By Antoinette May
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A daughter of privilege within the strongest empire the realm has ever identified, Claudia has a special and worrying "gift": her goals have an uncanny manner of coming real. As a rebellious baby seated beside the tyrannical Roman Emperor Tiberius, she first spies the strong gladiator who will finally be her one actual ardour. but it's the bold Justice of the Peace Pontius Pilate who intrigues the impressionable younger girl she turns into, and Claudia reveals her means into his hands through a mysterious historical magic. Pilate is her grand future, best her to Judaea and plunging her right into a seething cauldron of open uprising. yet following her buddy Miriam of Magdala's confession of her ecstatic love for a charismatic non secular radical, Claudia starts off to adventure terrifying visions-horrific premonitions of warfare, injustice, untold devastation and damnation . . . and the crucifixion of a divine martyr whom she needs to do every little thing in her strength to avoid wasting.
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In the Discourse orz the Development of the Senses (/ndriyabhiivaniisutta),2 7 the Buddha says if he lays down the mere cutting down of the senses, then a blind man or a deaf man could achieve his ideal. Rather he advocates the training of the senses, so that external stimuli will not disturb them. The Buddha does not teach the atrophy of the senses, but their development and refinement. Here is a passage from the suttas which describes the control of the senses well: Eye, ear, nose, tongue and body, and also the mind, if a bhikku keep the gates guarded well, in eating with restraint and control, in the sense faculties he meets with ease, with ease of body and with ease of mind.
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