The Life of Sri Ramakrishna

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A fast look at the life of Ramakrishna – February 16, 1836, to August 16, 1886

Early Life

Gadadhar Chatterjee was born in a remote village named Kāmārpukur in West Bengal. It was an area of rice-fields, banyans, palms, a few lakes, and a nearby mango orchard. A road passed through the village to the great temple of Jagannāth at Puri traveled by workers, farmers, holy men, and pilgrims.

As a child, Gadadhar Chatterjee loved listening to stories from Hindu mythology and the epics. Afterward, he could recite them from memory. This brought great joy to the villagers. He also enjoyed painting and molding images of the gods and goddesses. Mathematics was his greatest dislike. Continue reading “The Life of Sri Ramakrishna”

Thoughts on the Separation or Fall

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Eden was an epic event. Whether you believe it to be allegorical, psychological, anthropological, developmental, or a doctrine of absolute literal truth, I believe at least some of the following will still apply.

One point we can glean from this story of the fall, or separation as some like to call it, is that when we grasped to be like God [or our Higher Power] by knowing the difference between good and evil, we not only separated ourselves from God, but we also separated from each other and even our own selves. Continue reading “Thoughts on the Separation or Fall”

Ramana Maharshi and Lakshmi

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Lakshmi was one of Ramana Maharshi’s most devoted and enlightened devotees. What makes this story so special and interesting is that Lakshmi was no regular devotee. She was a cow. Continue reading “Ramana Maharshi and Lakshmi”

Facing Problems and Fears

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Thoughts on Facing Problems and Fears

What is the best way to face our problems and fears? We are told many ways not to face them. Do not dramatize them, as that makes them bigger. Fighting them also makes them worse. If you push them down, swallow them, or run from them that makes them bigger too. Continue reading “Facing Problems and Fears”

My Booklet on Setting for Novels

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I am announcing that I recently put out a booklet on Kindle called “The Quick Essentials of Setting and Worldbuilding.” The goal is to help a person to think through the setting before starting to write their novel or short story. If you are interested, please check it out and share this post.

I could also use a few reviews, if possible should you have anything good to say about it. The link to review is in the book. You can borrow it for free if you have Amazon Prime, but please leave a nice review if you take it out of the Amazon library.

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More About the Booket

This booklet presents the elements needed for the creation of setting or worldbuilding. Whether your work is a short story, novel, screenplay, or video game, the setting is a very important aspect of the work. Many new authors don’t give setting enough thought and attempt to improvise it as they write. Sometimes this results in inconsistencies noticed by the reader or a setting that is much like a cardboard box.

Many books are devoted to plot and character creation. Few books detail building the setting. The ones that do often include plot and character creation, with often less devotion to the setting than this small book.

This booklet presents the elements of setting and worldbuilding in a simplified manner and helps spark ideas for your work of fiction.

By setting up a strong framework, much like character creation, you can avoid, ambiguities, mistakes, and inconsistencies. You can use the setting or the world you create to enhance the story or create conflict in your story making for a better piece of fiction. The booklet is approximately 40 pages in length. Click here for details about the book.

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I Am in My Father, and You in Me, and I in You

visulal"You Will Know That I Am in My Father, and You in Me, and I in You"

In John 14:20 Jesus said, “In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.” John 14:20

Have you ever tried to visualize this or draw a picture? It seems we often hear or read this one and quickly move on to the next verse. Yet it what it says is much more profound than most people realize. If you take the time to think about it, it may get a bit confusing, but I have found that putting thing such as this into visuals make them simpler, easier to grasp, and even fun. Continue reading “I Am in My Father, and You in Me, and I in You”