A GOOD NUMBER of profound life guides and competent mentors have made themselves available to me in my life. As long as I can remember, I have been motivated to do good and live a meaningful life. Yet I often missed the signals of my calling. I dallied when I should have sprung forward; I lurched ahead when I should have delayed. I went for worldly goals and titles when I should have retreated from things material; I swore off worldly things when it was time to accept and use them.

I enjoyed a happy childhood with loving parents and only the usual traumas to endure. One of the world’s great religions and its heritage absorbed me, giving me rituals to mark the passages of my life from childhood to adolescence to adulthood. I was afforded ...

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