|Precepts of the Teacher, Nicholas Roerich|
During the years spent near my Masters, i was able to observe many things about the way they lived their lives. The opportunity to observe them, was of itself one of the most profound teachings. The atmosphere of truth in which a Master lives and moves and has his Being, radiates outwardly like the delicate fragrance of an exquisite flower.
Each look, each gesture, each movement, and word, carries a power that is unique and that moves like an arrow, instantly and always finding its mark. This can happen because no ego is involved. The life of a perfectly Enlightened Being is an expression of that, alone.
When our every thought and word and deed is saturated with a sense of ownership and ego, how much more striking it is to observe those who move from the place of ego-lessness.
In both the great and small things of day to day life in the presence of such a Master, nothing can be taken for-granted. Nothing is irrelevant or unimportant and the joy of living in their presence gives rise to magical moments of unexpected spontaneity.
I remember one day when there were few people around and it was a beautifully still, golden evening. Chadral Rinpoche was staying in a house that had been newly built by one of his Nepali students in Parping.
He and i were strolling about in the garden when Rinpoche noticed a stairway leading up to the roof. Already in his late eighties, he did not hesitate to propel me towards the steps. He was always eager and curious. Soon i found myself puffing up the stairway behind him. When we emerged out onto the open roof a glorious sunset awaited us. Brilliant clouds danced on the horizon, caught up by the golden and fiery red and orange hues of the westering sun. It was a spectacular sight, with unimpeded views from horizon to horizon...
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