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    I have to say, this is one of the most poignant and heartbreaking images I've seen for a very long while.

    May we somehow, sometime, be forgiven for our collective, millennia-old barbarism and ignorance.


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    Quote Posted by Bill Ryan (here)
    May we somehow, sometime, be forgiven for our collective, millennia-old barbarism and ignorance.
    Yes, the longer I look at the picture (#161) the more I’m lost for words.

    @ Sunwings: beautiful !!!



    photo: Steve McCurry




    photo: Nirazan Shrestha




    photo: Mattia Passarini




    photo: Razaq Vance








    photo: Cesar Dezfuli



    photo: Steve McCurry
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    photo: Nyani Quarmyne







    © Xacobe Casal
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    ..........

    Beauty and pain continued . .









    photo: Sohail Karmani





    photo: Sohail Karmani





    photo: Ahmed Sameer


    At times I’m thinking: just having survived until now
    (and I mean not only physically) is no small thing.





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    xxxx

    THE MOUNTAIN YOGI



    “This is an inspiring film from Kinnaur in northern India, looking at the life and meditation of a modern-day Milarepa, Lama Govinda, who like his predecessor is following the way of Ngak.

    The film begins while lama is still on a long retreat, and we hear first from his helper Ram Kedar Negi, who takes him food everyday, and sees to his minimal needs, while living in what looks like a temporary shelter high in the mountains.

    We then get some background of who Lama Govinda is, and how he came to this way of life, though his extraordinary birth, his initial contacts with Dharma, and his eventually leaving study for practice.

    Later we see Lama on the roads of northern India, going on a kind of blessing yatra, before we finally have some interviews with Lama himself, who turns out to be completely simple, humble and sincere.

    It is really good to see people practising so sincerely and then sharing their blessings with others in this way, and good to see that the path is still being maintained, though Lama warns, presciently: “Now, children are going to school. That is why they don’t don’t know much.” Indeed.“

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    Default Re: The beauty and the pain of being human. Images.

    Who wants to be beautiful anyways?!

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    What is beauty ? . . the latent and actual form of a man or a woman, a wild animal, a child . . the movement of a living organism which is not stopped, suppressed, repressed.

    They’re gentle but not weak, vigorous but not dominant, firm but not hard, clear but not cold. Their characteristics are tension without cramping, stance without rigidity, beauty without vanity, adjustment without self-abandonment, empathy without sentimentality, charisma without manipulation.

    (cited and roughly translated from Dieter Duhm)

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    This is one of the most beautiful threads I have ever seen. And yes, the photo of the chained monkey and the sheer terror in it's face is one of the most heartrending I have ever seen.

    I am speechless.
    "The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone when we are uncool." From the movie "Almost Famous""l "Let yourself stand cool and composed before a million universes." Walt Whitman

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    This just shows the diversity for whatever reason in humans today and
    it was also the setting that made it special imo ....


    The pain and the ecstasy .....


    Hard to be a vegan out here....
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    About 8 feet difference.
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    Quote Posted by Iloveyou (here)

    Beauty and pain continued . .
    Indeed.












    ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~







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    Strange thing about this thread, or strange thing about me? Seriously, is there something wrong with me?

    It doesn't matter if its the pain or the beauty, they both want to make me weep.

    The first time I visited Thailand, 1988, walking through a very touristed market I spotted a child with deformed limbs crawling along the street. Almost nobody paid any attention, certainly not the locals whom, if they did look, seemed to regard it more as a distasteful inconvenience. The boy had a string around his neck and a cup attached, there were a few coins in it, and a note, I don't recall what it said. I put paper money in, which I found out later was more than the average daily wage. It didn't make me feel any better, I was still distraught about it the next day; (and even now as I type).

    Many, many years later I watched Slumdog Millionaire, in which you see a gang who literally disfigure children, orphans and runaways, in order to profit from their begging. It occured to me immediately that around the corner there was most likely some parasite waiting for the child, emptying his cup and sending him back for another trip through the market. You see when that child raised its head as I squatted down to give some money, and it obviously took some effort to even look up, the gaze that met mine was so full of pain and sorrow that I felt it deep inside myself. I often wondered if that gaze was a plea for release, I'd never seen anything like it to this day. In another place, another time, could that child have had a happier more fulfilled existence, caring parents, experience joy?

    Life man, it sucks any which way you look at it.

    (Sorry, Iloveyou, if the post interrupts the theme).

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    Quote Posted by Ewan (here)
    (Sorry, Iloveyou, if the post interrupts the theme).
    Not at all, Ewan, on the contrary.

    Oh, Cidersomerset, this picture of the Siberian family meal is extremely hard to look at,
    could trigger reminiscences of a very sinister and ancient (or not so ancient) past.
    But of course, in the healing process that too, must have its place.



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    Quote Oh, Cidersomerset, this picture of the Siberian family meal is extremely hard to look at,
    could trigger reminiscences of a very sinister and ancient (or not so ancient) past.
    But of course, in the healing process that too, must have its place.
    Yeah my original post was just about the tallest and smallest human beings alive
    today which I put on another thread. Then I noticed this one and expanded it here,
    after looking at some of the other images I realised it might be to fluffy and looked
    for an image for contrast and saw the refugee family and the horrors they went
    through to find safety and support.

    The Siberian family has that raw power behind it imo, notice the blood smeared
    on the mothers forehead as a thanks to the animal for its sacrifice. There is an
    ancient and modern aspect to it from hunters gathers to factory farming . It
    is hard to look at for many as well.....


    http://siberiantimes.com/other/other...erian-spirits/
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    [a very well-intended mod note from Bill]

    Kudos to all, but please let the images do the talking.

    This is the entire theme here. It's not really a discussion thread. THX.


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