| A shaft of light breaks through a section
of fallen ceiling. The wondrous glowing forms built over the
ages by the slow passage of mineral and water stand revealed.
There is no time limit to eternity. Thoughts dissolve like
minerals in water, creating new forms, new realities . . .
and always . . . changing.
For a brief moment, thoughts may hold a crystalline solidity,
the gems of impermanence, there to behold for those that wish
to see and feel. Then, blending like the colors of a sunset,
they return to the eternity from which they came.
There is no altar here, no shrine to greatness, achievement
or enlightenment. There is just a place, where for the moments
that time allows, those who can remember, do. In the temple
of the heart are held the memories, here spoken for others
to share, memories of Vayu and Rama.
little black dog, sitting in the bright green grass staring
back at me. And the look in his eyes said more than I will
I remember trying to meditate one day and feeling
this little warm body sit down next to me - it was
Vayu. When I told Rama he said he had come to give
me encouragement. Rama also told me Vayu was enlightened.
I looked at this
with Vayu a few times. Following an enlightened dog as he
investigated a park, the geese by the water, the bushes, the
sea-shore were some of the highest moments of my life. It
was as if the most precious presence in the Universe was allowing
you to walk beside them for a while, and I remember trying
to glide along in his light and keep as high and clear and
true as I followed and watched the master.
Being near Vayu was like finding your heart, your home after
the wilderness and desert of samsara had blown you unexpectedly
into his path. He is my most faithful friend, Rama's constant
companion. My hero, my light, my saviour. You may have met
him, and if you did you would agree that he was the most loving
being that you had ever had the blessing to see. He 'emanated'
love and compassion from every fibre of his being - so strongly
that I fell in love with him at once. He has been there in
the darkest times for me. His love is there - pure and strong,
for all of us.
saw Rama with him, they were complete. I have never seen or
felt such ultimate happiness, joy, bliss, love, wisdom as
when they were together. Rama said he would rather be in hell
with Vayu than in heaven without him.
He said how after Vayu had left the physical, that he was
waiting for Rama, out on the edge of the shimmering light,
that he wouldn't go without him. What a love they have! Intense,
magnificent, true love. We are so lucky. To have had the joy
of not one but two enlightened beings in our lives!
seen the Tibetan thankas, where the Buddha is depicted showing
the Wheel of Life? If you look he is in fact pointing away
from the wheel, off to the side. Like Vayu here, looking
away, out to the sea. I have been told that this symbolises
that it is not here where we should be looking . . .
and Vayu's Thanka
photo of Rama and Vayu together reminds me of the
Buddha of Compassion Avalokitesvara, with the branches
of the palm tree behind Rama his thousand arms. It
also evokes the Tantric imagery of the Buddha's and
their consorts - the union of Wisdom and Compassion:
Vayu and Rama. Have
TFDU - Aug 2000
Birthday Vayu - Dec 12
My dear friend. My sweet inspiration. The emblem of love and
courage and purity. Perfect. Still. Present. Real. Loyal.
Companionable. Distant. Strong. In my heart.
Thank you for all the teachings you have given, all the kindness
bestowed, all the inspiration you engendered. Thank you. You
have touched me like no other can do. I have glimpsed how
you loved Rama. Glimpsed how he loved you. It was beyond my
knowing, but felt. Lessons in love, you have taught me how
it can exist. How we can have love at first sight. How we
have an infinite sea around us and through us. When I think
of love, you are the purest source, and Rama is there with
you. I love you Vayu. You are my heart. Long live Vayulila
and all that it stands for! We celebrate your essence and
your path lit by the sound of muffled feet, and a wiggle and
a way that could melt stone into reality.
Happy Birthday Teacher!
TFDU - Dec 2000