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Dear Sir,

Why did Ram wanted Laksman to learn from Ravana, when he was shot with arrow and defeated. Even though, it was Ravana who abducted his wife in retaliation.

Thank you.

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Dear Vivek,

Thank you for your question.

Although we think of Ravana only as an evil rakshasa, he was in fact a great devotee of Vishnu. He was one of the two doorkeepers of Vishnu, cursed by a sage either to incarnate ten times as God's devotee or three times as God's enemy. He chose the latter option.

Ravana's "yoga" was hatred. He hated Rama so much, he thought of him day and night. Thinking of God day and night in any mood is liberating. Therefore, as Ravana lay dying, he was a liberated soul, and therefore a worthy teacher for Lakshmana.

Best wishes,

Brother William

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William Schindler, a.k.a. Brother William

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I can answer questions about Vedanta philosophy, Patanjali Yoga philosophy and practice, Tantra, Bhagavad-Gita, Upanishads, Vivekachudamani (Shankara`s Crest-jewel of Spritual Discrimination), Advaita (non-dualism), the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda tradition, Goddess worship, meditation practice, Hindu monasticism (sannyasa), and Sanskrit.

Experience

I've been studying and practicing Vedanta and Tantra since 1969.

Organizations
I'm the founder and spiritual director of Ashram West, a gay spiritual community based on traditional Hindu Tantra. I have been a member of the Vedanta Society of Southern California since 1969.

Publications
I have three books in print: GAY TANTRA, ESSAYS ON GAY TANTRA, BLOOD OF THE GODDESS.

Education/Credentials
I hold a B.A. in Sanskrit (UC Berkeley 1975) and an M.A. in clinical psychology (Antioch University 1986).

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