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A prayer a day

An India lover from Australia. That is Zephyr Block Jorgensen, notes ANUJ KUMAR.



Zephyr Block Jorgensen... Imbibing the spirit of India. Photo: V. Sudershan.

ZEPHYR BLOCH Jorgensen. Seldom you will find a more mystifying name. Rarely you will find a man who can weave an aura with his eloquence both in written and spoken word. And hardly ever you will get to know a young foreign author in love with the mystique called India.

The Australian has penned "Freedom's Way: Engage Your Potential", released recently in India and if anybody is unable to assess one's potential it is indeed a way to begin with. "Through the book I have presented a new concept of metacentering. It is a state of being in where the severed aspects of one's inner world and outer world are united. A metacentered person identifies his vision for like and strives to make it a reality," explains Zephyr.

Love with India

Talking about his love with India, Zephyr who claims to have imbibed the spirit of Rig Veda, Bhagwada Gita and Upanishads maintains it is the spirit of India that interests him. "There is so much spirituality and simplicity in the day-to-day life here to attract the materialistic West." He agrees with the march of globalisation Indian middle class is suffering the capitalist suffocation still "the everyday prayers, a deity for every problem will keep them ahead. All may not put their soul into the prayers but still it comes so naturally to them that a sort of catharsises continues in the midst of the hustle bustle of life. I know there are people here who are minting money in the name of yoga and spiritualism but all said and done you have a head start. Here a child in the womb hears hymns, verses from holy books giving him devotional strength, respect for elders. Something hard to find in other cultures."

A lawyer by profession, Zephyr reasons the path to freedom lies in showing courage, courage to explore the world by yourself. "These days even our definition of love and success become tainted as we mature. Advertising tells us what we need, music tells us what we feel, movies tell us what we aspire to. No doubt, these media are important tools of communication but when allow our values and aspirations to be shaped by mass media we lose metacentredness, we surrender freedom."

Zephyr concurs the march of capitalisation can't be checked but you have to arrive at a balance where monetary and social good can go hand in hand. "The U.S has failed to achieve this. The way it has shied away on international protocols on conservation is really shameful. It is like walking a razor's edge and I feel it's where the mysticism of the East can be utilised to good effect." Engaging indeed!

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