“The Foothills”

“He caught glimpses of the most primitive roadside huts imaginable: jerry-built lean-tos fashioned from corrugated iron roofs supported by bent and weather wooden posts. But behind these flimsy structures, rising like a silent commentary on the difference between the skills of human beings and those of nature, were the sentinels of the magnificent Garhwal Himalayas. […]

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“Sunrise”

“As the dazzling wafer of the sun appeared over the rim of the eastern range, its circumference spoked with flares of various lengths and brightness, shooting a 200,000-candlepower spotlight straight at the yogi, the cloud cover dissolved as if it had never existed, revealing the mountains on the western side. These were the ones that […]

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“The Saint Explains”

“‘Ignorance colors our view of the world by modifying the Absolute with conceptions of name and form. One in ignorance sees a mountain and nothing of the Absolute. A Realized Being sees the Absolute over which is superimposed a “mountain,” a name and a form that attempt to separate it from what it really Is.’”

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“The Goddess”

“In her shone the heat of not merely a unitary sun, but of all the stars combined. From her radiated the heat not of a single lava flow, but of all volcanoes combined. About her spread the love not of a solitary wife, but of every wife, mother, and lover who had ever existed. Her […]

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“All Green”

“Everything outside the taxi was vividly green. Grass grew along the verges of the road; bushes surmounted the grasses; and trees towered over the bushes. Theo felt as if he had been plunged right into the center of a wonderful world of viridity. The greenness that overwhelmed him didn’t vary its tone in the slightest […]

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“Morning in the Himalayas”

“Theo looked around him at the glorious Himalayan morning. A tiny bushchat bird, whose ruffled head made it seem as if its owner had just risen from bed, sat atop a dead tree stem, like an architectural finial. Slanting sun beams, the breadth of giant tree trunks, highlighted portions of the mountains to his left. […]

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