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The painting that tricks the eye

Art historian Kelly Grovier looks at images that break out of their frames, including an 1874 trompe l’oeil and a photo from Syria.<p>The most enduring images break their immediate frames of reference and climb into our imaginations. Such is the power of a photograph captured this week of a soldier in …

The most incredible photo stories of the month

HOW ONE ARTIST WITH SYNESTHESIA SEES THE WORLD<p>It’s OK to be gross – that’s the message that photographer Rebecca Storm wanted to tell us last month with her ASMR-inspired series. Minced meat on vaginas, rotten vegetables, earrings pierced through armpit hair. She told us: “I like working with …

The Other Side of the Mirror

Time as an experience is relevant to all of us because we are mortal. Everything that you think you are in terms of body, mind, and emotions, is a …

A Perfect Photo of a Kingfisher, 720K Pictures in the Making

The kingfisher has the poise of an Olympic diver. It catches food by plunging head-first into water, wings outstretched and beak pointed keenly at an …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

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Kali Yuga – When Did it End and What Lies Ahead?

The Beginning of Kali Yuga<p>The story of Mahabharat needs to be seen in a certain context. In 3140 BCE, the Kurukshetra War ended, and in 3102 BCE, …

The Four Noble Truths

"I teach suffering, its origin, cessation and path. That's all I teach", declared the Buddha 2500 years ago.<p>The Four Noble Truths contain the essence of the Buddha's teachings. It was these four principles that the Buddha came to understand during his meditation under the bodhi tree.<p>The truth of …

The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall

I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. …

Dial Up the Magic of This Moment: Philosopher Joanna Macy on How Rilke Can Help Us Befriend Our Mortality and Be More Alive

Few people have stood at the gates of hope — through world wars and environmental crises and personal loss — with more dignity, wisdom, and optimism than <b>Joanna Macy</b> during her six decades as a Buddhist scholar, environmental activist, and pioneering philosopher of ecology. Macy is also the world’s …