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  • Appointment with April

    Once, philosopher George Santayana came into a sizeable legacy and was able to relinquish his post on the Harvard faculty. The classroom was packed for his final appearance, and Santayana did himself…

  • Sitting by the side, watching

    One day Buddha is passing by a forest. It is a hot summer day and he is feeling very thirsty. He says to Ananda, his chief disciple, “Ananda, you go back. Just…

  • Resist not evil

    Some people brought a woman to Jesus and said, “She has committed adultery. It is written in the ancient scriptures, that she should be stoned to death. What do you think?” Jesus…

  • Bhamati

    I shall tell you of a wonderful incident in the life of Vachaspati Misra. His father urged him to marry. Vachaspati understood nothing of marriage. He however, bowed to his father’s wishes,…

  • Trust

    “Ask the Creator for what you want,” they told her, “and the Creator will always answer you.” They had told her that since she was a baby. Now she was almost seven.…

  • Seeing, before and afterward

    The lean man closed the door to his old truck. It was stacked high with firewood for me. Slowly he walked toward me, and put out his hand. “Good day,” he said.…

  • The Moonlight Sonata

    One evening renowned composer Beethoven and a friend were taking a walk. As they were passing through a narrow, dark street, they heard music coming from a little house. “Hush!” Beethoven said.…

  • The black man and kindness

    We are at the restaurant of a German University. A red-haired student, and undeniably German, takes her tray and sits down at her table. She then realises she has forgotten her cutlery…