THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC

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THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC

A few days ago, I was strolling along the streets in the center of Chiclayo when I came across a long parade made up of former students of “Collegio Nacional De San Josè”, which is a school only for boys. It was established one hundred and fifty-six years ago in Chiclayo.

The school band headed the procession.

Without music the parade would have been lifeless, but the sound of the band enlivened it and drew people from every corner of the city.

What would be life without music? It surely would be gloomy. Music exists from time immemorial. According to many, life itself originates from music, or a sound, or a word.

A long time ago, I saw a movie called Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The director was Steven Spielberg. The story was this: some people had wormed their way into a secret military base where a close encounter with aliens was going to happen. After a few attempts, the aliens got in touch with the earthmen just by playing musical notes, as their language was based on music. Was it mere science fiction? We don’t know, but it is certain that music is the only non-verbal language in the universe which everybody can understand, both earthmen and extraterrestrials.

Ettore Grillo, author of these books:

A Hidden Sicilian History

– The Vibrations of Words

– Travels of the Mind

www.sbpra.com/ettoregrillo

THE HAPPY MAN HAD NO SHIRT

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THE HAPPY MAN HAD NO SHIRT

Seeing the happiness of these Peruvian children who belong to poor families, I recalled a story that a long time ago I read when I attended middle school.

Once upon a time, a king ordered his servants to bring him the shirt of a man who was really happy.

Hence, the servants went all around the kingdom, but they couldn’t find a happy man; everybody had some kind of misfortune. When their hope to find a happy man was about to die, unexpectedly they found a man singing in the open air.

This man must be really happy! Let’s go to talk with him for a while!” they said.

After questioning him, they found that he was really a happy man. “Give us your shirt! We will take it to the king and he will give you a special award for that!” they said.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any shirt,” the happy man answered, “I am so poor that I don’t own anything.”

The servants went back to the king and reported that they did find a happy man indeed, but he didn’t have a shirt.

The moral of the story is intuitive: happiness springs not from riches but from the spontaneity of the heart.

Ettore Grillo, author of these books:

A Hidden Sicilian History

– The Vibrations of Words

– Travels of the Mind

www.sbpra.com/ettoregrillo

A BOOK PICKED UP AT RANDOM FROM THE STALL

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A BOOK PICKED UP AT RANDOM FROM THE STALL

Every now and then, I have the good habit of purchasing a book at random. Doing so, I broad my horizons and I am not confined to reading books that are within my sphere of interests.

A year ago, while I was walking on the high street of Southport, a city in the north of England, I entered a used bookstore. Using a special ladder provided by the owner, I picked two books from the upper shelf: one by Samuel Richardson and one by Henry Fielding; then before going out I closed my eyes and picked up at random a book among those lying on the table at the entrance: it was The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan.

I’ll give it to you for free! It is the most boring book in the world!” said the bookseller.

I kept that book for several months on my bookshelf and now, while I am in Peru, I want to have a look at it.

To my surprise, the book is not boring at all; it is one of the most interesting books I have read so far; it is an allegory of life and a window to look into the amazing world of the Puritans.

What is the moral of the story? We must have a mind of our own, without being influenced by different opinions.

Ettore Grillo, author of these books:

A Hidden Sicilian History

– The Vibrations of Words

– Travels of the Mind

www.sbpra.com/ettoregrillo

VEGETARIANS

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VEGETARIANS

During my first week in Peru, I happened to attend a meeting about vegetarian cooking. It was held at a vegan restaurant, not far from downtown Chiclayo.

The lecturer was a nutritionist who spoke only Spanish. Among other things, she emphasized the importance of two nutrients: spirulina and salvia Hispanica commonly known as chia.

Hung at the entrance of the restaurant was a board on which famous people were portrayed.

Richard Gere, Leonardo Di Caprio, Brad Pitt and all the others on the board are vegetarian, even Albert Einstein was a vegetarian.

As for me, I am not totally vegetarian, but I have reduced meat intake by ninety percent. My aim is to eliminate meat from my diet completely.

A meat-free diet is beneficial to health and shows love and respect for all living creatures.

Ettore Grillo, author of these books:

A Hidden Sicilian History

– The Vibrations of Words

– Travels of the Mind

www.sbpra.com/ettoregrillo

THE MASTER HEALER

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THE MASTER HEALER

Now I am in the city of Pimentel (Northern Peru). It is the first time for me in South America. I spent my first day at the marketplace of Chiclayo, from then I moved to the museum of Tùcume.

Both at the marketplace and in the museum there were displayed many kinds of objects to do magic, both white and black.

According to the Peruvian witches, the work of magic must be performed only on Tuesday or Friday to be effective; if performed in different days the magic doesn’t work.

The master healer of Tùcume preserves the tradition of healing through herbs and ceremonies. They celebrate ceremonial masses using a portable altar. The objects are placed on the altar in strict order. ‘Purgatorio’, who is an ancient deity, is present in the form of a stone brought from the mountain.

The master healer cures people using his arts which date back to the ancient world of his ancestors. Is it true? Who knows!

Ettore Grillo, author of these books:

A Hidden Sicilian History

– The Vibrations of Words

– Travels of the Mind

VITAMIN OF NATURE

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VITAMIN OF NATURE

In a few months I’ll be seventy years old, but unlike most people my age I don’t take any medicine. If it happens to me to catch a cold, I let it go naturally. I don’t like to take pills, antibiotics and so on to get over.

What do I do to keep fit? I take the vitamin of nature. It doesn’t cost anything, as it is a gift of God. If you want to be healthy as well, take care of yourself not to lack of the following natural vitamin: swimming in the ocean, jogging in the forest, breathing clean air, doing yoga or similar exercises in the nature whenever you can.

Ettore Grillo, author of:

A Hidden Sicilian History

– The Vibrations of Words

– Travels of the Mind

HOW TO REMOVE THE HEX

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HOW TO REMOVE THE HEX

Aunt Filippa opened the cupboard and took out a soup plate and a small cup. She put the plate on my head, asking my mother to hold it fast. Then, she poured some water into the plate and olive oil into the small cup. Finally, she dipped her finger into the small cup of olive oil and dripped some into the water.

I remained with that plate on my head for several minutes. Aunt Filippa was not convinced, and from time to time she dripped more olive oil. Then she scrutinized the shape of the drops.

The drops could take different forms. They could remain as they were, become wider, or even disappear completely. If the drop maintained the same shape it had when it was dripped, it meant that there was no hex on me. If the drop became wider, there was a real hex. Sometimes the drop disappeared completely, and that meant that there was a lot of hex. In my case, the drops disappeared, and for that reason Aunt Filippa dripped olive oil many times.

This boy has a lot of hex,” she said, “but I’ll take it out of him. I swear!”

To do that she made special signs around the plate and said a special prayer, which she had learned from her mother on Christmas Eve. It was a secret prayer that had been handed down from generation to generation. She then concluded, saying that I was now hex free thanks to her prayer.

At the time I barely understood her method of removing the hex, but with passing time I realized that what Aunt Filippa had done probably had a scientific basis. Words, thoughts, and feelings have vibrations. Everything vibrates in the universe. It means that each kind of vibration affects both organic and inorganic matter, including the shape of the drops that Aunt Filippa used to diagnose the hex. In other words, if my body vibrations were good the drops assumed a certain shape; otherwise they got broad or sometimes disappeared.

(Excerpt from A Hidden Sicilian History)

Ettore Grillo, author of:

A Hidden Sicilian History

– The Vibrations of Words

– Travels of the Mind