Sunday, 6 September 2009

Thich Quang Duc

This was one of the several moving images sent to me by Fr Koshy today. This one is of Thich Quang Duc, the Buddhist Priest in Southern Vietnam, who on June 11, 1963 burned himself protesting the government's torture policy against Priests. It is said that Thich Quang Duc never made a sound or moved while he was burning. Gosh! What strength to stay still while being burnt!! A couple of mosquito bites during supper were enough to disturb and irritate me for hours and here is one who never even moved a bit while being reduced to ashes. Though I do not really approve of this 'suicide' I salute his will power. It is reported that even after cremating him later (whatever was left of his body), only his heart remained intact.

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