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Gifts of God

Consider the mental and physical suffering as gift from God which, if accepted gracefully lead to everlasting happiness.

Happiness and suffering in life do not last long. Remain calm and patient while experiencing these ups and downs in life.

I am with you. Don’t worry be happy.


[Copyright © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust Ahmednagar (M.S.) India]

Love God silently

I am nearer to you than your own breath. Remember Me and I am with you and My love will guide you.

Your being with Me physically is immaterial. It is My being with you that matters. So keep Me with you always.

You have to love God silently and honestly even in your every day life. Whilst eating, drinking, talking and doing all your duties, you can still love God continuously without letting anyone know.~~~~~ Meher Baba
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OYO Raises $1 Bn At $5 Bn Valuation To Solidify India Position, Expand Global Footprint
Hotel chain OYO has raised a total of $800 Mn in its latest financing round led by SoftBank Investment Advisers (SBIA) through SoftBank Vision Fund, with participation from existing investors Lightspeed India Partners, Sequoia Capital, and Greenoaks Capital. Read more to know about the other investors and commitments.
In a bid to strengthen its presence in India after acquiring Indian ecommerce unicorn Flipkart, global retailer Walmart is now reportedly looking to leverage Flipkart platform to cross-sell private brands. Ahead of the yearly festive season sale, Flipkart is increasing its in-house brands/private labels and business for its flagship Big Billion Days (BBD) sale.
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United Arab Emirates-based cab hailing firm Careem has announced the acquisition of Hyderabad online minibus shuttle service platform Commut in an undisclosed amount, as the former plans on expanding into mass transport. As part of the acquisition, Careem will take on Commut’s technology, talent and team to roll out its cab service in 100 cities.
Kolkata-based fintech company Kredent InfoEdge has secured $1.1 Mn (INR 8 Cr) in Pre-Series A funding from renowned stock market investor Ramesh Damani and Singapore-based hedge fund manager along with another undisclosed investor. The startup has already received $688.8K (INR 5 Cr) in its kitty, while $413.3K (INR 3 Cr) is still under process.
Following in the footsteps of its parent company Flipkart, Bengaluru-based online fashion retail Myntra has launched a loyalty programme dubbed as Myntra Insider, which is designed to improve engagement with its users to drive stickiness on the platform.
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Kanwaljit Singh, the founder of Fireside Ventures, is strong headed, to say the least. Fireside is an early-stage venture capital (VC) firm that focuses on consumer brands. In March, Fireside closed its first fund of $47.1 Mn (INR 340 Cr), of which it has already spent $13.9 Mn (INR 100 Cr) in over 12 deals. Here are excerpts of this week’s Moneyball with Kanwaljit Singh, the founder of Fireside Ventures.
Even as Indian startups are going the IPO way, Vembu loves his freedom and has no plans to take Zoho public. This, despite the fact that in H1 18, India recorded the highest IPO activity in terms of the number of deals across the globe, accounting for 16% of the total issues.
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Female justice day

Did you know…

… that today is Female Justice Day? On this day in 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the Supreme Court. Trivia fans: She completed law school in just two years and was third in her class!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.”

— Sandra Day O’Connor

Female justice day

Did you know…

… that today is Female Justice Day? On this day in 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the Supreme Court. Trivia fans: She completed law school in just two years and was third in her class!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.”

— Sandra Day O’Connor

Two Riddles

When one does not know what it is, then it is something. When one knows what it is, then it is nothing.

The answer is: A riddle.

I sizzle like bacon, I’m made with an egg. I have plenty of backbone, but not a good leg. I peel layers like an onion, but still remain whole. I can be long like a flagpole, yet I fit in a hole. What am I?

The answer is: A snake.

RAK – Random Acts of Kindness Movement. Keep at it!

  1. Say good morning/afternoon/evening to a stranger
  2. Start the day right – make breakfast for everyone
  3. It can get lonely when you are old, pay your grandparents a visit
  4. See someone struggling with lots of bags? Offer to help them
  5. Open the door for someone
  6. Forgive someone who has wronged you
  7. Gift someone something they complimented you for
  8. Put your phone down and have a conversation with a friend
  9. Know someone who’s feeling under the weather? Pay them a visit!
  10. Make someone’s day – tell a friend why you appreciate them

Creativity, Day’s Progress, Random Phrases and Observing my thoughts

I have often said that Just by Watching you can Observe a Lot 🙂  and having an investigator, fraud detectors training helps.

  1. Let Her Rip Meaning: Permission to start, or it could mean ‘go faster!’  The Three Focus areas are clear to me now. 1. Toast Masters – TOCK ( like in Tick-Tock of the clock) journey 2. Continue to write on wordpress, globallinkers and medium regularly and may be, publish some ebooks on Amazon for posterity. 3.  Keep learning i.e. Finish the first 100 courses on Udemy of which I have completed 55 already and then enroll for more. Learning should never end. 
  2. Poke Fun At Meaning: Making fun of something or someone; ridicule.  Abond person who shared others’ SECRET emails can not be trusted – he can do the same to you. I met such a man recently and ridiculed him.  Broke all bonds as breaking a Pro-bono mentor bond is the easiest as the other person who is un-mentorable hasn’t paid me a penny.  I feel happy to GRO – Get Rid Off them from my life. 
  3. Happy as a Clam Meaning: The state of being happy; feeling delighted.  Last week or so been sleeping in the noon and gaining weight for no reason but still feeling a delight inside. I don’t know why. 
  4. Jig Is Up Meaning: For a ruse or trick to be discovered; to be caught.  I retraced a step rather stuck to my principles and values and stayed off from the Thugs masquerading as Mentees and were leeches on my time, efforts and money.  Feels great in exposure, sad in my bad judgement of people and giving full Trust in first meeting.  I guess I can not learn to correct myself ever.  I still have trust in Humanity and Humans. What can I do when I meet animals in the garb of men and women?
  5. Ride Him, Cowboy! Meaning: A cheer people yell, usually at rodeos when cowboys are clinging to the backs of untamed horses.  I am leaving Mentoring – i.e. ProBono mentoring. I have heard several audios and videos now to change my belief system that Coaching is paid while mentoring is free. This year has taught me this lesson. 
  6. Top Drawer Meaning: High quality, exceptional; something that’s very valuable.  I still wish to do the Tony Robbins Coaching course once I have funds. It is too costly given the falling Rupee prices these days. 
  7. Easy As Pie Meaning: Something that is easy.  I loved and passed the two recent Udemy courses and I found them the best so far that I practiced and practiced and practiced. 
  8. Under Your Nose Meaning: Missing something that should be really obvious.  Trying to become a myopic now and not see beyond my nose as life get difficult and difficult.  A politician who was so upbeat last week to offer me a national position ws so morose and down today that I could not believe my ears. But I did a course that says that people lie the most on phone, SMS, WhatsApp and least on emails.  One of my mentees famously said to me about “plausible deniability” and changed his email servers for entire company emails every 6 months. That was paranoid. 
  9. Right Out of the Gate Meaning: Right from the beginning; to do something from the start.  The latest courses Pathways and Body language are very appealing – the behavioural economics, Brain, Hypnotism, NLP and neuromarketing are next focus  of learning
  10. Par For the Course Meaning: What you would expect to happen; something normal or common.  The astrologers say till 2020 the Saturn 2.5 years are worst indicated. A friendly actuary predicted death in 1000 days and I am on a countdown as per him. I am not out to prove him right or wrong.  I think I shall be par for the course. 

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With over 270 Mn users of Facebook in India, the social media giant has been continuously evaluating and reinventing its products and services in the country. And after a year of search, the company has finally appointed Ajit Mohan as Managing Director and Vice-President, Facebook India.
Chennai-based online pharma chain Netmeds has acquired telemedicine portal JustDoc in a cash-and-stock deal of nearly $1 Mn. Netmeds will leverage the combined strengths of both companies by fully absorbing the JustDoc team. The JustDoc technology will be integrated with Netmeds and the new offering with roll out shortly.
Paytm-parent One97 Communications has announced that over five million offline merchants out of its nine million merchant-base now accept UPI-based payments. Paytm has recorded this contributing over 40% of all UPI based transactions on Paytm.
Fact sheet by Inc42 Datalabs.
eMitra was launched way back in 2004. This was a time when people in India did not fully understand ecommerce (Flipkart came in 2007) and digital payments were restricted to debit/credit cards or online banking transactions through NEFT/RTGS/IMPS, which to were accessible only to a limited tech-savvy community.
Even amid the increasing importance being accorded to data, its safety and security, data frauds are proliferating in India as much as across the world. One of the main aims of the Personal Data Protection Bill was to maintain privacy of data and minimise frauds.
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Turo, the peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace sometimes referred to as the ‘Airbnb of cars’ — is expanding to the UK. And this time, everyday car owners can actually use it. Turo has received over $205 million in funding from Kleiner Perkins,  August Capital, Shasta Venture and Google Ventures, among others.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai will be present at a private meeting with top Republican lawmakers this Friday to discuss the company’s controversial plans to relaunch a search product in China and perceived liberal bias of search results. Last month, President Donald Trump kicked off a largely unfounded controversy, based on a misleading Fox News report, over censorship of conservative viewpoints in Google Search.
SiriusXM, the satellite radio company, is taking over the rest of Pandora, the internet radio company, in an all-stock deal valued at $3.5 billion. Sirius bought a large stake in Pandora last summer and had reportedly tried to acquire it previously, so this isn’t a stunning surprise.

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Speak well, think we’ll, Live well! 🧡🙏😀💜💟

To speak well is good, to think well is better, and above all to live well is best.

Being good is good binding. You must either be good or bad. Bad is like bound wrists. Good is like bound feet.

Kabir writes beautifully about this; Good keeps your hands free, so that you can ever unbind your feet.



[Copyright © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust Ahmednagar (M.S.) India]

Good keeps your hands free

To speak well is good, to think well is better, and above all to live well is best.

Being good is good binding. You must either be good or bad. Bad is like bound wrists. Good is like bound feet.

Kabir writes beautifully about this; Good keeps your hands free, so that you can ever unbind your feet.


[Copyright © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust Ahmednagar (M.S.) India]

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To come to me

“Remember Me Constantly And Wholeheartedly” —-

“To come to me” means experiencing me as I am. No more bondage of births and deaths. But it does not mean the state of a Perfect Master, of Perfection. That is only to be attained in the gross body. So if you are not blessed with this state of perfection, at least you can have liberation.

Baba declared, “ If you just take My Name at the moment of dropping your body, you will come to me.Yes anyone. It is not easy to do this. So do not wait for the last moment.

Remember Me constantly and wholeheartedly all the time and you will not fail to remember Me in your last moment and you will surely come to Me.”

THE GOD-MAN, p. 337, C. B. Purdom

1971 © Meher Spiritual Center, Inc.

Stages of love


Meher Baba

“When lust goes love appears; and out the love comes longing. In love there can never be satisfaction, for longing increases till it becomes an agony which ceases only in Union. Nothing but union with the Beloved can satisfy the lover.

The Way of Love is a continual sacrifice; and what gets sacrificed are the lover’s thoughts of “I”, until at last comes the time when the lover says, “O Beloved! will I ever become one with you and so lose myself forever? But let this be only if it is your Will.” This is the stage of love enlightened by obedience.

Now the lover continuously witnesses the glory of the Beloved’s Will; and in the witnessing does not even think of union. He willingly surrenders his entire being to the Beloved, and has no thought of self left. This is the stage when love is illumined by surrender.

Out of millions, only one loves God; and out of millions of lovers, only one succeeds in obeying, and finally, in surrendering his whole being to God the Beloved.”


1963 © Meher House Publications, Beacon Hill, Australia

photo: I have taken this image from the recently discovered Baba footage of Elizabeth Patterson of Meher Baba in Santa Margharita, Italy, 1933

from the video “You Are Born To Love the Living God”, Mischa Rutenburg

by kind permission of Sufism Reoriented

Real happiness

Real happiness lies in making others happy.

The real desire is that which leads you to become perfect in order to make others become perfect.

The real aim is that which aims to make others become God by first attaining Godhood yourself. 



1986 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust

Art Courtesy: Cherie Plumlee 

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Love and lust

Whether a person happens to be good or bad at any point of time depends upon the operation of his sanskaras. 

The sinner and saint are what they are by necessity and have the same beginning and end.



[Copyright © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust Ahmednagar (M.S.) India]


Whether a person happens to be good or bad at any point of time depends upon the operation of his sanskaras. 

The sinner and saint are what they are by necessity and have the same beginning and end.



[Copyright © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust Ahmednagar (M.S.) India]

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My friend is in love with this Japanese Doc:) – WhatsApp forward – No offence meant

I Love this Japanese Doctor~🤔😊

Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?
A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that’s it… Don’t waste time on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; its like saying you extend life of a car by driving faster. Want to live longer?
Take nap.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: Oh no. Wine made from fruit. Fruit very good. Brandy distilled wine, that means they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Grain good too.
Bottoms up!

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
A: Can’t think of one, sorry.
My philosophy: No pain…good!

Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Food fried in vegetable oil.
How getting more vegetable be bad?

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: You crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable!
It best feel-good food around!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
A: If swimming good for figure,
explain whale to me.

Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?
A: Hey! ‘Round’ is also a shape!

Well… I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.

And remember:

Finally the Japanese Doctor summed up: Look mister, Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways – Beer in one hand – chocolate in the other – body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO-HOO, what a ride my life was”!!!!!😂


My friend who loves an undisciplined life and enjoys his drinks is in love with this Japanese Doctor it seems.

Its a WhatsApp forward. No offence is meant to any of my japanese Doctor friends.

Heart touching story of a Tea Seller, he is changing ‘slum lives’ with his own money – The Youth

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What is a Prayer?

Do you Pray?

I loved this interpretation of Prayer.

What is a prayer?
Prayer doesn’t only happen when we kneel or put our hands together and focus and expect things from God. Thinking positive and wishing good for others is a prayer.

When you hug a friend. That’s a prayer.

When you cook something to nourish family and friends. That’s a prayer.

When we send off our near and dear ones and say, ‘drive safely’ or ‘be safe’. That’s a prayer.

When you are helping someone in need by giving your time and energy. You are praying.

When you forgive someone by your heart. That is prayer.

Prayer is a vibration. A feeling. A thought. Prayer is the voice of love, friendship, genuine relationships. Prayer is an expression of your silent being.

Keep praying always…
Stay Blessed🙏


Be good – may pay or not! It doesn’t matter 🙏😎💗👍🙌

Be good -It pays. Bad makes you mad. Good takes you to god.

There is nothing bad but different degrees of goodness.
The climax of good is loving. Bad is anger, getting excited.

Good is forgiving. Biting is bad, but to be bit is good.
If you offer your cheek, knowing you could easily wring their neck that is excellent.


[Copyright © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust Ahmednagar (M.S.) India]

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The Presentation of Data Graphics In Everyday Life by Kristen Sosulski – 168.04.DataVisualization – ChangeThis

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Look Ma, No Hands! – from The Mission Newsletter

Buckle your seatbelts, a recession may be coming.

Hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio in his upcoming book about financial crises says seven indicators can signal depression or recession.

1. Prices are high relative to traditional measures
2. Prices are discounting future rapid price appreciation from these high levels
3. There is a broad bullish sentiment
4. Purchases are being financed with high leverage
5. Buyers have made exceptionally extended forward investments, such as of inventories, to speculate or to protect against price appreciation
6. New buyers have entered the market
7. Stimulative monetary policy threatens to inflate the bubble even more.

Right now, he says those indicators are flickering, not flashing, so we should be safe … but things can change quickly.

“I’m significantly concerned for the next economic downturn for two reasons,” Dalio said. “The first is that we have right now a higher level of populism and a worse wealth gap so that when we have a downturn, the rich and the poor, the left and the right, will be more at each other’s throats.” Second, he said, monetary policy will be less effective because there’s not much room to cut interest rates, and because quantitative easing — the Federal Reserve’s purchase of long-term bonds to lower interest rates — “has much less marginal effectiveness.”

Dalio says it’s not what happens when the next downturn hits, it’s how it’s handled. He suggests giving the president, with input from other agencies, should be given blanket authority to repeal regulations.


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10 Mind-Blowing Things That Happened This Week (9/21/18)



Keeping up with the news is hard. So hard, in fact, that we’ve decided to save you the hassle by rounding up the most significant, unusual, or just plain old mind-blowing stories each week.

After a relatively dull crop of headlines last week, this week’s news exploded into turbo overdrive. Not one but two massive political storms battered DC, while an actual storm battered the Carolinas. Elsewhere, a new summit in North Korea made headlines again, while accusations rocked the British Labour Party. Also, a three-way international incident blew up between Israel, Russia, and Syria. Strap yourselves in for a bumpy ride.

10Paul Manafort Flipped

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It took a long time, but he finally cracked. Last Friday, Paul Manafort accepted a plea deal with Robert Mueller’s team over outstanding charges of conspiracy and witness tampering. (He’d already been convicted of eight counts of fraud in August.) He will now be helping Mueller in his Russia inquiry.

The Manafort plea deal is explosive but also slightly odd. All of Manafort’s charges stem from crimes unrelated to his time on the Trump campaign, involving his pre-2014 lobbying work in Ukraine. However, Mueller appears to believe that Manafort knows something of interest to his main investigation.[1]

President Trump appears wholly unconcerned about this development, quite possibly because he has nothing to hide. But, as Judge Andrew Napolitano has pointed out, Manafort’s plea deal involved admitting to a breathtaking number of crimes, including some which implicated Russian oligarchs, Ukraine’s former government, and one unnamed Obama official.

In other words, if Manafort has nothing of value, he’s now put himself on the line for several lifetimes in prison. There’s clearly a big fish in Mueller’s sights. Time will tell if it really is the president or not.

9Israel Was Blamed For Syria Shooting Down A Russian Plane

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Although the war isn’t quite the psychopathic slaughter it once was, Syriastill remains a tinderbox where the slightest mistake could spiral into a larger conflict. A mistake, for instance, like the Assad regime shooting down a Russian plane, killing 14 servicemen.

Well, that’s exactly what happened on Monday night. But the real kicker wasn’t that Assad’s defenses had accidentally taken out a friendly plane. It’s that Russia placed the blame firmly on Israel.[2]

Israel currently runs clandestine bombing missions into Syria to hit Iranian targets. (Iran is allied with Assad.) In this case, Russia claimed that two Israeli F-16s deliberately used their planes as cover during a bombing run, giving Moscow only one minute’s notice of the strike. The Syrian regime’s defenses got confused and destroyed the Russian aircraft by mistake.

Putin and Netanyahu are currently attempting to cool down their governments’ tempers over this, but the Russian defense ministry has publicly blamed Israel for the 14 Russian deaths.

8Hurricane Florence Battered The Carolinas

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Last Friday, Hurricane Florence finally made landfall in North Carolina. There had been a lot of confusion about the storm, with some saying that it would wreak havoc and others saying it was “just” a Category 1. In hindsight, we can see that Florence wasn’t at the level of Hurricane Katrina. But it was still destructive. At the time of this writing on Thursday, 37 people are now confirmed dead.

The damage was enormous. Moody’s calculated some $17 billion in costs arising from the hurricane, while other sources put the true figure at over $22 billion. The storm also wiped out the economy of entire farming communities. In North Carolina alone, over one million chickens and thousands of pigs drowned in the floodwaters.

With many areas still flooded and thousands of people still evacuated, the nightmare isn’t over yet. FEMA now has a long way to go in ensuring affected communities can recover.[3]

7An Internet Lynch Mob Crippled Free Speech (Again)

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Jian Ghomeshi is a name familiar to Canadians. In 2014, the former CBC host was accused of many sexual crimes against women, including hitting, biting, and choking partners. In early 2016, he was acquitted on all charges and settled a related case out of court.

This week, he finally resurfaced in the public eye, publishing an essay about his experiences in The New York Review of Books (NYRB). The purpose of this entry isn’t to argue whether NYRB made the correct call by publishing the essay while #MeToo is still running. It’s to highlight the danger of what happened next. When the Internet backlash hit, NYRB fired its editor Ian Buruma.[4]

The allegations against Ghomeshi were serious, although it must be stressed that he was acquitted. However, firing an editor for doing his job and commissioning a controversial article takes us into a whole new ball game.

Buruma was a great writer and a thought-provoking editor. To see him taken down by an Internet lynch mob not because he was an abuser but because he commissioned an article by a man who was accused of being an abuser is like watching a gang of thugs repeatedly kick the First Amendment in the groin.

Maybe it’s an age thing, but this columnist can still remember when controversial articles were essential to debate. Vanity Fair’s 2001 article by Gore Vidal seeking to understand Timothy McVeigh—a man who really was guilty of killing 168 people—caused a firestorm, but it was vital reading.

O.J. Simpson’s account of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown’s murder originally got its publisher fired, but that was more to do with Simpson making money off the case. Once it was republished with all proceeds going to the families, it became a best seller.

Viewpoints, even horrific ones, need to be heard, even if only so we can understand awful actions. That we’re now more comfortable with destroying the careers of those who exercise their First Amendment rights than we are with reading an article we might disagree with—even be disgusted by—speaks volumes about the bleak place to which public discourse is heading.

6A Former Leader Of The British Labour Party Was Accused Of Being A Soviet Spy

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Michael Foot is the former British Labour Party leader who is chiefly famous for two things: wearing a donkey jacket to a memorial service and being absolutely crushed by Margaret Thatcher in the 1983 election. He’s also long been rumored to have had connections to the KGB. This week, The Times of London may have found definitive proof.

We say “may have” because it’s a little unclear. The Times reports that Foot absolutely was one of the USSR’s “useful idiots.” Meanwhile, the BBC reports merely that MI6 had good reason to believe he was, which isn’t exactly the same thing.

Still, the story was deeply controversial in Britain, where elements of the left regard Foot as a national heroThe Times claimed that MI6 informant Oleg Gordievsky had uncovered a 300-page KGB file on the politician in 1981, which gave him the nickname Agent Boot and listed him as someone who had taken cash from the Soviets.[5]

Foot’s family countered by saying he’d successfully sued The Times for calling him a KGB agent back in the 1990s, and they were merely rehashing old news.

5Texas Caught An Alleged Serial Killer In The US Border Patrol

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If the allegations are true, then Juan David Ortiz was one nasty piece of work. A veteran member of the US Border Patrol, he was detained in Texas on Saturday for allegedly murdering four women and trying to murder another. His arrest likely ends a two-week killing spree that had gripped Webb County.

Ortiz is alleged to have abducted prostitutes and murdered them before dumping their bodies along Interstate 35. His intended fifth victim managed to escape and alert the police, who then tracked Ortiz to a parking lot and arrested him without incident.

If Ortiz is indeed guilty, then it’s lucky his victim was able to escape and alert authorities when she did. The quick pace of the killings suggests that there would have been many, many more deaths had he not been caught.[6]

4Stormy Daniels Tried To Body Shame The President

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Is it just us, or have political attacks become cruder in the last few years? There was the biography that claimed David Cameron put a private part of himself inside a dead pig for a bet, the recent accusation that a Virginia Congressional candidate wrote Bigfoot erotica, and the whole Marco Rubio–Donald Trump fight over who had the bigger “hands” in the 2016 primaries.

Well, add another to that illustrious list. On Tuesday, The Guardian managed to get hold of an advance copy of Stormy Daniels’s new book. While the paper commendably focused its reporting on the more serious stuff, that’s not what Twitter took away. Nope, they took away Daniels claiming that a certain intimate part of President Trump looked like a “mushroom.”

That’s right. Daniels was trying to body shame the president.[7]

Some people may think the book as a whole is noteworthy in that it adds a lot of detail to the allegation that Daniels and Trump may have had an affair. Others believe that the entire controversy is irrelevant. Either way, the media storm around it is equally noteworthy for showing just how low the debate has fallen. We now judge the president by what’s in his pants rather than his policies. Wow.

3North And South Korea Held Another Historic Summit

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Let’s take a breather, and check where we were with North Korea this time last year. In our final roundup from September 2017, we reported that the DPRK was preparing to shoot down any US aircraft that came within 80 kilometers (50 mi) of its borders. Only a couple of weeks before, we were reporting that South Korea was setting up a suicide squad to take out Kim Jong Un. In other words, tense times.

And now look at the Korean peninsula. On Tuesday, President Moon of South Korea took a three-day tour of the DPRK which culminated in him and Kim climbing the sacred Mount Paekdu and jointly raising their hands. Before that, Moon took in Pyongyang and made an unprecedented speech at the mass games. Not long after, Kim claimed that he would be willing to let UN inspectors watch the dismantling of DPRK nuclear sites. By the end, they were practically BFFs.[8]

It’s worth remembering how we got here. Both President Moon’s dogged commitment to peace and President Trump’s mercurial style have helped to bring the DPRK in from the cold. There’s still a long way to go, but what a difference a year makes.

2An Australian Paralympian Was Accused Of Faking Her Symptoms

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Amanda Reid (formerly Amanda Fowler) was one of Australia’s brightest Paralympian talents. She took home a silver for cycling in Rio in 2016 and had previously competed as a swimmer in London in 2012.

She’d also competed in multiple categories—from visually impaired to intellectually disabled to physically disabled due to cerebral palsy. And that’s where the problems came in.

It’s quite unusual for a Paralympian to compete in the physically disabled category while having previously only qualified for intellectually impaired (barring some horrific accident). On Monday, the BBC aired a report accusing Reid of exaggerating or faking her disabilities.

Where the blame lies is unclear. Some have accused her coach of effectively gaslighting her into thinking she was more disabled than she was to cash in on her performance. Other interviewees said that Reid had been witnessed doing physical activities that no one with cerebral palsy could ever hope to do. If the allegations are true, it will be a very depressing day for athletics indeed.[9]

1A Sex Assault Allegation Threw The Supreme Court Nomination Process Into Chaos

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We’re going to tread very carefully here as this is probably the most charged political story of the year. On Sunday, an initially anonymous woman claimed that conservative Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her at a party when he was 17 and she was 15. The allegations were brutal and became more explosive when the accuser outed herself as Professor Christine Ford of Palo Alto University. Kavanaugh has denied the charges.

The accusations derailed the nomination process, which had been set to sail through on Thursday. In the aftermath, 65 women who were in high school with Kavanaugh penned an open letter testifying to the judge’s good character. While many were Republicans, a significant number were Democrats. Meanwhile, a number of Ford’s online defenders were forced to walk back their stories.[10]

That this is a difficult case goes without saying. We’ve reached a point in the US where women who accuse men of sexual assault expect and deserve to be taken seriously. After Ford’s identity was revealed, the Senate Judiciary Committee offered her a chance to tell her story on Monday in either a closed- or open-door session. They even offered to have Senate staffers fly to California or anywhere else in the US to hear Ford’s account privately if that would make her more comfortable.

As of yesterday evening (Eastern time), it was reported that Ford’s attorney had responded that Ford would not be available to testify on Monday. However, she is open to testifying later in the week if both sides can agree on certain conditions. As of this writing, those conditions include that only Senators will question her (no lawyers), that Kavanaugh cannot be in the room when Ford testifies, and that Kavanaugh must testify first at the hearing.

It seems unlikely that the Judiciary Committee will grant Ford’s demand that Kavanaugh testify first. In the US, the alleged victim tells his or her story first and then the defendant gets to respond to those accusations. It’s rather difficult to answer charges if you don’t know exactly what they are. In a court case, an alleged victim of sexual assault would have the right to testify but not to demand conditions under which a case would go forward. So this is unusual in many respects.

According to reports so far, Ford is having difficulty remembering details such as when the alleged assault occurred (including the exact year), who owned the house at which the alleged assault took place, where the house was located, who took her to the high school party or what she did afterward, and who else besides Kavanaugh and one of his friends was at the party. Kavanaugh’s friend was alleged to be in the room at the time of the assault, but he has denied that it occurred.

Some people are arguing that Ford’s allegations can never be proven or disproven due to the lack of detail and the long lapse in time. They also question if she is misremembering who committed the alleged assault. Others are saying that she should automatically be believed and that the reports so far are credible. That’s why it’s so important to hear Ford’s testimony before people automatically dismiss her allegations or accept them as true.

Even if the Senate vote on Kavanaugh goes ahead, he may not get through. All it would take would be for Republican Senators Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) to break ranks—as they often do—and Kavanaugh would be sunk.

However, many people are assuming that all US women will automatically condemn Kavanaugh if Ford doesn’t testify. They forget that women have husbands, fathers, sons, nephews, and male friends who could face similar circumstances someday. Rather than a rush to judgment either way, both sides need to be taken seriously and treated fairly.

The next few days will be crucial. Without taking sides, it’ll be interesting to see how things shake out and if a path through the process can now be found which won’t alienate a large part of the population.

Psychedelics, Shadow and Growth: Rebel Wisdom Podcast 5

Rebel Wisdom’s first overseas adventure – David and Alexander outline RW’s plans for future interviews and documentaries – and take the opportunity to explore the new psychedelic renaissance, just half a mile from the centrepoint of the 60s counterculture, San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury. Psychedelics are having a mainstream breakthrough, what next? Can they still break people out of ideological possession and perform the deconditioning role they played in the 1960s? What are the benefits and dangers?


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Leisure, the Basis of Culture: An Obscure German Philosopher’s Timely 1948 Manifesto for Reclaiming Our Human Dignity in a Culture of Workaholism – Brain Pickings

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… that today is Elephant Appreciation Day? It’s true that an elephant never forgets. It’s because of the size of their hippocampus, the part of the brain where memories are stored, is so large. With such big brains, that means that elephants are highly intelligent and highly social. Spend today learning more about elephants – the more you know about them, the more you will come to appreciate these fascinating creatures.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“I have a memory like an elephant. In fact, elephants often consult me.”

— Noel Coward

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… that today is National Imperfection Day? Just about anything worth doing is worth getting done as best as you can, even if it isn’t perfect! The official name for the fear of imperfection is atelophobia.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Share your weaknesses. Share your hard moments. Share your real side. It’ll either scare away every fake person in your life or it will inspire them to finally let go of that mirage called ‘perfection,’ which will open the doors to the most important relationships you’ll ever be a part of.”

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“Loneliness is difficult to confess; difficult too to categorise. Like depression, a state with which it often intersects, it can run deep in the fabric of a person.”

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

“You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love,”artist Louise Bourgeois wrote in her diary at the end of a long and illustrious life as she contemplated how solitude enriches creative work. It’s a lovely sentiment, but as empowering as it may be to those willing to embrace solitude, it can be tremendously lonesome-making to those for whom loneliness has contracted the space of trust and love into a suffocating penitentiary. For if in solitude, as Wendell Berry memorably wrote, “one’s inner voices become audible [and] one responds more clearly to other lives,” in loneliness one’s inner scream becomes deafening, deadening, severing any thread of connection to other lives.

How to break free of that prison and reinhabit the space of trust and love is what Olivia Laing explores in The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone (public library) — an extraordinary more-than-memoir; a sort of memoir-plus-plus, partway between Helen MacDonald’s H Is for Hawk and the diary of Virginia Woolf; a lyrical account of wading through a period of self-expatriation, both physical and psychological, in which Laing paints an intimate portrait of loneliness as “a populated place: a city in itself.”

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After the sudden collapse of a romance marked by extreme elation, Laing left her native England and took her shattered heart to New York, “that teeming island of gneiss and concrete and glass.” The daily, bone-deep loneliness she experienced there was both paralyzing in its all-consuming potency and, paradoxically, a strange invitation to aliveness. Indeed, her choice to leave home and wander a foreign city is itself a rich metaphor for the paradoxical nature of loneliness, animated by equal parts restlessness and stupor, capable of turning one into a voluntary vagabond and a catatonic recluse all at once, yet somehow a vitalizing laboratory for self-discovery. The pit of loneliness, she found, could “drive one to consider some of the larger questions of what it is to be alive.”

She writes:

There were things that burned away at me, not only as a private individual, but also as a citizen of our century, our pixelated age. What does it mean to be lonely? How do we live, if we’re not intimately engaged with another human being? How do we connect with other people, particularly if we don’t find speaking easy? Is sex a cure for loneliness, and if it is, what happens if our body or sexuality is considered deviant or damaged, if we are ill or unblessed with beauty? And is technology helping with these things? Does it draw us closer together, or trap us behind screens?

Bedeviled by this acute emotional anguish, Laing seeks consolation in the great patron saints of loneliness in twentieth-century creative culture. From this eclectic tribe of the lonesome — including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Alfred Hitchcock, Peter Hujar, Billie Holiday, and Nan Goldin — Laing chooses four artists as her companions charting the terra incognita of loneliness: Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, Henry Darger, and David Wojnarowicz, who had all “grappled in their lives as well as work with loneliness and its attendant issues.”

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Olivia Laing

She considers, for instance, Warhol — an artist whom Laing had always dismissed until she was submerged in loneliness herself. (“I’d seen the screen-printed cows and Chairman Maos a thousand times, and I thought they were vacuous and empty, disregarding them as we often do with things we’ve looked at but failed properly to see.”)She writes:

Warhol’s art patrols the space between people, conducting a grand philosophical investigation into closeness and distance, intimacy and estrangement. Like many lonely people, he was an inveterate hoarder, making and surrounding himself with objects, barriers against the demands of human intimacy. Terrified of physical contact, he rarely left the house without an armoury of cameras and tape recorders, using them to broker and buffer interactions: behaviour that has light to shed on how we deploy technology in our own century of so-called connectivity.

Woven into the fabric of Laing’s personal experience are inquiries into the nature, context, and background of these four artists’ lives and their works most preoccupied with loneliness. But just as it would be unfair to call Laing’s masterpiece only a “memoir,” it would be unfair to call these threads “art history,” for they are rather the opposite, a kind of “art present” — elegant and erudite meditations on how art is present with us, how it invites us to be present with ourselves and bears witness to that presence, alleviating our loneliness in the process.

Laing examines the particular, pervasive form of loneliness in the eye of a city aswirl with humanity:

Imagine standing by a window at night, on the sixth or seventeenth or forty-third floor of a building. The city reveals itself as a set of cells, a hundred thousand windows, some darkened and some flooded with green or white or golden light. Inside, strangers swim to and fro, attending to the business of their private hours. You can see them, but you can’t reach them, and so this commonplace urban phenomenon, available in any city of the world on any night, conveys to even the most social a tremor of loneliness, its uneasy combination of separation and exposure.

You can be lonely anywhere, but there is a particular flavour to the loneliness that comes from living in a city, surrounded by millions of people. One might think this state was antithetical to urban living, to the massed presence of other human beings, and yet mere physical proximity is not enough to dispel a sense of internal isolation. It’s possible – easy, even – to feel desolate and unfrequented in oneself while living cheek by jowl with others. Cities can be lonely places, and in admitting this we see that loneliness doesn’t necessarily require physical solitude, but rather an absence or paucity of connection, closeness, kinship: an inability, for one reason or another, to find as much intimacy as is desired. Unhappy, as the dictionary has it, as a result of being without the companionship of others. Hardly any wonder, then, that it can reach its apotheosis in a crowd.

As scientists are continuing to unpeel the physiological effects of loneliness, it is no surprise that this psychological state comes with an almost bodily dimension, which Laing captures vividly:

What does it feel like to be lonely? It feels like being hungry: like being hungry when everyone around you is readying for a feast. It feels shameful and alarming, and over time these feelings radiate outwards, making the lonely person increasingly isolated, increasingly estranged. It hurts, in the way that feelings do, and it also has physical consequences that take place invisibly, inside the closed compartments of the body. It advances, is what I’m trying to say, cold as ice and clear as glass, enclosing and engulfing.

There is, of course, a universe of difference between solitude and loneliness — two radically different interior orientations toward the same exterior circumstance of lacking companionship. We speak of “fertile solitude” as a developmental achievement essential for our creative capacity, but loneliness is barren and destructive; it cottons in apathy the will to create. More than that, it seems to signal an existential failing — a social stigma the nuances of which Laing addresses beautifully:

Loneliness is difficult to confess; difficult too to categorise. Like depression, a state with which it often intersects, it can run deep in the fabric of a person, as much a part of one’s being as laughing easily or having red hair. Then again, it can be transient, lapping in and out in reaction to external circumstance, like the loneliness that follows on the heels of a bereavement, break-up or change in social circles.

Like depression, like melancholy or restlessness, it is subject too to pathologisation, to being considered a disease. It has been said emphatically that loneliness serves no purpose… Perhaps I’m wrong, but I don’t think any experience so much a part of our common shared lives can be entirely devoid of meaning, without a richness and a value of some kind.

With an eye to Virginia Woolf’s unforgettable diary writings on loneliness and creativity, Laing speculates:

Loneliness might be taking you towards an otherwise unreachable experience of reality.

Adrift and alone in the city that promises its inhabitants “the gift of privacy with the excitement of participation,” Laing cycles through a zoetrope of temporary homes — sublets, friends’ apartments, and various borrowed quarters, only amplifying the sense of otherness and alienation as she is forced to make “a life among someone else’s things, in a home that someone else has created and long since.”

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But therein lies an inescapable metaphor for life itself — we are, after all, subletting our very existence from a city and a society and a world that have been there for much longer than we have, already arranged in a way that might not be to our taste, that might not be how the building would be laid out and its interior designed were we to do it from scratch ourselves. And yet we are left to make ourselves at home in the way things are, imperfect and sometimes downright ugly. The measure of a life has to do with this subletting ability — with how well we are able to settle into this borrowed, imperfect abode and how much beauty we can bring into existence with however little control over its design we may have.

This, perhaps, is why Laing found her only, if temporary, respite from loneliness in an activity propelled by the very act of leaving this borrowed home: walking. In a passage that calls to mind Robert Walser’s exquisite serenade to the soul-nourishment of the walk, she writes:

In certain circumstances, being outside, not fitting in, can be a source of satisfaction, even pleasure. There are kinds of solitude that provide a respite from loneliness, a holiday if not a cure. Sometimes as I walked, roaming under the stanchions of the Williamsburg Bridge or following the East River all the way to the silvery hulk of the U.N., I could forget my sorry self, becoming instead as porous and borderless as the mist, pleasurably adrift on the currents of the city.

But whatever semblance of a more solid inner center these peripatetic escapes into solitude offered, it was a brittle solidity:

I didn’t get this feeling when I was in my apartment; only when I was outside, either entirely alone or submerged in a crowd. In these situations I felt liberated from the persistent weight of loneliness, the sensation of wrongness, the agitation around stigma and judgement and visibility. But it didn’t take much to shatter the illusion of self-forgetfulness, to bring me back not only to myself but to the familiar, excruciating sense of lack.

Edward Hopper: Nighthawks (1942)
Edward Hopper: Nighthawks (1942)

It was in the lacuna between self-forgetfulness and self-discovery that Laing found herself drawn to the artists who became her companions in a journey both toward and away from loneliness. There is Edward Hopper with his iconic Nighthawks aglow in eerie jade, of which Laing writes:

There is no colour in existence that so powerfully communicates urban alienation, the atomisation of human beings inside the edifices they create, as this noxious pallid green, which only came into being with the advent of electricity, and which is inextricably associated with the nocturnal city, the city of glass towers, of empty illuminated offices and neon signs.


The diner was a place of refuge, absolutely, but there was no visible entrance, no way to get in or out. There was a cartoonish, ochre-coloured door at the back of the painting, leading perhaps into a grimy kitchen. But from the street, the room was sealed: an urban aquarium, a glass cell.


Green on green, glass on glass, a mood that expanded the longer I lingered, breeding disquiet.

Hopper himself had a conflicted relationship with the common interpretation that loneliness was a central theme of his work. Although he often denied that it was a deliberate creative choice, he once conceded in an interview: “I probably am a lonely one.”Laing, whose attention and sensitivity to even the subtlest texture of experience are what make the book so wonderful, considers how Hopper’s choice of language captures the essence of loneliness:

It’s an unusual formulation, a lonely one; not at all the same thing as admitting one is lonely. Instead, it suggests with that a, that unassuming indefinite article, a fact that loneliness by its nature resists. Though it feels entirely isolating, a private burden no one else could possibly experience or share, it is in reality a communal state, inhabited by many people. In fact, current studies suggest that more than a quarter of American adults suffers from loneliness, independent of race, education and ethnicity, while 45 per cent of British adults report feeling lonely either often or sometimes. Marriage and high income serve as mild deterrents, but the truth is that few of us are absolutely immune to feeling a greater longing for connection than we find ourselves able to satisfy. The lonely ones, a hundred million strong. Hardly any wonder Hopper’s paintings remain so popular, and so endlessly reproduced.

Reading his halting confession, one begins to see why his work is not just compelling but also consoling, especially when viewed en masse. It’s true that he painted, not once but many times, the loneliness of a large city, where the possibilities of connection are repeatedly defeated by the dehumanising apparatus of urban life. But didn’t he also paint loneliness as a large city, revealing it as a shared, democratic place, inhabited, whether willingly or not, by many souls?


What Hopper captures is beautiful as well as frightening. They aren’t sentimental, his pictures, but there is an extraordinary attentiveness to them… As if loneliness was something worth looking at. More than that, as if looking itself was an antidote, a way to defeat loneliness’s strange, estranging spell.

David Wojnarowicz by Peter Hujar (Peter Hujar Archive)
David Wojnarowicz by Peter Hujar (Peter Hujar Archive)

For the artists accompanying Laing on her journey — including Henry Darger, the brilliant and mentally ill Chicago janitor whose posthumously discovered paintings made him one of the most celebrated outsider artists of the twentieth century, and the creative polymath David Wojnarowicz, still in his thirties when AIDS took his life — loneliness was often twined with another profound affliction of the psyche: loss. In a passage evocative of Paul Goodman’s taxonomy of the nine types of silence, Laing offers a taxonomy of lonelinesses through the lens of loss:

Loss is a cousin of loneliness. They intersect and overlap, and so it’s not surprising that a work of mourning might invoke a feeling of aloneness, of separation. Mortality is lonely. Physical existence is lonely by its nature, stuck in a body that’s moving inexorably towards decay, shrinking, wastage and fracture. Then there’s the loneliness of bereavement, the loneliness of lost or damaged love, of missing one or many specific people, the loneliness of mourning.

But this lonesomeness of mortality finds its antidote in the abiding consolations of immortal works of art. “Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness,” philosopher Alain de Botton and art historian John Armstrong wrote in their inquiry into the seven psychological functions of art, and if loneliness is, as Laing puts it, “a longing for integration, for a sense of feeling whole,” what better answer to that longing than art? After all, in the immortal words of James Baldwin, “only an artist can tell, and only artists have told since we have heard of man, what it is like for anyone who gets to this planet to survive it.”


Looking back on her experience, Laing writes:

There are so many things that art can’t do. It can’t bring the dead back to life, it can’t mend arguments between friends, or cure AIDS, or halt the pace of climate change. All the same, it does have some extraordinary functions, some odd negotiating ability between people, including people who never meet and yet who infiltrate and enrich each other’s lives. It does have a capacity to create intimacy; it does have a way of healing wounds, and better yet of making it apparent that not all wounds need healing and not all scars are ugly.

If I sound adamant it is because I am speaking from personal experience. When I came to New York I was in pieces, and though it sounds perverse, the way I recovered a sense of wholeness was not by meeting someone or by falling in love, but rather by handling the things that other people had made, slowly absorbing by way of this contact the fact that loneliness, longing, does not mean one has failed, but simply that one is alive.

But as profoundly personal as loneliness may feel, it is inseparable from the political dimensions of public life. In a closing passage that calls to mind Audre Lorde’s clarion call for breaking our silences against structural injustice, Laing adds:

There is a gentrification that is happening to cities, and there is a gentrification that is happening to the emotions too, with a similarly homogenising, whitening, deadening effect. Amidst the glossiness of late capitalism, we are fed the notion that all difficult feelings — depression, anxiety, loneliness, rage — are simply a consequence of unsettled chemistry, a problem to be fixed, rather than a response to structural injustice or, on the other hand, to the native texture of embodiment, of doing time, as David Wojnarowicz memorably put it, in a rented body, with all the attendant grief and frustration that entails.

I don’t believe the cure for loneliness is meeting someone, not necessarily. I think it’s about two things: learning how to befriend yourself and understanding that many of the things that seem to afflict us as individuals are in fact a result of larger forces of stigma and exclusion, which can and should be resisted.

Loneliness is personal, and it is also political. Loneliness is collective; it is a city. As to how to inhabit it, there are no rules and nor is there any need to feel shame, only to remember that the pursuit of individual happiness does not trump or excuse our obligations to each another. We are in this together, this accumulation of scars, this world of objects, this physical and temporary heaven that so often takes on the countenance of hell. What matters is kindness; what matters is solidarity. What matters is staying alert, staying open, because if we know anything from what has gone before us, it is that the time for feeling will not last.

The Lonely City is a layered and endlessly rewarding book, among the finest I have ever read. Complement it with Rebecca Solnit on how we find ourselves by getting lost, David Whyte on the transfiguration of aloneness, Alfred Kazin on loneliness and the immigrant experience, and Sara Maitland on how to be alone without being lonely.

Thanks, Emily

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Tencent Music seeks to raise $2 B in US IPO

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THROUGHOUT INDIA, one finds many sadhus or sanyasis who renounce the world and wander on pilgrimage, begging for alms. In reference to sanyas(renunciation of the ephemeral world), the next morning September 21st, Meher Baba remarked:

He who is a coward materially turns into a hero on the spiritual path. Perhaps you think that compared to materialism, renunciation is easy, but it is most difficult. He who wants to die should decide on renunciation.

External renunciation has no meaning. It must be internal. If there is no longing to renounce the self, there can be no love for God.

Afterward, the men mandali reminisced about travelling in Gujarat, their journeys on foot and other tours. Some suggested another foot journey to let the new ones among the mandali have the experience. Baba mentioned that he would undertake another journey on the condition that no one carry any money and each maintain himself by begging. With all in agreement, it was decided to go on tour for seven days and arrangements immediately started. The men were eager to begin, but Baba suddenly changed his mind and decided that instead of seven days, they would go out for only one day and return in the evening.

The gong was struck at exactly ten o’clock that morning, September 21st, (1926) and Baba chose twenty of the men mandali and started on foot toward the village of Walki, a distance of six miles. Each one carried a sack for begging. The men were in a good mood and enjoyed the walk. Striding along, Sarosh played a harmonica and others sang. The men on each side of Baba would lift him up while walking. As it was cloudy, the heat was not overbearing. On the way, Baba halted three or four times, asking the men whether they should all proceed or return to Meherabad. A majority wished to go further and so they continued. On the outskirts of Walki, they stopped under a tree. Sailor and another man were sent to search for a cool place, a garden or an orchard in which to camp, and Shahane was sent to order tea from a roadside stall.

Near the village, a poor woman recognized Baba and came forward for darshan. Baba asked her to bring food if it was possible. The mandali remembered what Baba had said, “Eat only what is had by begging,” so several men went off to the village to beg. The villagers were suspicious and frightened at finding such unlikely looking beggars. Only the women and children were at home as their husbands were out working in the fields. Some gave them food, others told them to leave the village and some were abusive. One old woman scolded Pendu and Sayyed Saheb, who were hefty in physique, “Earn your livelihood by hard work instead of begging from poor villagers.”

The ones who managed to beg food brought it to Baba, who poured everything together and distributed the “stew” among the mandali, saving the leftovers. Within a short time, the villagers came to know who the beggars really were and many came for Meher Baba’s darshan. Those who had refused to offer food to the Master’s disciples expressed regret at their misfortune for missing the opportunity when God in human form was at their very doorstep.

Some said he was a thief who stole their hearts,

But here he was begging for a little love.

The villagers of Walki persisted in bringing food to Baba. One man invited Baba to his home, and seeing his sincere love, Baba accepted. Tea was served, and after taking it, all returned to Meherabad by three-thirty. The remainder of the food was brought back with them and Baba distributed it to the mandali who had stayed at Meherabad.

Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 3, pp. 846 – 847.

Creativity, Random Phrases and my Yesterday :)

  1. Drive Me Nuts Meaning: To greatly frustrate someone. To drive someone crazy, insane, bonkers, or bananas.
  2. No-Brainer Meaning: Anything that requires minimal brain activity to accomplish.
  3. Hands Down Meaning: Anything that’s easy or has no difficulty; something that is a certainty.
  4. Greased Lightning Meaning: Very fast or quick.
  5. Easy As Pie Meaning: Something that is easy.
  6. Lickety Split Meaning: To go at a quick pace; no delaying!
  7. On the Same Page Meaning: Thinking alike or understanding something in a similar way with others.

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What is most Charitable?🧡💜🙏

Forgiveness is best charity.

Forgiveness consists in loosening the binding of duality in Maya, which makes you feel and find one in the many. 

I forgive you amounts to loosening of your bindings.



[Copyright © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust Ahmednagar (M.S.) India]

Friday is Funday

Some Funday (As 8n fundamentals😀) quotes from a WhatsApp group

Good Conversations

with the Right people

are Priceless.


Sometimes it’s better to react with no reaction.


I found this very innovative 

Notice boards:

Forest Dept: “Shoot the bird with camera not with Gun…”

Traffic Dept: “Donate blood, But not on Roads…”

Petrol Pump: “No smoking” ” Your life may be worthless but our petrol is Costly”

And Finally best one!!

Board for guys:- “If you still want to continue looking @ girls, even after your Death



Spaghetti! And blocking out memories

Did you know…

… that today is Everything I Have I Owe to Spaghetti Day? Celebrate the birthday of movie star Sophia Loren by eating a plate of spaghetti. Loren was born as Sofia Villani Scicolone on September 20, 1934, at Rome, Italy.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“I’ve never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. I don’t understand people who hide from their past. Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now.”

— Sophia Loren

RAK movement – Random acts of kindness today.

  1. Smile at 3 people today
  2. See someone struggling with lots of bags? Offer to help them
  3. We all need help sometimes; offer someone a helping hand
  4. We rarely listen to others – ask someone about their day
  5. Hug your parents
  6. Visit a friend who’s sick
  7. Apologise to someone you may have hurt
  8. Make a conscious effort to recycle
  9. Make your voice count – sign a petition for a good cause
  10. Go the day without complaining

Rebel Wisdom – ignite, inspire, transform

When our existing assumptions and ways of thinking break down, it’s the rebels and the renegades, those who dare to think differently, who need to reboot the system.

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