“When the monk goes to the tavern, the tavern becomes his cell. When the drunk goes to a cell, the cell becomes his tavern.” (Anthony de Mello). Holiness is not the attribute of a place, but the quality of an experience. It is not the trait of a person, but the quality of presence. The…

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The Ocean in the Dewdrop by Francis J Padinjarekara was launched by Fr Peter McVerry S.J., at Avila Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin on Sept 2. There was a large gathering of more than 150 guests who came from all over Ireland and outside. Introducing Liz Dillon, the facilitator for the evening, Fran O’Reilly spoke about the…

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Francis’ second book, The Ocean in the Dewdrop, was released in Bombay at Granth Bookshop on July 9 by Dr. Francis X. D’Sa, S.J. , the preeminent Indologist and scholar of cross-cultural studies, and the founder/director of the Institute for the Study of Religions, Pune. The author was delighted to have his friend and former…

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Francis’ second book is being launched in Mumbai, India in early July. Published by de Mello Publications, the book is a companion volume to his first one, A Dewdrop in the Ocean – Wisdom Stories for Turbulent Times, which was published last year. While the first book dealt with the themes of Awareness in daily…

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On Boxing Day, 1971 a group of Australian Kangaroo hunters claimed to have seen a beautiful young half-naked blonde woman among kangaroos on the semi-arid plains of Nullarbor, South Australia. The claim was supported by a film footage of a woman holding a kangaroo by the tail. A huge round of publicity saw many visitors…

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While the Master did not oppose the practice of psychotherapy and even claimed that it was necessary for some people, he made no secret of is opinion that a psychotherapist merely brings relief; he does not really solve your problem – he merely exchanges it for another, more comfortable, one. He recalled sitting in a…

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Civil War At the end of a discussion about the conflicts and tensions that people encounter, a participant asked, “What in your experience is the root cause of our conflicts?” “We’re disturbed because we run away from who we are and try to become who we are not,” the sage replied. “We keep attempting to…

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HEALING To a distressed person who came to him for help, the Master said, “Do you really want a cure?” “If I did not, would I bother to come to you?” “Oh yes. Most people do.” “What for?” “Not for a cure. That’s painful. For relief.” To his disciples the Master said, “People who want…

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