No creation can come without distruction.

清晨初綻放的鮮花,難道不是和所有的百年建築一樣,美麗得既脆弱又永恆嗎?

 

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火焰始終是強大的淨化與精煉的力量,所有的改變也總是伴隨著毀滅而來。

 

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聖母院失火的前幾天,我正好跟巴黎室友在討論《薄伽梵歌》中,濕婆神與大黑天所象徵的創造與毀滅的宇宙循環法則,他說:“But no creation can come without destruction.”言猶在耳,隔天晚上聖母院就失火了。

過了一兩天,我反覆斟酌才寫了訊息給他:

“I think you might have felt it already…

Several days ago we talked about the eternal cycle of destruction and creation in “Bhagavad Gita”, and the next day Notre Dame was burned, just before Easter Day in Holy Week. Do you remember the fire ceremonies we did before? We offered valuable grain in the fire, and that wasn’t a waste. That was a meaningful burning, like the fire of sacrifice and offer, and so was the fire disaster of Notre Dame.

Last November you mentioned you felt there was a sort of dark force wanted to knock your country down, but these days when I meditated, I felt a lot of love. I think Notre Dame really guarded this land for a very long time and it supported your country in its own way. I know it’s a bit shocked and sad for you, but still it’s not a bad thing. Imagine it offers itself, and the dark force and so much discordant energy were purified in this fire. I believe your country will be safer and more peaceful in the next centuries.”

 

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我並不覺得聖母院失火很令人傷心,當然我不在那個歷史與文化的脈絡中也是原因之一,台灣古蹟不明原因失火的消息還令我比較不忍直視,但是世界與生命的真相本來就是如此⋯⋯

Everything is impermanent, we live, and we die.

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