An Introduction to the Life and Practices
of the Spiritual Community of Bubba Free John.
Compiled & edited by Bonnie Beavan
and Nina Jones in collaboration with Bubba Free John.
First edition: 6/75 – Revised edition 1976
Come to Me When You Are Already Happy
This is the outrageous, paradoxical command of a
Siddha-Guru. How is it possible to come to the Guru already
happy? What does Bubba mean?
Come to me when you are already happy. In other words,
do not approach me as a common seeker, but approach me on
the basis of the Teaching, when it has made its point in
you. When the Teaching has made its point, the individual
comes to me with gratitude, in a spirit of self-sacrifice
(or self-giving), surrender, and
The Teaching having “made its point in you” does not mean
that you have somehow become intellectually convinced by it.
It is not as if, upon reading Bubbas books, seeing a film,
or hearing a tape, you merely feel that it makes sense, or
that it is better than most other teachings you have come
across, or that certain aspects of it answer your personal
questions about spiritual life in a way that really aids
your spiritual development, and you can take it from there.
People have these kinds of responses to the Teaching all the
time, and many of them approach Bubba as Guru on that basis
but unless an entirely other kind of response arises in
them, they never stay with him for long.