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I had about five-hundred dollars in my pocket. It was the rent deposit from the land-lady. That's about all I had. I had stopped the night at Pismo Beach. I could no longer afford a motel. So I sneaked into a trailer park and slept in my car. It wasn't too bad really. The next morning I kind of meditated in the dunes near the beach. I felt really happy. I wasn't afraid too much. I mean a new adventure had started and the prospect of going to Nepal really jazzed me up.

When I got to San Rafael, my cousin was busy preparing food for Passover. She was already engaged to go somewhere else for dinner and I was given the address of a Rabbi who always welcomed the curious on Passover. This fellow was a member of a Jewish sect that had once been heavily involved with Jewish mysticism. These people were possibly crazy, but less so than before. My step-mother couldn't stand them.

At dinner, I asked the Rabbi what if any significance did the Biblical parables have. He gave me a pretty cool answer. These events were a state of mind; and were more than just the literal things that had happened. I mean when the Jews left Egypt what was important was the idea of being free. That concept was just as critical. To reinforce this Rabbi started singing and dancing. Rabbi was into the spirit of things; and not so hung-up on ritual like my step-mother. This was going to be an important theme as I wandered around northern California for the next six months. I mean I was now looking for the very essence of spirituality. The forms were just forms.

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