Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Invisibility Cloak

At a forum where I participate, I have opted for my online status to be invisible. This means whenever I'm logged in, other users can't tell whether I'm logged in or not.

I've noticed, however, that sometimes when the administrator of the forum is online, all invisible users' appear visible. I don't know whether the administrator deliberately activates this or not. When it happened again when I was logged in I decided I didn't want to be visible at any time.

I was reminded of the mystery around Lahiri Mahasaya's photograph in the book "Autobiography of a Yogi." When his photograph was taken without his consent, his physical form didn't appear when it was developed because he knew his identity as "omnipresent invisible" Spirit. It was only when he had given his consent that his figure appeared on the photograph. (See excerpt below). I decided to apply the same idea to my online status. I thought to myself "I am Spirit." The moment I had the thought, my online status became invisible even though the administrator was still online.

One of my most precious possessions is that same photograph. Given to Father by Lahiri Mahasaya himself, it carries a holy vibration. The picture had a miraculous origin. I heard the story from Father's brother disciple, Kali Kumar Roy.

It appears that the master had an aversion to being photographed. Over his protest, a group picture was once taken of him and a cluster of devotees, including Kali Kumar Roy. It was an amazed photographer who discovered that the plate which had clear images of all the disciples, revealed nothing more than a blank space in the center where he had reasonably expected to find the outlines of Lahiri Mahasaya. The phenomenon was widely discussed.

A certain student and expert photographer, Ganga Dhar Babu, boasted that the fugitive figure would not escape him. The next morning, as the guru sat in lotus posture on a wooden bench with a screen behind him, Ganga Dhar Babu arrived with his equipment. Taking every precaution for success, he greedily exposed twelve plates. On each one he soon found the imprint of the wooden bench and screen, but once again the master's form was missing.

With tears and shattered pride, Ganga Dhar Babu sought out his guru. It was many hours before Lahiri Mahasaya broke his silence with a pregnant comment:

"I am Spirit. Can your camera reflect the omnipresent Invisible?"

"I see it cannot! But, Holy Sir, I lovingly desire a picture of the bodily temple where alone, to my narrow vision, that Spirit appears fully to dwell."

"Come, then, tomorrow morning. I will pose for you."

Again the photographer focused his camera. This time the sacred figure, not cloaked with mysterious imperceptibility, was sharp on the plate. The master never posed for another picture; at least, I have seen none.
Autobiography of a Yogi
I am omnipresent invisible Spirit.


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