No creation can come without destruction.

清晨初绽放的鲜花,难道不是和所有的百年建筑一样,美丽得既脆弱又永恒吗?

 

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火焰始终是强大的净化与精炼的力量,所有的改变也总是伴随着毁灭而来。

 

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圣母院失火的前几天,我正好跟巴黎室友在讨论《薄伽梵歌》中,湿婆神与大黑天所象征的创造与毁灭的宇宙循环法则,他说:“But no creation can come without destruction.”言犹在耳,隔天晚上圣母院就失火了。

过了一两天,我反复斟酌才写了讯息给他:

“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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我并不觉得圣母院失火很令人伤心,当然我不在那个历史与文化的脉络中也是原因之一,台湾古蹟不明原因失火的消息还令我比较不忍直视,但是世界与生命的真相本来就是如此⋯⋯

Everything is impermanent, we live, and we die.

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