On the Street Meditation

by Mark Chmiel

The swami told me to make japam while I walked and to give everybody I met on a street a mental blessing. You weren’t to think of yourself with a feeling of superiority, as a holy man blessing worldlings; you were simply saluting the Atman within each fellow human being.

— Christopher Isherwood, My Guru and His Disciple

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NYC; photo by Mev Puleo

Japam=repetition of the mantra

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