fitted into my life with two young children. And even our best book store had virtually nothing to offer under these headings.
Unlike today – 40 years down the line!
Yet strangely, despite this rather rocky start, I knew that I had found what I had been searching for.
Or perhaps, what had been quietly calling me to search!
I discovered that meditation was not reserved for people in India or The Beatles. Meditation has guided the life and become the single most important aspect of each day.
A whole new world opened up in terms of literature; uncovering the unity in Humanity was mind blowing; an understanding of Love changed every long-held belief; and friendships were forged in Truth and Happiness.
Of course the study of Philosophy does not mean that you escape all the ups and downs of everyday life – but how you deal with this, with reason and an open heart, makes a huge difference – both to yourself and those around you.
There is deep seated gratitude for the Teachers of the Advaita Tradition – an honour to follow in their footsteps.