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Mother (Emma Lenora Day) 1899-1988. Buried in Sarum Saint Martin's Churchyard, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.
Stacey B. Day, the middle initial B denotes "Biswas" and all members of my family carried this name. My sister, VERA MARIE BISWAS STRIDE (1930-2003) is interred in the same ground with my mother, Emma Lenora Camp Day, in St Martin's Churchyard, Salisbury, Wiltshire. Among several appreciations a small "Collections of Writings and Poems" written in the last years of her life was published by the Servants of Christ the King in 2003. Among other tributes is that of the Nilgiris Adivasi Welfare Trust in their Annual Report 2002-2003, which noted "we at NAWA wish to record the passing away of Marie Stride, a staunch supporter and sensitive soul. She was 72. Marie lived a colourful and committed life which included setting up her own Nursery in Africa, working as a Teacher of children with learning difficulties in Salisbury, and as a Volunteer with Mother Teresa and the Sisters of Mercy. She regularly sent teaching materials and support to NAWA". She left an extensive research account of both the Camp and Stride (her husband's) families.
Satis, my father, was a combination of Victorian and Edwardian prejudices. If one was "lazy" and not "studying" he would in ire predict that he would end up by being a "Crossing Sweeper" - literally "one who sweeps streets", a vocabulary and form of spoken English that is virtually unknown today. He was a man of definite idiosyncracies. For example, among his reading, Foulsham's Original Old Moore's Almanack, for each year, had a place. This curious astrological guide to weather, tides, sun, and moon, and to gardening and fishing wisdom harks back to 1697. Father would never be without a copy well within reach.
Cultural Influences prevail in my writings as in Man And Mu: The Cradle Of Becoming And Unbecoming. Desiderata For Human Science. See also A Vitasophia of Integral Humanism and Other Japanese Lectures, 1900-2000 and Pliskova's Butterflies: Az Buh rekne Dost (When God says Enough). By raising levels of mind man enhances his role as a human being. The development of Man's cortical brain, his ability to conceptualize, and to rationalize, have brought him to a high degree of sensitivity and esthetic behavior which I have described as the Parasympathetic Way. This has been the essence of my teaching over the last forty years. It is largely based on Eastern ethics.
Kashi And The Immersion Of Father's Ashes: The taking of my father's ashes to the holy city of Kashi (Banaras) on the river Ganges was part of my Indian heritage. It is axiomatic that a man becomes what he thinks. School had taught me the elements of the Christian Way. My father had taught me that "as the tree grows upward - so is the life of man" - the Hindu way. According to the Hindu way of life, the religious quality of a man is not judged by the number of times he goes to church but by the determination he evokes to unfold the divine nature within himself, and by his efforts to live on a spiritual plane. Sarnath is close to Kashi. It is a spiritual experience to see the sun, an immense orb, rise in the morning over the river Ganges and its ghats (bathing places). Situated wholly on the Western bank of the river, the great blaze of the rising sun beats down the eyes, and one thinks, "if there had been no sun would there then have been Man?". Taking my father's ashes to the holy city of Kashi was a duty as important to me as being willing to serve in the British Army when I was called upon.
Zpravy Z New Yorku. Ivana -Day Podvalova and Prof. MUDr Stacey B. Day, ucitel, lekar. Tisicke Rozhledy , 65/XII/2001/ Czech Republic. (In Czech).
Pametna Deska Marii Podvalove - Tisicke Rozhledy . 68/V1/2002 Czech Republic. (In Czech).