The Great Chain on Urantia (Chapter 6, page 1 of 6)


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Chapter 6

September 1946 Brother Andre watches the burly figure of Brother Boniface approaching. He is a heavy powerful man of Austrian extraction, with iron gray hair and a strong bulldog jaw. He is well traveled, and has had more experience with the people of Bhutan than the other monks. Priding himself on being somewhat of a linguist, he has become the accepted intermediary for contacts between the monastery and the local people.

"Brother Andre, we have a guest. A man is in the kitchen at breakfast with Brother Rudolph, and he has a letter for you."

"A letter, Brother Boniface? A letter, for me?"

"Yes, he will not give it to anyone but you. He didn't ask for you by name, but he insists the letter is to go only to the priest in charge. At least I think that's what he meant. He's a little difficult to understand, a dialect I have not often come across."

"I see. When he is finished, please bring him to me."

"Yes, Brother Andre."

The traveler eats hungrily, with obvious enjoyment. He is a balding small man, a bit unkempt, and dusty from the road.

When he meets Brother Andre he stands and waits.

"Good morning."

Brother Boniface translates…

"Good morning, Sir. I thank you for the food."

"You're welcome. You have a letter for me?"

"I have a letter. It's for the priest in charge. It is a private letter. No one else can see it. That is important."

"I am the priest in charge. And the letter will be private. May I know who sends this letter?"

"It is a private letter. I do not know who wrote it. A monk gave it to me. He made me promise to give it to you. No one else can see it."

When the visitor is quite certain his meaning is clear, he reaches in his ko and produces a very dog eared envelope. He hands it to Brother Andre, who takes it and immediately puts it out of sight.

"Thank you. Will you wait for me to answer this letter? Would you like to rest a while before you go again?"

"No, I cannot rest. I must go. And there can be no answer for the letter. I will not go that way. Thank you. Goodbye."

With that he turns, and walks right out the gate, evidently a man with a mission, but one has the impression that whatever his mission might be it could not be easily discovered. A fitting person to trust with an important letter.

Brother Andre goes to his study to read this missive. It is in English, and the writing, although jerky and uneven, is legible.

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