Life of Pi
A young Pi Patel, overcoming a cataclysmic shipwreck, finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with the last survivor, a ferocious Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
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From book on God & hope (2 of 2): At such moments I tried to elevate myself. I would touch the turban I had made with the remnants of my shirt and I would say aloud, “This is God’s hat!” I would pat my pants and say aloud, “This is God’s attire!” I would point to Richard Parker and say aloud, “This is God’s cat!” I would point to the lifeboat and say aloud, “This is God’s ark!” I would spread my hands wide and say aloud, “These are God’s wide acres!” I would point at the sky and say aloud, “This is God’s ear!” And in this way I would remind myself of creation and of my place in it.
From book on God & hope (1 of 2): I practised religious rituals that I adapted to the circumstances—solitary Masses without priests or consecrated Communion hosts, darshans without murtis, and pujas with turtle meat for prasad, acts of devotion to Allah not knowing where Mecca was and getting my Arabic wrong. They brought me comfort, that is certain. But it was hard, oh, it was hard. Faith in God is an opening up, a letting go, a deep trust, a free act of love—but sometimes it was so hard to love. Sometimes my heart was sinking so fast with anger, desolation and weariness, I was afraid it would sink to the very bottom of the Pacific and I would not be able to lift it back up.
Adult Pi Patel (who's just finished silently praying before his meal): "Amen. Yeah, let's eat." The Writer: "I didn't know Hindus said 'amen'." Pi Patel: "Catholic Hindus do." The Writer: "Catholic Hindus?" Pi Patel: "We get to feel guilty before hundreds of gods, instead of just one."
Pi Patel (on the lifeboat with a hyena, and a zebra; greeting Orange Juice the orangutan, who's floated over to the lifeboat on a bunch of bananas): "Welcome to Pi's Ark."
Adult Pi Patel: "You know, I've left so much behind: my family; the zoo; India; Anandi... I suppose, in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go. But what always hurts the most... is, not taking a moment to say goodbye... I was never able to thank my father for all I've learned from him... To tell him, without his lessons... I would never have survived..."
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr
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