Can a Master Really Be Surprised?
By PS, USA
December 3rd, 2014
I am reading Autobiography of a Yogi's chapter of resurrection of Shri Yukteshwar. I also heard that Master was Arjuna in one of his previous incarnations where he had "Vishwa Darshan" by Krishna. Why would Master be so delighted and excited learning about "Hiranyaloka" and Sukshma Sharir (body) from Shri Yukteshwar since he should have known this from before? I am just curious and don't mean to be disrespectful to Master or anyone. Aum Guru..
You ask a good question. And you’re right: Master surely did know all those things that Sri Yukteswar “revealed” to him that afternoon. Being one with God, Master knew everything. And yet, he often chose not to “access” all of his knowledge.
For example, in his youth he befriended a young man and helped to bring him onto the spiritual path. At the time, he confided to a close friend that that man would one day betray him, and went on to describe some of the details. Many years later, when all those things came to pass, Master was a picture of shocked surprise, and grieved deeply at the betrayal. Was he acting? In a sense yes, of course, but no more than anything else in his life was an act: His very personality was something he assumed only for our benefit; he never was inwardly identified with it.
It’s something like what we experience when we watch a movie we’ve seen before. Though we know the end, we set that knowledge aside and experience all the twists and turns very much as if we were watching it for the first time.
The great ones condescend in many such ways to play out a little human drama much like the rest of us. They may well, for example, devote themselves to regular meditation practice though they no longer have any need of it themselves. When an avatar incarnates, he does so not to show us how great he is, but to furnish us an example of our own, divine potential.
In divine friendship,
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi