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Nota Editorial de Junio Aunque son criaturas diminutas, son, sin embargo, no muy diferentes de los seres humanos en su forma externa, y tampoco en la naturaleza moral.
Algo, una especie de temblor en la tierra, o tal vez simplemente un ascenso de temperatura de unos cuantos grados, le ha indicado que es tiempo de despertarse. Poco a poco, no obstante, se ordenan en parejas con el macho debidamente sentado en la espalda de la hembra. Cuando Llega la Primavera. Debe de haber cientos de miles, si georg millones, de aves que viven dentro del radio de cuatro millas, y es agradable pensar que ninguna de ellas paga un penique de renta.
Desdetodos los febreros me he encontrado pensando que esta vez el invierno va a ser permanente. Casando Pomona, al igual que los sapos, siempre resucita aproximadamente al mismo tiempo. Repentinamente, hacia fines de marzo, se produce el milagro, y el arruinado barrio en donde vivo se transfigura.
Se puede demostrar que esta idea es falsa. Pero afortunadamente no pueden. A quellos que deseen unirse al e-grupo E-Theosophy en YahooGroups lo geroge hacer visitando https: The Power of Spring and the Renewal of Life.
A May Editorial Note: Its periodical resurrection was a sacred process volume I, gdorge Though but diminutive creatures, they are, nevertheless, not unlike human beings in their external form, and even in the moral nature. Thus, they preserve during the course of their life, a strong attachment to the land of their birth, while during the weariness of the dark nights, they gratify your hearing with their melodious vocalizations.
Moreover, they preserve your future crops, by devouring grasshoppers, and are, thereby, entitled to your gratitude. Wherefore, then, should you emerge on dark nights from your abodes with lanterns and murderous weapons, in order to catch these useful and innocent beings?
B efore the swallow, before the daffodil, and not much later than the snowdrop, the common toad salutes the coming of spring after his own fashion, which is to emerge from a hole in in ground, where he has lain buried since the previous autumn, and crawl as rapidly as possible towards the nearest suitable patch of water.
Something — some kind of shudder in the earth, or perhaps merely a rise of a few degrees in the temperature — has told him that it is time to wake up: At this period, after his long fast, the toad has a very spiritual look, like a strict Anglo-Catholic towards the end of Lent. His movements are languid but purposeful, his body is shrunken, and by contrast cazqndo eyes look abnormally large. This allows one to notice, what one cazanso not at another time, that a toad has about the most beautiful eye of any living creature.
It is like gold, or more exactly it is like the golden-coloured semi-precious stone which one oraell sees in signet-rings, and which I think is called a chrysoberyl. For a few days after getting into the water the toad concentrates on building up his strength by eating small insects.
Presently he has swollen to elefanfe normal size again, and then he goes through a phase of intense sexiness. All he knows, at least if he is a male toad, is that he wants to get his arms round something, and if you offer him a stick, or even your finger, he will cling to it with surprising strength and take a long time to discover that it is not a female toad.
Frequently one comes upon shapeless masses oreell ten or twenty toads rolling caaando and over in the water, one clinging to another without distinction of sex. After a day or two the spawn is laid in long strings which cazndo themselves in and out of the reeds and soon become invisible.
A few more weeks, and the water is alive with cazaando of tiny tadpoles which rapidly grow larger, sprout hind-legs, then forelegs, then shed their tails: I mention the spawning of the toads because it is one of the phenomena of spring which most deeply appeal to me, and because the toad, unlike the skylark and the primrose, has never had much of a boost from poets. But I am aware that many people do not teorge reptiles or amphibians, and I am not suggesting that in order to enjoy the spring you have to take an interest in toads.
There are also the crocus, the missel-thrush, the cuckoo, the blackthorn, etc. The point is that the pleasures of spring are available to everybody, and cost nothing. Even in the most sordid street the coming of spring will register itself by some sign or other, if it is only a brighter blue between the chimney pots or the vivid cazahdo of an elder sprouting on a blitzed site.
George Orwell – Amazônia Teosófica
Indeed it is remarkable how Nature goes on existing unofficially, as it were, in the very heart of London. I have seen a kestrel flying over the Deptford gasworks, and I have heard a first-rate performance by a blackbird in the Euston Road.
There must be some hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of birds living inside the four-mile radius, and it is rather a pleasing thought that none of them pays a halfpenny of rent. As for spring, not even the narrow and gloomy streets round the Bank of England are quite able to exclude it.
It comes seeping in everywhere, like one of those new poison gases which pass through all filters. After the sort of winters we have had to endure recently, the spring does seem miraculous, because it has become gradually harder and harder to believe that it is actually going to happen.
Every February since I have found myself thinking that this time winter is going to be permanent. But Persephone, like the toads, always rises from the dead at about the same moment. Suddenly, towards the end of March, the miracle happens and the decaying slum in which I live is transfigured.
Is it wicked to take a pleasure in spring and other seasonal changes? There is no doubt that many people think so. One is that any pleasure in the actual process of life encourages a sort of political quietism. People, so the thought runs, ought to be discontented, and it is our job to multiply our wants and not simply to increase our enjoyment of the things we have already. The other idea is that this is the age of machines and that to dislike the machine, or even to want to limit its domination, is backward-looking, reactionary and slightly ridiculous.
This is often backed up by the statement that a love of Nature is a foible of urbanized people who have no notion what Nature is really like. Those who really have to deal with the soil, so it is argued, do not love the soil, and do not take the faintest interest in birds or flowers, except from a strictly utilitarian point of view.
To love the country one must live in the town, merely taking an occasional week-end ramble at the warmer times of year.
This last idea is demonstrably false. Medieval literature, for instance, including the popular ballads, is full of an almost Georgian enthusiasm for Nature, and the art of agricultural peoples orqell as the Chinese and Japanese centres always round trees, birds, flowers, rivers, mountains. The other idea seems to me to be wrong in a subtler way. Certainly we ought to be ggeorge, we ought not simply to find out ways of making the best of a bad job, and yet if we kill all pleasure in the actual process of life, what sort of future are we preparing for ourselves?
If a man cannot enjoy the return of spring, why should he be happy in a labour-saving Utopia? What will he do with the leisure that the machine will give him? I have always suspected that if our economic and political problems are ever cazanvo solved, life will become simpler instead of more complex, and that the sort of pleasure one gets from finding the first primrose will loom larger than the sort of pleasure one gets from eating an ice to the tune of a Wurlitzer.
At any rate, rlefante is here, even in London N. This is a satisfying reflection.
How many a time have I stood watching the toads mating, or a pair of hares having a boxing match in the young corn, and thought of all the important persons who would stop me enjoying this if they could. So long as you are not actually ill, hungry, frightened or immured in a prison or a holiday camp, spring is still spring. The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun, and neither the dictators nor the bureaucrats, deeply as they disapprove of the process, are able to prevent it.
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S aints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent, but the tests that have to be applied to them are not, of course, the same in all cases. But this partial autobiography, which ends in the nineteen-twenties, is strong evidence in georgd favor, all the more because it covers what he would have called the unregenerate part of his life and reminds one that inside the saint, or near-saint, there was a very orwe,l, able person who could, if he had chosen, have been a brilliant success as a lawyer, an administrator or perhaps even a businessman.
At about the time when the autobiography first appeared I remember reading its opening chapters in the ill-printed pages of some Indian newspaper. They made a good impression on me, which Gandhi himself at that time did not.
It was also apparent that the British were making use of him, or thought they were making use of him. In private this was sometimes cynically admitted. The attitude of the Indian millionaires was similar. Gandhi called upon them to repent, and naturally they preferred him to the Socialists and Communists who, given the chance, would actually have taken their money away. The British Conservatives only became really angry with him when, as inhe was in effect turning his non-violence against a different conqueror.
But I could see even then that the British officials who spoke of him with a mixture of amusement and disapproval also genuinely liked and admired him, after a fashion. Nobody uun suggested that he was corrupt, or ambitious in any vulgar way, or that anything he did elefsnte actuated cszando fear or malice.
In judging a man like Gandhi one seems instinctively to apply high standards, so that some of his virtues have passed almost unnoticed. For instance, it is clear even from the autobiography ggeorge his natural physical courage was quite outstanding: Again, he seems to have been quite free from that maniacal suspiciousness beorge, as E.
Forster rightly says in A Passage to Indiais the besetting Indian vice, as hypocrisy is the British vice. Although no doubt he was shrewd enough in detecting dishonesty, he seems wherever possible to have believed that other people were acting in good faith and had a better nature through which they could be approached. And though he came of a poor middle-class family, started life rather unfavorably, and was probably of unimpressive physical appearance, he was not afflicted by envy or by the feeling of inferiority.
Color feeling when he first met it in its worst form in South Africa, seems rather to have astonished him. Even when he was fighting what was in effect a color war, he did not think of people in terms of race or status.
Myriam E. Friedenthal (Translator of Cazando Un Elefante)
The governor of a province, a cotton millionaire, a half-starved Dravidian coolie, a British private soldier were all equally human beings, to be approached in much the same way. It is noticeable that even in the worst possible circumstances, as in South Africa when he was making himself unpopular as the georve of the Indian community, he did not lack European friends. Written in short lengths for newspaper serialization, the autobiography is not a literary masterpiece, but it is the more impressive because of the commonplaceness of much of its material.
It is well to be reminded that Gandhi started out with the normal ambitions of a young Indian student and only adopted his extremist opinions by degrees and, in some cases, rather unwillingly. There was a time, it is interesting to learn, when he wore a top hat, took dancing lessons, studied French and Latin, went up the Eiffel Tower and even tried to learn the violin — all this was the idea of assimilating European civilization as thoroughly as possible.
He was not one of those saints who are marked out by their phenomenal piety from childhood onwards, nor one of the other kind who forsake the world after sensational debaucheries. He makes full confession of the misdeeds of his youth, but in fact there is not much to confess.
Almost from childhood onwards he had a deep earnestness, an attitude ethical rather than religious, but, until he was about thirty, no very definite sense of direction.
His first entry into anything describable as public life was made by way of vegetarianism. Underneath his less ordinary qualities one feels all the time the solid middle-class businessmen who were his ancestors. One feels that even after he had abandoned personal geogge he must have been a resourceful, energetic lawyer and a hard-headed political organizer, careful in keeping down expenses, an adroit handler of committees and an indefatigable chaser of subscriptions.