TO: CHORUS JOHN BISHOP                            

FROM: BOB

ON THIS DAY, AUGUST 24, 1997 YOU HAVE MADE ME MOST PROUD AS BOTH YOUR FATHER AND SENSEI.

I KNOW IT IS A VERY IMPORTANT MOMENT FOR YOU. YOU KNOW IT PARTIALLY NOW, BUT THE REAL MEANING OF IT WILL ONLY BE KNOWN BY YOU IN TIME. IT IS THE COMPLETION OF A TRUE RITE OF PASSAGE; THE BECOMING OF THE FINE YOUNG MAN

I SEE EMERGING FROM BOYHOOD. CONGRATULATIONS ON ATTAINING YOUR BLACK BELT. YOU WORKED HARD AND YOU

DESERVE IT...

I HAVE SEVERAL GIFTS FOR YOU:

THE KATANA -Already given to you , but I wanted to present it again

formally. May it symbolize for you the Great Sword of Lord Shiva that, when

wielded by a True Swordsman, cuts through all the illusions and paradoxes of the Universe, and Awakens one beyond all limitations.

THE HELMET OF THE SAMURAI WARRIOR - A symbol of the Great Warrior Tradition of which you are now a part - those who have accepted their duty to preserve and protect life. And to honor all that they Value and hold Sacred.

THE WATCH - In the Great Reality beyond Maya, the Goddess of All that Appears, it is said that time is an illusion, but since we are not "there" yet, we seem to need to know "what time it is". So wear it, use it, and don't lose it                       

         Number One Son, Much Love To You on this Auspicious Day !