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" Friendship is a sheltering tree "

Coleridge

Two Souls

January 13th, 2009

In the Jain tradition (and in other spiritual teachings too) they believe that animals have souls that are no different to human souls.

There are other explanations for what you will see here, of course, but what if this central teaching of one of the world’s oldest religions is indeed true?

The Institute of Not Knowing

January 13th, 2009

I’ve just had a wonderfully Kafkaesque moment. I walked a computer down to the High Street to get it fixed and entered the great rambling halls of Pelham House, where Stephanie and I had our wedding reception almost twenty years ago. I got lost in the maze of corridors and then found myself standing in front of a door which had a simple brass plate that read

I.N.K.

Institute of Not-Knowing

I paused as if faced with a Zen koan and then knocked . . .

No-one opened the door.

I returned through the maze coming at last to the office of the computer fixers. I asked them about INK.

They didn’t know it existed.

Maybe it led to a broom cupboard…but just maybe it’s the place we’ve all been looking for!

I don’t know.