If you're here, you've probably read about the course already and now need to decide how much to pay.
But if for some reason you got here without reading about the course first, take a look at the course description and all of this will make a lot more sense!
How To Pay What Fits
In kural 40, a key verse in the opening chapters of the Kural, Tiruvalluvar gives a simple but profound definition of right action:
Action that fits is virtue—action
That doesn’t is vice
The rest of the Kural is devoted to exploring what it means for an action or quality or task to fit a particular person in a particular situation at a particular time and place in that person’s life.
In offering this course, I want to honor both that teaching and you by inviting you to pay the amount that fits you and your life situation right now.
But don’t worry! Just as with the Kural, I’ll also have some guidelines for what exactly “paying what fits” may look like.
What Fits This Teacher In This Moment
The Kural is about our human and more-than-human relatedness, so a price that fits this course for you should also fit what it costs me to put it together. It should fit both you and me alike.
A Recommended Minimum
To cover the expenses of offering this course and the time and energy I will be putting into each of its components, for most people in a North American context I’m asking a minimum of $151 USD.
This will allow me to give what I have to offer while acknowledging the realities of doing so. As the Kural says in kural 477 from the chapter on “Knowing Strength”:
Give rightly knowing one’s limits–that is how
One honors and guards wealth
A lower minimum price risks offering the course at a loss, which would undermine my attempt not only to impart but to live by what the Kural embodies.
A More Ideal Middle
For those whom it fits, a closer-to-ideal price is $251 USD. This allows me to enlist additional technical support so I can concentrate all of my attention on sharing everything that I hope to share.
What Truly Fits You
However, I also realize that you may be joining me from a country where an inequitable exchange rate makes $151 USD proportionally much larger for you than for another person elsewhere.
Or you may be a student with a very limited budget but who is nonetheless committed to exploring those areas of learning and knowledge that call to your heart-and-mind.
Or you may be in a situation where, as much as you want to explore what you can sense the Kural has to offer you, paying $151 USD would mean having to skimp on basic life essentials for you and your household.
If any of these three cases apply to you, I invite you to ask your own heart for what feels truly fitting and to trust whatever answer comes to you. I in turn will trust that answer, whatever it may be. Only you can say what fits you and your circumstances, and I will honor this trusting of your heart.
Here’s What This All Means
Unless you’re in one of the three situations I’ve listed above, I ask you to pay at least the minimum of $151 USD, I invite you to pay my closer-to-ideal price of $251 USD, and I welcome you to consider paying more if that fits you more fully, as it helps make this world of ours more equitable and more free.
As kural 213 puts it:
Nothing better to have here or in heaven than
Generosity that fits
From chapter 22, “Knowing What is Fitting.”
What Others Charge
If it helps you in deciding, when I looked at courses of a similar length and intent elsewhere, most of them asked for something between $99 and $397 USD.
Let me encourage you again to make this decision your own, and to trust whatever you discern.
In a sense, this decision and discernment is the first teaching from the Kural I want to offer you. Such discernment is part of the quality of integrity–of being able to integrate the different parts of one’s life into a radiant, larger whole–that I want to help you continue discovering.
As kural 981 puts it:
For those upholding integrity—knowing what fits—
Everything good is natural
From chapter 99, “Integrity.”
What to Do
Take a moment to decide what price fits you. Look at what you need to support yourself or your family, think about what you’re hoping to gain from this course, and trust whatever answer you come to. That’s what I, already, am trusting too.
Then return to the top of the page, enter the numerical amount, and you'll be signed up!