“Have you conquered all the obstacles in the way of your practice of austerities? Has your practice of austerity and penance steadily increased? O lady who possesses asceticism for wealth [tapodhane], have you been able to control your anger and your eating?” (Lord Rama speaking to Shabari, Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya Kand, 74.8)
Friend1: I know you don’t like talking politics.
Friend2: About government or some religious institution?
Friend1: Either one.
Friend2: That’s true.
Friend1: Trust me, I’m not going too deep here. Just want to bring up something from the past, more about strategy and the like.
Friend2: You know why I don’t like talking about it, right?
Friend1: Because it’s not spiritual?
Friend2: There’s that, but also no one is ever satisfied. Look back in history. One person got elected, maybe overwhelmingly so. A few years later, that person, or at least…
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