Looking through the Chagall Windows

Properly called the America Windows, they are what everyone in Chicago has called the Chagall Windows for as long as I can remember, and I was born some years before they were installed in the Art Institute of Chicago in 1977. A tribute to a city and a nation from the great Russian-French-Jewish artist and […]

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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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Just because you cannot see the Order doesn’t mean there isn’t One

May I look at your books is a question I think that no one of my generation or older would make. It came from a younger friend, as if asking to read something secretive, like a diary. “Of course!” I responded. A quick scan resulted in wide eyes, “This is chaos!” “There is no such […]

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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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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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The Bhagavadgῑtā

It is not necessary, however, to take a major detour in life and go to another country in order for you to discover that you are not exactly the author of your own story.

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Ahiṁisā

“Look at the puppies, Ricky!” my friend pointed out from the car as we had just pulled off the road to water the cedar forest after a long journey. The initial delight at opening the car door to six healthy puppies lasted no longer than second. I dropped to my knees in agony, praying. Some […]

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