NYC, 03/31/1971 Part 3

“Notes of a Pilgrim” New York City, March 31, 1971, written to family members. Words in italics were written later.  After ten beautiful days in South India, I proceeded north to West Bengal, where I would stay for a week at Belur Math, the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Order, near Calcutta. Calcutta was tense at that time. Swami Vandanananda had…

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NYC, 03/31/1971 Part 2

“Notes of a Pilgrim” New York City, March 31, 1971, written to family members. Words in italics were written later. I think I sent you all cards from south India. Anyone going to India should try to see some of the South. It is perhaps the most Indian part of India, the part least affected by Muslim rule. Most of…

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Old Shrine Prayer Hall

NYC, 03/31/1971

“Notes of a Pilgrim” New York City, March 31, 1971, written to family members. Words in italics were written later. It is a full month since I returned from India, and I am just now finding time to write! Whenever I think about my trip—which is quite often – in fact, a great deal of my “memory content” since then…

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Plotinus

Creative Spirituality

For the religious artist, art is a path to the divine, a path that can embrace devotion, ritual worship, concentration, service to God and service to humanity. For the layman, the contemplation of religious art can intensify religious feeling and deepen meditation. A truly great work of religious art can encompass an entire religious perspective. In the caves of Elephanta…

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Sri Sarada Devi

Holy Mother’s Last Message: A Universal Spirituality for Today

As Sri Sarada Devi lay on her deathbed, a woman disciple who had known Sri Ramakrishna came to her, weeping, and lamented, “What will happen to us, Mother?” Holy Mother replied, “Why should you be afraid? You have seen the Master. What should frighten you?” Then she continued, very slowly, “Let me tell you one thing, my child. If you want…

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