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Gurus My first night in Bombay, sleeping on the woven mat cot, a small lizard dropped on my forehead.  “Yeow!” I jumped. “What happened?” I heard from the other room. “A lizard landed on my head!” “Very auspicious,” they said, laughing.   In the hot summer of 1971, at age 26, I had left my seminary to tour India with my guru/friend, Dr. Vasavada, and to meet his guru, the Blind Saint of Vrindivan. By the time I got my funeral director’s license in 1967 I had learned I liked college.  Chemistry (and scientific orderliness), Anatomy and Physiology (my favorite subject ever), Logic (persnickety but reliable), Comparative Religion (especially Eastern), and Psychology (especially Jungian) – enthused me.  After getting a…

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