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You have been to hell, Ketut?"
He smiled. Of course he's been there.
What's it like in hell?"
Same like in heaven," he said.
He saw my confusion and tried to explain. "Universe is a circle, Liss."
He said. "To up, to down -- all same, at end."
I remembered an old Christian mystic notion: As above, so below.
I asked. "Then how can you tell the difference between heaven and hell?"
Because of how you go. Heaven, you go up, through seven happy places. Hell, you go down, through seven sad places. This is why it better for you to go up, Liss." He laughed.
Same-same," he said. "Same in end, so better to be happy in journey."
I said, "So, if heaven is love, then hell is.. "
Love, too," he said.
Ketut laughed again, "Always so difficult for young people to understand this!


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In Venice in the Middle Ages there was once a profession for a man called a codega--a fellow you hir...
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There was no better path to autonomy for an ambitious young businesswoman than to be married off to ...
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Now that young girls like my twelve-year-old friend Mai are being exposed to modern Western women li...
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The philosopher Odo Marquard has noted a correlation in the German language between the word zwei, w...
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You have no idea how strong my love is!
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Dessutom kunde jag inte glömma vad min syster en gång hade sagt till mig medan hon ammade: ''Att s...
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Destiny, I feel is also a relationship-a play between grace and willful self-effort. Half of it you ...
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Nothing in the last few years has dazzled me more than Hilary Mantel's 'Wolf Hall,' whic...
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stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be...
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I don't hate humanity and I'm not interested in people who do. Although, it's funny, act...
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In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back people in this world who sustain ou...
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What worked yesterday doesn't always work today.
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He lived in sight of both worlds, but he looked toward the unknown. And he was a scholar.... You can...
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This is what rituals are for. We do spiritual ceremonies as human beings in order to create a safe r...
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Before you realize this truth, say the Yogis, you will always be in despair, a notion nicely express...
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One year, Alma bought Prudence- who liked to draw flowers (beautifully, though not 'accurately')- a ...
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He showed me a sketch he'd drawn once during meditation. It was an androgynous human figure, standin...
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The great Sufi poet and philosopher Rumi once advised his students to write down the three things th...
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Dear me, how I love a library.
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I have my own set of survival techniques. I am patient. I know how to pack light. But my one might t...
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God dwells within you, as you.
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Still it is true that many same-sex couples want nothing more than to join society as fully integrat...
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There are always two figures in a marriage, two votes, two conflicting sets of decisions, desires an...
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Dear Lord, please show me everything I need to understand about forgiveness and surrender
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Also, I could finally sleep. And this was the real gift, because when you cannot sleep, you cannot g...
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There’s this human capacity for joy and endurance, even when things are at their worst. A joy that...
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The results of my work don't have much to do with me. I can only be in charge of producing the work ...
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You know, you seem like a completely different person, now that you're with this new boyfriend. You ...
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I remember asking myself one night, while I was curled up in the same old corner of my same old couc...
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At that moment of realization (that union with God is always present), that's when God let me go, le...
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So I stood up and did a handstand on my Guru's roof, to celebrate the notion of liberation. I felt t...
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Faith is belief in what you cannot see or prove or touch. Faith is walking face-first and full-speed...
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So whenever that brittle voice of dissatisfaction emerges within me, I can say "Ah, my ego! There yo...
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Attraversiamo (meaning "Lets cross over" in Italian)
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When I don't know what I'm doing, I look like I don't know what I'm doing. When I'm excited or nervo...
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Well, just remember--all your misery will be waiting for you at the door upon your exit, should you ...
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Most of us, even if only for two minutes in our lives, have experienced at some time or another an i...
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Italian men are like show poodles. Sometimes they look so good I want to applaud.
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Go back to bed', said the omniscient interior voice, because you don't need to know the final answer...
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We're miserable because we think that we are mere individuals, alone with our fears and flaws and re...
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Virginia Woolf wrote, "Across the broad continent of a woman's life falls the shadow of a sword." On...
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At some point, as Richard keeps telling me, you gotta let go and sit still and allow contentment to ...
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Your job then, should you choose to accept it, is to keep searching for the metaphors, rituals and t...
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As I focus on diligent joy, I also keep remembering a simple idea my friend Darcey told me once -- t...
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So now I have started living my own life. Imperfect and clumsy as it may look, it is resembling me n...
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Your treasure - your perfection - is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the busy co...
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But is it such a bad thing to live like this for just a little while? Just for a few months of one...
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I met an old lady once, almost one hundred years old, and she told me, "There are only two questions...
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But why must everything have a practical application? I'd been such a diligent soldier for years--wo...
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A Sanskrit word appeared in the paragraph: ANTEVASIN. It means, ‘one who lives at the border.’ I...
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People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate i...
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I didn't want to destroy anything or anybody. I just wanted to slip quietly out the back door, witho...
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معظم البشر أعينهم مغلقة بغبار الخيبة إلى حدّ يمنعهم من ...
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My face is a transparent transmitter of my every thought.
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Devotion is diligence without assurance. Faith is a way of saying, 'Yes, I pre-accept the terms of t...
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The culture of Rome just doesn't match the culture of Yoga, not as far as I can see. In fact, I've d...
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Even in the worst tragedies and crisis, there’s no reason to add to everyone’s misery by looking...
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What Richard is talking about is instead admitting to the existence of negative thoughts, understand...
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Man is a demon, man is a god. Both true.
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We’re miserable because we think that we are mere individuals, alone with our fears and flaws and ...
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This was my voice, but perfectly wise, calm and compassionate. This was what my voice would sound li...
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Big deal. So you fell in love with someone. Don’t you see what happened? This guy touched a place ...
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Everyone makes their own path, and I must make mine. The Bhagavad Gita - and ancient Indian Yogic te...
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This is very American, too - the insecurity about whether we have earned our happiness. Planet Adver...
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God isn't interested in watching you enact some performance of personality in order to comply with s...
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You need a droughtbreaker, baby. Gotta go find yo'self a rainmaker.
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But I disappear into the person I love. I am the permeable membrane. If I love you, you can have eve...
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upped
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Because God never slams a door in your face without opening a box of Girl Scout cookies (or however ...
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¿Qué sucedería al crear una vida lo bastante expansiva como para poder sincronizar varios contrar...
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I pause here for a moment to explain exactly what I mean when I say that word, just so people can de...
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Sõltuvus on iga meeletu armumise paratamatu koostisosa.
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Attraversiamo.
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The classical Indian sages wrote that there are three factors which indicate whether a soul has been...
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It's all for the best.
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You are worthy, dear one, regardless of the outcome. You will keep making your work, regardless of t...
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I'm considered a difficult girl. I have a reputation for needing to be told a good reason to do some...
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Never explain yourself, Alma. It makes you appear weak.
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Oh, I just want what we all want: a comfortable couch, a nice beverage, a weekend of no distractions...
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Desiring another person is perhaps the most risky endeavor of all. As soon as you want somebody—re...
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Absolute certainty is not something I strive for anymore. I've learned the hard way that destiny...
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