while i am still figuring out how to know this blogger friend (!), i am tagged, and gratefully so. grateful, because it gives me something to write. not that i have lost out on subjects. that kind of silence is still a long way to go. as long as there is a mind, there are thoughts. and thoughts give birth to words. and thoughts and words, is what much of blogging is about, is it not?
this particular meme is quite a common one, and has been doing the rounds before it has finally come down to the bum. here is what is to be done –
Publish the 5th paragraph of page 123 of the book you are currently reading. (if the page does not have 5th paragraph, take the last paragraph. And if the book doesn’t have page no. 123, take the last page.)
the truth of the matter is, i haven’t been reading anything in the last week or so. not a good sign, but the truth nevertheless. so i picked one up. and in that sense, i am grateful, coz the tag itself has prompted me – served as a sort of a reminder – to go back to my books. and myself. to look within. to be weary of straying from the path.
‘The Sunlit Path’, passages from Conversations and Writings of The Mother.
I have seen in this way faces that pass from one extreme to the other in a flash. Someone has this kind of beauty and harmony, this sense of divine dignity in the body; then suddenly there comes the perception of an obstacle, a difficulty, and the sense of fault, of indignity – and then a sudden deformation in the appearance, a kind of decomposition of the features! And yet it is the same face. It was like a flash of lightning, and it was frightful. That kind of hideousness of torment and degradation – what has been translated in religions as the ‘torment of sin’ – that gives you a face indeed! Even features that are beautiful in themselves become horrible. And it was the same features, the same person.
Then I saw how horrible the sense of sin is, how much it belongs to the world of falsehood.
now, may i tag anybody who might be interested in picking this up? zoe? devil? eric? shitrint? aditi? anybody who drops by here – feel free to do this. i’ll be curious to know what it is all u wonderful people are reading right now. 🙂 if u haven’t already done this meme, that is.
it seems like a nice way to know people, what say you?
on a completely different note, i read this quote, that hit me really hard. and so i share it with you all –
All I ask of a woman is that she should feel gently towards me.when my heart feels kindly towards her,and there should be the soft, soft tremor as of unheard bellsbetween us.It is all I ask.I am so tired of violent women lashing out and insisting on being loved, when there is no love in them.
DH Lawrence, in ‘All I Ask’