Chapter 6 - Reindeer Research.
An unexpected kind of sharing developed from our honest and open dialog with the Major of the reindeer station. It had cleared the air between us. Perhaps the potential tragedy that we all faced created a common bond. Or perhaps, it was our concern for humanity that were backed up by deeds of great daring and caring on her part and ours that brought us closer together. We had forged a kind of a bond that unfolds on a spiritual level.
The Major suddenly was more intimately concerned with our struggles and feelings, and less concerned with the official protocol. She even came to lunch in civilian clothing the next day. That was for the first time ever, so I was told. She wore an attractive dress in which she looked so much softer and gentler than she had before in her uniform. The hard authority image that her uniform had projected, that she had hidden behind for so long, had been put aside.
"What we said to her must have changed her life," I said to Antonovna after we had eaten lunch and the Major was called away.
"No, not yet," answered Anton, "but soon."
"What do you mean, Anton?" I asked, surprised.
"She is interested in you. Give her a chance to be with you."
"What are you saying, Anton?" I asked, perplexed. "Are you telling me that I should have an affair with another woman right in the middle of our honeymoon?"
"Why not, Peter? That's what sets our marriage celebration apart from any other. Traditional marriages begin when the marriage bond is forged by the priest. The honeymoon that follows, then becomes an exploration of the new situation of which there is much to explore. There is no room to introduce another factor. No one would think of it. But with us, everything is turned upside down, Peter. No priest has forged our bond. We forged it strand by stand, made up of filaments of love as we began to discover ourselves in Helen's lateral lattice of the Principle of Universal Love. We didn't create our marriage. We discovered it. We discovered that our marriage has always existed as an aspect of the universal marriage of humanity. It took us more than a dozend yours to get to this point in discovering ourselves, but we got there. The process of discovery, however, began long agao at the tower restaurant in Moscow, nine hundred feet up in the sky. I think we can celebrate now all those wonderful dicoveries that we have made about ourselves ever since, and about our place in the universe of universal love. Our honeymoon is a celebration of that, is it not, and of the Principle of Universal Love? Our honeymoon would be a poor celebration of the Principle of UNiversal Love if we didn't consciously celebrate the universality of love. They way I see it, I think the Major is deeply longing to be included in our celebration of the universality of love. The sad part is that there aren't more people like the Major arround. Luckily for us, there is one. So, accept this outflowing love, Peter, and embrace it, and celebrate it for what it is as an element of the nature of our being as children of Universal Love."
I smiled in response. No I must have grinned from ear to ear, because so did Anton. "Isn't this all a part of being human?" she asked. "As human beings we can give ourselves the freedom to do anything that is supported by an underlying principle, such as the principle of universal love that envelops us all, which we simply cannot get away from. The love that we have in our heart, that unfolds from the love of ourselves as human beings, is the love that embraces one another and all. Thus it must be universal, and our Honeyboon must reflect precisely what it celebrates. The love that flows between us is a part of that universality of love that we celebrate. If you envelop the Major in that love, you celebrate our love at the same time. Actually, love is not something can really exist by itself. Without us both consciously celebrating the universality of love, we would be heading for an impasse and our love would be doomed to die. We cannot afford to let this happen, can we?. Of course you know what this means, Peter. It means that we have to start a whole new Honeymoon tradition, which overturns every tradition that has been established until now. Nor should this type of celebration ever end. Our honeymoon should be extented through the rest of our lives, and its celebration should be rich with countless threads of universal love, as many as there are grains of sand on the seashores of the world. Since this has to be so, why not start the extented celebration right here, today, and with the Mayor whose heart is already yearning for such an extented celebration?"
I agreed. I hugged her. I told her that she is courageous and beautiful. "No one before you ever said that there must never be a Honeymoon of just two people, that instead it must be sparkling with evermore love. That's like starting a revolution. That's being courageous.
"I am not courageous," she added. "It is by the riches of the universal flow of love that unfolds in your heart, that you find me beautiful. By the same riches you also find others beautiful. Shouldn't both be developed together? One develops and enriches the other, If you were to shut others out from this flow, you would shut the whole thing down, and who would be benefited by that? So, let's keep the flow alive and as rich and as open as possible. If your love defines me as being beautiful, and other's likewise, then you find reflected in them the same sublime elements that you cherish about me. In this way, I will be forever alive in your heart, and beautiful, and real, no matter if we are world's apart living on the opposite sides of the globe where our homes are located. By the flow of this universal embrace we can never ever be parted, since it unfolds from an acknowledged embrace of the humanity that we all share. By loving universally, this embrace can never die even if continents and oceans lay between us as they soon will."
I hugged Anton for this beautiful thought, and the light that it brought to the moment.
"If we allow love be what it really is, universal, without end, I will always be with you, and you with me, in the very image of that love," said Anton. "Therefore, there will never be a vow between us like, 'till death do us part.' This notion of death and parting no longer applies to anyone. It is no longer possible. We can never be apart for as long as we are enveloped in love, for there is but one love, which is that which is anchored in the human Soul. This makes it universal. I suspect that this principle will never change, Peter, no matter what realms we may enter into in our individual celebration of our marriage bond."
Anton looked arround, as if to assure her that she would not be overheard. "With all of this considered," she alsmost whispered, "why shouldn't you fall in love with the Major and allow yourself to embrace each other as time permits? To judge by the way she has been looking at you all morning, I would be much surprised if this didn't result into something beautiful for both of you, and maybe for us all."
"What, have I been that blind?" I asked in reply, and grinned.
She nodded. "So, go to her. Look her up. She shouldn't be hard to find. Ask her about the reindeer research. Ask her where the herds hold out in the winter, and so forth. Obviously, we need to bring reindeer pictures back with us. Here is your chance. And keep your eyes open to her. I think she is a beautiful person when you get to know her."
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