A Great Master of the Tantric tradition was in contemplation in the temple when one of his disciples appeared nervously:
—Master, I need your help! Yesterday, I went to the spiritual celebrations in the village, and I had 3 encounters with 3 different women:
While we were resting after the morning teachings, the first woman came up to me and said:
“I like you very much. Your face is beautiful, and I love the way you dance. Come to my place, and we will share a pleasant meal and have fun with tantric practices. I’m waiting for your visit.”
Then, after the second meal, the second woman, a devotee who was following the practices, came up and said to me:
“Your words are wise, and your intention is pure. In my heart, I feel that I want to follow you, love you and meet God with you. Please tell me if you will accept me as a partner.”
And then, during the dance sessions, I met the third woman. As soon as I saw her dancing among the people I began to feel the essence of Life itself running through my blood. My heart could perceive colours and shapes. I had never felt anything like it before. I couldn’t say a word… I left without speaking to her. I don’t think she even noticed me at all.
Master, what should I do, which woman should I address, and what should I say to her?
The Master looked at him steadily and said:
—You must go to the first woman’s house and politely decline her invitation. That woman seeks only material pleasures, which will cause you to put your attention in the wrong place.
Then, you have to look for the second woman and tell her that you accept her as your partner and that from now on, you will take care of her and offer her the opportunity to find enlightenment next to you. This is the right action because this woman is a devotee searching for Truth, and her heart has led her to you.
—But Master, how,” —interrupted the disciple—, “how can I lead her to God? That is a great responsibility! How can I do it without failing her?
Then the Master replied:
—The only one who can help you with this task is the third woman. Look for her.
At that moment, the disciple got up and left after bowing to his Master.
Three days later, the disciple returned. He was sad.
—Master, I could not do what you told me to do.
I went to the first woman and told her I could not accept her invitation to have fun together. At first, she got angry. But then she looked for me in the market and said:
“I beg your pardon for my daring, and I thank you. With this experience, you have taught me what is truly valuable.”
Then I left and spoke to the second woman. I told her that I accepted her as my companion, that I would take care of her and that we would practise the discipline of Tantra together to overcome our attachments and find God together. Her face shone with joy. We embraced, and I told her I had to complete a task the Master gave me, so we said goodbye.
And finally, I went to look for the third woman, but I couldn’t find her anywhere. I looked for her for two days. I asked at the shops, the main square, and the neighbouring villages. No one could tell me anything about her. It is as if she had disappeared.
I have not been able to comply with your assignment Master. What can I do? How can I guide my partner to God?
The Master replied:
—Yes, you have complied. I told you to look for her, and you have looked for her.
You could not find her because she was no ordinary woman. She was an Angel who visited you to inspire the highest love in your heart. When you saw her, you felt the love of God Himself awakening in your being.
Take care of your new soul partner, and keep your heart ever seeking God. Thus, your beloved will find the way, and you will experience together the ultimate delight of Truth.