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Before dawn I woke up for no apparent reason. Lying there in the dark, I realized with a startle that I was not alone.
Turning on the table lamp, I noticed nothing unusual and switched it off again. The sensation persisted that somebody or something was in the room. What force had entered here? A powerful presence, invisible but ever so real, surrounded me. On all sides I felt an extraordinary calm which, at the same time, was alive with such an intensity it became virtually tangible. It embraced me, revitalized and uplifted me, letting me recognize my own smallness, a tiny piece of a much larger whole. Here was another intimation that beyond what we see with our eyes there exists a greater reality.
Totally awake, I was directed by a wondrous impulse to go outdoors. Quickly making myself ready, I left my room. In the street I wondered where I was heading at that early hour. What was I doing? A bright light flashed in the darkness. It happened so fast. What was it? The afterglow stayed at my third eye. My feet started to move as if they had a mind of their own. Breathless, I hastened through the pre-sunrise streets while around me swelled a chorus of birds, greeting the new day. Aah, now I knew where I was being guided. Turning a corner I saw, spread out in front of me, the sea.
By the water, an unusual high-pitched tone seized my attention. At that very second, the first ray appeared. Has the sunrise a sound? The rays multiplied as the sun rose magnificently into full view. My excitement mounted while the brilliant disk grew with awe-inspiring beauty.
As I continued looking, engrossed in the glorious spectacle, the sun took on the features of a face! Transparent, all radiance. Then the sun became a mirror, for the face now looked very much like my own, only infinitely more luminous. Light flooded me and joy pulsed through every cell of my body.
There had to be a meaning to this and a purpose, a firm conviction assured me. Were answers to my lifelong questions finally being supplied? I was so grateful.
At the guesthouse, just as I was about to enter my room, Sivadass came out of his. I always encountered him when I needed to talk. 'You look radiant,' he remarked.
I've just had a meeting with the sun!' I blurted out….