“I arrived in Calcutta and made my way to the shrine of Sri Ramakrishna. Belur Math was built after his final Maha-Samadhi, the death of Sri Ramakrishna.  I went to the main office to find out about staying in one of the many rooms there. Immediately they told me it was impossible because they didn’t know me. So, I just sat down on the floor of the office and began to meditate. Most of the office staff were monks and they started to tell me to stop meditating and leave. I didn’t budge. Eventually, a manager monk showed up, and he politely asked me what I wanted. I told him I wanted to stay there for a night as my teacher had suggested and meditate there. Again, the answer was, no. So, I closed my eyes, and started meditating again. He left the room, but came back, telling me to talk to the head monk. We left his office and he led me across to the far side of the compound, pointed to a bench on a porch of one of the resident buildings and told me to sit there and wait. I continued my meditation. At one point during the afternoon meditation session, my individualized conscious awareness felt lifted up into a serene ‘blueness’ of peace and a deep stillness. For a short time, I was just a point of awareness without body consciousness and no outward sensations. In this heightened state of awareness (samadhi), I experienced a voiceless voice that told me that I’m Buddhist, aligned to Avalokiteshvara and I should follow that path. After this experience, I felt like I was walking on air. My burning question of which path to follow had been answered. The serene peace and stillness lingered for a while. Then, back in my normal consciousness, I wondered what happened to the meeting with the head monk.” (edited excerpt; Living on the Inner Edge. Pg. 36, Cyrus Ryan, Axis Mundi, UK, 2018)

In the meditative state of samadhi, as in the above story, knowledge is passed telepathically, from mind to mind.  Words are not used, its more an insight, like a flash of lightning, but within that flash of insight, there is an entire view or directions embedded there. The questioning mind is superseded, thus there is no doubt of what is transpiring. Returning to normal consciousness, it’s important to maintain your soul alignment to digest the experience and directions given, reaching a deeper understanding that will grow within you.  It is at this point; one has a choice to accept the directions or not.  If the directions are accepted wholeheartedly and sincerely, unfoldment, guidance, and protection will proceed with less hindrances, and other events will occur to help in your spiritual progress to the next step on the Path of Awakening.

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