Dear members of Esoteric Online: Recently, while preparing to attend a group meeting for mystics (The group, I shall keep anonymous)-I was finished preparing my talk, I was to give the group. The group leader, a wonderful & spiritually elevated person, had given me the phone number of a woman member of the group, who lived 5 minutes from me & who would give me a ride to the place where the group met. I had no car & the location, tho only 20 minutes by car, would have taken me close to two hours by public transportation, aside from having me go thru high crime areas!- The woman had taken me there a month earlier & I was waiting where she told me the place to meet on time, so it was no problem for her. When I called her to set up our ride, she was most rude to me. She obviously did not want to take me to the place (wish is OK)- but her demeanor was so crass, cold & downright rude! Her final remark, (and I was born & raised in this city) was so outlandish, could barely believe my ears- when she commented, "There IS public transportation you can take!" Like I did not know this! I quickly ended the conversation & called up the group leader, who came down, 7 miles out of his way, to bring me to the place. The point I am making--this woman, was a member of a group of people who were seeking "the mystic path"--! Yet, her conduct was about as far from a mystic one could imagine! I mention this to make the point (which-I am certain, most of you here know)- that, to be a "mystic"...to "walk the mystic path", is far more than attending a weekly function or be a member of an organization-! This woman had much to learn about how to treat other people! So, below, is an essay, I had written for a group newsletter years ago! It seemed so appropriate, that I rewrote it below! Perhaps you have your own story of a person, who while wanting to be a "mystic" or was a member of a group--seeking the "mystic path"..but...whose conduct & treatment of other people, made you wonder..."Why is he/she here?"- Hoping you find this story & my blog below of interest-! I'm really hoping to hear some comments!--
"Once we enter on the path of mysticism, serious students without hesitation select the way of 'right action', which may appear fraught with seemingly unsurmountable obstacles. Through determination and will power, we overcome our obstacles one by one and in this way we fashion a temple of human character by aquiring moral courage, sincerity, dignity and those higher qualities that distinguish a true mystic. This path leads to the liberation of the inner self, the greatest freedom we can have.
Dishonesty, deceit, hypocrisy, or any negative emotions have no room in the heart of true mystics."