The Avatars of Marie-Antoinette: the Queen as Candle


Nirvana is frequently defined as blowing out of a candle. This of course presents another problem: when should we do it? An arhat makes a conscious decision not to go out when he is ready, but to stay in this world to help others along the way. All these thoughts were crossing my mind when I saw this new candle in the shape of Marie-Antoinette. It is sold at the book store of Chateau Versailles for 70 euros; so, I imagine you would light it on a very special occasion, but the next haunting moment is blowing her out: When do we stop the flame, at the neck?

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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