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Finnegans on the Path to Waking

Since I’m starting to pull together the “Desire” issue, I’m especially struck by these lines from “Little Gidding” by T.S. Eliot, which a reader graced this blog spot with after my last post:  “This is the use of memory:  For liberation–not less of love but expanding of love beyond desire, and so liberation from the […]

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The Campfire

Last night, at Ciao Stella, a cozy Italian place on Sullivan Street, I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of people about life after death.   I tried to speak about the many lives and many deaths we endure in this one body, rather limiting myself to “the big one.”  A little more than […]

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The Garden Party

“Man remains a mystery to himself,” writes Madame de Salzmann in her upcoming book The Reality of Being.  “He has a nostalgia for Being, a longing for duration, for permanence, for absoluteness–a longing to be.   Yet everything that constitutes his life is temporary, ephemeral, limited.  He aspires to another order, another life, a world that […]

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The Spirit in the Sky

“Death cannot be understood without compassion,” wrote Thomas Merton in No Man Is an Island.  “Compassion teaches me that when my brother dies,  I too die.  Compassion teaches me that my brother and I are one.” In the weeks since the “Life after Death” was published and sent out into the world, death came calling.  […]