|Prem Eberhard, ex-samurai, dentist, father-of-three, Aikido & Kinomichi master, left his body on Friday night, 8th April after a long illness. He used to run a dental practice in Berlin and the Café am Ufer (Paul Lincke Ufer).
Sathayam (aka Saten) told us that they both were samurais in Pune 1 and "The samurais who trained in Buddha Hall on that day when Vimalkirti collapsed will remember that it was Eberhard who recognized first that there was something terribly wrong and did CPR on him."
He said that some time in the nineties Eberhard discovered that he had signs of a neck injury common to dentists because of the way they have to hold their neck while giving treatments: "One of his young colleagues had died of it, and so he decided to give up his dentistry and run the 'Cafe am Ufer'. He also sponsored the small Osho Meditation Center Mauz and always tried to be of help to everybody he could help, in whatever way possible.
"After his Aikido career he switched to Kinomichi, and became a master. He taught in Berlin and also in Mexico. Later, when the Kinomichi organization tried to force him into a corset of regulations he founded his own style 'Ki-motion'.
"Diagnosed with cancer, Eberhard thought that after an operation he was healed but it had spread further into his body. I found him to be very accepting of the situation when it appeared that physical healing would not happen and he eventually died of kidney failure. In one of our conversations just a few weeks ago he told me that it was the years in Pune 1 he considered the best time in his life.
"In my view he was as close to a bodhisattva an ordinary human being could get, and from all the conversations I had with him, I'm sure he'll rather come back to this plane to continue to help instead of disappearing into the void. I'm glad that his agony is over, but I'm mourning for one of the finest human beings I had the pleasure to meet. I shall always remember him for his gentle composure that was based in true humanity and not in conditioned etiquette."
I had the honor to meet him in Mexico when he came to give Kinomichi classes and can still remember his warm loving smile and his generosity. Thank you for this beautiful message,
|Remember, only that which you can take with you when you leave the body is important. That means, except meditation, nothing is important.
Except awareness, nothing is important, because only awareness cannot be taken away by death. Everything else will be snatched away, because everything else comes from without.
Only awareness wells up within. That cannot be taken away. And the shadows of awareness - compassion, love - they cannot be taken away. They are intrinsic parts of awareness. You will be taking with you only whatsoever awareness you have attained. That is your only real wealth.