An Incident From My Youth
- I am working hard these days, and my inspiration level is not too
good. Today I was thinking of how to inspire myself, and two
wonderful incidents from my youth came to mind. It's funny how we
take things for granted when we are young...
One incident is outer, the other is inner. I give my meditation
teacher, Sri Chinmoy, full credit for them. Here I will relate the
In Puerto Rico, where I am from, we have a high school tradition for
seniors: the "FUGA." Fuga is a day during the second semester of
your senior year, when the school authorities allow all the seniors
to "escape" for one day. More often than not it means going to the
beach. But I was going to an all-boys Jesuit school, and a mile or
so away there was an all-girls school. Of course, the caravan of
cars headed towards the girl's school.
I was riding with my best friend in his small Datsun. The caravan
was moving slowly, and to get a better view and express my
exuberance, I decided to sit on the passenger-side window frame.
This meant I was sideways to the car, my feet on the front seat and
my hands on the roof of the car. I was having a great time!
To my right was the front of the caravan, to my left the rear.
Suddenly, the caravan came to a stop. Our car stopped, too. I took a
casual look to my left and noticed, with horror, that the car behind
us had not noticed that the caravan had stopped. Now, the car behind
us was no Datsun. It was a huge Chevrolet Impala or something like
it. I mean, that car was easily twice our car's weight.
This is where everything went into slow motion. I saw the driver of
the car behind us turn his head to look forward and grimace in
horror, realizing he was going to hit us. I saw him step on the
brake when it was too late.
Suddenly, I sprang high up in the air from my seated position,
jumping backwards AND upwards at the same time, and remaining in the
air, suspended, much like a cat with all four paws looking down. I
was about 2 feet higher than the car, and about 4 feet away,
floating, while all this happened: The car behind us hit our car. I
saw the impact, and I saw our driver jerk forwards and backwards
with the impact. I also saw our car hit the next car, and then I
came down, soft as a feather, and landed on all fours, having evaded
the impact completely.
You might ask, what is so miraculous about this? Well, looking back
to this incident, I realized that I did not have the capacity to
jump backwards and upwards at the same time from a seated position,
much less remain suspended in mid-air while a three-car collision is
unfolding before my eyes. "Someone" pulled me from that car and
lifted me up! I experienced it, true, but I was not controlling it.
I also realize now that if I had not been pulled from that car
window, I would have been severely injured, probably breaking a few
ribs at the very least, maybe even my neck. I was in a most exposed
and vulnerable position, and would have taken the full impact
Funny thing is, I was not even a believer in God at the time. I was
a declared agnostic, almost an atheist.
Young as I was, I shrugged off the incident and went about my
business as usual. All I could think of was playing chess, which
brings me to the inner incident... which I will relate in another
Joy to all!
- Nice story, here's mine...
I was about seven or eight, and strolling down a city park with my
mother; we were on our way to visit some relatives. At one point I
walked away from her enjoying the nature when suddenly a dog, no, A
DOG(!!!) jumped out of a bush and started to bark and run towards
me. So, the scene went like this:
- I spot a big frightening dog/monster. A flash!
- A few blank milliseconds...
- I'm by my mother's side, holding tightly; I have no idea how I got
- I look up, she is laughing like anything, I look for the dog, it
So, I asked her what's the matter, why's she laughing so much, what
happened? She replied: "Why, do you not know what you have just
done? I could not imagine a boy of your age running so fast! You
probably broke a record... just whooooshed... you got that nasty dog
terrified so it ran away!"
Anyhow, I got this as the moral of the story: If you have no doubts
about where to turn to when things get serious, your abilities may
surprise you many times over!