Violin Master- a spiritual enlightenment and awakening allegory
If I were a serious student of the violin and had thousands of dollars at my disposal and could have any teacher in the world, I would seek out the most well-known violin master I could find and beg him to teach me.
If he said yes, and before I actually shelled out the big bucks, I would ask him: “Sir, are you or are you not a great violin master? For I pray that one day I too will be a great violin master. I would like to be assured that I am learning from the best. Is this not the case?”
Naturally I would hope for a quick response. I would only need to hear him say it once. Just once. Then, I would know.
“Yes, my child, I am the greatest violin master who has ever existed.”
Excellent. Okay. And yeah, maybe I’d ask him to play a lick or two just to prove it. Hired.
But, if he had said: “Yes, child, I too learned from a great violin master and understand your longing. The path of a master is ongoing and one must be committed to the end. It’s a pathless
path, leading down a road with no beginning and ending, to an end with no ending.”
Eh? . . . What? All I asked was: Are you or are you not a great violin master? Simple question. Pass. See ya. Bye.
And, if he had said: “No, child, I am not a violin master, but I have learned many useful things that I could teach you.”
Well, okay, that’s respectable, but I’m sorry, I am looking for and wish to be taught by a great violin master.