Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build, too.

आम्हां घरी धन शब्दांचीच रत्नें | शब्दांचीच शस्त्रें यत्न करुं ||
शब्द चि आमुच्या जीवांचे जीवन | शब्दें वांटूं धन जनलोकां ||
तुका म्हणे पाहा शब्द चि हा देव | शब्द चि गौरव पूजा करुं ||
- abhang of Tukaram Wolhoba Ambile of Dehu

There's No Freedom Like That of a Child's Imagination

கடலுக்கு உண்டு கற்பனைக்கு இல்லை கட்டுப்பாடு

Saturday, April 08, 2006


Moses put out ten commandments given to him by God, most undermined in later times by the Indulgences given to European aristocracy by medieval Popes. Now President Hu Jintao of China has come up with his set of eight commandments (in line with the Buddha's eightfold path). Called the "Eight Glories and Eight Disgraces", they are to be taught to all Chinese children:-

• Love the motherland, do not harm it.

• Serve the people, don’t disserve them.

• Uphold science; don’t be ignorant and unenlightened.

• Work hard; don’t be lazy.

• Be united and help each other; don’t gain benefits at the expense of others.

• Be honest and trustworthy, don’t profiteer at the expense of your values.

• Be disciplined and law-abiding instead of chaotic and lawless.

• Know plain living and hard struggle, do not wallow in luxuries and pleasures.

I'm converting to this newfangled religion. Are you?


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