Death and Rebirth - A Sequel to The Ghost of Joshua Willow


The Ashram

Xavier arrived at the ashram in a small village in Southern India in the province of Bangalore the afternoon before. Though tired from a journey that had taken two days he was excited at the prospect of meeting his guru.

It was now 8am and Xavier had been waiting patiently sitting crossed legged on the hard ground since 4 that morning along with thousands of people from all walks of life. As Xavier looked around him he couldn't help but get lost in the surreal scene he found himself a part of. There was no sound but yet the air seemed full of the din of excitement he could see on the faces of all the people around him. The colours, the smells and the hot humid atmosphere made the experience seem dream like in a way.

First Darshan

And then he emerged from his humble abode. This little man in an orange robe gliding effortlessly through the gate that led into the huge space where everyone waited to catch a glimpse of their avatar. Xavier found himself, like everyone else there, in a trance like state mesmerised by this vision of the holy man he had read so much about. He was really here in the presence of a person like no other he had ever seen.

The Spectacle

Xavier watched as his guru moved between the aisles that separated groups of people and he watched the scene of people reaching out to this man with envelopes containing their prayers and wishes. From time to time he would stop and speak with someone and with a few circular movements of his hand he would materialise ash that he would then pour into these peoples' hands. No sooner had they received the ash than they started rubbing it into their foreheads and licking it as if it contained some secret potion that would clean and purify them in some miraculous way.

The Guru Challenges the Ego

Xavier watched as his guru approached a group in which a mother carrying her badly deformed child was reaching out to him begging him for something. Xavier assumed that the mother was pleading with the holy man to cure her badly afflicted child and was surprised to see the holy man ignore the woman and walk past as if she did not even exist. What kind of holy man is this who would show no compassion for suffering such as this Xavier thought.

And then as he is walking toward him Xavier could hear his guru's words as if they emanated form within his own mind. He was talking to him from inside Xavier's own mind because he could see that his lips were not moving.

“Why do you judge me? You cannot see what I see. You see the world and everything in it from a very small window. Come with me and I will show you a bigger picture.”

Karmic Lessons and Time Travel

With that Xavier is taken back in time and to a dark and dirty room. The woman he recognises as the woman who was pleading with his guru is here with her son. She is mutilating his hands and feet. Xavier can hear her thoughts. “Now people will feel sorry for you and you will become a better earner for me. Be quiet, the pain will pass.”

He hears his guru say , “There is more, come.” And with that Xavier is taken back to another time and though the two people he is watching have completely different physical appearances he recognises them as the mother and son from the last scene. The son is a judge and his mother in male form is his assistant. He is condemning one person after another to severe sentences of mutilation and even death in horrific ways. All he can think about is what he will be having for lunch and with a flick of his hand he sentences another one. His assistant is writing down each sentence without once considering the enormity of their actions.

HubPages Connections

With that Xavier once again hears his guru beckon to him and he is now in a room in Florida watching someone typing the the final words of a poem into a computer before publishing it to a site called HubPages. The poem is called The Ghost of Joshua Willow...and the writer signs the poem, MysteriousOne. The poem tells a story of how a mother kills her son who then returns to haunt and kill his mother and the poet is oblivious to the connections linking all of the characters in this story of the cycle of death and rebirth that is and continues to be the plight of Man to this very day.

Xavier then suddenly finds himself sitting cross legged on the hard ground in the ashram in India and his guru is standing over him smiling “I am glad to see you again Spirit Whisperer” he says and winking at Xavier with a twinkle in his eye he tosses him a sweet. On the wrapper are the words “Judge not lest you be judged!” and the names MysteriousOne and d.william under those words. Don't forget to check out those hubbers when you get back and you should accept the challenge the MysteriousOne puts to you and with that he moved off into the throng as if floating above the ground.

The Challenge

Many years later Xavier did join a site called Hubpages and he chose to write under the name Spirit Whisperer. Xavier did befriend two writers called MysteriousOne who wrote a hub called The Ghost of Joshua Willow and d.william who wrote a hub called Judge Thee Not. Both these people published their hubs within minutes of each other. And when MysteriousOne challenged Xavier to write a sequel to her poem after he had left a comment Xavier realised that he had not been dreaming all those years ago. It really had happened and Spirit Whisperer smiles as he dedicates the challenge to his recently deceased guru before publishing his story to HubPages.

Dedicated to my teacher Sri Sathya Sai Baba


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MysteriousOne 5 years ago

Spirit Whisperer...this is "AWESOME"! You did an excellent job with this,and I am honored that you chose to do this.Thank you kindly,for your great talent,your continued support,and your friendship! I really enjoyed this!Wonderful video, too!

Thank you,kind sir!

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My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

Loved it Spirit Whisperer, I will check tham out. I do not know to much about Eastern religion although I have listen to a few survey lectures that braodly covered them. I recently listen to one that discussed certain books the professor thought were part of the great Intellectual Traditions. One the books he surveyed was the Bhagadav-Gita. It is one I have marked down to get back to because its discription of Krishna filled in a big gap I had in understaning the relationship between Man, the Universe, and Free Will that was missing from my basically philosophy based on Benedict Spinoza.

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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

What a wonderful story. The time travel part is genious! Congrats to you and Mysterious One!

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sassyk73 5 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

Wow...That story was breath taking. You are a very clever writer. That is a real attention getter. All of you are awesome writers. Vote up!

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

MysteriousOne it is my pleasure and it is me who must thank you for. Your comments are very generous and also very much appreciated.

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Truckstop Sally you too had a hand in this with your comment "How wonderful that would be -- a sequel by Spirit!!" Do you remember? Thank you for stirring it and making me step up to the plate! LOL

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Esoteric for visiting and commenting. I am glad you liked it. I will have to look up Benedict Spinoza as I do not know of him.

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

sassyk73 I am very happy to hear that you liked this one. It was also a nice way to introduce some of the very gifted writers I follow. I am glad you too like their work. No doubt someday I will find a way to mention you in one of my tales! I hope they too will check out your hubs which also rate very highly with me.

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sassyk73 5 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

Thank are wonderful.

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tumblintumblweed 5 years ago

Very interesting, Spirit Whisperer! What a great idea, a great write and a great Vote up,up, up!

Thank you !

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you tumblintumblweed.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Up and awesome Xavier! I have to ask you - did someone really do that? I mean mutilate their own child so they would be a better earner?

I'm so glad you came to write on hub too - your writing is ver powerful and i always learn something so worth while Doc.

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

RH Thank you for reading this and yes, sadly it is true. I taught in Thailand for a while and what struck me was the violence toward the children that I witnessed in public.

You would also get deformed children coming up to you in the street begging and I found out that these were children who had been kidnapped and mutilated by their kidnappers and sent out to beg for them. If they came back empty handed they would get a beating. I have seen some sad things in my time and it makes me appreciate everything that I have.

Your kind words are always appreciated and I too have learned much from you.

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Slarty O'Brian 5 years ago from Canada

Another wonderful hub. ;)

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Slarty.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, very esoteric! lol what a great idea, and a lovely story, and thank goodness you put your comment box back up, now I can answer your hubs! lol

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

My, This is wonderful. I love the story. I follow d. William. His Hub 'Judge Thee Not' is a lesson in humanity that all should read. I am now on my way to see MysteriousOne. Thank you.

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Nell. Yes, you are right, the comment box is very important to provide people with the facility to communicate with each other which is a very important part of the learning process. And I missed hearing what you had to say.

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

always exploring thank you for reading this and commenting. d.william is a writer I greatly admire and MysteriousOne writes poetry that talks to me on on subconscious levels about things I would otherwise be unaware. I am very lucky to have found them as well as all the other great writers I follow like yourself!

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tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

Great. I loved it, great story.

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you tebo

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epigramman 5 years ago

...well .... Happy Father's Day to a great writer, a profound thinker and an esteemed colleague - you have also been a good friend and supporter to me - so this is my token of appreciation and respect for you.

8:25 am Lake Erie time - and yes I am thinking of my best friend, my dad, on this day who passed away at 74 in 1992.

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you epigramman you are a good man and I appreciate you being in my corner. You make me think and I love the places in my mind that your poetry forces me to visit.

For a son to call his father his best friend is indeed a tribute. I wonder if my children will ever say the same of me, I know few who do. Thank you.

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NotWiredThatWay 5 years ago from New York

Talk about karma! I enjoyed this hub. It's as if you're telling us to dig deeper, don't take things at face value. And you did it without standing on a soapbox. Wish we could learn all our lessons this way.

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

That is such a nice way of saying it. Thank you NotWiredThatWay.

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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

Very cool and intriguing. I had read MysteriousOnes poem first and then this. Now I am on to read the third part. You had me absolutely captivated and glued to every word. Great writing and what fun too :-)

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Minnetonka Twin, it is always nice to receive such compliments and I am glad you like it.

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Sarika Jain 2 years ago from India

I had goosebumps as i read d vision given to u by Swami. It nt only shows omniscience of Baba bt also hw we must nt judge others. U hv described it so captivatingly. Thank u Sir fr sharing it.

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Spirit Whisperer 2 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Sarika Jain.

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