I have spoken about my journey to Enlightenment through the Grace of my Guru in the “About Me” section on this website. There are others apart from me who have been given the same state, regardless of Geographical boundaries and their gender. The article below is an account of the Journey of a lady, Dr. Flora Fabian, who lives in Africa but had the same realisations as other Enlightened beings, demonstrating the fact that distance is no barrier in starting and finishing this amazing Path.
My Journey to Enlightenment
Dr. Flora Fabian
Before hearing about the Path Meditation, I was a non-believer for some years, although I was born a Catholic and my parents still believed strongly in catholic religion. One of my sisters (our first born in the family) was a Catholic nun. I had eight siblings (one is dead now) and there are five groups in our family; strongly Catholics, strongly Sabbath Adventists, strongly born again, one neutral and myself. I was a non-believer because during my school days I tried catholic, then other Christian denominations but found deficiency with regard to God and especially how everyone would say their belief is the correct one. I also noted that there was great enmity between Christians, generally, and Muslims. This never made sense because when I was a little girl I was taught that somehow God is everywhere (omnipresent) and that, God knows everything (omniscient), God has no beginning or end (infinite) and that God is love. Why then hate and fight each other over beliefs? I decided I wanted to find out the Truth. Who is God or what is God, do I relate with God in anyway? If all humans are an image of God (as taught when I was little) what does this mean? With these questions I was looking for something that would help me answer the questions and find my freedom.
I heard about the Path when I was in medical school doing my undergraduate studies, through friends who first of all introduced me to Yoga exercises, from there I learnt the basic relaxation meditation (breath meditation), but I knew there was something bigger to come. Right then I decided to be a vegetarian for both health reasons but also for reasons that go beyond just the physical body, as I started to feel I must be bigger than the physical body.
As I said earlier I started with breath meditation, when I was undergraduate medical student since 1984. I immediately experienced a part of me, which I had never sensed before and which seemed to be bigger and more inclusive as I realized that it encompassed the physical body but could not tell whether it had boundaries or not. I therefore requested to be taught deeper meditation and I was taught mantra meditation, where one is given some syllable called Mantra, which we repeated silently but pronouncing them clearly. To me I thought I was going backward because I felt the breath meditation gave me more expansion and more stillness. With mantra meditation I realized that my mind was very fast bringing in all sorts of thoughts that I could not control. Later on it helped me to know how the mind operates but I thought I should be able to control it. I continued for about two years from 1986 to 1988, when I was started on the path by being graced with first initiation. First initiation had a big impact on me because I realized I could access a subtle inner light and sound, which I could not compare with anything I have ever known in my whole life. I enjoyed my meditation and during this time it was clear to me that I was not the limited to the physical body but rather expansive and I could not trace the beginning of this subtle light and sound.
In just one year, that is in 1988, I was graced with second initiation. This really transformed me completely as I realized with concrete realization that the mind was just a vehicle that I use, I also realized that there was no death to what is called me, I existed beyond the body, beyond the mind and beyond death. I was something bigger, which occupied a vast space that I could not see the beginning or the end, but also I realized that there were planes above the mind, where creation begins, and that beyond here the creation was not touched. The biggest challenge was for people to understand what I was telling them, because normally people use the mind to understand and explain things, but things above the mind become a problem not only to the people we are talking to but even to our own minds. It takes several years to be comfortable to operate above the mental plane.
To me this was a gift that changed my life and I developed such a strong bond with my Teacher/Master/Guru, because learning occurred in my meditation and guidance is always there from the Master as long as I could sit in stillness. I started being a vegetarian in 1985, just before receiving my mantra and since then I have seen the benefits of being a vegetarian, apart from the benefits of meditation that include improved health, self confidence, understanding the creation, and having a purpose in life. Along the way I realized that I was becoming a calm person, able to look at things from a wider perspective, giving people the benefit of doubt because I realized that everything that I see/find in the creation was a reflection of me. When I see strength or weakness I know I posses them and it is through the wisdom of meditation that I can bring the required strength out to help me and others.
Enlightenment is an infinite state of being, it is not an experience, it is an exalted state, simply the vehicles cannot understand what is happening at Enlightenment! The state is above everything but miraculously we are able to realize when we are taken there by the Master. The Master reveals to the seeker through his Grace, although I do not understand how the Grace works, it is a living realization and I am able to reflect it through the vehicles. Meditation is like waking up and starting your morning exercise or taking your breakfast, Meditation has become part and parcel and almost a biological necessity! If I lose a day without meditation I feel as if I have missed an important meal and the vehicles show the need for meditation. Love and Compassion becomes spontaneous, moreover I have realized that without meditation, the vehicles tend to go to sleep and become clumsy in reflecting the state through. When I teach others, I realize that I am teaching from the state and vehicles just allow the teaching to go through! I am able to wake up every morning and direct the activities of the day without much effort; I allow the day to go the way I wish it to go. I realize that this is a great gift from my Master, and I cannot boast of personal efforts to be able to do this, it is the state and the meditation.
My family and friends are overwhelmed by the transformations that have occurred to me since I started to meditate but mostly after Enlightenment. They have found the wisdom and intuition quite amazing and respect me for that. I feel humbled when I am asked to assist here and there and I take the opportunity to tell them about the Path and the importance of vegetarianism and meditation.I want to tell others that this is a very rare opportunity to have a Perfect Living Master here and now. There is an opportunity for everyone to seek personal growth and to reduce the level of ignorance that exists, which has been inherited partly from the society background and from religions.
Spirituality can spread in the World if spiritually Enlightened people have a sense of urgency and take full responsibility to go out and talk to others about this amazing Path; it is a great opportunity for mankind globally to liberate themselves from ignorance, especially from the fact that people have developed mental poverty that came through politics and religion. Most people who have remained mentally dependent/poor, have decided that they are poor and can only be helped through religions, without knowing that every cloud has its silver lining! Many names can be used for the end result of exploitation and perpetuating mental dependency. Spreading of Spirituality on a global basis can be one big liberation from fear and can be achieved through the use of the media, public lectures, newsletters, websites and word of mouth, which is the most popular tool available to us.
Many groups who are interested in personal development exist by the large number in our society and most are increasingly looking for ways to improve their lives and finally become better human beings. People are increasing searching for Truth. It is the responsibility of Enlightened people everywhere to help mankind in becoming free from the ignorance that has prevailed for many years.
Dr. F. Fabian