G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

H. P. Lovecraft: "What a man does for pay is of little significance. What he is, as a sensitive instrument responsive to the world's beauty, is everything!"

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Saturday, June 21, 2014

तेथ चंद्रबिंब दिसे आंतुडलें...Moon- Net, Venus- Mirror, Moon-Mirror, Mirror-Moon

Today June 21 2014 is the day of arrival of  palkhi's of Saint Dnyaneshwar and Saint Tukaram in Pune. For a couple of days, the city will be like the moon in a fisherman's net.
 

Moon in Mirror-I:

ज्ञानेश्वरी:

"जें जाळ जळीं पांगिलें तेथ चंद्रबिंब दिसे आंतुडलें
परि थडिये काढूनि झाडिलें तेव्हां बिंब कें सांगे १३८ ॥"

(Dnyaneshwari:  The moon's reflection appears to be caught in a fisherman's net in the sea, but when the net is brought to the shore and shaken, where is the reflection?)

 Moon in Mirror-II:

" ...It was early night hours, and was a full moon day. The Mother had taken Rama to Royal garden enclosure. She was showing the full moon to Rama, while trying to feed Him. Sri Rama also behaved like any other child, shaking His face here and other, reluctant to take food into His mouth. Suddenly Sri Rama started to cry. He showed the Full Moon to His mother, and wanted her to bring the moon to Him. A bewildered Mother knew not what to do. Suddenly an idea struck her mind. She asked her maids to bring a large mirror from inside the Palace. She held out the mirror in such a way that the moon was reflected..."

 Venus in Mirror:




Artist: Diego Velázquez,  'The Rokeby Venus', c 1648–1651

Location: National Gallery, London

Mirror on Moon:


The Times of India, May 28 2011:

"LONDON: Japanese scientists have unveiled plans to turn the moon into a gigantic mirrorball manned by robots to provide all the Earth's energy needs. The ambitious project would result in 13,000 terawatts of continuous solar energy being transmitted back to receiving stations on Earth, either by laser or microwave..."

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