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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