Tag Archives: india

of gods and boxes

We make our own sacrifices and worship our own gods, from materialism to social justice. We have our own talismans, always connected to our human conceit.

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day camp

Service can be connected to spiritual pride, something we “do for others” that makes us feel good about ourselves. There was none of that with this group.

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everyday riches

I could thank the Puritans for my luxuries, with their clean, industrious ways. I’m sure I can thank the Lord, whose mercies are new every morning—even in Nepal. I just want to remember how rich I am.

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Letters from Bharat; from mud to marble

Whenever we visit IBS, we are met by bright, positive, eager young men and women who want their lives, and the lives of their families, to be different. And better. There is poverty, yes. But there in no poverty mentality.

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Letters From Bharat: Oh, Calcutta

I wasn’t scared. I could easily have hailed a cab. I was just confused and wanted to find my way. On my own, if I could.

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Letters from Bharat

What I can teach is to withhold judgment, pay more attention, extend grace. And I can be changed.

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holy cow

Temples are crowded. Festivals are innumerable. Darkness. Bondage. Idolatry. It is an unending cycle of prayers and sacrifices.

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unity in diversity

People of different religions, languages and palates have been getting along for centuries, with a shared understanding of hierarchy and a karmic view of fate.

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how to say hello

The idea that any guest or stranger is a god lays the foundation for Indian hospitality.

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the Indian head bobble

If the centuries have taught you nothing is certain, a little nonverbal ambiguity is called for. It is our absolute certainty about everything that is perplexing.

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