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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 12, Number 4, December 2018
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Salil Chaturvedi
Goa, India


Cross-legged Cockroach

‘The thing about meditation,’ I tell a friend over a cup of coffee, paraphrasing the words of my guru, ‘is that when you meditate, the calmness pervades the area around you, creating a peace field, and every creature that enters the field feels at ease.’ Then I proceed to tell her about a recent event.

‘So, I wake up and it’s still dark. I enter the bathroom and hear the owl in the trees. I hit the light switch and there’s this cockroach in the centre of the loo. My first thought is to just let it be, rather than reaching for a slipper to kill it. He moves a little and then just stays still, moving his antennae lazily. I go about my business and the cockroach sits there in the centre of the bathroom where he is quite vulnerable. It doesn’t move the whole time that I am in there, even though I step across him a few times to reach the cupboard.’

My friend sips her coffee and remains silent. I sip my coffee, letting the story sink in.

‘What if,’ she says, 'the cockroach was the one who went into meditation mode quickly and you entered his trance field and as a consequence were bereft of any violent thoughts?’

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