Monthly Archives: July 2013

Religious Origins, Religious Ends

(This is a rush job as I wait for a taxi to take me from Pondicherry to Chennai, and will probably be rather rough and unpolished. I completely abdicated the responsibility of keeping a running narrative of my travels while … Continue reading

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Martyrium S. Rafahel Philologi, Secundum Discipulum Eius

Resurrectio Animae Fonticule Aeternitatis Hinc Exsequor Laureatus Dixit ergo Thomas, qui dicitur Didymus, ad condiscipulos: Eamus et nos, ut moriamur cum eo.

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The Kashi Astrologer

I earlier mentioned (but did not much elaborate about) an astrologer I consulted in Varanasi. This is because the astrologer prescribed a yantra he wanted me to keep secret for a month, which has now passed. I am now free … Continue reading

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Honestly OK (Dido)

I just want to feel safe in my own skin I just want to be happy again I just want to feel deep in my own world but I’m so lonely I don’t even want to be with myself anymore … Continue reading

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On Real Religion II

It doesn’t matter to actual, on-the-ground, real-world religion if God in fact helps people or not. If you need him badly enough, you necessarily believe that he can and will. (If you don’t believe, you don’t need him badly enough, … Continue reading

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On “Real Religion”

James Martin writes on the Jesuit blog, In All Things: To that end, one of my quotes about religion comes from the Scottish philosopher John Macmurray, who contrasted “illusory” religion with “real religion.” The maxim of illusory religion is: “Fear … Continue reading

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Possession

I think I observed devotional possession for the first time last night. I was recently at the car procession commemorating the second day of the novena of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. The Velankanni shrine complex has two walls – … Continue reading

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