Sinlesss
One day you lose something, and you say: ‘Oh my God. I was happy. And I didn’t even know it.’
— Unknown, Humans of New York 
In Buddhism, the lotus flower represents fortune and purity. The flower grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment. At night, the flower closes and sinks below the water, just to resurface again, untouched the next day. Fully grounded in earth, yet aspiring towards the divine, the lotus flower lives in the muddy water yet remains unsoiled.

In Buddhism, the lotus flower represents fortune and purity. The flower grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment. At night, the flower closes and sinks below the water, just to resurface again, untouched the next day. Fully grounded in earth, yet aspiring towards the divine, the lotus flower lives in the muddy water yet remains unsoiled.

  • cultureunseen:

    Salute to the enduring spirit of the children of the slaves…

  • Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are
    presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new
    evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is
    extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it
    is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize,
    ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.
    — Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks (via quotes-shape-us)
    
Wassily Kandinsky, “Tanzkurven: Zu den Tänzen der Palucca,” Das Kunstblatt, Potsdam, vol. 10, no. 3 (1926)

    Wassily Kandinsky, “Tanzkurven: Zu den Tänzen der Palucca,” Das Kunstblatt, Potsdam, vol. 10, no. 3 (1926)

  • According to Greco-Roman mythology, Arachne was a great weaver who boasted that her skill was greater than that of Athena, goddess of wisdom, weaving, and strategy. Arachne was born a shepherd’s daughter and began weaving at a early age. When Arachne refused to acknowledge that her skill came, in part at least, from the goddess, Athena took offense and set up a contest between the two. Presenting herself as an old lady, she approached the boasting girl and warned: “You can never compare to any of the gods. Plead for forgiveness and Athena might spare your soul”. “Ha, I only speak the truth and if Athena thinks otherwise then let her come down and challenge me herself,” Arachne replied. Athena removed her disguise and appeared in shimmering glory, clad in sparkling white chiton. The two began weaving straight away. Both were very skilled with a loom, but clearly Athena was better and swifter. Athena’s weaving represented four separate contests between mortals and the gods in which the gods punished mortals for setting themselves as equals of the gods. Arachne’s weaving depicted ways that the gods had misled and abused mortals, particularly Zeus’ tricking and sexually abusing of many women. Athena saw that Arachne has insulted the gods and ripped Arachne’s work into shreds. Arachne hung herself. Moved to mercy, Athena gave Arachne life, but sprinkled her with Hecate’s potion, turning her into a spider and cursing her and her descendants to weave for all time.

  • The Prince in an act of renunciation, cuts his hair
On reaching the bank of Anoma River the Prince (Siddhārtha Gautama) cut off hair with the sword.

    The Prince in an act of renunciation, cuts his hair


    On reaching the bank of Anoma River the Prince (Siddhārtha Gautama) cut off hair with the sword.

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