"The process is generally a slow one. It takes billions of years in the so-called natural process of hit-and-miss for Soul to wake from its dreams, seek, then find the true life of Spirit waiting like the germinal seed inside itself. But the path of the Unmani Dhun has always been available to speed up the process for individuals who show special promise and the required amount of motivation. Our work, however, is harder in ages of greater illusion. Though in truth, all ages of man are steeped in illusion!"
"Do you have any questions so far?"
"No questions," I gulped, What was true was that I had so many questions, they crowded into each other, obscuring their outlines until I could not pick out a single one to verbalize.
His expression was mildly approving. "I see you have learned a few things since you first come here. You intuit correctly. The mind cannot grasp what is being said, but will only get in the way. Do not engage it. Leave it aside to chew on its bone while we do the work of Souls!"
"What is it you feel, my lion? Tell me," said the Adept.
"I feel---I feel---happy," I replied, embarrassed by my lack of a greater concept than this overused one. "And yet---strangely sad, too. Can you explain what I feel?"
"I can," he nodded, setting down his now-empty cup. "It is the joy of Soul--Soul who knows and revels in its own freedom. It is also the loneliness of Soul, because freedom means the lack of the very illusions that give comfort and security to so many. It is the paradox of the individual spark of God who, in the awareness of its total freedom, is stunned by the enormity of its responsibility to give and receive love.
"It is a familiar feeling, no?"he asked, smiling.
"Why, yes," I replied, surprised at the sudden thought. "So it is. It's as if I just remembered something, and all the emotions associated with it came rushing in!'
"Well put," he responded, filling our cups again with the steaming brew. "You remember because you have come to this point before. Again and again, you have been carefully guided to this crossroads inside yourself. But again and again, you have turned back. Do you know why?"
"Yes," I admitted
"Tell me then," the Adept commanded softly.
"Well," I took a deep breath and began, "its--it's because I have been afraid of the unknown."
"I see,"the Adept said softly. "The unknown. And what of it?"
I was silent. I considered carefully what I had just said. "I--I don't know," I finally answered, shaking my head in frustration. "I can't see any more."
"You can see it," the adept said quietly. "I will help you."
I looked into his eyes and felt myself being lifted gently above the level of awareness at which I was presently blocked. It happened so quickly, I felt no resistance to the movement. Then, from somewhere, came the sound of a distant wind, at first gentle, then thin and biting.
"What do you perceive?" urged the Adept's voice.
At that moment, I saw a wall. It was extremely high, crudely though strongly built, and very old. I described to the teacher what I had seen.
"You have built that wall stone by stone," Haurvata commented.
"Me? Why?" I queried.
"Perhaps you're afraid of King Kong?" offered the Adept, his voice amused.
I chuckled, too "Be serious, I admonished. "This is my state of consciousness your're making light of."
"I am being serious", the Adept insisted. "Wasn't the story of the giant ape made into one of your favourite old-time movies?"
"Yes," I replied. "I loved it! The wall was built by natives on a tropical island. They wanted to keep this gigantic ape out of their hair. They built a village on a small strip of land on the outside of the wall, by the water. They even performed exotic rituals and sacrificed screaming native girls to Kong. Whether Kong was going to eat them or make love to them, I could never decide which!"
"Do you remember what it was like on the other side of the wall?" Haurvata chuckled
"Sure," I replied. "A prehistoric jungle filled with dinosaurs and other oversized beasts"
"Well, now," continued Haurvata, "do you think what the natives did was right? In other words, would you have built the wall? Would you have sacrificed screaming girls?"
"I think I'd have built a fleet of canoes and searched for a more civilized piece of real estate," I ventured. "No. Just kidding. I suppose, being in their frame of mind, I'd have done whatever seemed to work at the time. But the virgin sacrifice bit seemed unnecessary. The wall----hey, wait! Are you saying that the wall I saw inwardly is like the wall the natives built to keep out King Kong?"
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