Scenes from Sozin's Comet, Part Two: The Old Masters
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The Old Masters
His destiny to defeat Firelord Ozai conflicting with his feeling to harm no one, Avatar Aang consults in meditation with his own previous lifetimes as Avatars. They give him essentially the same message, that he must end Ozai's life. While in a trance, he came to the island he is on, a place between the worlds.
In the meantime, the balance of 'Team Avatar' searches for Aang only to be told he doesn't exist. Their search for Iroh, the uncle of Prince Zuko, leads to a meeting with old masters who escort them to their base camp and to Iroh, where the old master and the young prince reconcile.
Aang continues his quest to reconcile the conflicting feelings inside himself, not able to accept that he has to perform an action that goes against his heart intelligence. Then it enters his awareness that he is not on an ordinary island, and discovers it is instead the ancient Lion Turtle, who gives him his answer:
The true mind can weather all the lies and illusions without being lost. The true heart can touch the poison of hatred without being harmed. Since beginningless time, darkness thrives in the void, but always yields to purifying light.
'Now the time has come for you to know that such beings are not Masters, also that Divine Beings do not call themselves Masters; that I, and I alone, your own Real Self, AM the only Master for you now, and until you are able to know Me also in your brother;—
'That any being, either in human or spirit form, that presents himself to your consciousness and claims to be a Master, or who permits you to call him Master, is nothing more nor less than a personality, the same as yours, and therefore is not Divine, as your human mind understands that term, despite the many wonderful “truths” he may utter, and the “marvelous” things he may do.
'You can rise in your human personality only to the ideal your human mind is capable of conceiving....
'You, who have risen above Desire, you who no longer seek a Master or a Teacher, or even Me, but are abiding alone in the faith of My Eternal Presence and Promise, — for you I have in store a meeting and a communion, which will bring to your Soul such joy and blessings as your human mind is incapable of conceiving.
'Why seek in human or spirit teacher, guide, master or angel, for the necessarily limited manifestation of My Perfection, when you can come directly to Me, God within you, the Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, the Inspiring Idea back of and within All manifestations?
'As I AM in You, even as I AM in any you seek, and as all the Wisdom, all the Power and all the Love they possess come only from Me, why not now come to Me, and let Me prepare you also so I can express My All through You?
'You are a human personality, yet You are Divine and therefore Perfect.
'...For I AM your real Teacher, the only real one you will ever know, and the only MASTER;
'I, your Divine SELF....
The Divine SELF is to me the One Being, pure consciousness, the Tao, the True Self of all that is. Until O.B. is accessed more directly, humans will continue to be guided from time to time by spiritual masters of various sorts. May the intuition and heart intelligence of each individual, attuned to O.B., be the guide of the guides.