DISCLOSURE Some of the visitors found the sage’s teaching on God and human identity powerfully inspiring, deeply challenging and rationally contradictory. One day, as they discussed the role of a sage, a visitor said, “A sage is someone who shows what human beings are capable of becoming, isn’t he?” The sage was quick to correct…

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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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The Irish launch of THE DEWDROP IN THE OCEAN – Wisdom Stories for Turbulent Times was held at the Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square, Dublin on August 27. The function was attended by over 120 friends, family and well wishers from all parts of Ireland and a few even from outside the country. Dr. Ronnie…

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One day, when speaking on awareness in daily living, the sage narrated a parable. “After many miles of driving a car, a man heard some unusual sounds from the engine. He turned up the music so he would not be disturbed by those sounds. When an indicator light flashed red, he had it disabled. On…

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A DEWDROP IN THE OCEAN – Wisdom Stories for Turbulent Times by Francis J. Padinjarekara was launched at Juhu Granth Book Shop in Mumbai on July 3, 2009. The launch was made by Prof. Dr. Francis X. D’Sa, the eminent Indologist and a close friend and former professor of the author. In a most inspiring…

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Parables and stories have the power to reveal the deepest wisdom in life and the need for awareness to transform our lives. They speak directly to our heart. They are first lived — individually and collectively – and then told and retold. I came across a recent book, A Dewdrop in the Ocean: Wisdom Stories…

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Great mytics and masters taught through stories, poems and parables because they realised that rational speech was inadequate to communicate profound truths about the sacred dimension of life like spirituality, inner quest or the divine. This is also the experience of anyone who has attempted to reflect seriously on the deepest and most important issues…

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Reflection “Before I came to see you I was quite happy, but after listening to you, so much muck has been stirred up inside I feel depressed,” a listener moaned. “Awareness shines on the pleasant and the unpleasant alike,” the sage replied. “If you stop stirring it even more with your judgements, the muck will…

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