Ongoing Ashram

Dear Eutychus,

India at last! Here you understand what a population explosion means. Many of the roads are splendid, but such traffic! If you dislike passing trucks, wait till you try passing an ox-cart whose driver knows no vehicle code. It gives one a new experience of involvement.

Our little caravan is making famous progress, however. The jeep has held up well while hauling our Cosmic trailer, and our battered Olds is mobile again after a long delay when the universal broke down. The three of us from Oikos house entertain guests almost constantly; we are conducting our own rambling ashram.

It has been a voyage of liberation. What horizons open when one gets beyond Bultmann! I am so indebted to Frank Sanatana who joined our party a week ago. He studied in California under a most stimulating professor of religion, and can gain immediate rapport with Hindus.

You know, I had actually wished to be a delegate to the New Delhi conference, especially to be a mouthpiece for the younger men in our church, but now I’m grateful that the ecclesiastical cabal chose the familiar pillars instead. My change of attitude began when I tried to explain to some Hindus the ecumenical symbol I had painted on the side of our trailer. They didn’t know Greek, and I had difficulty interpreting the term oikoumene. They didn’t recognize the boat in the symbol, either. When I told them the story of the ark, they first thought I meant it literally. Then they wanted to know what the flood meant as a symbol. It seemed to them that the saving of eight souls was not very ecumenical.

Sanatana finally came to my rescue. He reminded them of the Hindu myth of Manu who survived the flood in a boat tied to a divine fish. Such myths all express the human ...

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