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  • This is my favourite animal photograph. I find it haunting and challenging.

    A Langur engaged my eyes through the window trellis of my little hotel in India.

    I still stare at him (or was it a she?) five years later - what was it seeing? Look closely and you can almost see me and the room in the reflection in those balefull eyes? Does he see what I see? Are our eyes really like cameras? Really?

    Einstein, the man that gave us E=MC2 once said "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Hmmmmm?!?!

    I stare into those soft eyes - what does he see that I do not? Am I missing something? Am I conditioned not to see the wider spectrum of reality? Am I in that "prison" that Einstein talks about?

    I keep looking at the eyes on the wall of my study. I want to go back to India. The country I once disliked so much and today the place I found myself.
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