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Be Embodied

(This was my entry into the recently published book, Awakening Starseeds, by Radhaa Publishing. While most of the entries of this international assemblage deal with soul shaking/awakening experiences, mine goes to the bare bones of our matter and what matters.) Barely beyond high school, I came face-to-face with death and birth working for a funeral home that also ran the local ambulance.  I dealt with old dead bodies, and on the ambulance, watched some die, saved a few from death, and helped deliver a slippery…

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Gurus

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…

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Bodies

Bodies I saw life and death in bare detail working for a funeral home. The dead body, having festered for four days, reeked.  The stench of its rotting flesh filled the embalming room and, unavoidably, my breathing. Fortunately, in such situations, our smell system overloads and goes numb after a half hour. When a person dies, their body dies gradually.  At first, the stagnant blood turns blue and the body heats up.  Rigor mortis sets in after about four hours, lactic acid locking the muscles. …

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Edsel

Edsel The unveiling of Ford’s new mystery car, the Edsel, was to have been a momentous occasion.  Instead, it was a big embarrassing flop that would mark a dwindling of the car capital of the world – Detroit. Born Hiroshima Day in nearby Pontiac, it seemed to me all the cars in the world seemed to come from Detroit.  During the Second World War, Ford Motors had produced one B-24 an hour out of its massive Rouge River Plant, iron and aluminum in one end,…

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