The following story is not designed as an endorsement of any of
the individuals described. As the Sufis say, "The right time, the
right place, the right teacher." This is a story of a particular
set of opportune circumstances that occurred for me over a period
of time between May 1994 and September 1995, and is meant for the
communication of various experiences and insights only.
THE STORY YOU are about to read is one of Grace, pure and simple.
It may appear that effort was made in the following story, but there
was no linear relationship between what was "done" and what resulted,
nor could there ever be. The real practice espoused is satsang,
the relationship to a number of Awakened individuals with whom I
have had the good fortune to come into contact, and the wonderful
blessings that have occurred within the context of satsang, and
not by some heroic, will based effort. By the way, "Radical
Gradualism" is a term coined by one of teachers in this story to
denote the sudden or radical (or "root") event of Realization within
a gradual process of spiritual growth.
I have written the following
for two main reasons. One, out of a personal need to communicate
what has transpired in my case, hoping that it may be inspiring
or useful in some ways to others, and two, that I'm simply a blabbermouth
who never could keep a secret very long, especially this kind of