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Neither Sankara’s formulation

of Maya

nor  Russell’s tract

Appearance and Reality

made any sense to me

until one fine morning

at LACMA, L.A.,

I stood transfixed

for more than twenty minutes

before a Magritte

that epitomized

The Treachery of Images:

Ceci ne’est pas une pipe”*


Life hasn’t been the same again:

what matters now

are only things deeply felt within;

the gloss and sheen,

the dirt and squalor outside

of little consequence.



*This is Not a Pipeé_Magritte



p4  (c) pradeep gopalan



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