Letter to AAU


Bill Kelly, Austin, USA

I recall that one evening in satsang at the ashram you shared an observation about falling leaves. I don't remember exactly how you put it, but the effect has stayed with me since then. It's as if a falling leaf is one of the closest things to a moment that the mind can appreciate .

Many leaves falling at once is also really something. Thank you.

Response AAU:

Many leaves or a single leaf fall in the moment.

Dr. Shankar


Bill Kelly, Austin, USA

I've been enjoying the book "Air".

I find myself pondering many of the issues that were raised by the people writing to you.

Releasing myself from the entanglements of the mind and witnessing is still a challenge, but what you have shared with us makes it so much easier. Thank you.

Response: AAU

Enjoy the books ‘Fire’, ‘Earth’, and ‘Water’. It will help in your pondering.
Dr. Shankar


Bill Kelly, Austin, USA

I've been listening to the sat sang "In Dependence" this week. The part that has struck deeply is that when we are angry, for example, our thoughts are angry, not us. They are in the past. When we react to our thoughts, we are only reacting to thoughts, which, as you have shared elsewhere , are sound only. It is my "hope" that this will help me with something I've been dealing with in one form or another for most of my life. I long for a deep understanding of this aspect of truth and thank you for what you have shared with us.


Bill Kelly, Austin, USA

I am continuing to enjoy the "Understanding Life" series of books.
I just read that "anger is a tremendous energy, & when you witness this energy without reacting, the journey within will be fast". Such an appropriate aspect of wisdom for me to integrate. These are really good books. Thank you for everything.

Response: AAU

Dear Bill,

Happy the books mean a lot to you. It will mean a lot to all who read.



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These words are putting man on the spot, not to mention his mind. It is a penetrating reappraisal of man himself.













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""A Witnesser watches a movement without cause and effect."


Dr. Vijai S Shankar