Who said this?
Posted: May 5th, 2005, 1:47 am
Was it Nisargadatta, or Da Free John (?) who said "I am not here to console you."
The Zoo Fence - A Commentary on The Spiritual Life
It seems to me that if a seeker or student wants to learn, what she or he hears---no matter how blunt or gentle the Teacher speaks---will be terrifying to the ego but joyful, relieving, and uplifiting to Who I Am. At least this has been my experience. And what a rebirth and love-filled experience that's like the sun rising and settng!To stand in the presence of an individual who is willing to put it straight to you, must be both refreshing and terrifying at the same time. But to contrast his blunt and often painful discourse, the Sufi insists that whatever one does or says, one must not hurt the feelings of another. I aways found that admonition a difficult one, because how does one therefore instruct a recalcitrant student? Perhaps one doesn't, in that case.