A Tribute to a Real Teacher

It is not until someone is gone that you discover all they have given...

This was a man, who followed Truth...

A real seeker.

A True teacher...

A lover of the coming of the Light.

Samuel Sagan

Samuel Sagan

As I awoke this Christmas morning... with the stillness of the Darkened night... and I lit the flame and chanted holy names... I remember how he taught me how to gaze at a candle to spark the fire within... my heart was blown open in aspiration then and now... a wanting to touch the Divine... so I lifted my pencil and drew this portrait of Samuel..

My time with him was spent more listening as I practiced his correspondence courses and later edited his meditations... more than in person... we had few conversations... but they have left lasting impressions...

Christmas is a time of unveiling the LIGHT within... this was what this man aspired to do... he was not a guru... but he embodied its original meaning... he helped lift the veil covering my Truth... 

He wrote a cosmology where I found my Devotion, rekindled... I felt like a child again... wanting to reach within and find God... 

In his last years, I had went off to live my Truth and when I was in Peru in Cuzco, he called to me when I was in a deep state of need or did I call to him... and I dictated Vasuki and the Hummingbird in Cuzco during a ceremony... a story of the pains and glories of AWAKENING, based on my favorite story from his cosmology... Later, I recited it aloud on top of Mount Shasta... at about 10,000 feet... the days before his passing...

I found his book about Meditation, a little over 5 years ago... my life had blossomed so much since that first reading... I felt there was not much to learn and he taught me there are No Limits...

Although he did not teach Sanskrit Sounds, he was a teacher of Silent Meditation... he inspired me to thousand of hours of study and practice of mantra...

All leading back into myself... the answers come from within... and he taught me the value of practicing with others... of Fellowship.

The morning I heard of his passing I chanted this, in gratitude of all I have received... in tribute to him and his teachings. 

Samuel was full of Love for his Teacher and had insatiable Fire for Truth...

Both challenged me to find such Love and Fire in myself...

Could I love something as much as he loved his teacher? Could I follow my Truth as he followed his own? Could I awaken my Fire?  My enthusiasm?

This is what I continue to aspire to do...

I have found a glimpse of this inside, through SOUND... this is a mantra, which EMBODIES the Golden-ness I feel in him... the PRESENCE... the feel of HEART inside me when I chant it... I feel here... HE was always HERE...

The man had the Warmth, I attempt to Embody each day with my wife and children... every time I teach and heal...  HEART... real heart, not "custard"... real FIRE...

In India I felt him in a cave in Rishikesh... 

A cave Christ was to have meditated in... so I share these words this morning with you... through the aspiration and inspiration I feel from and for them...  SO this Christmas morning... as the Sun now is rising and shining in my eyes as I write this, I share this video...

All I can say is a Teacher in my estimation, is someone who teaches you how to GO INSIDE... how to rest within... to embody the Divine... and to ASK for more... to be MORE..

So, thank you Samuel

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