I heard from an old friend today via email. He and I had traveled with two other people on a spiritual adventure to India in September of 2009. I was the only female in our group. My spiritual brothers!
We all had become initiates of a guru in Haridwar, India, back in the day, and had traveled there to celebrate the guru's birthday. I was quite smitten with the whole guru thing --until I wasn't. As a seeker, I was looking for something, I just didn't know what it looked like. I had spent 37 years in Spiritualism. I thought that was for me. But when I became disenchanted, I turned to a guru. When I became disenchanted again, I returned to Spiritualism. Always seeking truth. I never realized that it was right there under my nose. All I had to do was look back to my childhood.
So, out of the blue, I receive this email from my fellow seeker, my old friend. Let's call him Tom. Tom wrote to update me about how he was doing after the passing of his wife some years ago. I had officiated her memorial. Tom had been a mess, as I recall. We all were concerned for his well being. But Tom had surmounted the challenges, even remaining sober through it all. He had gone on to live a different life as a middle-aged single man.
Much to my surprise and delight, Tom wrote that he currently was a member of a Christian church in Florida. My spiritual brother! I'm not sure how that happened, since he had been a devotee for almost 40 years of the previously mention guru. I would never have expected him to turn away from that guru.
I wrote back to inform Tom of my conversion to Christianity. Surprise! I can't wait to hear back from him to learn what prompted his action. But I marvel at the fact that both of us have turned to Christianity. Although, in all fairness, Tom wasn't as rigid as I was. He seemed to have respect and a place in his heart for Jesus. Yet, that guru...I don't see how the two blend. But I am so happy he has found a nice Christian church. After all, church is where we can receive comfort and make friends. It's also a place where we can extend comfort to others. We're supposed to be watching out for our fellow human, right? I feel so much peace now knowing he's happy helping teens with addiction problems at his new church. That's what he wrote. My friend, Tom, helping others. You go, guy!
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