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  • Mystical experience and everyday people

    Sep 12, 2020

    In the popular mind mysticism is misunderstood badly. We tend to identify mysticism with what’s extraordinary and paranormal, and see it as something for the spiritual elite. For most people, mysticism means spiritual visions and ecstatic experiences which take you outside of normal consciousness.

  • Trials and tribulations

    Sep 06, 2020

    This Merdeka and Malaysia Day, celebrations seem a little more subdued. How is it possible to celebrate wholeheartedly when so many people around the world have been hit by the coronavirus, when so many have perished?

  • The last temptation

    Sep 05, 2020

    The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason.

  • What if Jesus walked the world today?

    Aug 29, 2020

    The Temple in Jerusalem also functioned as a major bank or premier financial institution.

  • The invitation to courage

    Aug 29, 2020

    Courage isn’t one of my strong points, at least not one particular kind of courage.

  • 1.8 … This changes everything

    Aug 22, 2020

    Something happened over the last few years which has slipped largely unnoticed.

  • Pornography and the Sacred

    Aug 22, 2020

    The ancient Greeks had gods and goddesses for everything, including a goddess of Shame called Aidos. Shame for them meant much more than it normally means to us.

  • Power does strange things to people

    Aug 15, 2020

    Power does strange things to people — and in turn, can make people do strange and diabolical things. The lure of power, which often brings with it the key to immense personal wealth and influence, draws all kinds of aspirants like ants to sugar and bees to honey. A few of them may be altruistic – wanting to serve the people – but many are in it for themselves.

  • Suicide and Melancholy

    Aug 15, 2020

    We no longer understand melancholy. Today we lump all forms of melancholy together into one indiscriminate bundle and call it “depression”. While a lot of good is being done by psychiatrists, psychologists, and the medical profession in terms of treating depression, something important is being lost at the same time. Melancholy is much more than what we call “depression”. For better and for worse, the ancients saw melancholy as a gift from God.

  • The hidden cost of corruption

    Aug 08, 2020

    Recent events have thrust corruption scandals into the global headlines. But what may not be easily seen is that there is a hidden cost to corruption.