The Logic of Faith

I have probably already supplied you with enough information to reinforce your belief that such a pilgrimage is yet another pointless act of religious craziness. But I would not be so quick to draw your sharp weapon of logic. You might discover it is much blunter than you had imagined.

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HAPPY MAHASHIVRATRI!

Smashing and DESTROYING things, the way that I seem to have a talent for, reveals a truth that – like all truths – might be easily revealed, although it is not easily digested before becoming knowledge. It is an assimilation that takes time. Take a clay pot: Is it a pot or is it clay? […]

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HOLDING YOUR TONGUE: This year’s most difficult posture

Although it remained unpronounced, Jackass was the insult that surged from inside me, when judging an acquaintance of mine who professed that the world was actually not round; it was flat. He spoke with such absolute certainty that he even held the knot of his tie when he explained that this world-is-round bull was just a myth for the meek.

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SEGURAR A LÍNGUA: a postura mais difícil do ano

Já sabemos muito bem o que acontece com os fatos quando a convicção está reinando: quanto mais repudiava o falso conhecimento dele, falso por ter base nenhuma – nem teoria nem prática que desmente a redondeza do mundo e que tampouco agrega nada, nem sugere uma outra explicação do mundo físico ao nosso redor – mais crescia a teimosia dele sobre um mundo plano.

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The story I cannot tell you

“That is the story I cannot tell you” was how I responded to my nieces and nephews who pulled on me to sit back down. I abruptly rose, leaving them to hang from a cliff to know what happened after the beautiful Sita had been kidnapped by the Demon. “Please, uncle! Tell us the whole […]

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I moved house and other miracles / Eu mudei de casa e outros milagres

“Don’t exaggerate, Ricky! It was just a coincidence! It was another bird!” said a skeptical, sour friend, when I told him how Pipsqueak had found me in my new home.
“Não exagere, Ricky! Foi apenas uma coincidência! Foi outro pássaro!” disse um amigo céptico, quando eu lhe disse que o Pipsqueak não somente achou a minha casa nova, mas achou a janela certa entre milhares.

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Conversion is violence

No matter how much faith they might have had in their Lord, the view of the fuming volcano in such a foreign world might have filled the Jesuits with just enough doubt to worry as they looked across the valley from the destroyed pagan city of Cholula to behold the smoking giant the natives called […]

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THE RECIPE OF GRATITUDE WHEN ĀSANA ISN’T ENOUGH | UMA RECEITA DE GRATIDÃO QUANDO ĀSANA NÃO É SUFICIENTE

On this International Yoga Day, remember that practicing the disciplines of mind and body are invaluable tools, but cultivating GRATITUDE trains one not to appropriate success or failure, since all results are delivered by an Order one does not control. “I am the STRONGEST! You are a bunch of WEAKLINGS! Out of my way or I shall […]

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What you don’t see in yoga class – O que os olhos não veem na sala de yoga

  Understanding the unseen path taken by your teacher might be just as important as the adjustments to your positions in class.  An interview with Brazilian Yoga teacher Gilberto Schulz. Conhecer os caminhos experienciados mas pouco revelados pelo teu professor de yoga pode ser tão importante quanto os ajustes das posturas dele. Uma entrevista com […]

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Deixa de ser ridículo, Ricky!

“Deixa de ser ridículo, Ricky! Elas não comem isso!” Foi o deboche de um grande amigo, daqueles que jamais perderia uma oportunidade me sacanear com uma gargalhada, especialmente na fazenda dele que era todo um mundo novo para o gringo nascido e criado no asfalto, onde meu conhecimento sobre os animais foi limitado aos meus […]

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