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Association of the Week : The Flame

Author: Paulo Coelho

“There is a moment where everything becomes fire” says Heraclitus (a Greek philosopher). “The stars are flames … the sun being the brightest and warmer … the soul is the spark that sets alight the essence of the stars”.

The flame is the visible manifestation of the very principle of life. By extension it also portrays the divine spirit and feeds the imagination of the beholder.

The flame appears in virtually all cultures and has contradictory meanings. Indeed, if it can set alight the world it can also end with this same world. Krishna, in his eternal dance, is surrounded by flames and holds in his hand the flame that ignited the universe as well as the flame that devours all.

Now you take the floor : what do you associate with the flame?

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