The Heart of the Matter
November 03, 2010
Outside, On a Break


On October 22nd, I had the great good fortune to see and listen to Maharaji (AKA Prem Rawat) at an all-day event, at the Jackie Gleason Theater, in Miami Beach.

As always, being with him had great impact on me. Kind of like I was a car being recalled to the factory, not because anything was wrong with the car, but because -- somehow -- I forgot the car could fly.

During the first break, I walked outside to get some air. Everything seemed a bit different than before. The sky seemed bluer. The air seemed sweeter. The breezes, seemed, well... breezier.

Standing there, free of anything to do, I liked how I felt -- buoyant, refreshed, alive -- a moment that could have easily gone on forever and never exhausted its momentousness.

People came and went. Some of them, who knew me from the past, smiled. All of them, including those whose names I couldn't quite remember, were quite happy -- as if they'd just danced at the wedding of their best friend.


Agents of delight they were -- champagne bubbles popping -- and everybody was thirsty for more.

Two old friends approach me and speak of their unshakable desire to serve -- to express the love they feel so thousands of others, around the world, might have easier access to the experience the three of us were now enjoying.

To my left, I see people beginning to re-enter the hall. The second movement of the morning's symphony is upon us.

I reach into my pocket and find my ticket. There it is! Row PP, seat 28 -- the last row in the theater on this, the first day of the rest of my life.


By the way, in case you're wondering, the photo on the first screen is from an old American tv show, called the Honeymooners -- staring comedian, Jackie Gleason, the man for whom the Miami theater was named.

Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at November 3, 2010 10:32 PM


where do i get one of those flying carzzz a yawss

Posted by: Jaimo [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 3, 2010 08:37 PM

Mitch I have a reasonable vocabulary a lot of people are impressed with the way I express my self. But after that event, I thought of gratitude but even that falls short, I thought of intoxicated and neither would that measure up. So I ask the writer in you what is the word for that feeling in the heart where everything is simply perfect, tell me so that I can go shouting throughout the streets. I know that when I speak that word it will trigger the river of tears that flows whenever joy is in control.

Posted by: Chris [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 3, 2010 08:59 PM


The program was incredible.
I love your humor and good writing,
thanks for the inspiration,


Posted by: lor [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2010 01:09 PM

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