And then there's something like this. . . . When I was young I read fantastic stories about "masters" . . . "gurus" . . . "God-realized" men who had amazing abilities and knowledge . . . and if you could find one--a "true" one--you could sit at his feet and learn the way to "enlightenment". These fellows were said to be able to read minds, bi-locate, heal and more . . . but most of all, they embodied the Person of the Supreme Being. It was said that God Himself would and did manifest, inhabit certain humans in this world and that, if you were seriously dedicated to the pursuit of God and truth . . . and submitted to a "realized one" . . . eventually you too could achieve THE "enlightened" state of God-consciousness.
When I settled on one particular Indian "guru" . . . who at the time resided in Poona India . . . I remember wondering if he were aware of me. It was said that the disciple didn't choose the "master", but instead the "master" chose the disciple. One also wondered if the "master" and "disciple" had been together in past lives, and such tales were often told and shared of this purportedly being discovered.
There was also the sense that the "master" was guiding me, even though we were a world apart. Physical distance, time and space . . . were not such big barriers in this spiritual world, it was understood. . . .
Until that time, I had sought other "gurus" or teachers--a "master" . . . but had always found them wanting. Oh, how I longed for a true "master"--the kind written about in the texts and histories; one who was truly "God-conscious"--a perfect representative of God Himself, the Supreme Being, THE One. If I found him, I determined that I would renounce all other pursuits, all worldly endeavors to commit wholly to the path of what I believed was the purpose of human life, "Divine Self-realization" . . . "satori" . . . "enlightenment" . . . "oneness with the Divine" . . . . . . .
And this is what so many serious, sincere seekers desire. Countless hundreds and thousands travel the world over looking for just such a "master". Many find one they deem legitimate and do sacrifice themselves to "sit at the guru's feet" for years--even their whole lives. . . .
This is the yearning I briefly described in the two previous "vignettes".
And what is so profound and worthily devastating . . . to find out . . . is that THERE IS just such a "master." There IS a "guru" . . . a "teacher" . . . a spiritual "father" . . . who can and DOES all the things we seekers read about in the various spiritual histories and texts! He knows your mind, your heart. . . . He IS with you always, watching, guiding, comforting, just as you imagined the others possibly were. He DOES possess all knowledge, is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent. . . .
He DOES know you from before time . . . and He IS the one Who chooses His disciples!
All the others are fakes, copies, wanna-be's. JESUS . . . is the real, living, beneficent MASTER!
My desire to find a "master" . . . was not mistaken, not a vain hope or fantasy. It was divinely inspired, as it is in you if you have the same yearning. . . .
Do you have that kind of commitment that the youth in the vignette had, as many have had, to sit outside the temple walls of some, ie., mystical kung fu monastery . . . in the snow for days? . . . but have it for JESUS? . . . THE ONLY ONE AND TRUE MASTER? Are you as devoted as the young girl who realizes that all creatures will let her down and decides to renounce all . . . to join some religious order? The Lord abhors the lukewarm. . . .
We search for the truth . . . because there IS a truth to be found! We want a Master and to submit to a perfect Master . . . because there IS a perfect Master!
Jesus will be your Master, and you will be His disciple, for real, every day . . . as you are made to find Him, love Him and be with Him . . . for all eternity.
Nothing and no one . . . is better than this.