At the entrance was a sign informing new visitors that the guru offered private consultations by appointment. They decided together they should each make one.
Dan and Sue had heard of this ashram from a mutual friend. They agreed to each pay their own way, but to share a room. The agreed also they’d discuss moving in together finally, maybe even getting married.
At his appointment, Dan confessed he was getting cold feet. The guru nodded patiently, emanating compassion. He did not interrupt while Dan recited his list of doubts and grievances.
The guru sat in silence for what seemed to Dan too long a moment. When he finally spoke he looked grim, solemn, Dan had to strain to hear him.
“Mr. Dan, I have met your lady friend. I’m sorry to say that I concur with you, she is not the one for you. Too many problems, you are sure to be unhappy. She is too strong-willed for you, too hot tempered, too much fire. I suspect too much conflict for a good match.”
Before their departure Sue sought out the guru again, taking him aside and handing him a thick envelope. She hugged him warmly, her eyes glowing, and said, “I can’t thank you enough! It’s been positively magical!”
“Not at all,” replied the guru, “it is my great pleasure to serve.”
“We’ve set a date!”
“I’m not surprised,” replied the guru. “I can see he’s a very difficult man, you have your work cut out for you.”
She nodded. He turned to take his leave, saying, “Well played, mum.”