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A small excerpt

Currently, I am working on two writing projects. The longer one is a crime novel that I hope one day will get published and help me make a living as an author. It’s not something I’m writing purely for money. If I wanted to get rich, I’d chosen a different path. But it is a book written to be sold.

My other project, closer to my heart, is much shorter. A novella rather than a novel. And it will always be free. The reason being that it is a story trying to convey in a short and concise manner the perennial wisdom of the world’s great mystics. Drawing inspiration from such sources as the poetry of Rumi, the philosophy of Plotinus and the wisdom of the Upanishads, this book is my attempt at sharing the deeper truth that finally helped me find meaning and purpose in life. Since it’s aim is primarily spiritual, I will not take any money for it (except perhaps printing cost, if I decide to publish it in a physical book). After growing up in a cult (Jehovah’s Witnesses) that was essentially a money-making scheme for its leaders, I have seen first hand what evils can be born out of mixing religion and financial interests.

The novella, with the working title ‘Last Words of the Sage’, is about 3/4 of the way done. I don’t expect it to need more than two or three additional chapters.

Since I’ve been stuck at home this entire work week, I’ve had more time to work on my two writing projects and I’ve now come to a point in the novella’s plot that I’ve been looking forward to writing. An ascetic, offended by a sage’s enjoyment of worldly things, will question his commitment to the Goddess and a thought provoking dialogue will follow.

Here is one little excerpt of the story leading up to the two men’s discussion:

If you want to know what conclusion they reach, you’ll have to wait until the story comes out. But if you want a hint, I can say that the sage’s view mirrors that of the 15th century Indian poet Kabir.

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