a Spiritual Mission
This is a true experience. On
July 20, 1987 we were celebrating our youngest daughter's 7th birthday at home
with a group of neighborhood children in Santa Barbara, California.
It was also the 1st anniversary of the dedication of the Light of Truth Universal Shrine, L.O.T.U.S. located in Buckingham, Virginia, within sight of the Blue Ridge Mountains, an hour's drive south of Charlottesville.
Our family had spent a year helping complete the L.O.T.U.S., which was the inspiration of Sri Swami Satchidananda, our dear spiritual teacher, and now we were back in California.
For some background, I became closely aligned with the ecumenical goals of Swami Satchidananda after being initiated into spiritual service on December 22, 1982. My family life continued as before, but my initiation included a vow of service to all humanity, even beyond death. I have to this day taken that vow seriously. At the time of my initiation a wave of fortifying energy swept across my torso and has remained to sustain my creations on practical spirituality ever since.
Back to my daughter's 7th birthday party on July 20, 1987: About 4pm, after an hour of the kids playing games and enjoying themselves, I noticed the Holy Spirit Vibration suddenly became thunderous in my awareness. I was internally prompted to go to the quiet of my bedroom where I sat on the edge of my bed near my pillow.
Looking down toward the floor I noticed a card wedged between the bed covers and end table. It was a postcard from Swami Satchidananda who was in Virginia at the time. The message was an instruction for me to phone him when I received the postcard. I looked at the clock and noticed with our 3 hour time difference it would be a good time for me to call right then.
I dialed the number and was put through to Swami Satchidananda. He told me he was waiting for my call and this had been my last test – now he would be working through me.
Understanding the master – disciple relationship
To explain more about the master – disciple relationship here is a quote from The Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita by Paramahansa Yogananda, page 8:
"An avatar, or divine incarnation, has two purposes on earth: quantitative and qualitative. Quantitatively, he uplifts the general populace with his noble teaching of good against evil. But the main purpose of an avatar is qualitative – to create other God-realized souls, helping as many as possible to attain liberation. This latter is the very personal and private spiritual bond formed between guru and disciple, a union of loyal spiritual endeavor on the part of the disciple and divine blessings bestowed by the guru. Students are those who receive only a little light of truth. But disciples are those who follow completely and steadfastly, dedicated and devoted, until they have found their own freedom in God."
I continue my mission with all the energy flowing through as needed. Take what you can from my writings, in meditation listen for the sweet sound within of the rushing mountain waters and tune in to it for help in answering your questions, so that you act for the highest good, helping and hurting no one. Reap the equanimity and joy of harmony in spirit.
Susan Helene Kramer