ā•multiplicity is a collection of the writing, observance and photography of Ricky Toledano.
Contemporary fiction, essays and translations reflect his study of Vedanta, the timeless knowledge from India that this native of Chicago and son of a Mexican artist inadvertently encountered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he has lived and worked eclectically as a language instructor, chef, yoga teacher, and translator of English/Spanish/Portuguese for some of the nation’s top academics and professionals since 1995.
Ricky Toledano is proud to have published with none other than Motilal Barnarsidass (MLBD), one of India’s oldest surviving publishing houses and the largest publisher of Indology books, a translation of the Bhagavadgita by renowned Brazilian Vedanta teacher, Gloria Arieira.
In Sanskrit, the prefix a makes a word negative, or its opposite — a construct that still survives today in words like anormal or atypical. Therefore, ā•multiplicity is a dedication to that which remains singular, constant, and indivisible, despite all apparent variety within an individual or among people.
“My head is in the US; my heart is in México; my body is in Brasil; and my soul is in India.”