Michael Rossato-Bennett lives in NYC. He is a householder with a wife, two beautiful children and two dogs. He has accepted the challenge to become Enlightened in one year. Will he succeed?

A conversation: Is Hari a good Teacher? from Michael Rossato-Bennett on Vimeo.


A student’s progress


I want to tell you how much your words effected me today.  You said everything I have felt but was not able to put into words.  There is so much I can not put into words but I am starting to understand this.

Today you told me how I have progressed in this year from your perspective.

You said when I came to you you felt that I was a man who had not had a true experience of his self.  And that what happened to me this year was I developed a deep and felt sence of myself,  especially my self in relation to the infinite.

You said, that before this year I was always searching for myself, of for something that would fill me, outside of myself.  That I did not know where to find my identity.  And that know I know where to find that.


I feel it.  I feel the infinite.  It makes me want to cry.  Sat Nam.  There is something so amazing about feeling your self and the infinite in the same moment.  I dive inside of my being now and it is like a deep dark pool of  water.  It is not missing anything.  and it is being filled constantly, it is part of something so much larger.  I am humbled to be part of all of this.

I finally understand some of what it is to be a teacher, I think the job is to bring people to themselves, to do what ever it takes to let a being see, to experience themselves, to taste the self and the infinite in the same mouthful.

I know this sounds crazy, but I have not eaten for four days now on this juice fast and I am a little drunk.  I just meditated.  I want to use this clarity, this drunkeness, to solidify my feeling. It is a new feeling!

Do you think I can keep this going?  Is this my new life or is it just a passing phase?  It is so delicious.  I understand the poets.  I could write poetry now-  Ok, I will try-

Dark and light is the expanse,
that contains the two of us,
A kiss I offer you,
Can you feel it turn me inside out?
This is how I bridges all distances.


We are drunk with each other,
your Infinite face makes me laugh!
I am stand naked before you,
let me please you, please,
see what I am showing you,
the fire that is me.

Let me burn for you like fireworks
All the beauty that is me
I throw into the air like dandilion seeds
I feel you smile when you see me
this grain of sand on your beach

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