I never met Dipa Ma, but recently, my wife and I decided to have a family. I have feared this for a while as I thought my practice would suffer. But the day after I decided to let go of these fears, I did a meditation where I was in or around the Jhana of Neither Perception nor Non-perception. While in this state a vision came over me that I was getting taken by the hand by a young girl, someone I later realized was Dipa Ma’s daughter, through an alleyway into Dipa Ma’s house. The vision didn’t last long, but the message was very beautiful and clear, it left me realising exactly what is possible in life, with family, as a devout Buddhist.
The following days have been very powerful, the complete falling away of a large amount of gross suffering, my personality at one point completely fell away and has left me fresh and ready to build up once again, without the grosser level of suffering and habitual bad behaviours. I can sit in formal meditation in a noisy front room, grabbing seconds or even minutes here and there, then head into chores, loving, present and at peace. What a blessing.
(The author, who wishes to remain anonymous, also added a personal note to me: “I thought I would share this with you, as I read the Dipa Ma book some time ago now, and this vision was very much in isolation to the book. I truly feel she is now guiding me as I enter the next phase of my life.”)