A Personal Experience with Shamus-i-Tabriz
Here's a true story about someone who met Shamus-i-Tabriz in an unexpected way.
By Sri Harold Klemp
Shamus-i-Tabriz turns up at the most unexpected times.
Sherry, a longtime member of Eckankar, lived in a big city and rode the bus to work. She often noticed a certain woman on her bus. This woman appeared to suffer from an illness that caused her to spew uncontrollable profanity. Bursts of verbal abuse would seize her, though as a rule they were directed at no one in particular. Most often, this woman sat alone and discharged her venom at people visible only to herself. Sherry, of course, kept her distance.
On this day, when the woman boarded the bus, Sherry was sitting by a window reading The Tiger’s Fang, by Paul Twitchell. The seat beside her was vacant. As if drawn by a magnet, the woman sat next to Sherry.
The usual barrage of verbal abuse began as if on cue. Only this time, the woman chose a human target, Sherry, and called her a score of colorful and offensive names. Sherry did not react but kept reading The Tiger’s Fang. All the while, however, Sherry sang HU to herself.
Yet even Sherry’s lack of response seemed to anger the disturbed woman who aired opinions on that count too. Sherry paid no heed as the woman made repeated attempts to provoke her, but just sang HU inside herself.
The mad woman stood well over six feet in height and was heavily built. Sherry would have to get past her when the bus reached Sherry’s stop. She hoped the woman would not assault her or create a disturbance for the other passengers.
In the next moment, the woman grew quiet. Sherry looked up from her book. Imagine her surprise, yet immense relief, to see Shamus-i-Tabriz alongside the woman. He wore a knee-length purple robe tied with a rope at the waist. A black hat rested casually on his head. Winking, he grinned at Sherry, letting her know that all was in hand. Indeed it was. The ECK Master kept his position of protection until it was time for Sherry to get off at her stop. The woman remained quiet and let Sherry push past her to depart. Shamus grinned again and vanished from sight.
As a bonus, Sherry never saw the woman on her bus again.
The book Sherry had been reading, The Tiger’s Fang, is the true-life account of Paul Twitchell’s journey to the heart of God. In the chapter ”Saviors in Limbo,” Paul tells of his own encounter with the ECK Master Shamus-i-Tabriz in one of the heavens of God.
”The power of man lies in giving,” Shamus had told him. ”He must learn to give as Nature, or God, gives.”
The Vairagi Masters give people the chance for a freedom they barely know exists. Such opportunities often come as love. One of the greatest blessings of an ECK Master’s presence is the discovery of divine love someplace inside you where you would not have thought to look on your own.
Excerpted from Those Wonderful ECK Masters by Harold Klemp, copyright © 2005 ECKANKAR. All rights reserved.