The Mountain Shadow

The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts published in 2015 is the sequel to the best seller Shantaram. Both books recount the fictionalized autobiography of the author who escaped from prison in Australia and fled to Mumbai (Bombay), India. The following passage from the book features the sage Idriss lecturing on a mountain top in Mumbai.

“‘Oppression is the spiritual language of tyranny,’ Idriss said.
The students began to mumble, wakening to Idriss’s chant.
‘Hypocrisy is the spiritual language of greed,’ Idriss continued.
‘Ruthlessness is the spiritual language of power, and bigotry is the spiritual language of fear.’
‘Are you taking notes, Randall?’ I asked, as Idriss took a breath.
‘Aye, aye sir,’ he replied.
‘Violence is the spiritual language of hate,’ Idriss said, ‘and arrogance is the spiritual language of vanity.'”

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