Recently a dear friend of ours, Lorne Dekun, passed away. Born in Michigan, Lorne came under the spiritual training of Yogacharya Oliver Black, one of Master’s most advanced disciples, who had a center there.
After living for years in various Ananda communities, Lorne returned to Michigan in 1999, filled with zeal to share our path with others. During his time there, he opened Ananda centers in Lansing and East Detroit, and several meditation groups in other cities.
Yet his life on earth was not destined to be a long one. Fifteen months ago Lorne had a seizure, was diagnosed with a fast growing brain tumor, and passed away on August 2, 2013. A wise, humble man, he was a great inspiration to many souls whose lives he touched.
Lorne’s wife, Judy, recently sent us a letter written in 2010 by a devotee in Lansing as the Dekuns were preparing to move to Port Huron to start a center there. The letter is even more poignant in light of Lorne’s recent parting from earth.
Milarepa said, ‘All births end in death; all meetings end in partings; and all acquisitions end in dispersion.’ As the time for our parting draws near, the heart wants to express its boundless gratitude and fails to find the right words. How to say, “Thank you,” for all the countless spiritual treasures you have shared with us? How to sum up a decade’s worth of generosity and giving? How to even start trying to measure all the love, joy, and caring you have showered on us?
“The great masters cannot always be with us in their physical bodies, so they send us their channels through whom they keep in touch. Your arrival in Lansing, dear Lorne, was no accident because the masters sent you to us. You have helped us hook up to your strong faith, devotion, and dedication in a way that gives us hope that some day we will find God.
“Through sermons you have taught us to know God; through meditation you have taught us to feel His presence; and through kirtans you have taught us to love Him. By opening up your temple to us, by sharing your food with us, by giving us all your time and energy, you have given us a glimpse of God’s love and generosity.
“There is neither parting nor goodbye because our bond with you is a spiritual one. That which we love in you will remain with us….”
In divine friendship,