‘The moment that got me into Quaker theology wasn’t some feeling of being one with God.’

Light reading: Om Patil on Quaker links to Hinduism

'Rigvedic verse 10.97.11 mentions this idea of Ātman, an inner light inside every person, likened to the sun.' | Photo: A diya lamp, by Charu Chaturvedi on Unsplash.

‘Oats and pacifism.’ For about fourteen years of my life, that’s all ‘Quaker’ meant. Not a great starting place for a kid about to matriculate at a Quaker high school. My definition of Quakerism changed soon enough, to ‘oats, pacifism, and sitting in silence’. Just kidding.

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