JUNE 2011

 

 

Zacciah Blackburn - New York / USA


Is a mystic also a philosopher?

 

Mysticism is neither a philosophy nor a doctrine; it is a way of experiencing the Mysterious; something which cannot be found in texts. However, when a mystic expresses in words his knowledge and describes his experiences, he then automatically becomes a philosopher. An unusual philosopher, true, since he must describe something that transcends any logic; how can he explain that the universe is the extension of our bodies and that we can experience all the wonders of the world, or the mysterious, within ourselves?

 


 

Fernanda Gil - Madrid / Spain


What do you believe are the main causes of intolerance in our society?

 

The majority of people are so attached to what they believe are certitudes, that they let themselves be guided solely by their opinions and beliefs, and therefore lack an open mind towards other possibilities. They share these convictions not only amongst themselves, their groups, communities, and culture, but with their nations as a whole. These convictions are very emotionally powerful and therefore have a profound influence on self -perception. To reverse intolerance, we must question our opinions and beliefs and develop willingness to unite so that our actions lead to a more tolerant society; one of more compassion and love.

 


 

Eliza Dalian - Vancouver / Canada

 

There are frequent occurrences of “clear moments” in your stories. Why are these moments so special?

 

These moments occur when we are confronted by a different reality. We experience a moment in which we feel in absolute harmony with Reality; a profound experience beyond our normal daily reality. These are incredibly all-encompassing and intense moments in which we experience total freedom; so intense are they that they become too overwhelming to tolerate for long, and so we resume our daily reality shortly thereafter. But we are left so profoundly affected by these enlightening moments that we feel a greater sense of solidarity and compassion towards all living beings. In essence, we feel more Love for all.

 


 

Charnita Arora - New Delhi / India

 

I have a difficult but concrete question for you: can we really change the world?

 

My answer is as concrete as your question: yes! The world is composed of a collective flow of actions. Man is not a powerless victim of circumstances; in fact, that which we call “the world” is the result of human actions. Human activity has engendered the circumstances that exist today, and therefore they can be changed at any time; all it takes is a collective human effort.  Let this be an inspiration for those, who not only want to understand reality, but who also want to change it!