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  • I was born in South America and I was brought up as a catholic. I discovered when I was 12 years old , when the priest of the church near home asked my sister to cover her elbows because she was committing a mortal sin, that I was going to follow my own religion.. Elbows I thought!!! What is wrong with these priests? I understood at that very early age that all religions are based in goodness and are the men, the interpreters of the Divine knowledge who constantly changed the teachings through the centuries.
    I am Christian but I describe myself as a spiritual. I read about all the religions and take the wisdom, love and compassion of each one and I make my own interpretation of what cannot be interpreted by human minds.
    I find religions very useful for some people who need guidance. It is like been in a kindergarten. We need to have some rules and people who follow them.
    I met a long time ago a holy man in India who died recently .He was called Satya Sai Baba and his life was extraordinary, even If he never left India. I liked his teachings because he said that all the religions were the same and the only important thing was the love in our lives.
    In a world of hatred, aggression and crime those words were like honey for my soul .I read many books about his life and miracles and I have the great opportunity to be in his presence three times in my trips to India. I had extraordinaries experiences with him and I keep them for myself because they would be very difficult to believe.
    I am mentioning Sai Baba because his teachings were the opposite of the ignorance of many people who believe that If you are a Christian to have a Buddha in your house or an Egyptian God is a sin. I have many spiritual sculptures that I collect on my trips and I do not adore any of them but I admire the qualities of love and the spiritual energy those objects have. Some people see from the bottom of their conservative mind a sin in everything we do.
    We are what we think. We are what we eat. We are what we believe.
    Our mind is too powerful and to walk in a world full of landmines of fear is not a peaceful thing.
    I had once in Cape Town a very intelligent, well traveled man in his forties who came to my house for a counseling session. He was paralyzed by terror after I opened the door and a beautiful Buddha welcomed him.”How can you have this?”” he asked me. You are a Christian!!!! His face became pale and for a moment I thought he was going to faint. I could not believe the fear that the loving figure of Buddha with his ancient teachings of compassion, wisdom and love had giving to him. . I spent two hours explaining that objects are objects and it depends of what we put inside them. They become in all the cases a mirror of our own mind.
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