Well, I met Ivan at one of my client sites. A wonderful man with many achievements and accomplishments to his credit. BUT, he was sad, very sad... In fact, without necessarily finding a viable alternative to what he perceived as his ‘mundane & un-fulfilling’ existence, he decided to get on a simple self-killing program (sub-consciously of course) by starving himself with minimal food...
Over the span of several months, we communicated via letters. Finally he was able to see that all that he really needed to change was mainly himself, just about everything else- his family, career, life, basically 'his world' simply adjusted to his new paradigm.
Personally, this was also a very profound experience for me. Up until I met Ivan, I used to help friends and associates, but those discussions never had the structured quality of instruction that was part of my interaction with Ivan. One day he said- “Maitreyi, you have helped me so much, even if you were to convey a small percentage of this information to the people out there, they will benefit so very much". I replied, “but Ivan, I am in IT, remember? I am not much of a writer”. He said, “So what? Write exactly as you write to me in letters. They speak to me in their own language and seem to provide an exact answer to something that I am looking for at that time…” This is how I decided to include this category on my blog.
Please note that though Ivan is a real person, his name and other details which could potentially identify him have been changed to maintain his privacy. Sometimes- the letters are posted verbatim. But, many a times, they have been edited to provide a better narrative or reading experience. At times, they have been modified to better explain a certain topic. Since these letters followed a sequence of discussions, I will be providing contextual information at the start of each letter. Look at these letter-blog-posts, like a book that is based on real life- not exact in entirety of details but still maintains all the aspects with truthful integrity. :)
Btw- I chose the name Ivanhoe for this person, since personally I have always associated Ivanhoe with a valiant Knight (story- Ballad of the Valiant Knight Ivanhoe). This person with his black belt in martial arts and his other sports and combat training, somewhere reminded me of a Knight- who had forgotten his 'true' identity and thus lacked courage, strength and determination- the very hallmarks of a Knight! In addition, as a spiritual seeker, each one of us is somewhere a Knight, who needs to un-learn the way of barbarism, based on fear and proceed on the path of a Peaceful Spiritual Warrior- to be a True and Complete Valiant Knight in our own right!
So this Ivan is not just this one person who I have helped, but represents each one of us on this spiritual quest. He represents me, you and all those others who have not even started on this journey. His problems may seem different at an apparent level, but in reality; they are Universal- of guilt, fear and the notion of apparent powerless-ness.
So, even though by far, it includes my mails to him, several times I have also included other structured writing- resulting from my
I hope that these letters provide you with a new leash on life. I hope they help you live life to your complete potential, which is typically only curtailed by your own self-limiting beliefs.
Free your mind, open your heart and step into a world of pure potential…