Chester had never really given much thought to Sanjiv. He looked like a young man you would see anywhere in India. He was clean shaven, had curly hair he kept medium long and a face that seemed devoid of curiosity or judgment except for a ready smile. He had always assumed his ready smile came from a place of insecurity and he wanted to please. But since he seemed to be able to disappear at will, suddenly he realized he must have misunderstood and underestimated this very helpful, but very humble young man. He waited until the Master was alone and Sanjiv was out of sight. Chester noticed, the Master suddenly looked older and a little frailer. Perhaps it was his knowledge he was over 80 years old that colored his perception. Until now the Master had seemed ageless, with his dark hair, dark eyes and dark beard, always very neat and always trimmed just so. But the hint of gray was always there but now it seemed more than hints. But he had to get to the bottom of these latest developments. The first one was the fact the Master had claimed the Chester had supposedly taught the Master when he was young and then had died, been birthed a decade later as a man who would become a scientist who was an active atheist on the debate circuit, only to somehow land in India so that the knowledge he had taught the Master when he was a teenager, was now being taught to him by his old student. That was hard enough to process, and then, Sanjiv pulls off the invisible trick. He didn't know which one he would ask the Master first. The Master, rubbed his mustache and bearded chin and said, "Would you believe that Sanjiv is over 500 years old? Once I realized how old he was, I knew he wasn't you reincarnated. But, he made himself so helpful, that I somehow forget he is someone who has achieved Buddhahood and chose to serve me as I waited for you. I will tell you later how to become invisible if you like, but if you study the ancient text of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, just to learn to become invisible, you will fail. In fact, the powers you will discover, are like what you scientist like to call a feedback loop. Every time you use your power, if you harm another with the power, you lose it. If you become proud of your power, you lose the purity it takes and you lose the power."
Chester was puzzled, "You lose the power if you use it? Then why bother?"
The Master replied, "It's a by-product of what you are really trying to learn. The meditation techniques I will teach you will help you learn the true purpose of Yoga. And that is to become one with the divine."
Chester frowned, "You are going to teach me how to be one with God?"
The Master continued. "The basics of meditation I taught you. But at that time I only wanted you to learn to achieve the thoughtless state so that the interference your constant thinking does to block your pure awareness could be silenced. Only then is the union of Spirit and Soul possible. The way of Union of the self with the Supreme Consciousness is the result of restraining fluctuations of the ego mind, controlling cognition and annihilating the ego. Once these three mind disciplines are achieved, the Seer dwells in a state of radiance. At other times, the Seer identifies with the mind's behavior of constant modification and fluctuation."
Chester mused. "It's so strange, I feel like I already know this yet forgot and you are reminding me."
The Master chuckled, "That makes sense, I'm teaching you what you taught me before you died in the previous life. That is the secret we discovered lifetimes ago. To overcome the natural amnesia effect of reincarnation, you and I have been incarnating over and over and teaching each other these truths. Over the many lifetimes, they have become part of our Soul DNA. The trick was to memorize very terse prose, stating concisely and precisely essential points or techniques. Once we had memorized the secret techniques, we then expand on them, Teacher to Student. It has worked and I believe this is the lifetime we will break free from the wheel of karma and progress to the next level."
Chester asked, "What is the next level?"
"The Fifth Dimension. We are stuck in the 3rd Dimension and our escape to the Fifth Dimension has been our goal all along."
Chester was astonished. "That doesn't sound like any religion you have taught me before. Is heaven in the Fifth Dimension?"
The Master shook his head. "There is no heaven or hell in the Fifth Dimension. Polarity thinking is the opposite of Yoga. Until you realize that duality is an illusion, your ability to be one with the divine will be blocked by your belief you are somehow separate from it. That is why I am giving you the following assignment. In the library is a copy of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali written in the original Sanscrit. In the margins is the complete phrase by phrase equivalent in English. Come see me when you have finished the translation into English.
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