I was privileged to be part of a private conversation with a returned master. Cannot say who or what he said – directly. I can give my impressions as long as we’re clear that I’m using my words, not his, that I’m giving my interpretation of what he said.
The conversation was centered primarily on India and one of the most interesting things I heard him say was that India was to be the world’s leader in unity. I immediately resonated with and embraced his vision. I see India as a world leader in tolerance, unification, and reunification.
The India I’ve known has always been associated with refuge, tolerance, and comfort for people of faith. Yes, there have been some departures as there have been everywhere. The Lord Maitreya might say that no one has clean hands, which could be said of all of us.
The master who spoke suggested that the idea of reunification would sweep the Indian subcontinent in due course.
He suggested that Shankara was returning. At a later time, I’ll write about my speculations regarding other returning masters there, based on what he said or hinted at.
Later in the day, I began experiencing a process of responding to the fast pace of change in my life. And I stumbled on my preferred modality in the face of ongoing and rapid change.
The metaphor I used to envision my response was to come together.
I think everyone’s modality is very personal and mine arises because of an experience I had when I was young. I shattered when my father yelled at me from too close a distance. And I spent the better part of my life realizing I had shattered and recovering.
I used to call myself the Humpty Dumpty Man and I learned from my experience of life the slow art of coming back together. So now as I adapt to change going forward, I resist it unless I approach it from my preferred modality of coming together.
I can see that modality as coming home, a reunion, a regrouping, a return to wholeness, a return to togetherness, a return to Self. You’re welcome to see it any way you want, of course, but for me that way of responding to change invites participation, rather than resistance. It feels to me like going in the direction the river is flowing. It feels sympatico, compatible, resonant.
How is one conversation related to the other? Well, the master triggered off many thoughts in me. I’m only listing two. But the second thought grows out of the first. He introduced me to the idea and the vision that India would be – or already was – a leader in tolerance, unification and reunification and I went and applied that vision to my personal life.
He discussed how the Indian subcontinent would reunify and I reunified myself, so to speak. I saw myself as coming together. Every inhalation I took I imagined as an act of soul retrieval, consolidation, and assimilation. And then I took whatever I retrieved and assimilated and surrendered it to the heart.
It offered me the answer to the Humpty Dumpty Man’s lifelong puzzle.
The process I went through yesterday suggests in and of itself how the return of the masters may affect us. It induced change in me just from having listened to the master’s conversation. What he said had a ripple-down effect on me in a way I would not have suspected.
I certainly found the occasion enlightening and enlivening. And I take that as a small taste of what awaits us.