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Knowing by Grace, Again

From the archives, revised and re-offered.  Because learning also requires revising of the lesson. Because knowing also requires re-offering of the intellect. Because opening to Her Light also requires re-kindling of the aspiration. Because receptivity for Her Grace also requires re-strengthening of the instrument. Re-offered to the Shakti, the Mother. On this occasion of International Women’s Day. Thus her story begins…… Continue reading Knowing by Grace, Again

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Current Events 6: ‘Ghar Wapsi’, the Homecoming

To read readers’ comments on this post, click here to visit the earlier version of this blog. Ten years ago, my mother died with an unfulfilled dream in her eyes. Dream of seeing her home for one last time, home that she and my father had built saving each and every penny they could manage, home… Continue reading Current Events 6: ‘Ghar Wapsi’, the Homecoming

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The New Age Guru Who Wasn’t

He badly needed to rediscover that lost enthusiasm and zeal for his work. Was he devoid of fresh ideas, was he simply over-exhausted? He had never felt so ‘blocked’ before. He desperately needed to churn out creatively told stories and well-researched essays for his next self-help book. His fame depended on it, so did his… Continue reading The New Age Guru Who Wasn’t

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Current Events 5: Hope in the Times of Violence

She, whose name nobody knew, belonged to a small tribal community from the north-eastern part of the country. She had lost her entire family to the gunshots fired by the terrorists a few days ago, and was now made to live with a big group of strangers in a small tent in a make-shift refugee… Continue reading Current Events 5: Hope in the Times of Violence

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Current Events 3: Silenced Voices

A special post on the occasion of Children’ Day       I was 13 when they came and shut down the carpet factory my father and his brother had built, just outside the basti. Twelve people were working there. They said, no children allowed. I and my two cousins were the only children, my… Continue reading Current Events 3: Silenced Voices

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Current Events 2: Seeing Anew

Why had Kareem-bhai and his friends bombed the army-camps? They were wrong. The soldiers who rescued me, ammi, and thousands in our flood-ravaged village weren’t the enemy. Who was? “I’ll join the army, protect my people,” 14-year-old Hamida suddenly beamed. “Inshallah, may more children see the light,” said her ammi. Image: Source  ****** A post dedicated… Continue reading Current Events 2: Seeing Anew

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Current Events

In a dilapidated hall of what was once a prestigious college in a small city of the troubled border-state that had seen many decades of ethnic cleansing and terrorism, the young, energetic and dynamic cabinet minister of the newly elected central government was speaking to a large audience of students, teachers, soldiers and out-of-work businessmen.… Continue reading Current Events