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Ramakrishna explained [Kali's] darkness as the result of distance. When we are far away from an object, it appears dark to us. "Go near and you will find her devoid of all color," he said. "The water of a lake appears black from a distance. Go near and take the water in your hand, and you will see it has no color at all. Similarly, the sky looks blue from a distance. But look at the atmosphere near you; it has no color.

China Galland recalls an ancient Indian story, which serves to illustrate that something only looks alien when it is not examined closely enough.








There are five facts which ought to be often contemplated by everyone – whether man or woman, householder or one gone forth as a monastic. What five?

“I am sure to become old; I cannot avoid ageing.”

“I am sure to become ill; I cannot avoid illness.”

“I am sure to die; I cannot avoid death.”

“I must be separated and parted from all that is dear and beloved to me.”

“I am the owner of my actions, heir of my actions, actions are the womb from which I have sprung, actions are my relations, actions are my protection. Whatever actions I do, good or bad, of these I shall become the heir.”

v The Buddha v
AN V: 57
Based on the translation in Nyanaponika Thera & Bhikkhu Bodhi (trans & ed), 2000. Numerical discourses of the Buddha. New Delhi: Vistaar Publications.







Yesterday we obeyed kings
and bent our necks before emperors.
But today we kneel only to truth,
follow only beauty,
and obey only love.

Kahlil Gibran








If it were between countries, we'd call it a war.
If it were a disease, we'd call it an epidemic.
If it were an oil spill, we'd call it a disaster,
but its happening to thousands of australian women -
and its just a domestic...'

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