Dawn in Jerusalem, 2014.

“It was cool, with that sweet dry freshness of the desert air, 

on the patio just outside the room. 

The many birds sang, to left and right, above and around,

with the occasional caw of a crow. 

The clouds were yellow-pink against the blue of the dawning sky. 

From deep in the hotel came the sound of machinery, like the purring of a cat. 

Then slowly the city came to life; cars were heard with the occasional tooting of a horn. 

Kemal came out and took me up to the balcony, 

to see the sun rising above the Old City, 

a golden globe above the golden stone of ancient walls. 

Beauty and sacredness had come together.”

About interfaithashram

Rev. Dr. John Dupuche is a Roman Catholic Priest, a senior lecturer at MCD University of Divinity, and Honorary Fellow at Australian Catholic University. His doctorate is in Sanskrit in the field of Kashmir Shaivism. He is chair of the Catholic Interfaith Committee of the Archdiocese of Melbourne and has established a pastoral relationship with the parishes of Lilydale and Healesville. He is the author of 'Abhinavagupta: the Kula Ritual as elaborated in chapter 29 of the Tantraloka', 2003; 'Jesus, the Mantra of God', 2005; 'Vers un tantra chrétien' in 2009; translated as 'Towards a Christian Tantra' in 2009. He has written many articles. He travels to India each year. He lives in an interfaith ashram.
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