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The Fall: Dante’s Inferno

Dante Alighieri is widely considered one of the greatest poets in history, and his epic poem, La Divina Comedia, is one of our greatest works of literature. The Inferno, a description of the Christian representation of Hell, is the first of the three components of the Divine Comedy, the others being Purgatorio and Paradiso. More […]

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The Opening to Dante’s Inferno

The Dark Night of the Soul CANTO 1 Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark, For the straightforward pathway had been lost. Ah Me! how hard a thing it is to say What was this forest savage, rough, and stern, Which in the very though renews the fear. […]

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The First Noble Truth: Life Means Suffering

To live means to suffer, because the human nature is not perfect and neither is the world we live in. During our lifetimes, we inevitably have to endure physical suffering such as pain, sickness, injury, tiredness, old age, and eventually death; and we have to endure psychological suffering like sadness, fear, frustration, disappointment, and depression. […]

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The Third Noble Truth: The Cessation of Suffering is Attainable

“Nirodha” is a Sanskrit term meaning the unmaking of sensual craving and conceptual attachment – that is, the cessation of suffering and its causes. The third noble truth expresses the idea that suffering can end by attaining dispassion. Nirodha extinguishes all forms of clinging and attachment. This means that suffering can be overcome through human […]

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