Tribute to a friend and spiritual teacher

Today, I found out that a friend of mine who was involved in a car accident a couple weeks ago in which his wife died, has himself died. Zino and Julie Del Monte were beautiful people who will be surely missed by all who knew them.

As tears stream down my face as I write this, I can’t help but remember all the wonderful moments we shared together, as friends, soulmates and kindred spirits…. that no one could crush.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.

Both Zino and Julie were Kabbalists and for several years Zino was my Maggid (spiritual teacher). From him, I went on to study other religious teachings and philosophy’s. At times, we differed on issues and worldly events, and during these times we had some really good heated and emotional arguments, filled with passion and conviction, that would send people who didn’t know us scurrying for cover. :-) During these times, we didn’t care what other people thought… it didn’t matter to us… we only cared about each other. To us this was true friendship and a testament to our bond. I could go on and on, but right now I can’t….

Goodbye my good friends, and thank you for being who you were and for loving me for who I am. The lessons you taught me, will not be lost like tears in the rain, but will stay with me forever, as will my memories of the both of you.


Some men strive after wealth; some would like to be strong and healthy; others again wish for fame and renown. But the wise ones apply their hearts to knowledge, so that knowing, they may understand the purpose of their lives and work out their destiny before the night cometh.
– From the Writings of Moses Maimonides.

There is no death, there is no destruction, all is but change and transformation, first the caterpillar, then the chrysalis, then the beautiful butterfly. Likewise, first physical man, then the mighty mind, and at last a noble soul.

from John Prince
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3 Responses to Tribute to a friend and spiritual teacher

  1. Anonymous says:

    My name is Marq Del Monte, Zino’s only child. Life with my father was an emotional roller coaster. Loving him as a child, resenting and disliking him as a teenager and finally loving and respecting him as an adult. I was not ready for Dad and Julie to die. Living in Los Angeles, I saw them far less than I would have cared to, but spoke to them nearly everyday. I miss them everyday. I will love them forever.

  2. John Prince says:

    Your dad was quite a character. Unique in many ways, leaving a lasting memory in all of us who were fortunate to know him… as with Julie. They were beautiful people who are still dearly missed.


  3. Doug Anderson says:

    Rest in Peace, weather a person means to enhance your life or your life is enhance to spite them, it is the measure of a person that you are more for having known someone than less. I am more for having known both Julie and Zino. And Thank You John, I would not have known of their passing if not for you. It ended a gestalt for me. May both you and Marq be well.

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