One year ago, in late July 2013, Ukrainians wearing SS uniforms were photographed trudging through trenches and fire rifles in a reconstruction of a key battle against the Soviets during World War II. An Orthodox priest led a ceremony for fallen soldiers of the Nazi unit, sprinkling his blessing over several men sporting NS insignias who lowered a coffin in a ritual reburial.
Last night just before 9pm, they sent us a warning over the phone that ‘We will bomb the hospital, so you need to evacuate. We insisted that we cannot leave the hospital. Our patients are, all of them, paralyzed, they’re unconscious. They’re unable to move, so we need to stay in this hospital…
But just few minutes after the call, shells start falling down on the hospital — the fourth floor, third floor, second floor. Smoke, fire, dust all over.
To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go
Desire is not synonymous with enjoyment.
You can enjoy something without desiring it.
You can desire something without enjoying it.
Therefore inquire: What is it you are hoping to gain by means of desire?
A false feeling of control.
A weakened form of happiness.
An unreal identity.
And that’s exactly what you get. Along with suffering, confusion, and delusion.
"I perceive words to be having price tags. I realize that there are some that I cannot afford. Some can cost me a price as high as my peace. A price as high as my family, my bread and butter or even my very life. The trick is to speak within my means." ~ Lemogang Maclean
Spider Buddha: Do not try and travel the path. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth.
Purple People Eater: What truth?
Spider Buddha: There is no path.
Purple People Eater: There is no path?
Spider Buddha: Then you’ll see, that it is not the path that bends, it is only yourself.
by Iris Chang
Perhaps the most fascinating character to emerge from the history of the Rape of Nanking is the German businessman John Rabe. To most of the Chinese in the city, he was a hero, “the living Buddha of Nanking,” the legendary head of the International Safety Zone who saved hundreds of thousands of Chinese lives. But to the Japanese, Rabe was a strange and unlikely savior. For he was not only a German national — a citizen of a country allied with Japan — but the leader of the Nazi Party in Nanking.
Source: The Atlantic