OM NA MAH SHI VAA YA OM
Release me from bondage, I want to meet lord Shiva and experience the sacred dance.
“I like you. You have one face. Other’s have two faces, but not you. When I look at you, I know I am speaking to one.” - Juan Maldonado
Juan is an enigma. I mentioned his presence in part II of Spirit: The Driver Behind the Wheel. I only spent one day with him, as I met him on the morning of my last day in Iquitos, Peru. I was sitting outside of a cafe, waiting for opening time. It was early morning, before the hustle of the city. The sun hadn’t touched the Amazonian horizon yet, and the air was still, smelling of sweet maple syrup and decomposing garbage. When Juan approached me, he asked in Spanish of what I knew about Dharma. Apparently, Buddhism had made its way into the jungle. When he discovered I was an Americana, he spoke his best English, which was far better than my spoken Spanish. An instantaneous camaraderie developed as we sat together looking into each others mirroring eyes and having a meeting of our two minds.
“I don’t have hair on my tongue!”
Juan tells me with intensity, while he is explaining how he can see when a person has two faces. He was so overjoyed to meet someone with one face, that he took me under his wing and started sharing all the knowledge he knew I desired. I recognized him to be my spiritual friend, the Mahayana Buddhist equivalent to guru, best expressed as: Teacher. My first encounter with a knower of truths, who has the ability to see with clairvoyance and hear with clairaudience. He read my mind, saw me at my core, and left me dumbfounded, infant like, to be re-born.
The serpent energy began uncoiling.