By Annie Dillard
"Beautifully written and delightfully strange--. As earthy because it is classy, For the Time Being is, within the truest feel, a watch- opener."--Daily News
From Annie Dillard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and essentially the most compelling writers of our time, comes For the Time Being, her so much profound narrative to this point. along with her willing eye, penchant for paradox, and craving for fact, Dillard renews our skill to find ask yourself in life's smallest--and frequently darkest--corners.
Why can we exist? the place did we come from? How can one individual topic? Dillard searches for solutions in a robust array of pictures: images of bird-headed dwarfs within the usual reference of human delivery defects; 10000 terra-cotta figures formed for a chinese language emperor instead of the human court docket that may have him into dying; the paleontologist and theologian Teilhard de Chardin crossing the Gobi wasteland; the dizzying number of clouds. bright, eloquent, haunting, For the Time Being inspires a minimum of the terrifying grandeur of all that continues to be tantalizingly and troublingly past our understanding.
"Stimulating, humbling, original--. [Dillard] illuminate[s] the human viewpoint of the realm, earlier, current and destiny, and the individual's really inconsequential yet ever so distinct position in it."--Rocky Mountain News
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Once Bhagavan, while passing through the hilly tracts inadvertently damaged a nest of wasps. The wasps furiously attacked the leg that pulled down their beloved home. Sri Bhagavan bore the unbearable pain patiently without offering the least resistance as his guilty leg which caused pain to them in his opinion, deserved the just punishment meted out to the same by the angry wasps. How different is Sri Bhagavan’s reaction and his sense of justice which knows no fear or favour? When a westerner invited the attention of Bhagavan to the poverty of the average Indian and his poorly furnished quarters, Sri Bhagavan replied that although the Indians did not possess many material comforts, they are not less happy on that account.
In the early days I would be asking questions, but later when I began to visit him more and more, the discussion with him grew less and less. Then I began to visit him almost every month. I knew no sadhana or dhyana. I would simply sit in his presence. ” I could not make out anything but all the same I felt happy. Slowly some change came in me. Just as the egg grows and hatches only with the aid of the warmth of the mother I was also getting into shape slowly and steadily in his presence. 52 My mind became more quiet than before.
ONE MORNING IN September, one Maurice Frydman, a consulting and electrical engineer announced himself before Sri Bhagavan. He entered the hall, hat in hand but with shoes still on. The Maharshi ordered a stool for him upon which he seated himself cross-legged for a short time and then he withdrew. After a wash and light refreshments he came back without shoes and squatted on the floor. He stayed three days and was quite social and genial and friendly to everyone who responded similarly towards him.