I used this quote in my classes last week, and thought some might want to read it again: the photograph was taken during my trip to India last winter. Ganesha the elephant god detroys obstacles. May the obstacles hindering our ability to know and live the wisdom of these words be removed!Image 
A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space.  He/She experiences him/herself, thoughts, feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his/her consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.