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THOSE BLASTED RULES!

Recently I had a disturbing conversation with a man who considers himself an ardent devotee of Arunachala and Ramana Maharshi. He was convalescing after a serious bout of illness and, amazingly, since he’d been ordered to give up some seriously toxic habits in order to heal, he was actually looking better than I had ever seen him. 984 more words

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KILL YOUR DARLINGS

This is serious advice for serious writers—to kill our darlings. Sounds brutal, no? Well, actually, what it means is that sometimes we come up with great material, but, in the context of the whole piece of work, say a short story or novel, this terrific piece of writing does not work to create a vivid continuous dream that the reader can resonate with. 710 more words

Metaphysical Fiction/Stream Of Conciousness

DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?

My father taught me a powerful lesson growing up; I watched many a time as he out-intimidated the legion of official and governmental bullies that routinely harass all Indians and make millions of lives miserable. 1,087 more words

Metaphysical Fiction/Stream Of Conciousness

BLISS JUNKIE

One result of discovering the amazing teachings of Eastern philosophy was that I began to closely study my own relative nature. Over time I came to the conclusion that it was composed of two almost equal but opposing sides: yes, I was half hedonist and half ascetic. 561 more words

Metaphysical Fiction/Stream Of Conciousness

DENIAL IS NOT A RIVER IN EGYPT.

A woman introduced to me by a friend visited me the other day. We had a nice chat and I offered her something to eat. She came into the kitchen as I got her meal ready and hovered over me, eyes wide with anxiety, asking me questions about ingredients, process, et cetera, until I got a little snippy and asked her to sit at the dining table. 902 more words

Metaphysical Fiction/Stream Of Conciousness

DID I TELL YOU NOT TO HISS?

The great sage Ramakrishna told this old tale to his disciples: an angry snake terrified the village boys so greatly that they dared not venture near his territory. 599 more words

Metaphysical Fiction/Stream Of Conciousness

ADVAITA IS NOT TWO

I am no scholar and tend to reduce the most sophisticated philosophy into easily digestible truths I can use in my daily life. Complication and complexity only keep me from going deep, I have discovered, and when ideas become simple, they also become fuel for the blissful enlightenment I seek. 970 more words

Metaphysical Fiction/Stream Of Conciousness