Table Mountain, the centre- point of Cape Town, was ravaged by a ferocious fire for 2 days, in the peak of our summer with gale force winds.
Some bastard tourist from the UK was having a few beers and on the way back flicked a cigarette out of the car window. Luckily the rangers caught him. They should set fire to him. The fire went all around the mountain to Camps Bay, and jumped across to Lions Head and Signal Hill.
I went into the mountains the one night and took some photos. One is above, and one you can see at the link belowBeing up close was an awesome experience. No editing was done to any of these photos.
I had been thinking the morning before the fire of the Hindu cycle of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva. Where Brahma creates, Vishnu maintains, and Shiva destroys.
For some reason, I had been thinking of Shiva all day, how the destruction caused by her is devastating, but in a way that destruction is a form of creation, for it ends the existing and makes space for the new to come into being. Maybe because her powerful presence was so imminent, one could not help but notice her..
In the Hindu conception of the cycles of the physical universe, the Universe explodes into being with one thought (the Big Bang). It races out and makes this incredible universe, and then over billions of years it draws in to that same point of pure potential. Then there is an immensely profound pause, and it all happens again.
The incomprehensible part is that this entire universe, is one of an uncountable array. We view each of these universes as one thought of God. In other words, everything within that universe is nothing else than the intelligence of God, something to which our intellect is closely related. Which partly explains why our thoughts can have a fundamental effect on the environment around us.