MURDER IN NEW YORK SUBWAY

The news says that last Thursday a 31-year-old woman killed a Hindu man by pushing him onto the tracks of New York subway while a train was arriving. The unfortunate man was crushed to death.
Afterwards, the woman declared to police that she had killed the man because he was Hindu and she hated all Muslims and Hindus because of what they had done to the twin towers.
The news spurs me to express my opinion about it.
First of all, I want to quote the great philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. According to him, the borderline between sanity and insanity lies on the fact that the sane person discriminates people and situations while the insane lumps things together without discrimination. So the thought that all Muslims or all Hindus, Christians, Jews and so on are bad means to cross over the border of sanity.
I consider myself a citizen of the world. For me, people are all same whatever religion they have. You can find good or bad people among all kinds of religion.
My tagline is this: all people are endowed with a soul which has the same color and quality whatever might be their race, religion and citizenship. Hence, discriminate person by person and don’t discriminate basing on which race, state or religion one belongs to.
Ettore Grillo author of Travels of the Mind and The Vibrations of Words
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I SIDE WITH L. RON HUBBARD

The news says that in Belgium the Church of Scientology has been prosecuted as a criminal organization. The allegation is fraud, extortion, illegal practice of medicine and breaching of privacy.
I came across Scientology one day when I was strolling along Vine Street in Hollywood. I entered a wide room where the works of L. Ron Hubbard were exhibited and was welcomed by a Swedish lady who was married to an Italian. I saw a few video trailers about Scientology and Ron Hubbard life. At that time I didn’t receive any extortion and nobody tried to disturb my privacy. I spent more than one hour in that room. At the end of my visit I bought two books, one is Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard and the other is about Scientology. Dianetics is the base of Scientology. I have read it and I can say it is a good book, highly instructive. By this book I learned what engram is and how much a good auditor can help to get over personal ailments. L. Ron Hubbard studied human mind and spirit for long time. He is a good man; therefore I side with him.
Ettore Grillo author of Travels of the Mind and The Vibrations of Words
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CHRISTMAS IN PUNE (INDIA)

I thought that Christmas was celebrated only in western countries. In India where I am at the moment, I had to change my mind about that. In Pune, the streets and many trees are dressed with lights and decorations, and at the entrance of a gate I could see two big portraits of Jesus. Walking in the streets, I arrived at Phoenix Mall. At the entrance there was a very big and beautiful Christmas tree. The mall swarmed with people who were celebrating this holy day.
Christmas seems to go beyond its religious meaning and take the features of ritual or custom that involves the entire world. Does Christmas have a religious meaning as well? I am inclined to say yes. I could see portraits of Jesus in the streets, and it means that people believe in Him and His message. Maybe really some day Jesus’ Gospel, love will go into the hearts of all the people up to the borders of the earth”.
Ettore Grillo author of Travels of the Mind and The Vibrations of Words
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THE LOTUS FLOWERS

Today strolling in the Osho’s park of Pune (India), I saw just two flowers of lotus. This kind of flowers grows in the muddy water. It is said that Siddhartha Gautama soon after his birth walked and flowers of lotus bloomed under his feet.
In the Osho’s park sometimes there are many lotus flowers. Today I could see only two of them. They are impermanent. They appear and disappear in the same place. Human beings are like those lotus flowers. Our lives don’t last forever as flowers will wither sooner or later. We are meteors which appear in the cosmic void and then disappear again.
Hence, why we should be attached to material goods? Even though they are strong buildings, time will demolish them. As lotus flowers come and go, they will be replaced with other new buildings. Our life is the same. Nothing is permanent. We have to remember it.
Ettore Grillo author of Travels of the Mind and The Vibrations of Words
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THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

When Saint Bernadette asked the Lady who was standing on the rock her name the answer was “I am the Immaculate Conception.” I trust Bernadette and I believe that most of Our Lady’s apparitions are true. Many places linked to Mary’s presence have a peculiar fragrance. If you happen in Israel, go to visit Zippori, a place where Mary’s family is supposed to come from. In the open countryside there is a well not marked on the maps, but well known to the people who live in the area. The water of this well is bluish.
As for Mary’s virginity, in my opinion, the true virginity is that of one’s heart. We consider sex as a sin. Indeed it is not like that, for life comes from sex. Hence Mary was a real Virgin sinless even though possibly she begot children.
Ettore Grillo Author of The Vibrations of Words
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EVERYTHING DEPENDS UPON OUR MIND

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Each one reacts to happenings of life in different way. The response to an external stimulus varies from individual to individual according to his or her character, personality and mind. That means that it is not the situation itself which is bearer of anxiety but how one reacts to it.
Many people have the ability to turn difficult circumstances into favorable. As for me, I was strengthened by the adversities.
Meditating upon the impermanence is a good way to overcome anxiety. If you happen in Rome, in Via Veneto, go to visit the Crypt of Capuchins. There everything is made by real human bones, the decorations on the walls, the tables, the chandeliers, the chairs and so on. The Franciscan monks used to meditate in this crypt about the impermanence.
It is renown the saying memento mori (remember you will die) which Trappist monks everyday used to say to each other while they dug little by little a pit for their burial.
If you want to know more, have a look at Travels of the Mind or The Vibrations of Words by ETTORE GRILLO. Both of them are listed on Amazon.
Ettore Grillo
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HOW TO DEAL WITH ANXIETY

First of all, anxiety does not exist by itself. It is creation of our mind, devoid of autonomous existence. It is like a shadow projected by our thoughts. There are horses which are frightened by their own shadow, but once they understand that the shadow cannot harm them calm down. So human being is. Quite often he gets scared by nothing, by shadows. It is enough to look at this shadow, which is anxiety, and then it will disappear. Therefore the first rule to overcome anxiety passes through the observation of oneself. My tagline is “Watch yourself and you’ll not find any kinds of anxiety.” Like a shy child cannot stand a gaze anxiety is not able to resist to your enquiring look.
Another way to overcome anxiety passes through holistic disciplines. Body, mind and soul are not separated entities. They are linked and interact with each other.
Nevertheless all the techniques are useless if they lack of spirituality. Healing through spirituality is much better than healing by the assumption of medicines. My way of healing anxiety does not provoke side effects and, above all, it is completely free.
In my two books Travels of the Mind and The Vibrations of Words I have examined in depth the topic “Anxiety”.
Ettore Grillo
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DOES MAN COME FROM APES?

Propaedeutic to an answer about compatibility of evolutionistic theory with Christianity is the solution of the issue regarding the making of the human being. Is man made up just by flesh? If not, it means that there is something immaterial inside his body. This ethereal energy or entity is called soul by Christians. Having said that, the validity test of the evolutionistic theory passes through the correct answer to the issue regarding the existence or less of the soul. In other words, does human soul have undergone evolution as well? I don’t think so. Human heart and soul never change so as we can see by leafing through the pages of human history. The bottom line is that evolution theory may be right as regard to the body but not to the soul which never changes and cannot evolve.
My two books Travels of the Mind and The Vibrations of Words are a must for whoever wants to know the relationships between body and soul. The one affects the other and vice versa.
Ettore Grillo
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MENS SANA IN CORPORE SANO

It is difficult to diagnose physical diseases and much more complicate is the understanding of the mind. So far, scientists don’t know how human brain works and the issue soul or psyche is an unexplored field.
What I discovered by my travels and the meetings with many teachers, is that body, mind, spirit, and soul are linked. It is wrong to think they act separately. If you strengthen your body will end on fortify also your mind. I am talking about holism. According to holistic disciplines, man is a whole. The body affects the mind and vice versa. The Romans said mens sana in corpore sano which translated means sound mind in sound body. As for me, I healed through spirituality and the practice of holistic disciplines. Many things contributed to my recovery: theatre (acting on the stage), esotericism, travels, martial arts, Osho meditation, and so on. Reading good books is basic to be sane. Along my path I have stumbled across persons or angels who twice gave me lists of good books. I still keep with me these two lists. All the stages are described in my two books Travels of the Mind and The Vibrations of Words.
Ettore Grillo
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FAITH AND REASON

The pope Joannes Paulus II wrote an encyclical, whose title is Fides and Ratio, Latin words to mean faith and reason. In that superb encyclical that great pope explained that faith and reason are not antithetical. They are like two wings. We have to use both so as a bird does by its wings.
The same can be said with regard to science and faith. If the scientist uses faith, he can go further in his research, otherwise it is precluded to him a field of human mind which goes beyond the mere use of intellect.
The Catholic Church has been depicted as obscurantist, but it is not like that. The first University was just Catholic and it was erected in the city of Bologna, in Italy, around the year 1000.
I want to emphasize that it is reductive to consider faith as a synonymous of confidence. In fact faith is much wider. Faith implies reason, will and love. That of Abraham was not just blind confidence, for he knew that God would not forsake him and at the right moment He would intervene to spare the life of his son Isaac.
Ettore Grillo author of The Vibrations of Words

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