Sunday, August 3, 2014


Happy August Alice,

I know you have just had a wonderful time with your Mimi and Big at Lake Toxaway, North Carolina. I'm sure you will be building many memories from your visits there over the years to come. All kinds of stories and images in your mind to remind you of those times. But when you take away all those stories and images and strip that time down to its nakedness, what it will all be about is people who love one another spending some time together. The simplicity of just being together.

Not unlike all the stories and images being birthed from your experience of Lake Toxaway, your faith will be the same. Stories upon stories, images upon images, thoughts upon thoughts, ideas upon ideas, as you live your life in God. But they too will point to one simple truth: God in you and you in God. 

A twentieth-century Hindu Guru says it this way:
TALKS WITH RAMANA MAHARSHI: On Realizing Abiding Peace and Happiness (Carlsbad, CA: Inner Directions, 2001), pp. 70-71.

The ultimate Truth is so simple. It is nothing more than being in the pristine state. This is all that need be said. Still it is a wonder that to teach this simple Truth there should come into being so many religions, creeds, methods, and disputes among them. . Oh, the pity!. . . .[Because people] want something elaborate and attractive and puzzling, so many religions have come into existence and each of them is so complex, and each creed in each religion has its own adherents and antagonists. For example, an ordinary Christian will not be satisfied unless he is told that God is somewhere in the far-off Heavens not to be reached by us unaided. . . .If told the simple truth—“The Kingdom of Heaven is within you”---he is not satisfied and will read complex and farfetched meanings into such statements. Mature minds alone can grasp the simple Truth in all its nakedness."

So when you get to that point in life Alice when it seems some of those ideas, images and thoughts about God don't match up to your experiences of life,
Just take a deep breath and enjoy the simple truth of abiding...In the Mystery of it all.

I love you,